Northern Snowdonia Discovery Tour
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Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Small groups and friendly leaders make this a great way to enjoy Britain at its best.
From this outstanding location in the Snowdonia National Park we’ll have plenty of opportunity to see high mountains, stunning coastal vistas, and beautiful castles and gardens.
- Stay at Craflwyn Hall amidst dramatic mountain scenery
- Visit mighty Caernarfon Castle
- Explore the beautiful coastal scenery of the Lleyn Peninsula
- Snowdonia and Portmeirion
- Llyen Peninsula
- Caernarfon Castle
- Bodnant Gardens
- Swallow Falls at Betws-y-Coed
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full day mini-coach tours with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 1½ miles
- Expert leader: learn more about the landscape and history of North Wales from your knowledgeable leader
- Accommodation: enjoy the cosy atmosphere of this historic building
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays – explore together, eat together and relax together
Cralfwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgerlert village. There are superb walks right on the doorstep, with the local mountains of Snowdon and Moel Hebog within easy reach.
Leased from the National Trust, Craflwyn Hall has 21 bedrooms, located in the main building and in the stable block which has been converted retaining many of the original features.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Dining room
• Three lounges
• Free WiFi is available in the public rooms
|• Attractive grounds
• Peaceful location at the foot of Snowdon
• Variety of walks within the estate
• Attractive views of the surrounding peaks
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Friday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday: Caernarfon & The Menai Strait
Our holiday begins with a journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Snowdonia, with excellent views of the highest mountains towering over picturesque lakes. We cross onto the island of Anglesey and continue to Beaumaris, with its 13th century castle, before proceeding to Llanfair PG (the village with the longest name in UK). Then its Caernarfon where another of Edward I’s 13th century castles is the main attraction in this historic walled town.
Sunday: Lleyn Peninsula
We journey around the Lleyn Peninsula, the most westerly part of north Wales. Our morning visit is to the Lloyd George Museum at Llanystumdwy before continuing to the Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery at Llanbedrog. We then cross to the north coast of the peninsula, with its wide sandy beaches and granite-worked mountains, to visit the Welsh Language and Culture Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn.
Monday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. There’s plenty of historic sites to explore, such as National Trust properties, railways and CADW properties including castles and Roman forts.
Tuesday: The Crimea Pass & Bodnant Gardens
Our day starts with a delightful scenic journey through to Blaenau Ffestiniog and across the Crimea Pass to the famous Swallow Falls in Betws-y-Coed. From here we drive north up the beautiful Conwy Valley to visit the woollen mills at Trefriw and then the famous National Trust garden at Bodnant.
Wednesday: Llanberis & Pen-y-Gwryd
Enjoy a beautiful view of the Snowdon massif enroute to Llanberis. The area is dominated by the massive slate workings of Dinorwig Quarry. Visit the Padarn Country Park with its many attractions, including the National Slate Museum of Wales and the narrow-gauge Llanberis Lake Railway, which runs alongside Llyn Padarn. We can also visit the Electric Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric scheme before returning past Llyn Cwellyn and the Beddgelert Forest.
Thursday: Tremadog & Portmeirion
We start with a short walk to view the many historical buildings of Tremadog, including the birthplace of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), before a visit to the picturesque harbour and bay at Borth-y-Gest. A short journey then brings us to the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion, created by Clough Williams-Ellis. On the return journey we will visit the beautiful garden at Plas Brondanw, which was Clough Williams-Ellis’ private residence.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow up to £80 for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price).
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
Caernarfon Castle image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
The picturesque village of Beddgelert is about 1 mile from Craflwyn Hall. Facilities here are limited and include a post office, pubs and cafés. The nearest town is Porthmadog, about 8 miles away, which has a wide range of shops and facilities
During your visit to Craflwyn Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Welsh Highland Railway
The recently re-opened Welsh Highland railway runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, passing through Beddgelert on route. This is a spectacular journey which includes the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass and views of Snowdon. The steep gradients require powerful locomotives which have to work particularly hard on the climb from Beddgelert to the summit of the line at Rhyd Ddu. www.festrail.co.uk
Great Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway and Snowdon Moutain Railways are both within reach. For a truly unique day out you can take the mountain railway to the summit of Snowdon (best to book in advance as tickets can sell out quickly on busy days). www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
National Slate Museum
Located at Llanberis, the excellent, and free, National Slate Museum tells the story of this once extensive industry. You can see slate being cut by hand, the huge waterwheel that powers the machinery, and the fascinating quarrymen's houses which show their development over the centuries. Llanberis is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and can also be reached using the Snowdon Sherpa bus. www.museumwales.ac.uk/slate
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Caernarfon is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, or can be reached using the Welsh Highland Railway. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
The seaside town of Criccieth is around 25 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and full of Victorian character. You could visit the historic castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaders parlour.
The long arm of the Llyn Peninsula offers beautiful and contrasting scenery, with wild cliffs and white sandy coves. Enjoy the glorious beaches at Aberdaron or Abersoch, or walk to the tip of the peninsula and enjoy the views of Bardsey Island.
Harlech Castle occupies a superb vantage point overlooking the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia. Built by Edward I, its imposing walls were built by 1,000 skilled craftsmen between 1283 and 1295. www.cadw.gov.uk
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of the area's most popular attractions. Take the underground railway deep into the mountain where a knowledgeable guide will tell you how slate was hewn by hand. www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk
Situated in the Conwy Valley, about 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the National Trust's gardens at Bodnant have impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden
The grand house at Plas Newydd enjoys glorious views overlooking the Menai Straits. Built for the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, the house itself is impressive, as are the extensive gardens. Now managed by the National Trust. Around 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd
This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion is around 20 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.portmeirion-village.com
Plas Newydd image ©National Trust Images/John Millar. Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle images © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
Travel to Snowdon
Our address is: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG
The nearest railway stations are Porthmadog and Betws-y-Coed; however we would recommend taking the train to Bangor which has the best train service. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 25 mile journey from Bangor railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £40 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Craflwyn Hall Manager.
There is a limited bus service which runs past Craflwyn Hall. Any bus route that goes between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Gwryd will pass the end of the drive of Craflwyn Hall. For bus times see www.traveline.info
For a lovely drive through the Welsh countryside, head towards Betws-y-Coed. In Betws-y-Coed take the A5, heading towards Bangor, as far as Capel Curig, then turn left onto the A4086. After a further 4 miles bear left onto the A498 at the Pen-y-Gwyrd Hotel; this road follows the Glaslyn Valley passing two large lakes. The entrance to Craflwyn Hall is on the right hand side of the road, approximately 1 mile after the second lake. Look out for the brown National Trust sign.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Bangor. Trains from the aiport take 3 hours, with one change at Crewe or Chester. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Bangor by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London, from where there are direct trains to Bangor. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
In each case complete your journey to Craflwyn Hall by taxi (see above).
After 30 years as a Transport Planner, Graham successfully retrained as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. He is a geographer by qualification and an explorer by instinct, and frequently has a map in his hand. Graham's travels have taken him to many parts of the country, where he enjoys discovering out-of-the-way places as well as an area's better known towns and buildings. He has a particular interest in the countryside, waterways, industrial heritage and places where history happened. Graham is also an HF Holidays' walking leader and has led at more than half of the UK's Country Houses.
Frances has been an enthusiastic student of English literature since primary school when a Mrs Darling sparked her interest! She has lived a very itinerant life with extended periods in the US and India. She worked as a fundraiser for third world charities for many years and travelled widely with them.
Many years ago, she was involved in running a small theatre and even occasionally appeared on stage. Now she works as a Blue Badge guide, concentrating on literary tours and religious themes. As well as going to the iconic, obvious sites, she tries to include lesser known places and to entertain visitors with stories about the many people who are associated with an area - kings and queens, local legends, artists and writers.
She is also a keen hiker and tries to find routes that will allow her to visit some sort of literary shrine.
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|7 Jul 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||3||£365.00||£365.00||Book Now|
|7 Jul 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||7||£855.00||£780.00||Book Now|
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|1 Sep 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||3||£365.00||£365.00||Book Now|
|1 Sep 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||7||£855.00||£780.00||Book Now|
|4 Sep 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||4||£505.00||£505.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person