North Wales is not only blessed with stunning natural scenery but is also home to 2 official and 1 proposed UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Our UNESCO North Wales tour crosses the country from coast to English border and includes visits to Caernarfon or Conwy Castle, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the National Slate Museum interlinked with the spectacular scenery of North West and North East Wales. It makes a great day tour on its own or a great transfer tour when coming into or leaving Wales via Manchester or Liverpool Airports or even when connecting into a bigger tour of the UK.
The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd…
were granted UNESCO status in 1986 and consist of the 4 great castles of Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris. Considered by UNESCO to be the “finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th-century military architecture in Europe” they have been jointly described as ‘’some of the most powerful castles of any age or country’’ and ‘’ the zenith of English castle building’. Each castle enjoys its own spectacular setting which will take your breath away.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal…
were granted UNESCO status in 2010. Completed in 1805, The Llangollen canal was built to take slate, limestone and other natural resources across the steep Dee valley and onwards to the industrial heartlands of England. Covering an extremely difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the canal 126 feet over the Dee valley and is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford.
The Slate Mining Landscape of North West Wales…
is the latest site to be put forward for nomination to UNESCO World Heritage Site status. An extraordinary landscape shaped by many centuries of slate production has left a landscape dotted with underground workings, terraces cut into mountainsides, grey, towering waste tips and bright blue pools, all nestling within mountains and woodland. It includes cottages for quarrymen and their families, chapels, band-rooms, libraries, great houses for the wealthy industrialists and railways that in their day were great feats of engineering. In its day, more slate was exported from these mines than the rest of the world combined, and the slate mines of Gwynedd were said to ‘roof the world’.
Your personal guided tour timetable
Your touring day starts at your accommodation at 9:30 am. Your day will include rest, coffee and a lunch stop in addition to stops for the listed sites, attractions and activities. Along the way, your driver will tell you all about Wales’ history, culture and myths and legends whilst pointing out places of interest and recommending the best stops for food, refreshments and photos. We aim to have you back at your accommodation at about 6:00 pm.
We will endeavor to visit all locations listed on this tour however, Start/Finish times, order of itinerary and places we visit may change depending on your pickup and drop-off location, weather, road conditions or other events out of our control. Therefore, all tour timings are approximate, and we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary at any time.
What is Included in your tour
Pick up and drop off at your hotel or cruise berth within North Wales.
The services of your professional driver/guide throughout your tour.
The use of our luxury Mercedes people carrier to suit your party size
All fuel, parking and road tolls.
What is excluded from your tour
Food and drink and admission fees to sites, attractions and activities where payable.
Personal travel insurance
What to bring with you.
Please bring a wind or waterproof coat and sensible footwear for some light walking. Whilst rare, Wales can have 4 seasons in one day!