Let the train take the strain an ad slogan from the 1980’s that is relevant for an excellent railway enthusiast style break in Wales.
Great Rail Journeys and Rail Discoveries offer a series of heritage railway oriented style holiday packages both in the UK and around the world.
One such package was that of their Railways and Castles of Wales and if joined by your partner who may not like the rail aspect, but love the castles and gardens for instance.
This package included visits to four heritage railways, several castles and places like Portmeirion Village the Italian style complex that was used for the location of the cult TV show The Prisoner.
The break includes staying at a charming family run hotel in Llandudno The Dunoon Hotel, which sends you off for the day with a cracking Welsh breakfast. In the evening their 3 course dinners are not only wonderful but varied and of a very high creative and culinary standard.
The Welsh Highland, The Ffestiniog Railway, The Snowdon Mountain Railway and the Llangollen Railway are on the list and travel the area around Snowdonia and along the pretty Dee River valley.
WALES ON RAILS HOLIDAY PACKAGE
The tour company efficiently gets you to the various railways allowing you plenty of your own free time should you prefer to be away from the group like dining at the Wildwood restaurant in Llandudno a contemporary culinary experience or just exploring the villages and towns near to the stations or castles that are the itinerary.
Away from the rails you make tracks to some of the castles that are such an iconic part of the area around North Wales. Built by Kings the many stunning structures provide wonderful visits and days out away from the trains at Caernarfon and Conwy Castles.
Portmeirion has its own unique story an Italian style village almost like it was dropped there into this landscape of the sloping lush estuary side location by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis who helped to build and design it from 1925 until 1976.
Enjoying Wales on rails the views of the Welsh mountain landscape from delightful heritage railway carriages are a relaxing experience and not to be missed. Plus in this case let the Great Rail Journeys take the strain, which they do wonderfully well in their stride!
Great Rail Journeys, from £675pp for the 6-day Railways & Castles of Wales www.greatrail.com
Rail Discoveries, from £465pp for the 6-day Railways of Wales www.raildiscoveries.com
GRJ Independent for a tailor-made holiday – price on request www.greatrail.com/grj-independent
Railways and Castles of Wales – https://www.greatrail.com/tours/railways-castles-wales-dunoon-hotel/
Freetime dining recommendation:https://wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk/restaurant/llandudno/