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North Wales and the Lake District

Days 1-4: Conwy, North Wales

Planned Activities

  • Conwy Castle
  • Bodnant Gardens

Actual Activities

The Plan: The photos of the castle are stunning, and the Bodnant Gardens sound really interesting too. Since both Conwy and Llandudno sounded like great places to stay, though very different, we’re going to stay at both of them. 

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Train from London

Stay at Glan Heulog

Get around by walking

Days 5-7: Porthmadog, North Wales

Planned Activities

  • Ffestiniog Railway scenic train
  • Portmeirion
  • Hiking

Actual Activities

The Plan: Originally it was all about the scenic train. But after reading about Portmeirion, that also became a must-do. Other than that we’ll do some walking or hiking in the area.  

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Train from Conwy

Stay at Yr Hen Fecws

Get around by walking

Days 8-12: Caernarfon, North Wales

Planned Activities

  • Welsh Highland Railway scenic train
  • Day trip to Beaumaris
  • Day trip to Snowdon
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Segontium Roman Fort

Actual Activities

The Plan: Another great castle to check out. We’re also using this as a base for Mt Snowdon, and taking a day trip to Beaumaris to see yet another castle. 

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Train from Porthmadog

Stay at Totters Hostel

Get around by walking

Days 13-15: Llandudno, North Wales

Planned Activities

  • The Great Orme
  • The pier
  • Hanging out at the beach 

Actual Activities

The Plan: Checking out a classic British seaside resort, including a great Victorian pier. Also some hiking on the Great Orme, and depending on the weather, either sitting or walking on the beach. Or both! 

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Bus from Caernarfon

Stay at Cliffbury

Get around by walking

Days 16-19: Grasmere, the Lake District

Planned Activities

  • Dove Cottage
  • Rydal Mount
  • Hiking

Actual Activities

The Plan: Walk or hike every other day, interspersed with sightseeing. 

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Train from Llandudno

Stay at Heidi's Grasmere Lodge

Get around by walking and bus

Days 20-22: Keswick, the Lake District

Planned Activities

  • Boating on Derwent Water
  • Hiking 

Actual Activities

The Plan: Walk or hike every other day, interspersed with sightseeing. 

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Bus from Grasmere

Stay at Allerdale House

Get around by walking and bus

Day 23: Carlisle, England

Planned Activities

  • Settle-Carlisle Railway

Actual Activities

The Plan: We’re spending the night here in order to catch the Settle-Carlisle scenic railway. We’ll continue on by train to London.  

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Bus from Keswick

Stay at Ibis

Get around by walking

Days 24-31: London, England

Planned Activities

  • National Gallery
  • Cutty Sark
  • Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern
  • Windsor Castle pub
  • Hampstead and Highgate
  • Day trip to Brighton

Actual Activities

The Plan: Hit some of the things we missed the last time we were here. We’d originally planned on four days but have doubled it so we can get to everything on that list. 

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Train from Carlisle

Stay at Ridgemount Hotel

Get around by public transport