North Wales and the Lake District
Days 1-3: Conwy, North Wales
- Conwy Castle
- Bodnant Gardens
- Conwy Castle
- Conwy Valley train
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.
The Reality: The Bodnant Gardens looked difficult to get to using public transportation, so we opted to take the scenic train through the Conwy Valley instead. Conwy and Llandudno are very different and we enjoyed both.
Related Posts: The first post describes daily activities and destination. Other posts cover anything that generated lots of photos!
Days 4-9: Porthmadog, North Wales
- Ffestiniog Railway scenic train
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.
Days 10-12: Caernarfon, North Wales
- Welsh Highland Railway scenic train
- Day trip to Snowdon
- Caernarfon Castle
- Segontium Roman Fort
The Plan: Another great castle to check out. We’re also using this as a base for Mt Snowdon. We’d originally planned on a day trip to Beaumaris but decided it was too out of the way.
Days 13-15: Llandudno, North Wales
- The Great Orme
- The pier
- Hanging out at the beach
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!
Days 24-25: Skipton, England
- Skipton Castle
- Narrowboat ride
The Plan: We originally planned to go straight to London from Carlisle but found ourselves with an extra day or two in order to save on a flight. So here we are.
Days 26-34: London, England
- National Gallery
- Cutty Sark
- Tate Britain
- Tate Modern
- Windsor Castle pub
- Hampstead and Highgate
- Day trip to Brighton
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.