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North Wales and the Lake District

Days 1-3: Conwy, North Wales

Planned Activities

  • Conwy Castle
  • Bodnant Gardens

Actual Activities

  • 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!

Train from London

We had to change trains a couple of times.

Stay at Number 18

We loved Number 18. Great location, unique 70s inspired interior, delicious breakfast, warm and helpful hosts.

Get around by walking

Conwy is compact and walkable. We averaged 13,026 steps daily.

Days 4-9: 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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Bus from Conwy

Stay at Yr Hen Fecws

Get around by walking

Days 10-12: Caernarfon, North Wales

Planned Activities

  • Welsh Highland Railway scenic train
  • 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. We’d originally planned on a day trip to Beaumaris but decided it was too out of the way.

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Bus from Porthmadog

Stay at Bron Menai

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 Capri Guest House

Get around by walking

Days 16-19: Ambleside, 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 Rothay Garth B & B

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 Ambleside

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 Rosalind House

Get around by walking

Days 24-25: Skipton, England

Planned Activities

  • Skipton Castle
  • Narrowboat ride
  • Walking

Actual Activities

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. 

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Train from Carlisle

Stay at The Unicorn

Get around by walking

Days 26-34: 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 Skipton

Stay at Ridgemount Hotel

Get around by public transport