MAGNIFICENT CASTLES OF CLWYDTour ID: 161
Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe – which include those of the medieval Welsh princes, the English kings and the rich Victorian landowners. On this tour explore three fascinating castles in North East Wales, and also see several other castles in the area, such as Castell Dinas Bran and Denbigh Castle.
• Explore Bodelwyddan Castle, transformed into a magnificent example of 19th century Gothic architecture, now home to pictures from the National Portrait Gallery from the Victorian era. Optional highlights guided tour included. Stroll in the formal walled gardens, including a maze, or walk into the parkland to see the First World War practice trenches.
• Have lunch in the beautiful sandstone 4 star Ruthin Castle Hotel, where Edward VII was entertained by one of his mistresses, Patsy Cornwallis-West. Walk around the grounds to see peacocks and remains of the medieval castle, with its dungeons, drowning pool and whipping pit. Optional highlights guided tour in grounds included.
• Visit Chirk Castle, the magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches, part of King Edward 1’s chain of fortresses. See its lavish rooms and find out about Lord Howard de Walden, who amassed the world’s largest collection of heraldry and medieval armour. Optional highlights guided tour included. Also stroll in the award winning gardens and woodland.
Please note that only the guiding fee is quoted. All you need to do is provide the coach or minibus with a working microphone.
Lunch can be provided for groups at a very reasonable cost if booked in advance at Ruthin Castle Hotel or afternoon tea with a selection of home-made sandwiches, home-made pastries and coffee/tea.
Admission to castles is not included within the cost, but can be arranged at group rate. National Trust members admitted free to Chirk Castle, only on production of current valid membership card.
Please note that Bodelwyddan Castle is not open every day so tours can only take place on certain days