garden breaks

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If you’re a lover of all things green, a garden package is just about the perfect way to stop over and see our best bits. Places like Penrhyn Castle and Plas Brondanw. But we won’t just take you to our houses and gardens.

You’ll visit our specialist nurseries, too, like the ones at Crûg Farm. So you could say it’s the perfect mix of gardens, convivial hospitality and shopping. Just make some room in your suitcase.


gardens galore

A visit to Crug Farm on the North Wales coast of Snowdonia will inspire your gardening talents. It has become a Mecca for extraordinary plants. Covering 20 acres it is home to rare plants from all over the world. You may see some of these at Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia’s National Park Environmental Studies Centre, with it’s network of paths leading into informal, woodland gardens where native flora such as Oaks, Beeches, Scots Pine and Irish Yew intermingle with trees and shrubs imported from abroad. Portmeirion is as much about gardens as it is about Italianate architecture, with conifers and firs dating back to the mid 1800s. 
The gardens have been added to and now enjoy a cult following all of their own. Then it’s just a short trip to
Plas Brondanw also built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, which took up all his spare time and he is quoted to have said. “A passion and obsession if you like”. With only two acres it’s small, but it is perfectly formed.

This package includes: 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast in a 3 star hotel. Entrance into Crug Farm, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Portmeirion and Plas Brondanw.

Groups: 10 or more

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from castle to shrine

St Winefride’s Well, the UK’s only active shrine and one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. It’s back to high ground for a look at Chirk Castle. This 700 year old Marcher fortress, now in the capable hands of the National Trust, is the only one of Edward I Welsh castles still lived in today.

This package includes: 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at a 3 star hotel. Entrance into Denbigh Castle, St Winefride’s Well and Chirk Castle.

Groups: 10 or more
This tour is a great way to get a taste of the religious andmilitary history of the North Wales Borderlands. March yourgroup to the top of the hill for a tour of the strongest and best-preserved medieval fortresses in the Borderlands. The hard hike up is rewarded with great views of the Vale of Clwyd.

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hidden history of slate

 

Penrhyn Castle built between 1820 and 1845 by the Pennant family. Take a self-guided tour of Inigo Jones Slateworks then browse the shop for high quality slate ware. Travel the 13 mile slate route on the Ffestiniog Railway as it ascends the 700ft to Blaenau Ffestiniog. There’s more in the way of trains at Llechwedd Slate Caverns travel 450ft beneath the summit of the mountain on Britain’s steepest passenger railway. Uncover the hidden history of slate at the National Slate Museum, housed in Dinorwig Quarry’s Victorian workshops. Here you can be forgiven for thinking the quarrymen have just downed their tools.

This package includes:3 nights bed and breakfast in a 5 star country house.

Entrance into Caernarfon Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Inigo Jones Slateworks, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, National Slate Museum and a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway.

Groups: 10 or more
During the 19th century the slate industry was as important to North Wales as the coal industry was to South Wales. See for yourself how the rise of the slate industry shaped our history, culture and landscape. From the slate quay at dominated by another of Edward I castles to a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria just down the road at 

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