Silversea Luxury Cruises To Holyhead, Wales

Holyhead, Wales

Once a northern defense post against Irish raiders, Holyhead later became best known as a ferry port for Ireland. The dockside bustle is not matched by the town, however, which maintains just a small population. Nonetheless, thousands of years of settlement have given Holyhead rich historical ruins to explore, with more in the surrounding hiking friendly landscape.

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  • Northern Europe & British Isles
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Departure
    Aug 11, 2019
  • Duration
    13 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Wind

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Excursions in Holyhead, Wales

The Best of North Wales

Experience the splendid beauty, landmarks and history of North Wales during this memorable, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Scenic Drive and Caernarton Castle

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to remote Caernarfon, one of the historic centres of Wales. En route, travel across the island of Anglesey and Menai Straits via the imposing Britannia Bridge, which rises 105 feet (32 metres) above the channel and is supported by piers of Anglesey limestone. Upon arrival in Caernarton, take a guided tour of the impressive, 700-year-old Caernarton Castle. Built by King Edward I, the castle succeeded a Roman fortification erected there more than 1,000 years earlier; its majestic walls were modelled after those of Constantinople.


Snowdonia National Park and Llanberis Pass

Next, your drive continues inland towards the magnificent landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park. This incredible park is a visual delight, and boasts some of the most amazing scenery to be found anywhere in Wales. As you travel deep into the park, drive along the incredible Llanberis Pass that skirts the base of Snowdonia. At a height of 3,560 feet (1,085 metres), it is the highest peak in Britain south of the Scottish highlands.


Lunch and Llandudno

Following a photo and comfort stop, proceed for lunch at the lovely Betws-y-Coed, a locale renowned for its popularity with hill-walkers and adventure-seekers. After lunch, re-board your coach and head north to the coastal area in which Conwy and Llandudno are located. Llandudno, Wales's largest resort, is uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes headlands. It features two wonderful beaches, the award-winning North Shore and the quiet West Shore with its sand dunes. Llandudno has retained its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, and boasts a delightful promenade.


Great Orme Tramway, Funicular Ride and Llanfair

During your visit to Llandudno, see the Great Orme Tramway, which has been delighting visitors ever since it opened on July 31, 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, Great Orme is the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads to this day. At the Halfway Station exhibition, take a panoramic, 50-minute ride to the top of the fascinating restored funicular tramway. The breathtaking view from the 679-foot (207metre) summit of the Great Orme extends to Snowdonia and Anglesey, and out to the Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District. Your tour concludes with a photo stop at Llanfair before commencing the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 880 yards (805 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and Great Orme Tramway, and many steps, narrow staircases and uneven surfaces at the castle. Walking at the castle is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Silver Shore Privato - Holyhead by Private Van with Guide - Full Day

Explore Holyhead at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your Driver and English-speaking guide and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Holyhead by Private Van with Guide - Half Day

Explore Holyhead at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your Driver and English-speaking guide and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Holyhead by Private Car with Guide - Full Day

Explore Holyhead at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your Driver and English-speaking guide and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Holyhead by Private Car with Guide - Half Day

Explore Holyhead at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your Driver and English-speaking guide and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Private Reception at Gwydir Castle

Experience the beautiful countryside of Angelesey as you travel from Holyhead, across the Menai Bridge into Snowdonia National Park during this half-day tour to Gwydir Castle, one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales.


Depart the pier for the approximate 75-minute drive to Gwydir Castle in Snowdonia. The castle dates back to the 14th century and while it has been turned into a hotel, the period furniture, crooked floors and historic atmosphere still remain, as well as ghosts from the past. The castle is known for being one of the most haunted houses in Wales. The 'Grey Lady' is the most famous ghost and people say the ghost of a monk is trapped in a tunnel leading to the secret room.


Indulge in High Tea with lovely scones, bara brith (Welsh fruitcake) and cakes. Then enjoy a private guided tour of the castle and gardens. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 45 minutes, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Portmeirion

Spend a day indulging your senses with the spectacular natural beauty of Portmeirion during this full-day sightseeing excursion with lunch and a visit to Llanberis.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Portmeirion. En route, drive through the Isle of Anglesey and across the Menai Straight towards Snowdonia. Take in spectacular views of one of the 11 National Parks of England and Wales spanning 823 square miles (2,132 square kilometres) of beautiful and unspoilt scenery. As you approach Portmeirion, travel through pristine woodland areas.


Portmeirion

Set on a private peninsula with miles of sandy beaches, 70 acres (28 hectares) of sub-tropical woodland gardens and stunning lakes, Portmeirion is considered one of the most beautiful architectural projects of the 20th century. It is comprised of about 50 buildings, most of which are used as hotel or self-catering accommodation. Portmeirion served as the location for the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner. It is home to a tulip tree, a massive variegated sycamore and a weeping silver lime that scents the village in August.


Walking Tour, Shopping and Lunch

Upon arrival in Portmeirion, take a guided walking tour of this unique village, followed by some free time for independent shopping and exploration. On the main driveway is Castell, a Victorian mansion that was recently restored as a brasserie-style restaurant and hotel. A stop is made here for lunch. After lunch, re-board your coach for the 2.25-hour drive back to Holyhead. En route, a brief stop is made in Llanberis for an opportunity to explore this Welsh village at your leisure.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for up to 550 yards (503 metres) over many steep slopes and steps, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Portmeirion and Llanberis is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Narrow Gauge Railway & Welsh Countryside

Experience the splendid natural beauty of Wales in a unique new way during this half-day excursion by vintage railway, and a visit to the Welsh countryside.


Scenic Drive and Narrow Gauge Railway Ride

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Porthmadog. En route, travel across the isle of Anglesey and over the Menai Suspension Bridge to the mainland, and then head south to the Welsh Highland Railway Station. Upon arrival, board a restored narrow gauge steam railway for a panoramic ride through wide open spaces and narrow valleys, then along the River Afon Glaslyn on a ledge cut into the rock.

Welsh Countryside

After passing through a few tunnels, arrive at Beddgelert, set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales. The village has won the 'Britain in Bloom' and 'Wales in Bloom' competitions on many occasions. A stop is made for an opportunity to explore this picturesque village, which is situated at the confluence of the rivers Afon Colwyn and Afon Glaslyn. Crossed by a picturesque, ivy-covered stone bridge, the river runs through the village as it flows down on to the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass. You may opt to take a stroll to the field by the river for a visit to the grave of Gelert, Prince Llywelyn's faithful hound, and learn of its tragic end. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier via Snowdonia National Park.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for up to 550 yards (503 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and narrow gauge railcar. Walking is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, some trains have wheelchair and restroom limitations. Please contact the Tour Office on board the ship for more information. The railway and Welsh countryside locations may vary. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Snowdonia National Park & Welsh Tea

Experience the stunning beauty of Snowdonia National Park during this half-day sightseeing excursion, and a stop for afternoon tea.


Caemarfon

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Caemarfon. En route, travel through Anglesey and across the Menai Strait. Caernarfon is home to a famous castle dating from 1283. It was here that the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, was crowned Prince of Wales in 1969.


Snowdonia National Park and Llanberis

Next, your drive continues inland towards the magnificent landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park. This incredible park is a visual delight, and boasts some of the most amazing scenery to be found anywhere in Wales. As you travel deep into the park, a brief photo stop is made at Llanberis, which is located adjacent to Llyn Padarn Lake. Afterward, proceed along the incredible Llanberis Pass that skirts the base of Snowdonia. At a height of 3,560 feet (1,085 metres), it is the highest peak in Britain south of the Scottish highlands.


Afternoon Tea

A stop is made for afternoon tea and cakes at the lovely Betws-y-Coed, a locale renowned for its popularity with hill-walkers and adventure-seekers. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 100 yards (91 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.