Chester & Snowdonia

Roman Chester and Northern Wales make for a great dual destination. Enjoy a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Roman ruins and rugged rural vistas, simply stunning.

Our guide to holidays in Chester & Snowdonia

Day 1: The fab three in Chester have to be the Chester Walls (yes, more walls, you thought we'd max'd out with Hadrian's but yes, there are lots in England to keep us entertained), Chester Cathedral (dating back to the year 907), and the Rows. Rest easy, the Rows don't look like the Walls, they are in fact a series of half timbered houses joined by long galleries which resemble a very old style of shopping mall to the modern eye. Head to Watergate, Eastgate and Bridge Street for the best examples of this higgledy piggledy complex of houses. Finish the day with afternoon tea at the Chester Grosvenor, or in fact even spend the night too as the service and welcome is exceptional.

Day 2: Head over to North Wales. We love love love Bodysgallen Hall. Get out and about to explore the surrounds of Conwy castle which hosts a themed walk called "Walks with the Washerwoman - Laundry, Lingerie and Lye", now aren't you just a little bit curious? Following this enjoy a stroll around Bodnant Garden which has beautiful displays throughout the year before returning to the hotel for a lazy afternoon relaxing with a good book in front of a roaring fire. Bliss.

Day 3: So here's where you have a choice - we won't make you walk up Mount Snowdon if you don't want to, but if you do the option is there! For those in search of a chunky challenge we can take you up Mount Snowdon, yes right to the top, with a qualified mountain guide who will be with you every step of the way. Our UK extraordinaire has risen to the challenge in the past, and the many steps to the top are well worth it for the experience and the view. However, for those who would really rather not, driving through Snowdonia National Park is still spectacular. Head to Portmadog on a steam train and explore the town with its variety of bookshops, antique shops and restaurants. Following lunch at Portmeirion, on the southern shores of Snowdonia, head up the coast to Caernarfon Castle where history really comes alive.

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  • Rainfall — 5cm / 2.2 inches
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