Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
North Wales & Conwy Castle
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Approximately 7¾ Hours
Crossing the Mersey River, you will leave Liverpool behind on a panoramic drive down through Cheshire and across the top of North Wales. A quiet beauty lies within these heather-clad hills and hidden river valleys -- an area unspoiled by the ravages of time, abounding with legend and a rich cultural heritage. Cross ‘the Wirral’ -- the narrow peninsula that separates the estuary of the River Dee from the Mersey -- and join the freeway for a quick route to the start of some scenic sightseeing from Mold. The mountainous terrain of the Clwydian Range comes into view as the road leads towards the hillside town of Ruthin, which commands the south of the beautiful Vale of Clwyd. Notice that all street signs are displayed in both English and Welsh. Visit Conwy Castle, dominating the entrance to the fine medieval walled town of Conwy. This is Edward I's mighty fortress built in 1283 and completed in just 4½ years -- a stunning landmark whose eight towers are all intact, pinning it to the rock upon which it stands. Conwy village retains a distinctly medieval atmosphere, and its superbly preserved walls, punctuated by 21 towers and three gateways, form one of the most complete medieval wall circuits in Europe, and one of the most picturesque in Wales. Enjoy free time in the town of Conwy. Fine pastoral views become your companion for the ride to Llanrwst, a typically Welsh market town. You'll see pastures with sheep grazing alongside the placid river and a famous narrow bridge built in 1636. Fifteen miles of picturesque valley and river scenery later, the River Conwy enters the broad sweep of Conwy Bay. Betws-y-Coed village, only 50 feet above sea level, is entirely surrounded by hill country of an average elevation of 1,000 feet, lending it a distinctly alpine atmosphere. It is the most popular inland resort in North Wales. Lunch is served at one of the small hotels here. Afterwards, enjoy some free time for shopping in the craft and gift shops.