North Wales Castles - Edward Longshank's Ring of Iron tour focuses on the medieval history of Wales and happens to travel through some of the most beautiful scenery North Wales has to offer.
Your day starts with 9.30am pick up from your location and along the way, your driver will share their intimate knowledge of Wales’ history, culture, myths and legends whilst pointing out places of interest and recommending best stops for food, refreshments and photos. You will return to your agreed drop off location about 6:00 pm. Itinerary may change depending on your pickup and drop off location, local weather on the day or your personal requirements.
- 9.30am -6pm sightseeing North Wales, Castles - Edward Longshank's Ring of Iron
- The services of your professional driver/guide throughout your tour.
- Luxury Mercedes touring vehicles for up to 6 passengers
- Pick up and drop off within North Wales
- Coffee and lunch stops (not included in cost)
- Sites, attractions and activities (entrance not included in cost)
- All fuel, parking and road tolls.
The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward 1st in Gwynedd were granted UNESCO stratus in 1986 and consist of the 4 great castles of Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris. Considered by UNESCO to be the "finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe" they have been jointly described as ‘’some of the most powerful castles of any age or country’’ and ‘’ the zenith of English castle building’.
Towering over the town’s quaint quayside and with a backdrop of Snowdonia’s high mountains, Conwy Castle enjoys a spectacular setting. After Edward 1st conquered Wales, his stonemasons built Conwy castle and its town walls in barely 4 years. An important Welsh palace and monastery originally occupied the site overlooking the Conwy estuary and the building of the new English town and castle on top of such a high-status Welsh site was the supreme demonstration of power and domination by Edward 1st. Today, Conwy Castle houses the most complete remains of medieval royal apartments anywhere in Britain.
Harlech Castle is perched atop an inaccessible cliff looking out over the Irish sea. With the Llyn Peninsula stretching out to the west and the high mountains of Snowdonia to the north, it enjoys perhaps the most spectacular setting of any of Edward 1st’s coastal fortresses. Harlech Castle played an important part in a number of Welsh revolts and civil wars through the centuries and it was here that Owain Glyndwr was crowned King of Wales during the last great Welsh uprising in the early 1400s. During the War of the Roses, 50 Lancastrian defenders held the castle for over a month against 7000 besieging Yorkists - they are honoured in modern times in Wales’s alternative national anthem – the rousing ‘Men of Harlech’
Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive of Edward 1st’s medieval castles and occupies a commanding position at the southern end of the beautiful Menai straits. The castle was the main seat of Edward 1st during his early conquest of Wales and its royal connections continues into modern times with it being the site of the investiture of Prince Charles, the current Prince of Wales. Right from its inception, Caernarfon was built on a grand scale to be the home of the Edward in Wales.
Edward 1st commissioned Beaumaris Castle in 1295 to further stamp his authority on the Welsh. Located at the northern entrance to the Menai Strait, it is recognised as the most technically perfect castle in Europe. Known as the castle that was never finished, construction slowed during Edward’s invasion of Scotland in 1300 and then continued until 1306 before stalling again with England under further threat of invasion by the Scots. The castle was described by 20th century Historian Arnold Taylor as ‘’the most perfect example of symmetrical concentric planning’’ even though it was still incomplete when work ceased for the last time in 1330.
What to bring with you.
Please take a wind or waterproof coat and sensible footwear for some light walking. Whilst rare, Wales can have 4 seasons in one day!
North Wales Guided Tours creates memorable private guided tours of North Wales and beyond for discerning customers from across the globe. The qualified driver/guides are all locally born and bred and passionate about all things Welsh. With an intimate knowledge of the landscape, history, and culture of Wales, they're ideally placed to help you get the most out of your tour. North Wales is an ancient and unspoiled land where history meets legend, mountains flow into the sea, medieval architecture meets the industrial revolution, and an ancient language and unique culture meets 5-star hotels and flourishing foodie scene. Come and find out for yourself why the Rough Guide voted Wales as one of the top 10 countries in the world to visit.
- Dates subject to availability
- Price is per Luxury Mercedes touring vehicle not per person
- Can take up to 6 passengers
- Qualified and licenced driver/guide, local pick up and drop off in North Wales.
- Excludes entry fees to visitor attractions and food and drink on the day
- Vouchers are non-refundable with no cash alternative
- All North Wales Guided Tours Ltd/NEW Executive Transfers Ltd booking conditions and T&C's apply
- North Wales Guided Tours/NEW Executive Transfers Ltd reserves the right to modify or cancel your tour
- Bring a wind or waterproof coat and sensible footwear for some light walking.
- Follow any COVID 19 restrictions in place at time of tour.