Iron Ring Tour: Great Castles of Wales
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Explore the pageantry of the past at Great Britain’s mightiest medieval fortresses. The Iron Ring Tour of Wales explores the legacy of King Edward I and the most ambitious castle-building campaign of the Middle Ages.
Beginning in 1277, English King Edward I- also nicknamed “Longshanks” and “the Hammer of the Scots”- launched a fearsome military campaign to subdue the powerful Welsh princes. He funded the construction of a series of formidable fortresses throughout northern Wales known as the “Iron Ring”.
The Iron Ring Tour takes us up-close-and-personal with the most extraordinary collection of thirteenth century castles located throughout northern Wales and digs deep into this military legacy left by King Edward I (1271-1307). Some of this tour’s highlights include a visit to Caernarfon Castle, where the Prince of Wales has been invested since 1301, the bastide town of Conwy with its complete medieval walls and grand castle, and a trek into the breath-taking landscape of Snowdonia National Park.
Wanderlust Tours owner and architectural historian, Shawnie Kelley brings to life castle history, famous faces, construction techniques, and innovations of Edwardian architecture during your private guided seminars. Our meals showcase traditional surf and turf dishes from around Wales, drawing on the fantastic seafood from the coast and agricultural offerings of the countryside. Plenty of beer, cheese, and local fare is in the mix.
Features & Attractions
- In-depth, private tour of Chester, England- a famous border town with medieval row houses and Roman ruins
- Tours of Flint. Rhuddlan, Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris Castles
- Guided hike into Snowdonia National Park & a ride on the Snowdonia Mountain Scenic Train
- Guided walking tour of the ancient market town of Aberystwyth
- Museums and historic homes
- Artisan Welsh cheese tasting and beer pairing
- Admission to your museum in Chester
- Private tour to Anglesey Island
- Pre-travel consulting services with one of our Travel Consultants
- Full-time services of two travel guides
- First-class accommodations of cultural or historical interest
- All meals noted in itinerary
- Limited wine with meals
- Food or drink tastings
- Tour guide book and reading list
- Itinerary with an emphasis on history, culture, and regional cuisine
- Luggage transfer between destinations
- All ground transportation as noted in itinerary (taxis, private vans, trains, etc.)
- All taxes and gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Our tour begins on in the northern town of Chester, England, an important border city since the Roman era. We spend three nights here, using Chester as our base to explore into northern Wales while the next three nights are spent in a Welsh country inn.