Wonders of North Wales
- By Royal Appointment
The Celtic Royal is a handsome building near Caernarfon Castle.
Marvel at the stunning scenery from your carriage on the Welsh Highland steam railway.
- Welsh wildlife
Look forward to an included cruise to Puffin Island where you can see a bird sanctuary and maybe even dolphins.
- No fly
- Half board
- Short breaks
Full steam ahead for the rugged scenery of North Wales
This new short break in a relaxing hotel nestled between Snowdonia’s mountains and the sea, allows you to explore the beautiful surroundings of the Celtic Heart of Wales while enjoying some unique rail journeys.
The locally rated 3-star Celtic Royal Hotel (3Q) is close to Caernarfon’s walled town and castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It enjoys a superb location overlooking the Menai Strait on a spectacular stretch of coastline which runs down the Llyn Peninsula and out into the Irish Sea. You can look forward to journeys on the Snowdown Mountain Railway and the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway plus an included trip to Portmerion and a cruise to Puffin Island.
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Unlimited tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights
- Snowdon Mountain Railway (half day)
- Ffestiniog Railway, Portmerion and Porthmadog (full day)
- Puffin Island Cruise (half day)
Bangor St, Caernarfon LL55 1AY
Once a favoured haunt of Queen Victoria, the Celtic Royal Hotel is a historic hostelry in Caernarfon – perfectly located for exploring the stunning scenery and attractions of North Wales. With its oak-panels and ornate ceilings, the 3-star hotel combines the elegance of a hotel built in 1794 by the 2nd Earl of Uxbridge, with contemporary stylings and a central position close to the UNESCO-listed heart of the town.
There are 110 traditional bedrooms at the hotel, all spacious and furnished in contemporary style. Each has a television, telephone and tea/coffee-making facilities. Superior rooms are available for a supplement, subject to availability – please call for details.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
The Castle Restaurant is where you can look forward to enjoying your evening meals in a stylish but relaxed ambience. Contemporary meals are created using fresh local ingredients wherever possible. The less formal Summit Bar serves a bistro-style menu and is also the place to go for a sumptuous afternoon tea or to unwind with a drink from the bar’s wide selection.
Heated indoor pool
Caernarfon enjoys an outstanding location between the rugged peaks of the Snowdonia Mountains and a spectacular spot on the banks of the Menai Strait. Inhabited continuously since Roman times, Caernarfon is a royal town where the investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales took place in 1969. Majestic Caernarfon Castle overlooks the mouth of the River Seiont while there is a maze of 17th and 18th-century streets within the town walls and the remains of a Roman fortress on the hilltop above to explore.
The redeveloped waterside Victoria Dock is home to the Galeri Arts Centre, as well as a range of bars, restaurants and boutiques. Both Snowdonia National Park and the beautiful Isle of Anglesey are just a 15-minute drive away, giving you the chance to enjoy spectacular scenery and the varied landscape which is unlike anywhere else in the UK. The Welsh Highland Railway runs right into the heart of Snowdonia, with the station a short walk from your hotel.Snowdonia
While its 3,560 foot peak dominates the landscape, there is much more to Snowdonia National Park than Snowdown, the highest mountain in England and Wales. The 800 square miles of breathtaking scenery surrounding it in the national park make it the biggest and highest in Wales, while being protected since 1951 makes it the oldest. It boasts stunning natural scenery including lakes and waterfalls, charming villages and man-made wonders including vintage steam railways. If you thought reaching the summit would be beyond you, think again, the Snowdown Mountain Railway has been taking passengers to the summit station at Llanberis since 1896, when it was launched as an alternative to donkey trekking. There are more than 90 other peaks in the park bur it’s not just elevation that Snowdonia can boast, the craggy mountains are fringed by forests and ribbons of rivers, streams and brooks, and home to Wales’ highest major waterfall, Pistyll Rhaeadr and largest natural lake, Bala Lake. Such natural beauty also attracts a wealth of incredible wildlife.
Ffestiniog Railway, Portmerion and Porthmadog
Today you will visit the tourist village of Portmerion in Gwynned. Famous as the setting for the cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner the coastal village was developed over a 50-year period by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis who was keen to show that a naturally beautiful site could be developed sympathetically into an ideal village. From there you will transfer to the Ffestiniog Railway to travel to Porthmadog station from Blaenau Ffestiniog, a journey which runs on a small gauge track for over thirteen miles which originally carried slate from the local quarries. Enjoy a journey of around one-and-a-quarter hours as you chug through the countryside before returning by coach to your hotel.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Enjoy a return journey aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which has been chugging to the summit of the highest mountain in England and Wales since 1896. It’s considered one of the most unique railway journeys in the world with its stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views. Trains depart from Llanberis station and climb 1085metres to the summit of Yr Wyddfa where you can see the Visitor Centre and on a clear day enjoy views as far as Ireland.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Puffin Island Cruise
The medieval town of Beaumaris lies on the coast of Anglesey. It’s home to a small pier and a number of historic buildings. Set off from here on a cruise down the Menai Strait to take in some wonderful scenery and landmarks including Penmon Lighthouse, as well as plenty of wildlife. Puffin Island is a bird sanctuary and a nesting site for many species of seabirds, while it is also home to a colony of Atlantic Grey Seals. Keep your eye open for porpoise and even dolphins too.
Included on 4 nights itinerary