Cultural Tour of North Wales

‘The Secret View’ of Snowdonia
Our ‘Secret View’ - Snowdonia National Park Tours with Boutique Tours of Wales
Cultural, Historic and Scenic Photo Friendly Tour Up to 8 Hours Variety of interesting tour content with a variety of attractions

Discover the Culture of Wales

An absolutely fulfilled day capturing cultural elements of history and life in Wales. We step into industrial life in Wales to the slate capital of Wales, where we travel 500 feet underground to experience the life of slate miners some 160 years ago. Back on the surface, we board a steam train operated by the world’s oldest railway company, following the route of the slate from the mountains to the coast, where it was exported all over the world. Wales is full of history and our cultural elements capture the history of the Roman occupation with a visit to one of the most isolated and hostile outposts in the Roman empire. We then contrast our history with the English 13th century King Edward 1st conquering of Wales in the 12th century by visiting the magnificent castle at Harlech, which provides a spectacular setting, crowning a sheer rocky crag overlooking the coast, with distant views of the Snowdonia Mountains. Farming is an important industry to Wales and our farm visit is one of our great hidden gems of Wales. With an intriguing story that unfolds of the simply life on a Welsh farm, but also the great tradition of the Welsh Eistedfford – a traditional cultural event held in Wales celebrating the Welsh language and arts. We also make a couple of scenic photo stops at Dolwyddelan, home to the Welsh Prince Llewellyn the Great, along with a stunning scenic photo stop on a beautiful remote hillside location, where you can experience our ‘Secret View of Snowdonia’.


Deep Mine Tour
The clock will turn back 160 years as you travel 500 feet underground. On your travels, you’ll meet the mine’s owner and some of the men and boys who spent up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, working underground in semi-darkness.

*Note: The Deep Mine is a walking tour and you will be underground for around an hour and 15 minutes. You need to be reasonably fit and be able to descend 61 well-lit, grippy steps in the mine. *Entrance Fee Payable
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Formerly the slate capital of Wales, famous as being the town that roofed the world. You’ll witness the small terrace homes of the close knit Welsh community.
The Ffestiniog Railway
Take a ride on one of the ‘Great Little Steam Trains of Wales’ operated by the oldest railway company in the world! A 13½-mile journey between the slate mountain and the coast, where you descend over 700 feet to the town of Porthmadog on the coast. *Train ticket Payable
Harlech Castle
A Unesco world heritage site, Harlech is one of the most spectacular locations for a medieval castle, with the battlements springing out of a near-vertical cliff-face and amazing views overlooking the coast and the Snowdonia mountains. *Entrance Fee Payable
Historical Traditional Welsh Farmhouse Visit
Step back in time to an 18th Century simple Welsh farmhouse. This traditional hill farm is set in the Snowdonia National Park with beautiful views across the surrounding landscape. You’ll be immersed in Wales’s language, social, and rural history as a fascinating story unfolds around the Welsh way of life in this fascinating cultural tour. *Entrance Fee Payable
Roman Fort Site
We stop to take a walk with history across an ancient ruined site of a Roman fort, which was built in the first century AD in one of the most hostile regions of Britain. The forts location was designed to protect road communications in what was a dangerous and lawless area for the Romans and housed a cavalry unit of around 1000 legionaires.
Dolwyddelan Castle
A scenic photo stop at the ancestral home to the last true Prince of Wales – Llewellyn the Great.
The Snowdonia Secret View
As we work our way back through Snowdonia, we’ll take you where the tour buses can’t go and where other tour guides don’t even know! We climb high into the hills to a spectacular isolated ridge high above the valley floor to witness ‘The Secret View’ – featuring a spectacular panorama of the Snowdonia National Park mountain peaks. (This is subject to clear visibility/weather on the day).

Entrance fees are not included in the tour price. Please note that certain attractions have restricted operating and opening times.

Tour Testimonial and Endorsement

“Simply the Best Private Tour Experience”

We highly recommend this outstanding tour company, for anyone visiting North Wales and the Snowdonia area.” During our travels of Britain, we thoroughly enjoyed a number of excellent tours but the tour we did with Boutique Tours of Wales was definitely the best tour we have ever taken!

They tailored our very full day of touring to suit our request to experience both the natural beauty of North Wales but also aspects of its history and culture.
Dennis Dempster from Armidale, Australia
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Not found what you are looking for?

It’s your very own private tour and we can custom design the tour itinerary and arrangements to suit what you want to do and see. Our flexibility allows you to make changes to our itineraries. So take something out and add something more appealing to your desires. Alternatively combine an element of this tour with that of another tour. All you have to do is ask and if it is possible then it will be our pleasure to accommodate your wishes.

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