Unesco Medieval Castle Tour

Conwy Castke
Touring Conwy Castle and the town walls with Boutique Tours of Wales
Cultural, Historic and Scenic Photo Friendly Tour Up to 8 Hours Featuring a variety of interesting tour content and attractions

UNESCO Medieval Castle Tour of North Wales

If you love castles, then you are in for a treat with this tour! The castles of Wales are famous the world over. Experts reckon there are over 600 of them throughout Wales! From 1276 Edward 1st, King of England, established a mighty set of castles and towns in North Wales as part of his military campaign to defeat the Welsh princes of Gwynedd. Amongst the castles built by Edward 1st are Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech. UNESCO recognised the castles and their fortified towns as ‘the finest examples of late 13th and early 14th century military architecture in Europe.’ These spectacular UNESCO monuments are a gateway for exploring the history of Wales in the heartland of the traditional Welsh princes’ stronghold of Gwynedd. The English built castles represent the best castle building skills in Western Europe at the time, and were built over a short timescale and on a hugely ambitious scale. With massive curtain walls and towers and powerful gatehouses, the ring of UNESCO castles has a powerful presence in the landscape of Snowdonia and symbolises the huge effort by King Edward 1st to dominate North Wales and fight against the Welsh resilience. Each castle has individual stories to tell... and our tour captures both sides of the story in Defence and Conquering.

TOUR ITINERARY

Our tour captures the collection of the four recognised UNESCO castles of King Edward 1st, along with photographic stops at two of the castles of the Princes of Gwynedd.

Dolwyddelan Castle
Built by the Welsh prince Llewellyn the Great. The location gets the imagination flowing as to how the Welsh Prince’s set out to defend themselves against the might of the English. The walk up to the castle is a tough climb, but you are rewarded with one of the most stunning castle locations, set in solitary confinement sheltering deep in the heart of the Snowdonia Mountains.
Harlech Castle
King Edward 1st tried and tested ‘walls within walls’ model was put together in super-fast time between 1283 and 1295 by an army of nearly a thousand skilled craftsman and labourers. The setting is impressive, with the battlements springing out of a near-vertical cliff-face and amazing views overlooking the coast.
Criccieth Castle
Criccieth was formerly known as Crug-Caeth with the translation of ‘crug’ meaning hill in and, ‘caith’ translating to captives. This was the name given to the jail on the hill, a function once held by the castle site. The castle sits perched on a panoramic headland with an intimidating location overlooking the sea.
Caernarfon Castle
A brute of a fortress, Caernarfon Castle’s pumped up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. King Edward 1st created what is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive castles in Wales and beyond, and the castle and town walls provided means to keep some communities in and others out.
Beaumaris Castle
Located on the Isle of Anglesey is described as the most technically perfect castle in Britain, and the last hurrah of King Edward 1st massive building project in north Wales. It was the thirteenth-century hi-tech equivalent of a spaceship landing unceremoniously on Anglesey today.
Conwy Castle and Conwy Medieval Town Walls
Some say it is the most magnificent of Edward 1st Welsh fortresses and UNESCO considers Conwy to be one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”. The rectangular castle is built from local and imported stone and occupies a coastal ridge, originally overlooking an important crossing point over the River Conwy.
Dolbadarn Castle
Built by the Welsh prince Llewellyn the Great during the early 13th century. The location of the Dolbadarn was important both because it controlled an important mountain pass, and possibly because Llewellyn claimed authority as the lord of Snowdonia and the views from here are something else and a great one for the photographer!


This tour can also be custom designed with an alternative option. You might want to consider changing the outline tour itinerary. Just simply request to swap something in the current tour line up by replacing Conwy or Beaumaris with a visit to Dolwyddelan, Criccieth or Dolbadarn Castle in the Snowdonia Mountains.

Tour Testimonials and Endorsement

“The best trip you will have!”

Our day with John from Boutique Tours was the best day of our three week trip to the UK. John knew every castle, battleground and the colourful history of Wales.

We learned so much and enjoyed every minute because John is such an engaging storyteller and such fun to be with.
Mary Sanger from Texas, USA

Our Best Rate Guarantee

Thank you for considering Boutique Tours of Wales as your private tour provider for your visit to Wales.  We are a small, family run business and every booking is extremely important to us.

In choosing to book directly with us, you are guaranteed the best rate, with the best service, along with the best touring experience available.

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Our Private Tour Pricing Guide

The UNESCO Medieval Castle Tour can be custom designed to fit a number of touring options such as duration and pick up/drop off locations.

This private tour can start out from Beaumaris, Bangor, Betws-y-Coed, Caernarfon, Conwy, Holyhead, Llandudno, Ruthin and Llangollen Areas.

For a supplementary charge, the tour can be taken with pick-ups from Chester or Liverpool or as a Cruise Tour from Liverpool and also as a Day Tour arriving by train at Llandudno Junction and departing from Bangor. 

If you are staying anywhere else in the North Wales region, then please contact us to discuss your tour requirements and we will be pleased to quote for our services.

1 or 2 persons
Private Driver Guided Tour
£500from
3 or 4 persons
Private Driver Guided Tour
£600from
5, 6 or 7 persons
Private Driver Guided Tour
£700from

Your Tour Rate Includes:

• 8 Hour Touring Day in your own exclusive touring van
• Pick up from the front door of where you are staying
• Complimentary Full Colour Touring Map
• Complimentary Bottled Water
• All mileage, fuel, road tolls and car parking costs
• Driver-guide accommodation and subsistence either pre/post tour
• Empty leg re-positioning pre/post tour.


Not Included in Your Tour Rate:

• Tour Accommodation
• Entrance fees to attractions
• Meals and refreshments
• Driver guide gratuities

NO BOOKING FEES APPLY WHEN YOU BOOK DIRECT WITH US!

We accept payment by American Express, Mastercard and Visa Credit Cards, Debit Card or Electronic Bank Transfer.

Our private tour rates sit very competitively against the rates quoted by The Guild of Professional Tour Guides, along with the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and the Driver-Guides Association.

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.

Other Great Tour Options

Just in case you don’t want to be castled out all in one day, we do offer a selection of other tours featuring historic castles, combined with other aspects of Welsh culture and scenery.  Take a look at these exciting and interesting alternative tour options:

Castle and Snowdonia Tour

A beautiful day day combing medieval history and the scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.

$45

/person
Swallow Falls, Betws-Y-Coed

North Wales in a Nutshell

For a time precious visit, this tour will help you capture the very best highlights of North Wales.

$65

/person
Cultural Tour of North Wales

Cultural Tour of North Wales

Wales has a unique culture all of its own. Discover real life in Wales, its history and scenery.
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