Tours and Short Breaks in Wales
As you drive amongst the endless green hills and valleys of Wales, you have no choice but to slow down and enjoy the views. Each excursion is as much about the stunning journey as the journey’s end. Titan’s short breaks to Wales are centred around Caernarfon, within miles of Snowdonia National Park, and Llandrindod Wells, a more central location with access to the beautiful Brecon Beacons.
Llandridnod Wells became popular during the Victorian age, when the development of the railways gave people access to popular spa waters. You may like to take a trip on the Vale of Rheidol Railway from Devil’s Bridge, a stunning location in the very centre of Wales, for a journey through open meadows, woodland and rugged mountains, pulled by a classic steam or diesel locomotive.
Llandridnod Wells is within reach of Brecon, the old Roman military town with streets of Georgian and Jacobean shops, and Abergavenny, the Roman market town with a ruined Norman castle. Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall is also worth visiting. Within the acres of stunning grounds are a beautiful Gothic Victorian stately home and the Abbey of the Long Valley, slighted during the English Civil War. Llewellyn the Last, who formed an army against the encroaching English kingdom, was buried at this abbey.
Caernarfon sits on the banks of the Seiont River which divides Anglesey from the mainland. It is an historic town with an immense castle, constructed in the 13th century as a military stronghold, a seat of government and royal palace. The first English Prince of Wales was born here in 1284, and Prince Charles was inaugurated as Prince of Wales here in 1969. There are over 600 castles in Wales, although many are in ruins. Of the 100 or so that remain, few are as impressive as this one.
The town is ideally located to explore Snowdonia, and Titan’s North Wales Short Break includes a ride up Wales’ tallest mountain on the narrow-gauged Snowdon Mountain Railway. This hour long journey takes you through the spectacular park to within meters of the peak. Myths and legends are common in Wales, and it is thought that King Arthur killed a giant called Rhitta on Mount Snowdon.
Train enthusiasts may also consider Titan’s Chester Short Break. Based just over the border, it includes a journey on the Llangollen Steam Railway. The journey takes you along the banks of the beautiful River Dee and the majestic slopes of the Berwyn Mountains.