Itinerary: Easter Long Weekend in Wales

Georgiana in Monmouth

This is us leaving from Yorkshire on the Thursday before Easter and driving along the North Coast of Wales, down the West Coast, into the Pembroke Peninsula and then along the south coast of Wales via Bristol and the M4 back to London.

We could have spent 3 weeks in Wales.

Seems there is a castle on every corner.  If we go back we’ll join the Cadw (Wales’ version of English Heritage, which gives free admission into the Cadw-maintained buildings).  As you’ll see from below though, we had plenty on our plate.

Oooh, and as usual, some of the biggest expectations were met with damp reality and other houses offered the greatest of surprises.

Thursday Yorkshire-Wrexham
0830 depart 1hr 45 mins
Chirk Castle

Medieval fortress completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I that is still lived in today, including medieval tower and dungeon, 17th- century Long Gallery, 18th- century state apartments, servants’ hall and historic laundry. Extensive topiary and japanese garden.


18th century house, refurbished formal gardens, out buildings.

Wrexham Largest town in North Wales
Restaurant 7.30pm Perelli’s, 7 Town Hill, Wrexham  LL13 8NA
Poss visit
Friday (Wrexham – Conway and Bangor)
Depart 0845 1hr 10 mins to Bondant – depart 8.45
Bodnant Gardens
Conway Aberconwy House

  • 14th-century merchant’s house. Only medieval merchant’s house in Conwy to have survived the turbulent history of the walled town over nearly six centuries.
  • Plus suspension bridge afterwards (also NT)
  • Poss option to visit Conway Castle (but we’d seen it before)
  • fish and chips lunch


Penrhyn Castle 

19th-century neo-Norman castle, contents include one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria and mock-Norman furniture. Restored kitchens; stable block houses railway museum, a model railway museum and a dolls’ museum.

Hotel 10 mins from Castle
Traveling Snowdonia down to Swansea
Depart 0845  
Plas Brondanw Gardens

The gardens are not as famous as the village Portmeirion, created by the same owner, Clough, who said “It was for Brondanw’s sake that I worked and stinted, for its sake that I chiefly hoped to prosper.  A cheque of ten pounds would come in and I would order yew hedging to that extent, a cheque for twenty and I would pave a further piece of terrace.”  This devotion continued throughout Clough’s long life – he lived to 95. As the gardens grew and matured the avenues extended outward into the fields with vistas up to the mountain peaks, as he had planned.


18th century Welsh gentry estate – example of  self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate inc. villa designed in the 1790s, by John Nash.

Sunday Pembroke peninsula depart 0915
Other options
Colby Woodland Garden

Late 15th-century town house with replica Tudor furniture.

Picton Castle

A half fortified manor house and half fully developed medieval castle.

Monday Montmouth & Tredegar
Tredegar House
The Kymin
  • Other things to see: Nelson Museum, Town Hall
  • Henry V born here
  • (10 mins away)
Cornwall House
   Stopped off at Tintern Abbey

Bristol Visit town centre
Kings Weston Hall? Poss – not sure if open
Bowood House
Corsham Court

Lacock Abbey & Village

Back to London  

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