Celebrate St David’s Day with a Welsh Mini Break

Aerial View of the Italianate Village of Portmeirion
Bristol Colonnade - © Tim Richmond
Portmeirion Beach - © Tim Richmond Photography
Portmeirion Piazza - © Tim Richmond Photography
Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland Railway travels through the Aberglaslyn Pass
One of the Welsh Highland Railway's Pullman observation carriages
Welsh Highland Railway

Holiday Highlights

  • Centrally located hotels
  • Scenic steam train journey
  • Visit to the Italianate village of Portmeirion
  • Option to upgrade accommodation and rail options
  • 3 days from £110pp

Tour dates:
Saturday 29th February to Monday 2nd March 2020

What better time to visit Wales than on St David’s Day! Celebrate the patron saint’s special day with a 2-night short break in North Wales and enjoy the splendour of Snowdonia by steam train and take advantage of free entry into stunning Portmeirion Village on 1st March!


Day 1 – To Porthmadog

Travel to Porthmadog (we can arrange and add rail tickets from your local station). After checking into your hotel you will have the evening at leisure in Porthmadog.

Day 2 – Welsh Highland Railway & Portmeirion

From your base in Porthmadog, catch a mid-morning excursion through the lower Glaslyn Valley onboard the Welsh Highland steam train on a ten mile round trip, meandering the River Glaslyn, across reclaimed pastures to Hafod y Llyn.

After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the splendid Italianate village of Portmeirion. Designed and built in the style of a typical Italian fishing village by welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, with its secret gardens, derelict castles, Mediterranean piazza and Terracotta roofed houses painted in bright colours.

Day 3 – Return home

Depart Porthmadog after breakfast, or why not extend your stay to make the most of the attractions in the area.

Selected Hotels

3* Royal Sportsman Hotel, Porthmadog

4* Tudor Lodge, Porthmadog

4* Portmeirion Village

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a good quality hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Tickets on the Welsh Highland Railway

Price per person

Tudor Lodge, Porthmadog – from £110 per person sharing

Royal Sportsman Hotel, Porthmadog – from £120 per person sharing

Portmeirion Village Room – from £185 per person sharing

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