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Shore excursions in Holyhead

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Great Orme by Vintage Coach

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

Head to Llandudno and step aboard a retro style, 1950’s coach for a picturesque drive around the Great Orme Headland.

As you leave Holyhead, you’ll drive through Anglesey and across the Menai Strait via the Britannia Bridge towards Llandudno, the largest seaside resort in Wales. As you arrive into Llandudno, you’ll see the sandy beaches and lovely waterfronts that make the resort so popular. It also boasts a delightful promenade that still retains its Victorian and Edwardian elegance. Here, you’ll take a step back in time and board a retro style, vintage coach built in the 1950’s. It is one of very few that is still used for service today.

Your vintage coach drive will take you past the picturesque Llandudno Bay, along the surrounding coastal roads and round the base of the Great Orme headland. As you travel from Llandudno's North Shore to West Shore, you’ll have the opportunity to absorb some beautiful scenery of the north-western tip of Wales. Afterwards, if time permits, you’ll have some limited free time in Llandudno, before the return drive to Holyhead.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and vintage coach. The drive from Holyhead to Llandudno is approximately 1¼ hours. The vintage coach drive lasts around 1 hour and the roads are winding. The driver will provide the commentary on the vintage coach. There is limited walking on this tour, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the modes of transportation.

Great Orme Tramway

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

A ride on the Great Orme Funicular Tramway is a must for anyone visiting Llandudno.

Your drive will take you from Holyhead, though Anglesey and across the Menai Strait via the imposing Britannia Bridge, heading north to Llandudno. Located between the Great and Little Ormes headlands, Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales.

Upon arrival, you’ll take a short walk to the Great Orme Funicular Tramway station to take a unique ride in the same original tramcars that were used over 100 years ago. Today, they have been lovingly restored, ready for another century of service. The Funicular Tramway opened in 1902 and is the only cable-hauled tramway that still operates on British public roads.

Your tramway ride will take you to the Halfway Station where you’ll disembark briefly to view the tramway exhibition. Rejoin the tram to continue your ride to the highest point of the Great Orme headland, located 679 feet up. At the top, a short stop will allow you to admire the sweeping views before taking the tramway back down to Llandudno. If time permits, you’ll have some limited free time in Llandudno before heading back to Holyhead.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach, tram and on foot. The drive from Holyhead to Llandudno is around 1¼ hours each way. There is an uphill walk of approximately 150 metres to reach the Tramway Station from the coach drop off point. Access to the tram is via 3 steep steps. Visibility at the highest point is subject to weather conditions on the day and views cannot be guaranteed. It may feel cooler and it is advisable to take a jacket. Flat, comfortable non slip shoes are recommended.

Scenic Anglesey and Welsh Afternoon Tea

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4¼ hours

Admire the beauty of Anglesey, see the village with the longest name in Britain and enjoy a typical Welsh afternoon tea.

Anglesey is known for its miles of coastline with a majority of it being classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty. As you leave Holyhead you’ll enjoy a leisurely drive through Anglesey and catch a glimpse of the lovely coastline, with its stretching beaches and small harbours.

A short stop will be made at Llanfair P.G, the shortened named for the Welsh village that otherwise has the longest name in Britain. The village’s real name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, and you’ll find it listed in the 2002 Guinness Book of World Records. The meaning of the name is ‘Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the Red Cave’.

Tre-Ysgawen country hotel is your next stop where a Welsh afternoon tea will be served. Relax and enjoy a tea or coffee with traditional Welsh Cake. Afterwards, you’ll head towards the north coast to take in more of the Anglesey countryside and coastline, before returning to Holyhead.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach.

Snowdonia Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 4¼ hours

This leisurely tour offers a delightful overview of Snowdonia and its spectacular natural beauty.

Setting off from Holyhead, you’ll drive through Anglesey crossing the Menai Strait and onto Caernarfon. The town is famous for its castle that stands prominently at the water’s edge and it was here that Prince Charles was crowned Prince of Wales in 1969. A short photo stop will be made for you to capture this historic castle.

Your drive will continue inland to the Snowdonia National Park where the scenery is full of contrasting beauty. A short photo stop will be made at Llanberis, a small village that sits besides the Llyn Padarn Lake and offers views of the surrounding Snowdonia mountains. From here, you’ll take the Llanberis pass that skirts the base of Snowdon, the highest peak in Britain south of the Scottish highlands at 3,560 feet high. If the weather permits, photo stops will be made along the way for you to take in the spectacular scenery.

You’ll arrive at Betws y Coed, the principal village of Snowdonia National Park in the Conwy Valley. A brief stop will be made here, before the return drive to Holyhead.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. This tour involves some high winding roads.

Welsh Highland Narrow Gauge Railway

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

Board the Welsh Narrow Gauge Railway for a unique journey through the Snowdonia National Park.

Setting off from Holyhead, you’ll drive across the isle of Anglesey and over the Menai suspension bridge, heading south to the village of Beddgelert. Your drive will allow you to enjoy some of the beauty of Snowdonia.

Beddgelert is an unspoilt and picturesque village surrounded by some of the finest scenery in North Wales. It is also an embarkation point for the unique Welsh Highland Narrow Gauge Railway. Upon arrival, if time permits, there will be a short photo stop in the village before you step aboard the Narrow Gauge Railway. The railway has been lovingly restored, led by a group of volunteers and work continues today to ensure that it keeps its place as one of the best heritage railways in the United Kingdom. Your journey will take you through the foothills of Snowdonia, passing through narrow valleys and wide expanses of the Snowdonia countryside. During your train ride, sit back and relax and admire the spectacular scenery.

As your journey comes to an end in Caernarfon, you’ll rejoin your coach for the return drive to Holyhead.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and Narrow Gauge Railway. This tour is dependent on train times and operational requirements on the day. It may operate in reverse with the train departing from Caernarfon. The train ride is approximately 1½ hours. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. There are also 2 - 3 high steps to board the train. Refreshments are available for purchase during the train ride. The train is not exclusive to P&O Cruises and the carriages may be shared.

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