Explore Wales & Bristol - Fri 2 March 2018 to Tues 6 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Welcome to Wales and Bristol

Only 2 hours from London, Wales provides a backdrop of exciting landscapes for visitors to explore. With 5 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and 3 National Parks, with their snow-capped peaks and wild coastline, Wales is the perfect place to switch off and explore untouched valleys and sleepy villages, or to enjoy raring-to-go towns and cities.

Key gateways

Airports:
Cardiff, Bristol

Ports:
Pembroke, Holyhead

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - North Wales

17:00 Coach transfer
20:00 Dinner at The Rams Head Inn
21:10 Coach transfer to Portmeirion
Overnight Portmeirion Hotel

Itinerary Details

Start at the tourist town of Portmeirion in North Wales. Built to imitate an Italian town, Portmeirion is home to iconic architecture, scenic surroundings, vast woodland gardens, hip hotels, historic cottages, a spa and award-winning restaurants.

Supplier Information

Name Rams Head Inn
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile With fabulous moorland views this multi award-winning 450 year old Inn boasts roaring real fires, log stoves, wonderful memorabilia and fresh imaginative first class food. 21 day aged steak; fabulous seafood and game tempt the palate, together with an excellent wine list, many by the glass.
Phone 01457874802
Email info@ramsheaddenshaw.co.uk
Website https://www.ramsheaddenshaw.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Portmerion Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile The Hotel Portmeirion opened in 1926 as the focal point of Clough Williams-Ellis' proposed idea village. Artists, writers and Albanian royalty have stayed here not to mention various politicians, tycoons and other swindlers, however everyone is special at Portmeirion and all are welcome.
Phone 01766 770000
Email info@portmeirion-village.com
Website https://www.portmeirion-village.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

North Wales

Breakfast
09:00 Coach transfer
10:45 Meet at the Toll Gate Portmeirion
11:00 Coach transfer
12:15 Lunch at The Marram Grass
13:45 Coach transfer
14:00 Halen Mon Sea Salt – 50-minute tour
15:00 Coach transfer to Conwy
16:00 Walking Tour of Conwy
17:15 Coach transfer to hotel
18:30 Back to hotel and freshen up for dinner
19:30 Dinner at Portmeirion Hotel
Overnight Portmeirion Hotel

Itinerary Details

After breakfast, today has a later start, giving time to relax after the journey from Newcastle and the late arrive the night before.

Just a 30-minute transfer away, The Marram Grass Café is the perfect stop for lunch, with food almost as unforgettable as the countryside setting itself.

Located in an Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Halon Mon’s award-winning Saltcote and Visitors’ Centre tells the history behind the world’s greatest seasoning. A 50-minute tour gives the chance to chat with the saltmakers and also try a tutored salt tasting.

Conwy is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, and is perfect to explore on foot. A walking tour of this time-warp town takes in ancient pubs, historic buildings and even the smallest house in Great Britain.

Supplier Information

Name The Marram Grass
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile The Marram Grass has grown from an all-day breakfast place to a neighbourhood bistro and has carried on evolving into what it is today. We have that relaxed atmosphere coming through and along the journey we’ve tried not to lose that as we look to develop the food and service. Fundamentally you are eating in the shed, though we have continuously unveiled a new looking interior and kitchen – we are still a shed, so we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We want the place to be warm and inviting.
Phone 01248 440 077
Website https://www.themarramgrass.com/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Day 3

Sunday 4 March

North Wales

Breakfast
09:30 GM of the village take the group on a tour
10:30 Depart Portmeirion short journey to Porthmadog
11.15 Welsh Highland Railway: Porthmadog to Hafod y Llyn
13:30 Lunch at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel
14:30 Hotel site inspection & show round
17:00 Coach transfer to hotel
18:30 Hotel check in and freshen up for dinner
Dinner and overnight Llangoed Hall Hotel

Itinerary Details

Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1976. A tour of this private peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia shows how a naturally beautiful site can be developed without having a negative impact on the natural surroundings

A scenic ride on the Welsh Highland Railway is the perfect way to experience the beauty of Snowdonia, aboard a traditional steam train.
Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel’s Garden Room Restaurant offers fresh, seasonal food, inspired by the fruit, vegetables and herbs growing in the property’s very own grounds.

What better way to end the day, than with dinner in an award-winning restaurant? The Llangoed Hall Hotel has been voted into the Waitrose Good Food Guide Top 50 Restaurants 2017, thanks to its emphasis on the very finest Welsh produce.

Supplier Information

Name Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Category Attraction
Profile Outstanding scenery, comfortable carriages and historic steam engines await you at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. Stretching 40 miles through the glorious Snowdonia National Park, and noted as one of the top 25 railway journeys in the world, we know a bit about what makes a journey special.
Phone 01766 516024
Email enquiries@ffwhr.com
Website http://www.festrail.co.uk/

Supplier Information

Name Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is situated in the outstanding natural beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. The only luxury country house hotel near Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales.
Email louisedoyle@penhall.co.uk
Website http://penhall.co.uk
FIT or Groups: both

Supplier Information

Name Llangoed Hall
Category Accommodation
Profile Llangoed Hall is a wonderfully elegant and historic country house hotel situated in the beautiful Wye Valley in the heart of the Welsh countryside. It offers the quintessential Edwardian country house experience
Phone 01874 754525
Email enquiries@llangoedhall.com
Website http://www.llangoedhall.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 4

Monday 5 March

Wales - Bristol

Breakfast
9.00 Hotel Site inspection and Garden Walk
11.00 Coach transfer to Bristol
12:30 Lunch in Bristol
14:15 Aerospace Museum
16:00 Guided boat trip and time at the SS Great Britain, and Being Brunel
18:00 Hotel check in and freshen up for dinner
19:30 Dinner at Lido Restaurant
Overnight DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre

Itinerary Details

Dating back to 1632, The Llangoed Hall Hotel has a fascinating history waiting to be discovered – with charming, character-filled guestrooms and perfectly manicured gardens.

For the opportunity to set foot on one of the last Concordes, and to see many different styles of aircraft, Aerospace Bristol Museum is the place to be. And from planes to boats, Brunel’s SS Great Britain – lauded as the ship that changed the world – is Bristol’s star attraction. The fascinating museum follows its history and gives the chance to explore the vessel.

The Lido Restaurant offers one of the most unique dining settings in Bristol – overlooking an open-air swimming pool. With a fusion of Moorish, Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, meals are accompanied by the relaxing sounds of the roaring fire or the gentle splashing of water outside.

Supplier Information

Name Lido Restaurant
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile In a spirit of hedonism rather than health, the Lido restaurant and poolside tapas bar offer amazing food served in a buzzy yet uniquely chilled-out setting. Open to the public, this is relaxed and unpretentious dining; where suits and robes sit cheek by jowl to enjoy great ingredients cooked in wood-fired ovens.
Phone 0117 933 9530
Website http://www.lidobristol.com/eat-drink/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name SS Great Britain
Category Attraction
Profile Visit Bristol's award winning visitor attraction, Brunel's SS Great Britain, and discover the ship that changed the world.
Email admin@ssgreatbritain.org
Website http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/
FIT or Groups: N/A

Supplier Information

Name Aerospace Museum
Category Attraction
Profile Starting in the earliest days of powered flight, Aerospace Bristol will whisk you away on an immersive journey through more than a century of incredible aviation achievements and fascinating tales of human endeavour. From bold pioneers taking to the skies in their magnificent flying machines, to the remarkable men and women who played their part in two world wars, to those who dreamed a seemingly-impossible dream of supersonic travel: then created the iconic Concorde to turn that dream into reality. Your journey takes you from the beginnings of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in 1910 all the way through to the modern day, where you will explore cutting-edge technology, and look ahead to an exciting future, discovering how the next generation of engineers will continue to push aerospace technology to new heights and reach for the stars.
Phone 01179 315 315
Website http://aerospacebristol.org/
FIT or Groups: N/A
Day 5

Tuesday 6 March

Bristol - London

07:30 Breakfast and hotel check out
09:15 Bristol Street Art Walking Tour
14:30 GWR Train to London

Itinerary Details

With art and graffiti forming a huge part of the culture of Bristol, over the past 30 years, no visit is complete without a Street Art Walking Tour, giving the chance to spot the latest Banksy creations.