Date: 5 to 9 June, 2025

We explore Welsh narrow gauge steam in style. This is our eight repeat of this highly successful tour we have run in consecutive years  and an opportunity to enjoy access behind the scenes at preserved railway lines, museums and National Trust properties. You’re able book for either a four night stay at Portmeirion or a full 7 nights.

Travel on charter trains and stay at the exclusive Portmeirion hotel and Village on the Welsh coast. The programme includes gourmet meals, wine tasting and after dinner speakers. Portmeirion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust.

Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.

We have come to a special arrangement with Portmeirion so as to be our able to offer four different levels of accommodation. Top of the range is accommodation in hotel suites in the village which are exceptionally well appointed. Mid-range is standard hotel rooms all located in the village grounds. Thirdly for those with any mobility issues we have reserved a small number of rooms in the main hotel building but these are not as spacious as those in the village. The final alternative is to share accommodation in one of the well-appointed village cottages but with the guarantee of your own bathroom, living and dining rooms would be shared between the party staying in the cottage. This makes this option particularly good if you join us in a group but note is only available for the seven night option.

Irrespective of your choice of accommodation at Portmeirion all of the inclusive meals will be taken together in the hotel restaurant or private dining rooms. Portmeirion is renowned for the quality of its cuisine with wonderful views over the bay from the dining room. There are several occasions for pre-dinner drinks and for most meals wine or soft drinks are included.

As well as the hotel and gardens there are extensive woodlands and beaches which in the evening are deserted and ripe for exploration and June is the ideal time to see the gardens and parkland at their best.

Tour Manager:  Chris Walsh

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Day 1 Thursday 5 June 2025 (D*)

Portmeirion

It is possible to travel to Minffordd by rail for included transfer to Portmeirion or make your own way by car to the village. In the evening a welcome gourmet meal in a private dining room at the hotel, with a talk on the history of Portmeirion by a member of the management team.

Tudor Lodge
For a cheaper option than staying at Portmeirion we have a few rooms at the Tudor Lodge in Porthmadog with breakfast each morning. Dinners are included at Talyllyn on Friday, Spooner’s on the Sunday, and (if you are taking the add-on) on the Wednesday.

Own Accommodation

Subject to numbers we offer a few places on this tour for those wanting to arrange their own accommodation (and breakfast). Dinners are included at Talyllyn on Friday, Spooner’s on the Sunday, and (if you are taking the add-on) on the Wednesday.

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Portmeirion

Day 2 Friday 6 June (B, D)

Morning at leisure to enjoy Portmeirion Village gardens and parkland. Option to travel by Cambrian railway or coach to Tywyn to join an afternoon charter train on the Talyllyn Railway – the world’s first preserved line – utilising the original Victorian stock and steam engines dating from 1869 on a return trip to Nant Gwernol with photographic run passes. During the journey we will have a guided tour of the workshops at Pendre and on returning to Tywyn drinks in the renowned Narrow Gauge Railway Museum and an evening meal at the railway with the general manager as an after dinner speaker to talk about the Talyllyn. Return to Portmeirion. Those not staying at Portmeirion your holiday price includes entrance to Portmeirion today with transfer to/from Porthmadog.

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The wonderful Talyllyn Railway – the World’s first preserved railway

Day 3 Saturday 7 June (B, D*)

In the morning travel on a heritage steam hauled train up Snowdon. This is a unique rack railway first opened in 1896. After a short time at the summit we return to Llanberis where we next visit the National Slate Museum. There are lunch facilities at the Museum. After lunch we visit the nearby Llanberis Lake Railway for a return trip along the line and a planned tour of the loco department and workshop. In the evening we have dinner at Castell Deudraeth on the Portmeirion estate with wine tasting.

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Ex-slate quarry locomotives outside the National Slate Museum in Llanberis
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Steam hauled vintage train on Snowdon

Day 4 Sunday 8 June (B, L, D)

An early morning departure to join PTG’s special charter* train travelling on both the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways – 80 miles of scenic narrow-gauge wonder. Our train will be hauled by two Ffestiniog steam locomotives (subject to availability). For those staying in Portmeirion we have exclusive reserved seating in the luxury observation coach with champagne and croissants. Our first stop after departing Porthmadog will be the workshops at Boston Lodge (optional) for a visit to see the amazing collection of vintage steam locomotives and carriages before we return to Porthmadog and on the Welsh Highland Railway through Beddgelert and the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia before arriving in Caernarfon. After a short break we return to Beddgelert for a break before returning to Porthmadog to join the world famous Ffestiniog Railway. We change locomotives in Porthmadog to, hopefully, two original 1860’s “England” locomotives – Prince and Palmerston. We journey up the line with its spectacular views to Blaenau Ffestiniog. On return to Porthmadog we have a private dinner in Spooner’s restaurant with after dinner speakers to talk about both Railways. Return to Portmeirion.

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Stunning scenery on the Welsh Highland Railway. Britain’s longest heritage line

 

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One of the unique Double Fairlie locomotives on the Ffestiniog Railway

National Trust add-on

Day 5 Monday 9 June (B,D*)

A day devoted to seeing the work of the National Trust in Snowdonia. After a leisurely breakfast we join our executive coach travelling to Llandudno to ride the historic tramway up the Great Orme. Here we will meet with the National Trust ranger for a talk on the plans for Great Orme, which has recently been acquired by the Trust. We then proceed to Penrhyn Castle near Bangor for a private tour of the extensive rail museum and the option to either remain in the museum at leisure or join a conducted tour of the house. After time for lunch in the restaurant at the castle you will then have the choice of being transferred to travel on the Conway Valley Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog or visit the National Trust’s spectacular and world renowned Bodnant Gardens for a conducted tour by the head gardener which will include access to a new part of the gardens not open to the public. The party will rendezvous back at Blaenau Ffestiniog for onward transfer to Portmeirion/Porthmadog. For those staying at Portmeirion in the evening we have a private.

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The Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno

 

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Bodnant Garden

Day 6 Tuesday 10 June (B, D)

An opportunity to enjoy Portmeirion village before a later morning departure to the Llangollen standard gauge steam railway where we plan to traverse the full line including the newly opened section to Corwen. After some free time in Llangollen we will take a horse drawn trip along a quiet section of the Llangollen canal. We dine in a unique Victorian hotel on our way back to Portmeirion.

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Llangollen Steam Railway runs through the stunning Dee Valley

After some free time in Llangollen we will take a horse drawn trip along a quiet section of the Llangollen canal. We dine in a unique Victorian hotel on our way back to Portmeirion.

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Horse Drawn Barge on the Llangollen Canal

Day 7 Wednesday 11 June (B)

Travel along the coastal route by coach to Aberystwyth with time to explore the town before for a return journey steam hauled on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. We will have a tour of the brand-new locomotive facilities and museum before we return to Portmeirion.

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Vale of Rheidol Railway

Day 8 Thursday 12 June (B)

Morning departure from the hotels (included transfers to Minffordd from Portmeirion) on the train to Shrewsbury and on to Birmingham New Street and London Euston or depart at leisure in your own transport.

Holiday Prices (per person) – Joining in Portmeirion/Porthmadog

5-day break staying at Portmeirion in village room: £1,550

5-day break staying at Portmeirion in the main hotel: SOLD OUT

5-day break staying at Portmeirion in a village suite: £1,725

5-day break staying at Tudor Lodge: £725*

5-day break staying at Tudor Lodge single: £775*

5-day break tour only, own accommodation: £425

*rooms at Tudor Lodge are very few so book early for this option. 

Options

3 night NT add-on staying at Portmeirion in village room: £1,200

3 night NT add-on staying at Portmeirion in hotel room: SOLD OUT

3 night NT add-on staying at Portmeirion in village suite: £1,275

3 night NT add-on staying at Tudor Lodge: £425*

3 night NT add-on staying at Tudor Lodge double for single use: £640*

3 night NT add-on tour only, own accommodation: £280

NT members can deduct £30 from the above prices if you bring your membership card with you.

Deposit

£500

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