The Scenic Valleys and Historic Borderlands Tour can start from Chester, Manchester or Liverpool, plus wherever you are staying in North Wales. Alternatively it can be taken as part of a transfer tour to/from Manchester, Liverpool, Chester or as a Cruise Tour from Liverpool and also as a Day Tour arriving by train at Chester and departing from either Rhyl or Llandudno Junction.
Discover a spectacular ‘hidden’ corner of North East Wales where you can enjoy visiting medieval towns with their castles, travelling through stunning countryside, touring a mountain pass and even walking along the ancient 8th century border Offa’s Dyke, visiting a scenic riverside town and discovering a unique UNESCO world heritage site ‘the stream in the sky’!
The river Dee forms the northern border between England and Wales and contains many fortified towns that bears witness to the centuries of disputes over the territory. King Edward 1st of England annexed Wales to the English crown at Rhuddlan in 1284 and developed a chain of castles in the Clwyd valley.
WHAT IS THERE TO SEE DURING THE TOUR?
We will gladly assist you with our bespoke personalised tour planning service and help you to “make the most of your visit and discover more of the destination” by designing the tour itinerary to suit what you want to do and see during your day on tour with us.
We now present various tour options for your consideration for the perfect touring day:
The Smallest Church in Great Britain: One of most unusual attractions and set beside the ocean. Earn about the legend of why so many places in Wales are named after the Saints.
Rhuddlan Castle: Set in an elevated position overlooking the river Clwyd and one of the lesser known castles constructed under the reign of King Edward 1st in his conquest of Wales.
The Smallest Cathedral in Great Britain: A ‘Hidden Gem’! The site was founded in the year 560 and the present building was begun in the thirteenth century. The Cathedral is the home to one of the original copies of the Welsh Bible and as such provides a vital link with Welsh culture and literature.
Denbigh Castle: Originally a Welsh stronghold, Denbigh Castle was rebuilt by the English and commands the peak of the hill in the town. A fascinating site and spectacular countryside views of the Clwyd range and the ancient medieval border.
Country Antique Showroom: For those looking for something unusual and collectable, our country antique showroom features an Aladdin’s cave of treasures from silver crystal, royal doulton, Moorcroft to the quirky and traditional gifts and home accessories.
King Offa’s Dyke: During our tour we can take time out to either allow you to walk a small section (extremely undulating) with the most magnificent views or we shall drive you to remote areas and show case some of the amazing scenic panorama’s!
Ruthin Gaol: A Pentonville style prison built in the small town of Ruthin where thousands were incarcerated between the mid-17th and early 20th centuries.
Ruthin: One of the most picturesque historic towns in north-east Wales, featuring a spectacular town square which features the Old Court House, where you can see the enigmatic boulder called the Maen Huail, where King Arthur is said to have beheaded a love rival – King Huail.
The Horseshoe Pass: A spectacular scenic photo stop with amazing panoramic views all around and the valley below.
Horseshoe Falls: A lovely short walk from the Chain Bridge takes you along the canal and riverside setting to the picturesque river setting of the river Dee and the weir.
Valle Crucis Abbey: Extensive remains of Cistercian abbey founded in 1201. The church dates from the thirteenth century, and the east range of the cloister was remodelled around 1400. There is a fine collection of medieval memorial sculpture.
Llangollen: A pretty riverside border town, where you find the white water of the river Dee, waterfalls, a canal with horse-drawn boats, a railway featuring steam trains that chug along the Dee Valley.
Horse Drawn Canal Cruise: The Llangollen Canal and is rated as one of the most scenic canals in the UK. You can choose to either take a 45 minute horse drawn boat , or a 2 hour motorised aqueduct cruise which takes you
across the world famous UNESCO World Heritage site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford.
Llangollen Steam Railway: A wonderful 10 miles track that starts in Llangollen and runs through the beautiful picturesque river Dee Valley to the Welsh town of Corwen.
Plas Newydd: Home to the “The Ladies of Llangollen”, Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, from 1780 – 1829. They became celebrated throughout the country as the story of their friendship spread through Regency Society. The house retains the Gothic features they introduced.
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: A UNESCO world heritage site built more than 200 years ago. It’s the highest and longest aqueduct on the canal system in Britain and is over a 1000 feet long and stands 126 feet above the river Dee flowing below. And if you have the head for heights, there’s the chance to walk across the aqueduct.
Chirk Castle: The last Welsh castle from the reign of King Edward 1st and is still lived in today! As castles go, Chirk ticks all the right boxes: a medieval tower; a dungeon; and lots of other interesting additions including 18th century plaster-work, tapestries and portraits.
SCENIC BORDERLANDS TOUR GALLERY
Remember, this will be your very own bespoke tailor made ‘Scenic Valleys and Historic Borderlands Tour’. Please note that above is a list of tour options/ideas and it is not possible to cover every site during a single day tour day!
Your actual tour price is dependent on a number of factors:
- The number of persons taking the private tour
- The time of year that you choose to tour
- The tour duration that you choose for your touring day
- The start and end locations where we pick you up and drop you off.
Our tour rates do not include: Entrance fees to Attractions / Refreshments, Drinks or Lunch on the day / Driver & Tour Guide Gratuities.
Please note that the steam trains and some of the attractions operate with a limited season of operation and hours of opening.