1 – 4 July 2022
Roman Wales, Castles and Snowdonia


Snowdonia is perhaps the most beautiful part of Wales. At the foot of Mount Snowdon, the Romans built a well-preserved fort at Segontium, just outside Caernarfon. Edward I conquered Wales and he built a string of magnificent castles, his ‘ring of steel’, all now UNESCO World Heritage sites.


We base ourselves in the pretty Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, with stunning views over the Great Orme headland. There is history is everywhere and we visit Conway and Caernarfon for Edward’s castles and pretty medieval towns, enjoy a tour of the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines, as well as boat trips and rides on the Edwardian Great Orme Tramway.


Our trip is designed to take in the best of these sites and stunning scenery – Edwardian castles, pretty medieval towns, Roman forts, prehistoric mines, and boat trips, all within sight of Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park. There is also time to relax and enjoy the sites and scenery in good company over good food.




Other Details



We stay in the pretty family-owned St Kilda’s Hotel, on the seafront and within sight of the Great Orme.

Bed and half board in a twin-share room with private facilities.  Good Welsh breakfasts and three-course home-cooked dinners in the hotel each evening.


Course Cost

£417 inclusive of tuition, accommodation, breakfast, and dinner each evening – full Welsh breakfast of choice and good, home-cooked, three-course dinners.


Single Room Supplement



Sites visits

Edwardian castles are CADW, so free to holders of English Heritage Cards.  Segontium is a free site. There is a charge of about £10 for Great Orme Copper Mines.



Out:  Cathy is planning to travel on the mid-morning train out of London Euston, changing at Llandudno Junction and due in Llandudno early afternoon.

Cathy will confirm train times nearer departure. You can book yourself onto the same train (costs ca. £100 return – book early for cheaper fares, reductions for railcard holders), or meet her directly at St Kilda’s Hotel in Llandudno (you may of course be travelling in your own car).


Back:  After a morning of sightseeing, Cathy is planning to take the train after lunch to London Euston, changing at Llandudno Junction and due in London Euston early evening.


Local Transport

Local travel and sites entrances are at own expense – about £80.


 Group Size

Ca. 18 people



Cathy Mercer, MA, is an experienced teacher, lecturer, and tour manager.  She has taught in London schools and for the Open University, Birkbeck College, LRAC, City Lit, and the WEA.   She has led numerous study tours to Italy, Holland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey, and the UK.




Related OU Courses

General Interest/A340 Roman Empire, A229 Introduction to the Classical World, A276 Classical Latin and A329, Making of Welsh History


Itinerary / Study Programme


Day 1, Friday 1st July 2022

pm   arrival in Llandudno and short walk to hotel – sandwiches, home-baked scones and tea on arrival at hotel

pm  – trip on rack railway up the Great Orme for stunning views to Snowdonia and over the Irish Sea as far as Anglesey and even the Isle of Man – on a good day

Note:  Cathy is planning to travel on a mid-morning train out of London Euston, due in Llandudno about lunchtime

Supper in hotel in Llandudno


Day 2, Saturday 2nd July 2022

am  mini-bus from hotel to medieval town of Conway (Conwy)

pm free time in Conway to explore the pretty town, medieval castle (CADW, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and walk the city walls. There is a stunning medieval merchant’s house (NT)  the middle of Conway, with great murals and a very entertaining audio guide. We’ll also enjoy a boat trip on the river – views over Snowdonia and Puffin Island – time of sailing depends on tides.

pm late afternoon return to Llandudno by mini-bus

Supper in hotel in Llandudno


Day 3, Sunday 3rd July 2022

am  mini-bus from hotel to the medieval town of Caernarfon for Roman fort of Segontium, then a short walk to the medieval town of Caernarfon and its magnificent castle (CADW, UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Prince Charles was invested in 1969. Time to explore castle and town and enjoy coastal walk for views over the Menai Straits to Anglesey

pm  late afternoon return to Llandudno by mini-bus, supper in hotel in Llandudno


Day 4, Monday 4th July 2022

am   morning trip on Great Orme tramway for a tour of  Bronze Age Copper Mines

pm  lunch and departure

Note:  Cathy is planning to take an afternoon train to London Euston, due early evening


Fingers crossed for good weather and stunning views!


This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions