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CRUISE HOLYHEAD: Wales (Shore Excursion)

Departs From:    Holyhead Cruise Terminal
Departs at:          Synchronised to ship
Returns at:          8 Hours Later
Adults:                 £59 

This North Wales Adventure tour departing from your ship in Holyhead has been carefully designed and created with your cruise holiday in mind. Not only is it almost half the price of many other tours on offer, we usually use either our 16 or 29 seater midi-coaches but even when we allocate a full-size coach it’s only with your comfort in mind, never stuffing it like a “cattle-carrier” to capacity and always ensuring everyone has plenty of seat space and a full window view.

This is sightseeing the way sightseeing was written! All our vehicles are latest models, carefully designed to a purpose-built sightseeing specification with panoramic windows, full PA system, overhead parcel shelves, luggage compartment(s) and forced air ventilation.

Your tour is fully escorted and narrated with a jolly driver and knowledgeable escort who, invariably, will become more of a friend than a tour guide! Every passenger receives special attention and lots of freebies on the way – including your very own personalised laminated route map and itinerary to remind you later of your wonderful time with us.

Your tour commences directly from the ship (synchronised with the ships timetable. We won’t go without you or get you back late!). In 2011 Holyhead has introduced a direct berthing dock at the end of the British Aluminium Jetty meaning no requirement for tendering. This alleviates poor weather cancellations.

We will take you to places in Wales you thought didn’t (or couldn’t) exist and your driver & tour escort will keep you fully informed and advised as to points of interest and general knowledge regarding the ever-changing panoramic views.

This Wales sightseeing tour has been carefully routed and planned with your driver tailoring the day to suit the weather, atmosphere and ambiance of the general group on board. This makes every tour unique, special and memorable and allows you to partake in as much (or little) as you feel comfortable with. You will never be put under any commitment or pressure to do anything that you don’t wish to.

You will see many of the glorious wonders that North Wales is proud to offer, including Eryri, or better known as the Snowdonia National Park, which is the second largest National park in England and Wales. We’ll exploit the vehicle size by navigating some of the most scenic and “Welsh” roads available, taking in as much of those glorious views on offer.


  • We enter the mysterious and legendary land of Wales in a short, narrated drive across the island of Anglesey (within a stones-throw of the marital home of Prince William and Kate) and navigate to the mighty town of Caernarfon, possibly the most famous of Wales’s castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence sets it somehow apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpets, in no uncertain terms, the intention of its builder Edward I. Begun in 1283 as the definitive chapter in his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace.
  • Caernarfon Castle is a magnificent-stoned fortress which evokes an authentic medieval atmosphere throughout. When you first see the castle you’ll experience a strange sensation of empathy in the presence of such a historic site. Upon entering the Castle itself and exploring the dark, gritty corridors, you’ll “feel” the prescence of your predecessors in a chillingly spooky kind of way – you’ll see!
  • Now, brace yourselves for what BusyBus has become known for (and, we modestly add, won significant national awards for) the North Wales Adventure element of our experience. Into Snowdonia National Park using carefully selected routes to take you off the beaten track and to viewpoints of wonder! You’ll feel like you own Snowdonia in the tranquility and ambience (and adventure) we’ve prepared!
  • No trip to North Wales would be complete without a stop at the “capital”, Betws-Y-Coed (prayer-house in the woods). Interestingly, whilst right in the centre of Snowdonia National Park, an exclusion boundary has allowed this fairy-tale town to flourish into the centre of outdoor tourism in Wales. With it’s many shops, cafe’s, pubs and locals, this town can’t fail to impress!
  • Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his ‘iron ring’ of castles to contain the Welsh, was built to prompt such a humbling reaction with its fabulous wall circuit of over 3/4 mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers. It is renowned one of the finest in the World.
  • Conwy Castle is a gritty, dark-stoned fortress which has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The first time that you catch sight of the castle you’ll know you are in the presence of a historic site which still casts a powerful spell. When you go inside…well…need I even comment?
  • For that last minute souvenir or a photograph that’ll impress even the quietest of neighbours, we’ll visit one of Wales’s Wonders, the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch ! Yes, really!! One of the longest town names in the World with its famous railway station. Don’t worry if you’re struggling to pronounce it – all of you will be singing it all the way home!

Holyhead Port
British Aluminium Dock End of jetty Holyhead Gwynedd LL65 1DJ United Kingdom