We'll be coming to England for 2 weeks from the U.S. next May. We'll only have two nights and a day in Northern Wales and I want to make the most of it. I'll have my husband and a son and daughter with us, age 21 and 19. This will probably be our only trip to Great Britain with the chance to see some historic castles, etc.
Please tell me if this itinerary is doable or if there's other must-sees we should try to add in. We'll plan to arrive at Conwy Castle as soon as it opens. How much time should we allow at each castle and Bodnant Gardens?
What about Betws-y-Coed? Where are the best places to take pictures there/grab a quick bite of lunch?
In his guidebook Rick Steves also mentions the Trefriw Woolen Mills and touring the Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis. Are they worth the time?
I included the Plas Newydd House because it's free with the National Trust pass we're going to purchase. Is it worth going to or should we focus our attention elsewhere?
Would an early evening drive to Beaumaris or the vicinity be worthwhile? I just want to make sure we capture the most beautiful areas in our limited time.
Day 8 (Wed 5/16). Tour Conwy Castle (9:30-5), Drive 5.7 miles (13 min.) to Bodnant Garden (Wales’ finest garden; 10-5; free with NTP). Drive 12 miles (20 min.) to Betws-y-Coed for lunch and pictures of the bridges. Drive 24 miles (39 min.) to Caernarfon Castle (9:30-6). Drive 9 miles (17 min.) to Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (house 12-5; garden 11:00-5:30; £8.45; free with NTP). Drive 20 miles, 30 min. to Conwy. Follow Rick Steves' Self-Guided Walking Tour of Conwy in the evening. Sleep in Conwy.