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Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza or Medieval Chester

Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2022

Late spring is the perfect time for a day out to west England and north Wales, with the option of visiting either the coastal town of Llandudno where the annual Victorian Extravaganza will be reaching its finale, or the historic city of Chester where a river cruise awaits on this Bank Holiday Monday.

Our route begins via the East Coast Main Line crossing to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent before stopping at Chester. After departing we head along the North Wales coast to arrive at Llandudno.

Standing on two curving bays, Llandudno is flanked on the west by the Great Orme, a massive limestone headland nearly 700ft high, and on the other side by the rather smaller Little Orme. On a clear day the Great Orme provides views of Snowdonia, the Isle of Man and the Lake District. It is possible to walk right around the Great Orme along the Toll Road from one bay to the other but be warned, it’s around five miles and there are several gradients along the way!

The station is conveniently located for the town centre and a short level walk from the Promenade. As soon as you emerge from the station it is clear the town has lost none of its original character and period charm, due to the excellent efforts of local conservation groups. A key part of this is the Great Orme Tramway, the last remaining cable operated street tramway in Britain!

The Llandudno Victorian Festival

Llandudno’s three-day Victorian Extravaganza takes place over the bank holiday weekend and is a unique opportunity to take a step back and experience seaside life in Queen Victoria’s Golden Years. Costume, vintage fairground and a host of attractions combine in a unique celebration of transport and entertainment heritage.

We arrive in the town just in time for the daily midday parade, and then you have around four hours in Llandudno to enjoy the live music, entertainments, food and drinks that the festival provides.

Medieval Chester

No city in Britain conjures up the feeling of ‘Old England’ quite so effectively as Chester

Stroll around the distinctive black and white timbered buildings, take a stroll beside the River Dee or maybe treat yourself to a City Sightseeing open top bus tour, or maybe a river cruise? (see below)

Cruising the River Dee

If you’d rather focus on the beauty of the natural world, why not take a relaxing river cruise? Step aboard either the Mark Twain or the Lady Diana for a two-hour cruise that’s a real treat. Get comfortable and enjoy a drink from the bar as you glide through rural Cheshire, along the beautiful River Dee.

Please note that the walk from Chester station to the Chesterboat dock on the River Dee is just under a mile and although hardly an alpine route it is not entirely flat either. Please bear this in mind when selecting this off-train option.


First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner. A buffet car is available.

ClassPrice Availability
Standard Class Adult£109Good
Standard Class Junior£99Good
First Class Non-Dining£149Good
First Class Dining£239Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£936Good
Off Train Option- River Dee Cruise£16Good

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
London King's Cross07.0022.30
Potters Bar07.1522.00

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