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England & Wales..........

No Vacation to Ireland or Scotland is complete without a few days touring England and Wales. The British Isles are very compact and ideally suited to touring by car; after Ireland or Scotland it is very easy to tour through Wales and England. From Ireland it is a short ferry across the Irish sea to Wales, and from Scotland you are deep into the Lake District of northern England within two hours.

 Stonehenge

 

Snowdonia North Wales.

Once in Wales you will see there is no need for the hard sell!! Wales is a beautiful country with huge tracts of unspoilt landscape, including three national parks, five "Areas of Outstanding Beauty" and long stretches of untouched Heritage Coastline. Celtour will provide "suitable" accommodation in locations in magnificent surroundings, beside lakes, within sight of the sea, in peaceful villages or in the heart of the countryside.

English village of Chawton.

England has a huge and diverse "heritage" for the visitor to discover; from the wonders of Stonehenge and Glastonbury to the Roman towns of Bath and York, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds, Oxford and the royal castle at Windsor. Then there is London, capital city of England and one of the most richly diverse cultures in the world! London has something for all ages; National Gallery, the British Museum, "swinging Notting Hill", Soho, Tower of London, Greenwich, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks; these only begin to show the full extent of London and what it can offer the visitor.

A recommended tour through Celtour around Wales and England :

Arrive in Wales by ferry from Ireland.

Spend two days exploring Snowdonia National Park and the unspoilt countryside of Wales.
Drive south to Bath and stay two nights in this elegant city with its graceful, honey-coloured buildings, interesting museums and delightful shopping area. Highlights include the Roman Baths & Pump Room, Sally Lunn's House, the Assembly Rooms & The Museum of Costume; and the Royal Crescent which, is a prime example of John Wood II architecture from the 18th century.

Roman Baths                              Royal Crescent

From Bath drive east via Stonehenge which, was built over a period of 1000 years up to 1250 B.C. Continue through Glastonbury, a small market town  stepped in legend, most notably Arthur and Guinevere are reputedly buried on the Arthurian Isle of Avalon. Continue your journey to London.

 

Spend at least two nights in London and marvel at the things to "do and see". St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Natural History Museum are among the highlights on offer.

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Drive north via Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon to York. Spend two nights in this historic city. York is a delightful historic and compact city brimful of history encircled by 700-year-old walls. There has been a settlement here since Roman times and by the time of the Norman Conquest it was, after London, the principle city of England. Highlights of York include walking the narrow, cobblestone streets such as The Shambles, Goodramgate and Stonegate; the cathedral known as The Minster, The Jorvik Viking Centre, the Castle Museum and Clifford's Tower.

From York drive north east through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors to the Lake District. Stay overnight before heading to Scotland. The Lake District has inspired poets, authors and artists. It is a land of awesome bleak mountains, quiet wooded valleys, large lakes and sheep farms. Recommended areas include Keswick & Derwentwater, Windermere, Coniston and Langdale. The Lake District could easily absorb you and you will find it hard to leave for Scotland or another adventure.

 

 

This is an example tour to incorporate an extension to  both Ireland and/or Scotland, BUT you can choose any tour you wishas Celtour would be delighted to arrange " An individually tailored tour of the British Isles".

 

Accommodation and example tour costs for England & Wales ( Pounds Sterling).

Snowdonia, North Wales.

Stay 2 nights in this beautiful Grade 2 listed "Longhouse" dating back to 1550, situated within the Snowdonia National Park just outside the village of Llanfachreth, near Dolgellau. The house has been sympathetically renovated and decorated to offer the best in modern comfort but still preserving the character of this important house. House is fully centrally heated. Traditional home cooked meals are served.  All bedrooms are high quality with private ensuite bathrooms.

2 nights accommodation to include breakfast from : 120.00 for two persons.

4 course dinner with wine from 15.00

 Bath,  Avonshire.

Stay in an atmosphere of period charm, built of Bath stone circa 1880. House is a fine example of Victorian architecture at its most elegant, retaining all its original features. Bedrooms, some with oak Four-poster beds, are individually decorated and feature ensuite bathrooms.There is a small bar and cosy lounge, furnished with antiques. Accommodation is a ten minute walk to centre of town and is the perfect base to explore the historic spa town of Bath. It is located in a peaceful area and has views of the town centre and Royal Crescent.

Two nights accommodation to include breakfast from : 200.00 for two persons in a four poster  bedroom with ensuite bathroom to include both shower and bath.

 

London.

London is one of the largest cities in Europe and has a multitude of accommodation options to choose from. Examples include:

A 27 bedroom hotel in the heart of London's Knightsbridge with Harrods just across the street and Hyde Park virtually on your doorstep. Every room and suite are air conditioned, suites have king size beds and sofa beds, Sat TV and 'phone, roof top health club with fully equipped gymnasium and swimming pool.

Double/Twin Room: 160.00 per room per night.

Suite (suitable for 3): 195.00 per night.

A 18 bedroom, 18th century family run hotel on the north side of Hyde Park in the middle of the shopping and tourist attractions, and very close to Marble Arch and Speakers Corner and just off Marlebone Road.  This is a friendly and informal hotel with large en suite rooms, single, double and family rooms available.  Hotel is three minutes walk to Oxford Street and Hyde Park, five minutes walk to Tube Stations (underground railway) of Marble Arch, Baker Street and Bond Street Stations and Paddington main line railway. Five minutes walk to the tourist attractions to include Madame Tussaud's, Planetarium, Regents Park, and Restaurant's to suit every taste.

Single Room: 70.00 per night.

Double/Twin Room: 110.00 per room per night.

Triple Room: 135.00 per room per night.

Quad Room: 160.00 per room per night.

Includes breakfast and bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.

An alternative option is to stay in London for a week or two weeks! This will allow you to fully explore the history and culture of both new and old London. Also, with excellent communication links you can take day trips to Bath, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton, and  York thus, combining the best of England from one central city. Also, London has the main Inter-Continental Airports for connections to the rest of the world, with Heathrow only a 30 minute transfer to central London.

Two bedroom with two bathroom Apartment on Tottenham Court Road (W 1 ) :

From 900.00 per week.

Two bedroom with two bathroom Apartment on Fleet Street (E C 4) :

From 900.00 per week.

Two bedroom with one bathroom Apartment in South-West London (S W 5) :

From 950.00 per week.

 

York.

An exclusive independently owned Regency Town House Hotel, close to the ancient city walls of York. This Town House has been carefully restored and its beautifully proportioned rooms richly and sympathetically decorated. The elegant furnishings and open fires give a warm and restful atmosphere of the best country house. The Hotel is within walking distance of the Railway Station, York Minster and The Shambles. London and Edinburgh can be reached by train in under two and a half hours respectively.

Price inclusive of full English breakfast and V.A.T. All bedrooms have en suite facilities, Sat TV, mini bar and direct dial telephone.

King-size Double/Twin Bedroom: 160.00 per room per night.

Four Poster Bedroom: 205.00 per room per night.

Suite: 225.00 per night.

 

Yorkshire Dales & Moors.

Nestled in the heart of "Herriot Country", this award winning Country House provides the ideal relaxed location for a short break to explore the picturesque landscape of the Yorkshire Dales & Moors and the rich cultural heritage of North Yorkshire. The superb home cooked meals and full English breakfast with home made preserves are just a token of what is on offer. You can sit and relax in the garden and enjoy a drink while listening to the calming sounds of water cascading over the waterfall. All bedrooms are en suite and there is a games room, solarium and lounge bar to enjoy.

Two nights accommodation to include breakfast: from 140.00 for two persons in a warm and comfortable en suite bedroom. Evening meal from 12.00.

 

The Lake District.

The Hotel is quietly situated in Keswick away from the noise and bustle of town and traffic, yet within minutes of the Moot Hall, the town centre and Lake Derwentwater and with easy access to main routes north and south.  It is a family-owned and managed hotel with friendly and attentive service without undue formality. There is a lift to all but three of the thirty-five bedrooms, with full en suite facilities, Sat TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee etc. The dining room can offer you a large or small breakfast to suit your appetite, returning later to a satisfying four course table d'hote dinner with plenty of choice.

Double/Twin to include breakfast: 100.00 per room  for two persons.

Double/Twin Superior to include breakfast: 110.00 per room  for two persons.

Reduction for children sharing with two adults in a family room.

Table d'hote four course dinner 20.00.

Celtour Ltd. Brambles, Pilgrim Hill, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Ireland.

Phone:353-502-56157

Fax: 353-502-56170

email: celtour@iol.ie