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Taming the Dragon - Edward I and North Wales

Pick-up/Drop-off: Llandudno Junction railway station (direct trains to London, Holyhead, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester)

Accommodation: single hotel in the Conwy area.

Edward I's Welsh wars of 1276-83 permanently changed the character of North Wales. Building on the foundations left by the Normans, Edward Longshanks fought a ruthless series of campaigns before sealing his conquest with the construction of forbidding castles and walled English colonies.

Taming the Dragon looks at Edward's most impressive Welsh castles and two of his walled settlements. In addition to finding out about the English crown's attempts to physically defend its new territorial acquisitions, you will also see how Edward I attempted to control Welsh culture and trade and how he tried to extend his rule beyond the Menai Straits. Places visited on the tour include the towns of Conwy, Caernarvon and Beaumaris and their castles, as well as the castle at Dolbadarn and Rhuddlan and St. Asaph Cathedral.

The tour offers the opportunity to explore some of the most impressive military, civil and ecclesiastical architecture of the medieval world, set in some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles. There is also free time to enjoy the beauty of the North Welsh coast and Snowdonia or relax in the tea rooms and shops of North Wales' cathedral city and finest medieval towns.
The walls of Beaumaris Castle - one of Edward I's most ambitious projects
The drawbridge by the dock at Beaumaris Castle