16th International Congress Thermophiles 2023

29.08.2023 to 02.09.23 - Bangor, North Wales

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Conference Tours

Please see the information about Conference Tours below (1st September 2023):

Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon, Caernarfon Castle and Walks and Menai Straits Boat Tour from Caernarfon.

*Please be aware that conference tours registration is now closed*

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1. Group Tour by Gelert Explorer (£33), start at 10:30.

Take the opportunity to embark on a narrow-gauge steam train trip from the historic town of Caernarfon to Beddgelert, a mountain-nestled village rich with mythological significance and stunning scenery where the tragic tale of Gelert the loyal hunting dog of King Llywelyn the Great is reputedly set. Experience the breath-taking views of Snowdon and Llyn Cwellyn from a quaint coach as you travel to and from Beddgelert where you have the chance to spend 90 minutes at one of the top attractions in Snowdonia with its picturesque buildings clustered around the confluence of the Colwyn and Glaslyn rivers, and just a short drive from the recently appointed sites of the UNESCO world heritage area of the slate landscape of Northwest Wales. Includes coach transfer.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

2. Caernarfon Castle and Walks - A guided walking tours around the historic town of Caernarfon (£31*) start at 9:30.

Experience the town of Caernarfon by foot where you can take in its history from the Celtic and Roman period where the legions under Agricola built a military fort in the area to defeat the local Ordovices, to the medieval conquest of Wales by Edward I Longshanks of England, who built the great castle and town walls we see in Caernarfon today – some of the most expensive and impressive fortifications in Europe at their time as reflected in their UNESCO world heritage status, which intentionally evoke the walls of Constantinople. You also have the opportunity learn about more recent history such as Caernarfon’s place in the 19th Century slate industry of north Wales as well as some time to relax at one of the towns many cafes for a “panad”. (*The prices include coach return, guided walking tour and Caernarfon Castle entrance tickets).

3. Menai Straits Boat Tour from Caernarfon (£20), start at 9:30.

Cruise in leisurely fashion down the Menai Straits, enjoying spectacular views of Caernarfon castle, Snowdonia, and the southern shore of Anglesey – sailing near the neoclassical-stately home of Plas Newydd and the picturesque village of Felinheli along the way. Your destination will be the swellies – a stretch of the straits famous for its scattering of rocky islands (including Ynys Tysilio, home to a 15th Century church) and whirlpools, where you can revel in astonishing views of the two gigantic 19th Century bridges spanning the straits – Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge, and Thomas Telford’s truly iconic Menai Suspension bridge, the world’s first large-scale suspension bridge; before making your way back up the straights to Caernarfon in time for a panad. Includes coach return.