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holyhead to london via a scenic route

hi i will take a ferry from dublin to holyhead on 3rd july at 8: 05 am and will arrive holyhead by 11: 30 I am clueless beyond that. my ultimate destination is london to reach 4th july. i want to enjoy scenic route in wales . i can take a train from holyhead to rent a car. i want to see snowdonia area and stay a night there or any other alternate of snowdonia which is as scenic but on the way to london. i can return car in the middle some where and take a train to london central . so basically i will have one whole day and one night to enjoy in wales and then early morning i can take a train to london. thank you

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Holyhead to Chester via Llanberis, Corwen, Chirk....
Stay overnight in Chester
Train to London

Llanberis the a gateway to Snowden
Corwen has a few places of interest:
First in mind is the Llangar Old Parish Church. See:
Second is the Rug Chapel See:
Third is the Rhug Estate Farm Shop:

On the way to Chester is Llangollen which can be quite crowded but the steam railway is nice.

Near Chirk is the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

Chester is a Roman walled city.

Some of these are off the beaten path for most of us but to me that just makes them more interesting.

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We just did the first part of your journey. Landed in Dublin, taxied to the ferry port, took the ferry to Holyhead (it's pronounced like Christmas 'holly') picked up a car there, started exploring Anglesey. It's very easy to pick up a car at Holyhead. The terminal building is small, just one agent for Hertz. South Stack is very close to Holyhead and provides beautiful cliffside views of the sea and walks from the visitor center in either direction along the coast. There is a small cafe with good sandwiches at the visitor center with picnic tables overlooking the Irish sea if you want to grab a bite there to optimize your time. If you continue by car 20 minutes down the coast of Anglesey there begin to be several nice beaches and restaurants with sea views, although that will take time away from Snowdonia. There is a highway from Holyhead across Anglesey (about 15 miles??), so it's an easy trip off Anglesey to 'mainland' Wales and just a little farther to Caernarfon castle, which is very near Snowdonia. We drove through Snowdonia going south into central Wales, so our trips diverge there. The drive through Snowdonia National Park was truly beautiful. Non-highway roads in Wales tend to be narrow and without a shoulder, so you may not drive as fast initially as you're accustomed to while getting used to driving on the left. I'm wondering if you could drop off the car in Bangor and catch the train there going east to Chester, although we didn't do that so I'm just speculating.