My visit to Wales will start from Chester I think which means catching a train(preference) to Conwy. It seems the train leaves around lunch time so I'd arrive in Conwy mid-afternoon? Would that be only enough time to go for a wander about or could I go visit the castle. I'd have to find my accommodation of course. I want to spend the following day at Bodnant and would catch a bus from there to Beddgelert for an overnight stay and a wander about before catching another bus to Caernarfon. I would like to see the castle but not sure I'm up for exploring all of it. A walk along the walls for a bit and then an exploration of one or two of the towers would be enough for me. See a little bit more of the town and then onto Bangor. I know this means catching another bus. Would there be regular buses going that way of an afternoon or will I have to watch the time? I'd stay in Bangor the night I think rather than head back to Conwy because I find long bus trips too tiring and won't want to go any further. I like the idea of visiting Penhryn Castle but probably won't have time unless I cut short my visit to Caernarfon. Not sure how long a day it will be considering I start in Beddgelert. I'll be catching a train to York from Bangor and won't be returning to Chester.
The alternative is to stay overnight in Caernarfon and catch a bus first thing to Bangor. Perhaps this would give me a chance to go see Penrhyn Castle? As long as I arrive York before evening I'll be happy.
What do you think of that itinerary? Is there anything else I might enjoy instead. The only thing set in stone is Bodnant.
I'm considering a few more days in the south of England so I can see a bit of Cornwall which might mean only 2 nights in Wales. If I decided on Cornwall I'd stay the second night in Conwy and give Caernarfon a miss. I'd also hire a car. Is it worth a drive on to Beddgelert just for a look-see? I'd be backtracking to Conwy for the night and would then catch a train to York from there I think.
Be glad of anyone's thoughts and opinions.