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Shelley Weekend

Plas Tan yr Allt, Tremadog

Booklover’s Tours, in partnership with the award-winning luxury Plas Tan yr Allt Historic Country House in Tremadog is delighted to announce two exciting, exclusive tours this autumn offering you the opportunity to discover more about the great and often controversial Percy Bysshe Shelley.

One of the most highly regarded Romantic poets of the 19th century, Shelley has strong connections with Plas Tan yr Allt, staying there between 1812 and 1813 and completing his famous work “Queen Mab” whilst residing there.

I will be sharing some of the secrets of his eventful stay with you and taking you on a tour of some of the locations most associated with him and his enterprises.

Included in the tour

  • 3 nights Bed and Breakfast en- suite luxury accommodation at the historic and award winning Plas Tan Yr Allt Historic Country House.
  • Miss Hilda’s Edwardian Cream Tea on arrival.
  • Evening Meal at Y Sgwar on Day 2 (the price is for the 2 course option, a 3 course option is available at a small additional cost)
  • Full tour programme as above, with the services of a knowledgeable and expert guide and transport as required.

Upcoming Dates

  • 1st November - 4th November, 2019
  • 2nd December - 5th December, 2019
  • 7th February - 10th February, 2020
  • 20th March - 23rd March, 2020

Tour Highlights

  • Stay at the award winning Plas Tan Yr Allt Historic Country House
  • Walk the Shelley Trail incorporating the Roman Steps, Pant Ifan Farm and Tremadog
  • Visit the Cob at Porthmadog
  • Take a trip on the world famous Ffestiniog Railway
  • Relax with an evening of poetry reading and discussion of “Queen Mab”
  • Evening meal at Y Sgwar, 2017 winner of the “Best Restaurant in Wales”

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Day One

Your room will be available anytime from 3pm onwards. Once you are settled in, we will all meet at 3:30pm for afternoon tea, where you can get to know us and the other guests and find out more about Shelley and his connections with the house. Following tea we will have a short tour of the house and its grounds, including the Shelley Monument. Handouts on Shelley will also be distributed. The evening is then free for you to do whatever you wish. We will be at hand to give you suggestions and directions if required.

Day Two

After a hearty 9am Welsh breakfast, we will all meet at 10:15am for the start of the Shelley Walking Tour. The Shelley Walking Trail incorporates many of the locations most associated with Shelley including the Roman Steps and Pant Ifan farm, home to the sheep farmer Robin Pant Evan who is reputed to have shot Shelley! The trail ends in Tremadog where we can look round the Market Square before being picked up by Dukes Taxis for the short ride to the Cob at Porthmadog. This impressive sea wall was the brainchild of William Alexander Madocks, original owner of Plas Tan yr Allt and Shelley is rumoured to have contributed funds to its repair, after it was damaged by a storm on the 14th February 1812.

Pub lunch back at Tremadog, after which you can either return to Plas Tan yr Allt on foot or by taxi.

On your return to the house meet in the Drawing Room at 3pm for a chance to share your thoughts on the trail.

6pm – Early Bird Dinner at the award-winning Y Sgwar, after which we return to the house by 8pm for an evening of “Queen Mab” and a discussion on the supposed assassination attempt on Shelley.

Day Three

Following another hearty Welsh breakfast at 8am, we will travel by taxi to catch the Ffestiniog Railway train, departing Porthmadog at 10 am. The spectacular round trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales (including a run over the Cob) and takes about 2 and three quarter hours, returning to Porthmadog for 12:45pm.

Lunch at Spooner’s Café, Porthmadog. James Spooner (1789- 1856) was the engineer who designed the Ffestiniog Railway for William Madocks and himself lived at Plas Tan yr Allt between 1818 and 1829.

After lunch you are free to take in the sights of Porthmadog, before returning to the house for 3:30pm, when we will meet in the Drawing room for a final chat and discussion till 5:30pm.

Evening free to do as you please.

Day Four

Final hearty Welsh breakfast before check out by 10:30 am.

The Details

This tour involves some gentle walking on fairly level ground. Please bring a warm layer, a waterproof coat and suitable footwear for walking. If for any reason changes have to be made to the programme e.g due to weather conditions, we will always ensure a suitable alternative is provided and will do all we can to make your tour, rewarding, relaxing and memorable.


Plas Tan yr Allt Historic Country House offers luxury accommodation in a stunning location in Tremadog, North Wales. It has three beautifully appointed rooms, all with either sea or mountain views and is set in 40 acres of ancient woodland with views over the Glaslyn Estuary.

Payments & Refunds

Payments are made via Eventbrite, a well established event management and ticketing website. In line with their refund policies, we offer refunds up to 7 days before a tour start date. Once you’ve bought your tickets we will send out a welcome information pack about two weeks prior to your tour. This will contain further details and advice as to what to bring with you for the tour. If at any time you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me, either by phone or email.

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