Guidebook Updates for Wales

When we learn of critical changes to the Welsh information in our Great Britain guidebook, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Britain

  • The National Express Skimmer Pass (which had offered unlimited bus rides) has been suspended.
  • Eurail Global Passes now include Great Britain — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Brit Xplorer bus pass has been discontinued.

For books printed before May 2016, the following may also apply:

Cardiff & South Wales

  • In the Wye Valley, the Chepstow Museum is now closed Wednesdays.
  • In Cardiff, Moksh Indian restaurant has closed.
  • In Cardiff, Got Beef restaurant has closed.
  • In Cardiff, Cafe Citta is now closed Sun–Mon.
  • In Cardiff, the New York Deli is now closed Sundays.
  • The River House has a new phone number: +44 (0)29/2010-5590.
  • Church Guest House has a new phone number: +44 (0)29/2169-0033.
  • St. John the Baptist Church is now open to visitors on Sundays (10:00–18:00).
  • In Cardiff, the tourist information office is now inside Cardiff Castle's visitors center, though a castle ticket is not required (daily 9:00–17:00). The other two information offices (in the Old Library downtown and in the Wales Millennium Centre at Cardiff Bay) have closed.

For books printed before May 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff has closed.
  • Beaufort House B&B in Cardiff has closed.
  • The Florence hotel near Tintern Abbey has closed.

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Cathedral House B&B in Cardiff has closed.

North Wales

  • In Ruthin, Mari Roberts is no longer leading tours.
  • In Llangollen, Plas Newydd is now open daily 10:30–17:00.
  • In Beddgelert, the Colwyn Guest House has a new email address: colwyn276@gmail.com.
  • In Beddgelert, the Tanronnen Inn has a new email address: tanronnen@btconnect.com.
  • Near Conwy, on the Isle of Anglesey, the Beaumaris Gaol is now open daily 10:00–17:00.
  • Near Conwy, Bodnant Garden's extended Wednesday hours now go through September (Wed until 20:00 May–Sept). The garden's hours are now daily 10:00–17:00, Wed until 20:00 May–Sept; Nov–Feb until 16:00.
  • From Conwy, there are now two buses/hour to Beddgelert and they run every day. Some are more direct, stopping in either Bangor or Caernarfon rather than always stopping in both.
  • Castlebank Hotel no longer offers a Rick Steves discount. They also have a new email address: reservations@castlebankhotel.co.uk.
  • Gwynfryn B&B has a new website: www.gwynfrynbandb.co.uk.
  • In Porth Eirias, CogCogs Bike Hire has closed. We now recommend Buster's Cycles in nearby Kinmel Bay.
  • The website for information about Wales' castles and other historic monuments is now: www.cadw.gov.wales.
  • The Cantorion Goledd Cymru men's choir in Betws-y-Coed (in Snowdonia National Park) holds practices (not concerts) every other Sunday afternoon in summer, which are held at St. Mary's Church, not St. Anne's.

For books printed before May 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Conwy Valley Railway has a new website: www.conwyvalleyrailway.co.uk.
  • Veloconwy bike rental shop in Conwy has closed.
  • Conwy Pantry restaurant is now called "Love to Eat."
  • The bluegrass festival in Conwy has been cancelled for the forseeable future.
  • Official guided tours of Caernarfon Castle have been discontinued.
  • Totters Hostel in Caernarfon has a new email address: totters.hostel@gmail.com.
  • Blas restaurant in Caernarfon has closed.
  • Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel near Beddgelert can only be booked by phone (+44 (0)1286/970-211).

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply: