On the deep mines, though, you can go down to 450 feet, but the mine itself is over 1,500 feet deep. Watch Rick Steves' Europe - Season 4, Episode 2 - North Wales: Rick travels to North Wales, a land filled with medieval castles and glorious mountains. The tranquil isle of Iona; Staffa's puffin colony; Isle of Skye's Iron Age forts, thatched crofter huts and Trotternish Peninsula; sailing to Orkney; Scapa Flow. While very touristy and commercial, this town is a picturesque and handy jumping off spot for exploring the scenic wonders of North Wales. Sheep are everywhere in Wales — they speckle the countryside. Rick Steves’ Europe is public television’s most-watched, longest-running travel series. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on North Wales. Our tour finishes with a slate-splitting demonstration. Rick Steves' Europe: Britain and Ireland. Tonight, the men's choir of Denbigh is performing. Docents are happy to answer your questions — take advantage of their enthusiasm. From Mount Snowdon, to sweeping Victorian promenadades, to the Beatles' Liverpool. It's surrounded by a five-story-tall brick warehouse— now housing fine restaurants, concert venues, a convention center, and fancy condos. Rick Steves' Europe. This grid plan of streets dates from about 1280, when Edward built Conwy and filled it with English settlers. This is the neighborhood known to the people of Liverpool as "Penny Lane," and Paul McCartney and all the Beatles would be coming here as young boys .Now this is the shelter in the middle of the roundabout that Paul sings about: "Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout there's a pretty nurse selling poppies from a tray. The Beatles Story is a museum about the band that made rock and roll a worldwide phenomenon. The curtains were drawn at night to keep out the bugs and keep in the warmth. Find episode on: They've tried to invent machines to do this work, but at the moment nothing can beat man in doing the job. As we've learned again, having local friends and guides to explain what we're looking at brings our sightseeing to life. The next English castle town over is Caernarfon. It was the perfect time for Travels in Europe with Rick Steves. The servants of the castle would be in these lower rooms, and these are the royal rooms. Fixed iFrame Width: in pixels px Height: in pixels px. Rick: This was a practical place where the military stayed then? From there we circle south to Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and into South Wales. Visitors ride a train deep into the mountain, where a guide tells of the harsh working conditions and traditional mining techniques. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. Rick Steves' Europe is public television's travel series focusing on European travel. Many of us know Liverpool as the springboard for the band that changed the world back in the 1960s — the Beatles. The park — Britain's second largest with over 800 square miles of pristine hiking country and a dozen of its highest peaks — is one of the country's favorite natural playgrounds. At Trefriw, five miles north of Betws-y-Coed, you can peek into a working woolen mill. After the shipping of slaves was outlawed in Britain in the early 1800s, Liverpool kept its port busy as a transfer point for emigrants. Listen to Travel with Rick Steves episodes free, on demand. Written and hosted by best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves, each half-hour show takes viewers to Europe's most interesting places, from great cities to off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Cart All. Travel with Rick on this video guide to England and find out what to do on your next trip. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. After a lifetime of exploring Europe - and inspiring Americans to see Europe as the springboard for world exploration - Rick Steves shares his reasons why. And the bracing sea air was just what the doctor ordered. Repainted in its original bright colors, it proclaims the rich family's princely lineage. In his program, Rick shows some out-of-the-way places the average traveler misses, offers countless travel tips, and always enjoys being immersed in the adventure. Long rows of humble homes, nicknamed "two-up and two-down" for their tiny rooms, feel empty as the town's population today is half what it was in its slate-mining heyday. The long lines of old-time hotels offer their guests the warmest welcome possible. View production, box office, & company info. A stroll along the best medieval walls in Britain rewards you with grand and evocative views. Season 10 Episode 1010 | 25m 2s | Video has closed captioning. Town choirs welcome visitors to both their weekly practices and their many concerts. Albert Dock is the centerpiece. I'm Rick Steves. Rick: So, why here, on this desolate windy north coast of Wales, would Edward build such an incredible castle? Martin: This castle alone, one of 13, cost nearly a year's income for Edward I — it was the expensive castle ever built by a king of England. Rick Steves' Europe North Wales: Feisty and Poetic. We finish just over the border in the English city of Liverpool. All the people stop and say hello." He established and consolidated the United Kingdom — in other words, added Wales and Scotland to England — in order to create a realm big enough to compete with the rising European powers of the age. You can take either the diesel-powered train with a 70-person car, or the steam train, carrying 34 passengers in a rebuilt Victorian carriage. The resort center of Snowdonia National Park is Betws-y-Coed. Rick: So, with all these incredible castles, were the English able to keep the Welsh down? This 12-DVD boxed set includes all 80 Rick Steves' Europe TV shows and specials produced from 2000 to 2009: Italy's Cities; Italy's Countryside; France; Austria and the Alps; Germany, Benelux and More; England; Ireland and Scotland; Spain and Portugal; Eastern Europe, Israel and Egypt; Greece and Turkey; Scandinavia; Travel Skills and Specials — plus a 13th bonus disc of Rick's travel lectures. Martin: Oh yeah! Video: Watch North Wales: Feisty and Poetic, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. You'll travel five miles from Llanberis to the summit on Britain's only rack-and-pinion railway (from 1896), climbing a total of 3,500 feet. (30 minutes) In fact, Sir Edmund Hillary and his gang trained here before tackling Mount Everest. And if all that hard work stokes your need for a warm and wearable souvenir, that's part of the mill visit as well. Traveling through Wales, it's easy for the traveler not to realize that the language here actually is Welsh. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Since I relied so heavily on the Rick Steves' podcasts and the various message boards for tips and advice on planning my trip to Wales, and since it feels like such an untapped location in terms of message board resources compared to other travel destinations I thought I would share my road trip earlier this summer. I know the show would do the region justice. Liverpool entertains, from its Beatle lore, to its powerful shipping heritage. In its day, Liverpool was England's greatest seaport. Guide: Now to try and cut the slate down he would try and cut the block down in half every time. Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. Even lukewarm fans will enjoy the commentary and seeing the shelter on the roundabout, the barber who shaves another customer, and the banker who never wears a mack in the pouring rain. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families...and even play in the snow. This DVD includes all eight half-hour Rick Steves' Europe TV shows on England and Wales, produced from 2000 to 2009: London Trad and Mod; London Royal and Rambunctious; Great Side Trips from London; Northwest England; South England Dover to Lands' End; Heart of England and South Wales; North Wales Feisty and Poetic; England's Bath and York. And another round of listener poetry about Winter in Ireland. After a lifetime of exploring Europe - and inspiring Americans to see Europe as the springboard for world exploration - Rick Steves shares his reasons why. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Wales. Finally, the museum examines the legacy of slavery — both the persistence of racism in contemporary society and the substantial positive impact that people of African descent have had on European and American cultures. It's a small town and everyone's here: enjoying the local cuisine, chatting on the pier, spilling out of the pub, and savoring that great Welsh pastime…of torturing little crabs. The Miners' Bridge is a favorite for painters. He continues his travels under a new title, but it's obviously the same format. This sumptuous 80-acre display of floral color is one of Britain's most impressive gardens. Eight centuries ago, those English were invaders, sent here by their king to help establish a foothold in a land he wanted to incorporate into his realm. In the 1800s the notion that bathing in sea water was good for your health was trendy. Rick Steves has been the "travel guinea pig" for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. A free and frequent shuttle runs between the two locations. Wander downhill, enjoying the slice-of-Welsh-life scene. Rick Steves' Europe. Neville: The military stayed here, because it was simply military castle with an adjunct for the king, really. No nap for Tom Hooper, who continues to school us on the "bus" oops "coach"! Then we check out the treasures of the new British Library, roll with the drums at the Changing of the Guard, and cruise the Thames to Kew Gardens. Edward I built this mighty castle 700 years ago to establish English rule over North Wales. North Wales has as much fun and sightseeing and just fascinating stuff as anyplace you'd find this side of the Mississippi. Scotland's Islands. The greatest of Edward's castles — like Conwy Castle — were masterpieces of medieval engineering. We visit the castle-within-a-castle in Conwy, peek into 16th-century domestic life at Plas Mawr, go down deep in the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, and up high in Snowdonia National Park, then make a "Beatles pilgrimage" to Liverpool. Nearby, Beddgelert is smaller and less touristy. And most of them are English castles, built here in the 13th century by the King Edward [I] to establish English rule here and subdue the feisty Welsh. Watch Rick Steves' Europe - Season 1, Episode 4 - Heart of England and South Wales: After King Arthur country at Glastonbury, we go back in time to prehistoric Stonehenge. This is still the land of the Welsh language — where we compose poetry, and we sing songs, in Welsh. (Very strange.). Published May 08, 2005 - Rick learns about the charms of Wales from Welshman Martin DeLandowicz, and attempts to speak some otherwise undecipherable phrases in the Welsh Celtic language; also, Rick chats with Jamie Jensen for the first time, author of an extensive guidebook on road trips in the USA and Canada, and takes listener calls on their recommended back highway trips. RICK STEVES' EUROPE offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. During the episode, Steves also visits Edward's most expensive and extravagant castle in Caernarfon. In modern times, to give the Welsh a sense of belonging to Britain [the UK], the Prince of Wales has been given his title here. With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. I think this area has as much site seeing diversity and interest as any place in Britain. You'll see a traditional spinning wheel, and a busy historic mill, in action. They'd have three days holidays every year: They were usually Christmas day, Good Friday, and Thanksgiving Day, and they were taken without pay. Go! With Rick Steves. Martin: "It's a blessing, it's a privilege to be a Welshman who speaks Welsh.". [Girl saying that in Welsh. For peace and tranquility, don't miss Bodnant Garden. Martin: It's one of the few castles, I think, that manages to achieve both architecture — art — and defensibility at the same time. In North Wales we'll climb a mountain aboard a steam train, learn some Welsh, follow a miner deep into a slate mine, herd sheep with a very clever dog, and work in a pop pilgrimage to the Beatles' Liverpool. Stepping into the house, visitors are wowed by the heraldry over the fireplace. Title: Each drives by the houses where the Fab Four grew up (only the National Trust tour gets you inside the homes), places they performed, and spots made famous by the lyrics of their hits. As we've learned again having local friends and guides to bring…, Say, "you look funny with that big camera on your shoulder." Liverpool, just over the border in England, is a gritty but surprisingly enjoyable city. Rick: Wow. Add our editors' Netflix movie and TV picks to your Watchlist, including "Bridgerton," David Fincher's Mank, and more. Each year, half a million people scale this 3,500-foot peak. The men's choirs of Wales are famous for their beautiful music. Blaenau Ffestiniog was a company town, and that company was the Llechwedd slate mine. Season 4 Episode 2 | 25m 4s | Video has closed captioning. Written and hosted by Rick Steves, each half-hour show takes viewers to Europe's most interesting places, from great cities to off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Awe-inspiring steamers like the Lusitania called this port home. And where there are sheep there are woolen mills — and some welcome the public. Rick Steves is the perfect travel partner to guide you through his favorite cities, villages and off-the-beaten-path destinations in Great Britain Toggle navigation Public Libraries of Suffolk County, New York The Slavery Museum starts with a description of life in West Africa; then comes a harrowing exhibit about enslavement and the Middle Passage, with an intense film that drives home the horrifying experience of being abducted from your home and taken thousands of miles away in life-threatening conditions. Between 1830 and 1930, nine million emigrants sailed from Liverpool to find their dreams in the New World. He continues his travels under a … It still spreads out from its protective castle following Edward's original grid plan laid within its still-impressive ramparts. During the episode, Steves also visits Edward's most expensive and extravagant castle in Caernarfon. It works as a castle, and it works as a piece of art at the same time. Constructed as a key fortress in Edward's "iron ring" of castles, its sheer immensity was designed to prompt humility. Neville Hortop brings this castle to life with gusto. Rick Steves' Europe Tuscany's Dolce Vita The small towns and rural charms of Tuscany give us a healthy dose of the "sweet life" as we hunt for truffles in an oak forest, nibble through an artichoke festival, share a farmhouse feast, and ride a classic convertible through the cypress groves of Mona Lisa's back yard. Don't confuse this with the Welsh Highland Railway, or the Llanberis Lake Railway, a different (and far less appealing) steam train that fascinates kids and runs to the end of Padarn Lake and back. Caernarfon was the most expensive castle an English king ever built. As Britain boomed, so did Liverpool. For nature at its wild and Welsh best, it's Snowdonia National Park — arguably Britain's most rugged and beautiful mountain area. These English garrison towns — with awe-inspiring walls and state-of-the-art castles — created what was known as the "ring of stone and iron" around the land of the Welsh. Singing helped the miners endure their harsh lives. This is my favorite of the many castles in North Wales — it's compact, fun to explore, and has the best views. episode / view more episodes. No rain, squeeze more touring in! Travel with Rick on this video guide to North Wales in Great Britain and find out what to do on your next trip. Season 4 Episode 1 | 25m 5s ... Rick Steves' Europe North Wales: Feisty and Poetic. "On the corner there's a barber showing photographs of all the heads he's had the pleasure to have known. In his program, Rick shows some out-of-the-way places the average traveler misses, offers countless travel tips, and always enjoys being immersed in the adventure. The Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the story of the port of what was the second city of the British Empire. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. These museums tell the story of Liverpool: The third floor covers slavery, while the first, second, and basement handle maritime topics. The scene is mellow, multigenerational, and perfectly Welsh. It's famous for its physical grandeur and for its association with the Prince of Wales. Travel with Rick Steves podcast on demand - A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Terms of Service | Privacy, Phil Hughes Minibus Beatles and Liverpool Tours, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales: Slate Mine Experience, Snodownia, Wales: Wild Wales and Mt. The garden is also famous for its magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias, and roses — and for the way that the buildings of the estate complement the carefully planned landscaping — all with a backdrop of rolling hills and craggy Welsh mountains. Conwy's harbor — once vital for military purposes and then a busy industrial port — is now a laid-back zone that locals treat like a town square. $49.99. You may pick up some Welsh phrases While the English were successful in taking rule of Wales, there's one thing they couldn't take away from its people: the Welsh language. Rick Steves has been the "travel guinea pig" for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. Rick Steves has been the "travel guinea pig" for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. Rick: Really? Guide: And it was in these poorer parts of Liverpool that the Beatles were born and grew up, and in fact Ringo Starr living in Admiral Grove on the right. Rick Steves' Europe. $14.99. It's Saturday night and the action is on the quay. Slate mining played a blockbuster role in Welsh heritage, and the Llechwedd mine now welcomes visitors. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. This of course is the open courtyard for fresh air, a small food store there. For a proper Beatle pilgrimage you need to take a Beatles tour. Thanks for joining us. Built during the reign of Elizabeth I, Plas Mawr is filled with historically accurate household items that bring the rooms to life, as does the refreshing lack of velvet ropes — you're free to wander as you imagine life in this house. Opened in 1846 by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, the docks enclose seven acres of water. If you're going to devote substantial time to any garden in Britain, this one deserves serious consideration. Rick Steves' Europe. Rick: So why is the Welsh language so important to you? Rick Steves writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Modeled after the striped, angular walls of ancient Constantinople, the castle, though impressive, was never finished and never really used. This is a fascinating corner of Great Britain. Travel to Wales: Castle Hotel. Mount Snowdon; medieval castles; Victorian promenades; slate mine; sheep-herding dog. The mighty little engines push the jam-packed cars scenically up past the tree line and ultimately to the top of Wales. Thanks for joining us. Click to copy the fixed iFrame Copy . All this extravagant entertainment under a ceiling full of more heraldry — reflecting important, if dubious, family connections — left a powerful impact on guests. Either trip takes 2.5 hours (one hour up, one hour down, 30 minutes free time at the summit). We start in the town of Llandudno, a genteel Victorian beach resort. While parties on all three sides made money, the big profits came home to England. Most went to the USA. England’s Bath and York. And about 50 miles northeast, the Beatles performed for their first time in Liverpool. Conwy Castle has an interesting story and local guides—who hang out at the entrance ready to take you on an inexpensive impromptu tour—tell the story well. Rick: So, it was an English toehold here with an angry insurgency all around. Snowdon; medieval castles; Victorian promenades; climbing a mountain aboard a steam train; following a miner into a slate mine; herding sheep with a dog. It's surprisingly interesting if the machines are running (weekdays; machines don't run in winter). The British Isles consist of England and three Celtic lands. See more ideas about Rick steves, Europe, Europe travel. Taking advantage of the mobility our rental car provides, we're enjoying a bed & breakfast immersed in the lush Welsh country side. Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg. We look at the top sites where you can experience firsthand the groundbreaking contributions of Spain's greatest artists. Welcome to the Travels in Europe with Rick Steves guide at TV Tome. This is the banquet hall for everybody. American travel authority Rick Steves guides viewers through his favorite European cities. While the standard hike to the summit takes only about four hours, there's plenty of challenge for those looking for tougher routes. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Neville: So now, we're in the king's part of the castle. Use the HTML below. ... and visit an evocative ruined abbey in South Wales. And every once in a while, that means in for a good haircut. Neville: They've got the water, they've got the supplies, and they've got this magnificent castle, of course. Skip to main content.sg. Join Rick Steves for a taste of what it's like to travel the Rick Steves way with his company's staff of personal tour guides, and see testimonials of satisfied patrons who had the trip of a lifetime. From towering Mount Snowdon to evocative castles to sweeping Victorian promenades, it's a poem written in landscape. The easiest ascent is by the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a four-mile-long cog railway dating from 1896. Many people visit Liverpool just to remember John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The museum has two parts: the original, main exhibit at the south end of the Albert Dock; and a much smaller branch in the Mersey Ferries terminal at Pier Head, near the Museum of Liverpool, just to the north. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. This special episode is a sonnet to travel - an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel. 2020-11-24T20:00:00-06:00: Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The Impression: 2020-11-24T21:00:00-06:00: Rise of the Nazis: Night of the Long Knives Rick: OK, so enemy comes, raise the drawbridge, into the king's zone. We're even going past the pub where his mother had to work to pay for the rent. Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. Neville: ...and it's a wonderful castle because it's two castles in one. Rick Steves, Writer: Rick Steves' Europe. They exported manufactured goods to Africa in exchange for enslaved Africans, who were then shipped to the Americas and traded for raw materials — like cotton, tobacco, and sugar — which they imported back to Britain. Add the first question. see our FAQ. And there's lots more nearby. Here on Mount Snowdon, we're higher than anybody in Wales — or England. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | For some heavier industry, we're visiting Blaenau Ffestiniog, the quintessential Welsh slate-mining town. This was here for the military. Join Rick as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe's most interesting places. Several companies run tours daily — from slick big buses to more personal minibus tours. Whether your ancestors came from Scandinavia, Ukraine, Ireland or Wales, there's a good chance they left Europe from this port. Rick Steves' Europe is public television's most-watched, longest-running travel series. 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