On Friday the 17th of March We (The Transition Years) set off on our trip to the UK. We got our bus outside Portlaoise College at 6 am and drove to Dublin Port to get our ferry over to Holyhead. On the ferry we all stayed together and the excitement of finally being on the trip was building up as we sat at a window and watched the waves. We arrived at Holyhead at about 12 in the afternoon and got on the bus to make our way to the town with the longest name in the world “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”
We then drove to a short distance ton Conwy Castle. It was a beautiful old castle and we walked around it. The sights we seen were amazing and we all really enjoyed it. Once we walked around the castle we then went to see the Smallest House in Great Britain. It was a tiny red house and it was so cute. After that we took more pictures and then made our way back to the bus.
We arrived at the Grand Hotel in Llandudno. This is where we stayed and once we got our rooms and settled a bit we went and had an evening meal. It was an all you can eat buffet so we ate a lot then went into one room altogether and had a chat. We then all went out and had a look around because there was a beach right beside the hotel.
On Thursday we woke up at half 7 to go down to have breakfast, again it was an all you can eat buffet so we definitely enjoyed that! We then waited and got the bus over to the Tree Top Adventure Centre in Snowdonia. When we got there we didn’t know what to expect for we have never been there before. We then met the woman who would be looking after us for the day, her name was Tara and she was lovely. We got into our harnesses and put on our helmets and anything else we needed. We all felt really safe in these.
We then had to walk up a little hill to get to the Tree top challenge course. It looked so scary to see it. So we then had to get up onto the course and do it. We were strapped to a wire then held us up in case we fell. Everyone’s reactions to when they got up first was so funny, everyone was afraid except Mr.McClearn of course. We completed the treetop challenge course then went on to do the parachute. We climbed up a 100 foot tree and jumped off, the climb was really difficult but it was worth it when we jumped off. Then we went and got tied to a bar in our harnesses and we were slowly being brought up by a rope. We went 80 foot into the air and when we got up there one person had to pull a string and we went flying exactly like a swing.
After we were finished in the Adventure centre the bus came to collect us and the Second years were in the bus, we were so tried and we rested until we arrived at the Arndale Centre in Manchester and we got an hour to shop in Primark.
After that we got the bus to the Britannia Hotel in Manchester. The hotel was gorgeous and the people were so friendly we had dinner then we chilled around the hotel for the night.
On Friday we woke up early to get breakfast and then set off on our trip to Alton towers. The excitement was out of control, everyone couldn’t wait to get there. We arrived at Alton Towers at about 11:00 am.
There weren’t many people at the park which was a fantastic thing because the lines were very short. During the day we would bump into the teachers and they would make sure we were okay. We went on as many rides as we could. It was a brilliant day altogether. When we finished up in the park we then all reassembled at the entrance and jumped on the train back to the car park.
We then got the bus to the Trafford Centre in Manchester. First we had some food and then we went shopping for 3 hours. It was so much fun. We assembled back at the entrance of the Trafford centre at about 10:00 pm.
We then got on the bus and the journey was 3 hours. It wasn’t too bad because we watched DVDs on the bus. We arrived at Holyhead at about 1:00 am. We all slept on the boat home. It was really nice and warm.
The boat arrived in Dublin Port at about 6:00 am and we got the bus home and arrived home at 7:00 am.
We were all absolutely wreaked when we got home but were happy to be home.
It was a fantastic trip and we would recommend it to upcoming years.