GUIDE TO NORTH WALES

A haven for outdoor adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts, North Wales is bursting with activities to try and attractions to visit.

A 7 day itinerary for North Wales

With a wonderful blend of nature, heritage and family fun, seven days in North Wales can’t fail to amuse, intrigue and thrill!

An island paradise

The Isle of Anglesey is one of the many jewels in the crown of North Wales. Begin your visit by admiring the Menai Suspension Bridge before trying to get your tongue around the pronunciation of the longest place name in Britain – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio- gogogoch. Then head to Beaumaris where you’ll find pretty coloured houses and a 13th century castle by the sea. Grab a quick bite to eat, then if you have time for a stroll, pull on your walking boots and pick a section of the coast path – the best way to appreciate the coast. Cross Anglesey on the A55 and spend the afternoon on Holy Island where you can watch the seabirds and sometimes dolphins at the RSPB South Stack Cliffs Reserve.

Top 5 adventure activities

Nature at its best

Known as the Edge of Wales Walk, the 84 mile section of the Wales Coast Path stretching around the Llyn Peninsula is a definite must for walking enthusiasts. Unless you fancy tackling it all, we suggest picking a small stretch and enjoying a morning in the great outdoors. Grab a picnic lunch from Criccieth, Pwllheli or Abersoch before hopping aboard an afternoon trip from Pwllheli or Aberdaron to Bardsey Island where you can wander the abbey ruins, watch birds and even dolphins! Pre-booking is advised and boats only run between Easter and October.

Pottery and beaches

On a fine day, head to the exquisite village of Portmeirion where you’ll find beautiful Italian architecture, pretty little houses, flourishing gardens and, of course, the pottery for which it is well-known. Stop for lunch here or make your way to our next stop, Barmouth, which you can reach via the A496 coast road to take in the sea views and scenery. In just under an hour, you’ll reach the picturesque harbour town of Barmouth with its long sandy beach and dramatic mountainous backdrop which is breathtaking year-round. Here you can walk, cycle or simply relax the afternoon away in a café!

Top 5 family attractions

A Snowdonia adventure

Start your day in Betws-y-Coed, close to which you can visit the breathtaking Swallow Falls. Head back to the car and drive to Llanberis for lunch. After refuelling, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can walk up Mount Snowdon. If you’d prefer the easy option, book a train on the Snowdon Mountain Railway instead and trundle up in style! The train operates from the end of March to the end of October, dependent on the weather. After an action packed day, reward yourself with a meal back in Betws-y-Coed at Ty Gwyn or Bistro Betws-y-Coed, top rated restaurants on Trip Advisor.

Top 5 journeys

On the north coast

A popular seaside resort, Llandudno is the perfect place for a day out as a family or couple. The Orient Express Café comes well recommended for breakfast and you’ll need a hearty meal for the day’s activities! Spend the morning getting acquainted with the town and beach - take a walk along the pier and enjoy an ice cream by the sea. Eat fish and chips or treat yourself to Conwy mussels for lunch and then limber up for a climb up the Great Orme to admire the view. If you don’t fancy taking on the mini-mountain on foot, take a ride in the iconic Llandudno Cable Cars to the summit in just nine minutes! If water sports are your thing, you could always book a session at Surf Snowdonia, Britain’s first inland surfing destination, before relaxing for the evening back at base.

Top 5 heritage attractions

Castles and wine

Set aside a couple of hours in the morning for a visit to the striking Caernarfon Castle where you can climb narrow spiral staircases, wander along the ramparts and learn about its fascinating history. Once you’ve finished basking in the past, head 20 minutes out of town to Pant Du vineyard where you can enjoy a relaxed lunch in the café before a guided tour of the vineyard (only available on Sundays, booking is advised). To continue the theme of the afternoon, book an evening meal at Ty’n Rhos back in Caernarfon where you can experience fine dining at its best.

Bridges and rivers

Spend the day inland in and around Llangollen and you won’t be disappointed. The pretty town has something for everyone, so you can fill your day as you wish. Visit the must-see Pontcysyllte Aqueduct just down the road, try your hand at white water rafting on the river, take in the heritage at Plas Newydd House and Gardens and sample some of the local produce in Llangollen’s many cafés and restaurants.

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