7 Essential Stops On Your North Wales Holiday

Portmeirion. Photo Credit: Pixabay

The North Wales coast is one of the most beautiful destinations in the United Kingdom. With its rolling hills and beautiful beaches, the area has so much to offer.

The area has a rich history, with a deep Celtic heritage. North Wales saw many political struggles with the English of the years, leaving behind some of the most beautiful castles in the country.

North Wales is easy to explore too. With many of the major tourist attractions and towns situated along one road, the 87 mile long A55 which runs from Chester in the east to Hollyhead in the west.

Picking a central location such as this holiday park in Towyn will give you easy access to Rhyl, Llandudno, Anglesey, and Snowdonia National Park.

You’ll find lots of great activities to make your stay in North Wales memorable, with plenty of outdoor pursuits for the adventurous, such as climbing, hiking, camping, and caving.

Beddgelert

This small picturesque village near Snowdon is a great little place to visit for a walk and an ice cream. You can also stop and visit the grave of Gelert.

The village is synonymous with the legend of Gelert, a dog owned by Prince Llewellyn, and used to guard his family.

After returning from hunting, Prince Llewellyn checked on his sleeping baby, only to find the cradle overturned. Gelert’s mouth was covered in blood, and believing that the dog had eaten the baby, Llewellyn immediately killed Gelert. As the dog lay dying, Llewellyn heard the baby crying from under the cradle. Turning the cradle over, he found a wolf that Gelert had killed to protect the baby. From that day on, Llewellyn never smiled again.

Conwy And Conwy Castle

Situated on the edge of the beautiful walled town of Conwy, the castle was built in 1289 by Edward the first as part of his conquest of Wales. It was the scene of many clashes between the English and Welsh. It was famously used as a base by Owain Glyndwr in 1401 as he fought for Welsh independence.

Today, the castle is a UNESCO world heritage site and is regarded as one of the finest examples of European military architecture from the period.

With plenty to explore, the castle offers fantastic views out to sea, and of the beautiful local landscape.

The town is just a short walk away from the castle. You can explore the walls, and enjoy the local shops and cafes.

Conwy boasts the United Kingdom’s smallest house. Measuring in at a tiny 72 inches by 122 inches, there is no room to swing a cat. The house hasn’t been lived in since 1900 when the council deemed it to be unfit. The last tenant was a 6ft 3 fisherman who had to crouch when stood inside. You can visit the house for a very small fee.

Snowdon

Wales tallest mountain stands proud at 3560 feet above sea level. Aside from the Scottish Highlands, Snowdon is the highest mountain in the UK.

If you’re an avid walker, you can enjoy hiking to the summit. With several routes you can take, you like a challenge you can go via Pyg and Miners Track. Although, if you would prefer to make it easy, there is a mountain railway that will take you up too. You can relax and enjoy the sights without the need to break a sweat.

The surrounding area offers lots of potential for hiking, camping, horse riding, cycling, and potholing. With such a diverse range of activities nearby, you might want to consider camping for a night to allow you to appreciate the tranquility of the beautiful surroundings fully.

Portmeirion

The tourist village of Portmeirion was designed and built between the 1920s and the 1970s and may have been loosely based on the Italian fishing village Portofino.

Used as the primary setting for the classic TV series, The Prisoner, the village is now open to the public and is a very popular local attraction.

The iconic buildings make you feel as though you are some far more exotic, and the village has such a great charm about it.

Taking its name from the main protagonist in The Prisoner, the village plays host to the No.6 Festival, which attracts quite a few big name acts from the alternative music scene.

Caernarfon Castle

An imposing fortress on the northwest coast, Caernarfon stands pretty much intact from the outside. With dramatic straight walls, it breaks with the traditional style of castles from the era. Instead, drawing on classic Roman architecture.

It has seen lots of conflict throughout its seven centuries, with wars between the Welsh Princes, the English, and the battle for Welsh independence.

The castle stood firm, and was used for the investiture of Prince Charles fifty years ago.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham

Wrexham is a town to the east, close to the English border. One of the most noteworthy things in the area is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which stands 126 feet above the River Dee. The UNESCO heritage site, built by Thomas Telford in 1805, is the tallest navigable aqueduct in the world.

The World’s Fastest Zipline

Bethesda is home to Europe’s longest zipline, which stretches above the Penrhyn Quarry. From the top, you can see out towards Anglesey, and on a very clear day- the Isle of Mann. With potential speeds of up to 100 mph, the zipline is the fastest in the world.

Much of North Wales is Welsh-speaking. You’ll see that road signs are generally bilingual. While many may feel as though that locals may be speaking Welsh out of rudeness, it’s not the case, as for many Welsh is their first language. On the whole, you’ll find a warm and welcoming experience, and learning a few phrases is always helpful, such as ‘diolch’ which means ‘thanks.’

With a relaxed sense, Wales is a country best enjoyed without rushing. Find the time to appreciate the world around you, enjoy the beautiful views, and soak in the centuries of history and tradition.

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