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North Wales car itinerary

2 Days

Llangollen - Snowdonia National Park - Dolgellau - Caernarfon

170½ miles (170.5 km)

Plan your route: VisitBritain Journey Planner

Follow this magical route from Roman city to National Park; from coast to mountain and castle to cavern, every stop entwined in the myth and legend of northern Wales.

Day 1: Llangollen - Snowdonia National Park

Llangollen - Snowdonia National Park: 42 miles (67.5 km)
Totals for day: 42 miles (67.5 km)


Begin your tour with a gentle drive through the beautiful Dee Valley to the picturesque market town of Llangollen. Visiting Llangollen is like visiting a by-gone era of horse-drawn canal boats and ancient traditions. The area is steeped in Arthurian legend, so take your time to explore the mysteries.


Must see & do:

Llangollen Museum | Llangollen Wharf boat trips | Llangollen Fringe Festival

Snowdonia National Park

Journey west to the mountains, waterfalls and ice-blue lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. Time to leave the car and put on your walking boots, as this area is best explored on foot. You can even take a steam-powered train right to the 3,560 ft summit of Mount Snowdon.

Must see & do:

Caernarfon Castle | Snowdon Mountain Railway | Llechwedd Slate Caverns | Harlech Castle | Ffestiniog Railway | Conwy Castle | Bodnant Garden

Day 2: Snowdonia National Park - Dolgellau - Caernarfon

Snowdonia National Park - Dolgellau: 22 miles (36 km)
Dolgellau - Caernarfon: 41½ miles (67 km)
Totals for day: 63½ miles (103 km)


Explore Dolgellau in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park. This ancient town is famous for its rich history and vibrant festivals. Nearby, you’ll discover an underground trail known as King Arthur’s Labyrinth where you can learn more about one of our most famous legends.


Must see & do:

Cymer Abbey | Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre | King Arthur's Labyrinth | Cilgerran Castle


Now head to the sea and follow the breathtaking Welsh coastline north to Caernarfon. The focal point of this busy seaside town is the vast medieval fortress built by Edward I – Caernarfon Castle. Round off your tour with a real historical treat at the World Heritage Site, Conwy Castle.

Must see & do:

Caernarfon Castle | Welsh Highland Railway | Inigo Jones Slate Works | Segontium Roman Museum | Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum

For more information on areas covered by this itinerary, see the Visit Wales website.

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