Why we love North Wales
North Wales is packed with castles and they provide just some of its stunning backdrop. The rest comes from its coastlines, valleys, hills and towns. From the impressive vistas of Portmeirion – a mini replica of the Italia Riviera to the island of Anglesey with 125 miles of coastline to an amble along Wales’ longest pier in Victorian resort Llunduno. Whether it’s photographing Britain’s longest place name or its tiniest house, paddle-boarding under dark skies or taking on the world’s fastest zipline, sleeping on a cliff’s edge, visiting anything from prisons to galleries, feasting on fresh lobster to locally foraged seaweed or partying the night away, North Wales give you a generous slice of it all. All this and in easy reach of Snowdonia National Park.
Discover the country’s tallest aqueduct
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a bit of an architectural wonder. Stretching 38 metres in the sky and 300 metres long, it has some real quirks like some of its mortar being mixed with ox blood.
Explore Wales’ Italian side
Portmeirion is an architect’s vision of the Italian Riviera brought to life. Seventy acres of woodland surround colourful buildings, a central piazza, shops, cafes and Hotel Portmeirion.
Things to do in North Wales
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Deep inside the belly of some slate caverns is the vast underground chamber at Bounce Below. Three trampolines, one spaced above the other, connected with slides and ladders.Learn more about Bounce Below in Wales
Places to stay in North Wales
Conwy makes for a good base, and is central to the north Wales area. It also offers easy access to Snowdonia. And for such a small place it offers a lot to see, from the castle to the estuary, cottages with slate roofs, long beach walks nearby, town walls and buzzing cafes, and pubs and restaurants .
This island offers everything from a on-cliff camping experience through to stays at country houses with spas or even a chateau. Take in its lighthouses to its beaches and coastal paths, or look to food festivals and the chance to cross the Menai Suspension Bridge. Check out Beaumaris for its shops and cafes, or pitch up a picnic at Penmon. While Benlech Bay offers lots of B & B’s for an overnight stay.
A dream-worthy place to stay. Running along the fringes of the Creuddyn Penisula, this Victorian seaside destination is bursting with historic tales, outstanding nature and Wales’ longest pier. Check out Great Orme, the area’s mini-mountain and journey 207 metres high to the summit on a ride on Britain’s lengthiest cable car.
The closest international airport to North Wales is Liverpool John Lennon Airport, around 75 miles (121 km) from spots such as Conwy and Llandudno. Direct train services from London Euston to Holyhead, the largest town on the Isle of Anglesey, take fewer than four hours.
Fflecsi Bus operate across North Wales and can be booked by app.
The Dee Valley Picturesque Bus service is a circular route and runs every Saturday until 30 October, the route links Llangollen and the surrounding villages to popular local attractions.
The Snowdon Sherpa is a unique bus service that travels around the foot of Snowdon, the service is fully accessible.
A scenic and eco-friendly way to travel around North Wales is by train. The North Wales Coast Railway hugs the coastline, and stops off at places such as Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Conwy, Bangor and Holyhead.
The Conwy Valley line runs from Llandudno through Snowdonia to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
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