North Wales serves as the perfect destination for a staycation holiday. With its multiple picturesque towns and attractions, thousands flock each year to experience the beauty this region holds. North Wales’ appeal has been long established over many years, so has an abundance of things to do. As such, we have put together the top ten things to do while visiting the area.
See the Views From the Great Orme in Llandudno
The Great Orme towers over the seaside town of Llandudno offers unbelievable views out over the North Wales coastline. It is accessible on foot, via the tramway, by cable car and by car. We highly recommend heading to the summit by any means that suits you and taking in the amazing sights. The walk to the top is popular, with lots of interesting plants and animals to see along the way too.
The biggest mountain in Wales and England is Snowdon. Renowned for its range of paths, spectacular views and its convenience for non-walkers via its Snowdon Mountain Railway, anybody can reach the summit and enjoy the wonderful feeling of being at the highest point in England and Wales. Climbing Snowdon is usually a favourite activity to do for visitors to the area, so can be a little busy. Head over early in the morning to beat the rush, and you might be lucky to enjoy unspoilt views over Snowdonia National Park!
Enjoy a Welsh Ale at the Black Boy Inn
The Black Boy Inn is one of the oldest inns in Wales. This ancient inn, located in the medieval town of Caernarfon, serves some fantastic Welsh food, drink and accommodation. There are loads of places around North Wales serving local ales, as there are a growing number of breweries and vineyards. This has led to a competitiveness and increased quality in the beers and ales found in North Wales favourite pubs. Ale lovers might also want to have a tour of the local breweries to find out more about their favourite drink.
Explore Conwy Castle
Conwy Castle is the focal point of Conwy, as it towers high above the town. Visitors can enjoy a few hours climbing the castle’s towers, taking in the scenic views across the Conwy River and town. The World Heritage Site is one of the areas most popular attractions, and an impressive structure, even today. Events are held throughout the year, giving you a chance to learn more about the history of the castle and the people who lived and worked around Conwy.
Experience the ‘Rib Ride’ in Anglesey
This unique experience takes it riders on an exhilarating ride around the North Wales coastline. These sea vessels can give you a great feeling of adventure, and when you return, you can explore the Isle of Anglesey. The Rib Rides are great fun, and tours include heading down the Menai Strait, traversing the Swellies and seeing the incredible castles of Caernarfon and Beaumaris. There are other boat rides to try in North Wales that might interest you too, giving you a chance to see the amazing coastline from a different angle, get up close to marine life and seabirds on coastal islands.
A Family Day Out at The Welsh Mountain Zoo
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is repeatedly voted one of the best North Wales attractions, thanks to its stunning hillside location, a huge variety of animals and playground facilities. Whether it’s watching a sea lion show, observing penguins or trying to spot the red pandas, there is something to be enjoyed for everyone. North Wales has loads of great animal attractions, all close to our holiday parks, and are easy options for days when no-one can decide what to do. Find out about the zoos and aquariums in North Wales on our blog post.
A Day Exploring Portmeirion
The Italianate village of Portmeirion is one of the most unique parts of North Wales. Nestled upon the shores of North Wales, the village has gained substantial popularity through the cult TV show, The Prisoner, and the colourful town is wonderful to explore on sunny days, as you feel transported to the Mediterranean. Other picturesque towns to explore on holiday to North Wales include Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert and Llanwrst.
Tour Around the Electric Mountain
A hydroelectric station that is actually situated inside of a mountain, offering tours in and around the operations. This is an intriguing attraction that guides visitors around on foot and by bus to show the whole range of activities that take place here. Visitors can find out how the power station works, and children are welcome to learn about the facility with educational games and quizzes included in the tour.
See Gelert’s Grave in Beddgelert
In the small Welsh village of Beddgelert is the home of one of the popular old tales of Wales and includes the heartfelt story involving Prince Llewelyn and his faithful dog Gelert. One day the prince went out hunting and left his baby boy and Gelert behind. When he returned, he saw the dog’s nose soaked up in blood, and his son was nowhere to be seen! In a fury, he grabbed his sword and killed his dog. Moments later, he discovered his son in his cot, unharmed, with a giant wolf lying beneath him, covered in wounds. The prince subsequently made a grand grave for his faithful hound, beneath a large tree. Some say the prince never smiled again, and the gravestone can be visited while in the beautiful town of Beddgelert.
Have a Go On Europe’s Longest and Fastest Zip Line
Zip World has been built in Bethesda, North Wales, and offers visitors a highly exhilarating zip line ride over a quarry and lake; reaching speeds of up to 100mph; it is definitely worthy of this list! There are loads of other thrilling activities to do too, from the Fforest Coaster, a roller coaster through the trees, trampolining underground at Bounce Below, Tree Top Nets and treetop obstacle courses or a chance to go a zip wire in an enormous cavern! With so much to do at Zip World, you can return again and again to seek out an adrenaline rush!
So, there it is, our top ten things to tick off your bucket list when visiting North Wales! If you are looking to get closer to the action, we have a wide range of holiday homes for sale in North Wales, which are perfectly placed so you can explore this spectacular region. Take a look at some of our recent blog posts for information on other activities and attractions in North Wales.