From huge modern shopping centres to independent stores, North Wales has something for everyone, so we’ve made a guide to shopping in the area to help out all of the shopaholics who holiday here at our caravan parks.
Llandudno’s Victoria Centre is a premier shopping destination, with several well-known brands such as Dorothy Perkins, Boots and Waterstones. It is open 9 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on Sundays. The shopping centre also has an integrated multi-storey car park, so you can easily park up at a place with direct access to the shops and close by to the main street.
Parc Llandudno is on the outskirts of the seaside town and the place to for high-street fashion with stores including River Island, Next, Marks & Spencer and New Look. The retail park has longer opening hours from 7 am until 8 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays. Another retail park in Llandudno is Mostyn Champneys with shops including Argos, dfs and Currys PC World.
In the town itself, you will find it is not just seaside shops, with independent stores and a variety of different speciality stores hidden away in Llandudno’s canopied streets, a unique shopping experience that was first created by the Victorians! There are also various galleries throughout Llandudno selling an excellent selection of art.
Along the coast from Llandudno, Conwy has been noted as being one of the best places for independent shops in the UK. If you are after something a little on a shopping trip, then Conwy is the place to go. The small and quirky stores have added character being surrounded by the magnificent medieval walls.
The best stores to look out for include the Knight Shop, where you can get medieval souvenirs for your loved ones! Potter’s Gallery is a favourite of visitors and locals alike, run by North Wales potters and designers showcasing the latest work from the community and is the place to go to find out about local artists. Yesteryears is a traditional toy shop, selling everything from puppets to dolls houses. If you have something of a sweet tooth, be sure to stop by Baravelli’s on Bangor Road, an award-winning artisan chocolatier.
There is also a wide array of local pubs and restaurants nearby for when you need to refuel on a day out shopping. One not to be missed is Watsons Bistro, which is a modern, family-run restaurant that offers a varied selection of delicious Welsh dishes, with a secret garden backing on to the ancient castle walls.
Colwyn Bay has a mixture of independent, family-run shops and recognisable high-street stores. There is also a weekly street market on Tuesday and Saturdays with a wide range of stores selling electrical goods, games, confectionery, pet supplies and food from local suppliers, along with unique gifts and crafts.
Bay View Shopping Centre in the heart of the seaside town is another fantastic shopping destination, where you can find a number of high street shops such as Boots, Clarks, Card Factory, Argos, Timpson and Costa.
In the idyllic town of Beaumaris on Anglesey, there are a number of delightful and unusual speciality shops. One not to miss is The Little Chilli Shop selling all manner of spicy sauces, made in-house with love and bottled by hand. If you want to personalise your holiday home, then Pretty Things of Beaumaris is the shop for you. A small company providing high-quality home gifts, light fixtures, furniture and more. The seaside town is not without a sweet shop too, with The Penny Farthing Sweet Shop selling a plethora of traditional sweets and treats the whole family can enjoy.
Shopping in Snowdonia
Snowdonia is not just a hot spot for exciting outdoor activities, as in the many picturesque villages dotted around the valleys and mountains, there are some fantastic shopping destinations. Corris, for example, is a former slate village where you’ll find the Corris Craft Centre with a collection of shops and activities that will entertain the whole family for hours, such as pottery, glass art, candle making, handmade toys and more.
At Inigo Jones Slate Works near Caernarfon, the natural Welsh slate has been transformed into a wide variety of gifts for house and garden, such as coasters, clocks, number plates and cake stands.
Then there is Portmeirion, the unusual Italian-style town in Snowdonia, which has a rather unique shopping experience. Among the Italian piazzas, there is an assortment of bookshops, gift shops, toys and more, found in buildings as characterful as the things they are selling. Don’t miss the Ship Shop, in a Grade II listed building, selling homeware items from local designers and well-known brands, toys and fragrance products. Portmeirion has cult status thanks to the TV show The Prisoner which was filmed in the village in the 1960s. Fans of the show should stop by the Prisoner Gift Shop at Number Six’s House and selling all things The Prisoner!
When you are coming to stay at our Wales caravans for sale, be sure to hit the local towns and villages for a spot of shopping to get gifts and souvenirs for yourself and loved ones back home!
Updated October 2018