North Wales’ long history of invasions and rebellion, stunning natural landscapes and industrial heritage has left a region dotted with picturesque towns. There you will find cosy cottages surrounded by beautiful countryside, a strong community spirit and people who speak Welsh as their first language.
Take a look below at some of the picturesque towns found near our holiday parks which you can visit on your next stay in North Wales.
St George is a tiny village minutes from the A55 near the seaside town of Abergele, but it feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of North Wales’ tourist hotspots. The hamlet writes the book on quaint village life, with rustic buildings, rolling countryside and a friendly gastro pub, The Kinmel Arms. The village church was built between 1887 and 1894 in a Victorian style and is the tallest building in the town. We recommend cycling along the country lanes from Abergele to explore St George. Nearby is Adventure Paintballing, offering paintballing sessions in the surrounding woodlands.
Travel a little further afield to Llanfrothen, located between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. The hamlet is surrounded by beautiful Snowdonia and has a popular pub which is renowned for its ale selection. Llanfrothen is also the location of Plas Brondanw, the Grade II listed former family home of Clough Williams-Ellis, who designed the Italianate village of Portmeirion. The gardens of Plas Brondanw, which are open to the public for a small admission fee, also show inspiration from Italy, particularly in the avenue of trees which draws the eye to the mountain backdrop.
Another village nestled between mountains in the Snowdonia National Park, Beddgelert is an Instagram-worthy place, as the stone brick buildings have a timeless appeal. The village is a popular place to visit, not just for the shops, arts and crafts and traditional pubs, but also the connection to one of North Wales’ favourite dogs. The name of the town means ‘Gelert’s Grave’ and Gelert was a faithful dog belonging to Llywelyn the Great, a Prince of Gwynedd. The famous story of Gelert sees Llywelyn depart on a hunting trip, leaving his dog to care for his infant son. Upon returning, he sees Gelert’s muzzle covered in blood and his son missing, so strikes him down in rage, only to find his son safe nearby and the body of a wolf, killed by Gelert. Overcome with remorse, Llywelyn buries his faithful dog and was said to never smile again. You can still visit Gelert’s grave in the village.
Betws yn Rhos
Just five miles from Abergele is Betws-yn-Rhos, and similar to St George, it benefits from being hidden away from the usual tourist parade. The peaceful village is surrounded by rolling green hills, and if you are cycling to St George, you can add Betws yn Rhos to your route too. One of the highlights of the cosy town is St Michael’s Church, built in an eccentric Victorian Gothic style to replace a medieval church using local rubble, limestone and slate.
Not far from our holiday park in Ruthin is the village community of Llanarmon-yn-lal. The village is a central community for other villages worth visiting such as Eryrys and Graianrhyd and other hamlets. Located in large areas of farmland, Llanarmon-yn-lal is within the boundaries of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also the site of a shrine to Saint Germanus of Auzerre, or Garmon in Welsh, and was once a pilgrim destination. The medieval church of St Garmon dates to the 13th century is still standing today.
The small market town of Llanrwst has one of the most photographed places in North Wales, the Pont Fawr bridge over the River Conwy and the ivy coloured Tu Hwnt i’r Bont, a Grade II listed building which was originally a farmhouse, then used as a courthouse in the 16th century and today is a tea room. At one point Llanrwst had a population greater than Cardiff, and today more than 60% of its residents are native Welsh speakers. The town has seen many wars and conflict over the years, especially in the 13th century. Next year, it will hold the National Eisteddfod. (Is it worth saying what a National Eisteddfod is?!)
When looking at caravans for sale, North Wales is the best place to have for a second-home destination. There are loads of family-friendly attractions, dogs are welcome almost everywhere and as the adventure capital of Europe, there are loads of activities to do when staying, from the thrill-seeking to the leisurely. Take a look at some of our other blog posts for inspiration on North Wales and contact us today to find out about the holidays homes we have for sale.
Image credit: Michael Maggs