North Wales has long been one of Britain’s top tourist destinations, offering a variety of holiday activities within a small area, combining stunning mountain sceneries close by to gorgeous sandy beaches. When staying at our holiday parks and investing in our caravans for sale, North Wales has so much to offer visitors.
We have mentioned many of the best attractions in the region in previous blog posts but thought for people who want a quick read to help them plan on what to do when they holiday in North Wales; we have put together a list the top rated attractions and what you can expect!
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park covers a large portion of North Wales, and there is much to discover within the park, from hiking up 3000ft high peaks to take in the breath-taking vistas to walking around the glacial lakes. Snowdonia is also home to several picturesque towns and villages where you can stop for a bite to eat when exploring the National Park such as Llanberis and Betws-y-Coed.
If you appreciate a good garden, you should add Bodnant Garden to your list of must-sees. The garden is one of the oldest in Wales and also one of the most-visited formal gardens. A National Trust place, it is located nearby Conwy and boasts fantastic floral displays throughout the year. Wander the 80 acres which include a gorge garden, a variety of trees, Italianate terraces, waterfall and laburnum arch.
Conwy Castle is a fantastic example of medieval architecture, which took 2000 workers to build between 1283 and 1289. It is considered to be one of Wales’ most picturesque castles and one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe, as much of it, and the surrounding town walls, still stand. The fortress has seen a lot of history, and you can learn about its past when you visit.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
The Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of North Wales’ most visited attractions. Located in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Slate Caverns shows visitors the history of slate mining in the region, focusing on Llechwedd. Visitors can delight in the Deep Mine Tour, taking a narrow gauge railway 152 meters down to some spectacular slate caverns and the Quarry Explorer, a 4×4 vehicle ride around the huge mine. Other features the whole family can enjoy are the underground ziplines, underground trampolining and mountain biking – on the surface!
Llandudno has been one of the most popular seaside resorts in Britain since the Victorian era, due in part to its sandy beaches and picturesque promenade. The highlight of that is the Victorian pier, where you can spend the afternoon on the amusement games, catch a Punch and Judy show or indulge in some sweet treats such as a fresh doughnut. Find out more about the Llandudno Pier on our blog post.
The Great Orme
Another attraction in Llandudno you won’t want to miss is the Great Orme. A mini-mountain boasting fantastic views of the coastline, you can’t miss a visit to the Great Orme. The headland overlooking the coastal town is a massive chunk of limestone sticking 207m straight out of the sea, and its name means ‘sea monster’. There are several ways to reach the top to enjoy the views too, including walking, cable car and the tramway. At the top, you can explore the fascinating geology and wildlife of the landmark.
Wales is home to many castles, that you have to include at least two on your holiday to the country! Caernarfon, like Conwy Castle, began construction in 1283, taking 37 years to complete. It symbolised the might of the English throne in Wales, and with 13 towers and two gates, it remains an impressive medieval fortress. The castle has an eventful history having withstood many sieges from rebelling Welsh, and today is one of the best attractions in the region, with many activities and exhibitions for families to enjoy.
The village of Portmeirion is one of North Wales’ more unusual attractions but is world famous for being a replica of an Italian village. The creation of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is a delightful place to visit, particularly in the summer, when it does feel like you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean. There are boutique shops, tea-rooms and cafes, beautiful gardens, fountains and more to explore. The Italianate village has also been the location for several films and TV shows, including the 1960s cult show The Prisoner.
Surf Snowdonia is an artificial pool at Dalgarrog in the Conwy valley and is the UK’s only artificial surfing lake. It receives thousands of visitors every year, from beginners looking for a starting place to learn to surf, to experienced surfers who want to perfect tricks. The attraction also welcomes families and kid’s parties and stag and hen dos. If you don’t fancy getting wet, there is also an indoor play area for children. Surf Snowdonia is closed in the winter months, making this the perfect summer attraction.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highlands Railway
For those who want to enjoy the stunning sights of Snowdonia but don’t fancy hiking up a mountain, then a scenic railway trip is just for you! Sit back and relax on a classic steam train with your family as it chugs along 40 miles of railway in the most picturesque landscape you can dream of. There are full, or half days available, kids go free, and your dog is welcome to come along too! The trains also feature buffet service, or you can pay a little extra for some first-class treatment!
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