Places to Visit in North Wales for History and Heritage
North Wales is a naturally-beautiful place that attracts visitors from everywhere. More than its breathtaking sceneries, the region offers a rich cultural and historical experience for anyone who wishes to learn. Famous for the Harlech Castle in Snowdon, North Wales has a range of historical and cultural attractions where people can immerse themselves in the Welsh heritage. Visitors staying at Lyons Holiday Parks locations have numerous options of places to visit to know almost everything from the history of the Druids to the region’s industrial heritage. Here are some attractions to check out.
The structure is one of the several in North Wales that attests to the superiority of the country during the Industrial Revolution. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was an advanced design during the period of its construction in 1795. It is 308 m long, 3.6m wide and stands 39m above River Dee on 18 stone pillars. The Thomas Telford design was considered quite revolutionary for its time, and it remains one of the must-see places in North Wales. You can hire a narrowboat and take a tour of the aqueduct to see why it stands out.
For a glimpse of medieval architecture, no structure offers it better than Conwy Castle. Built between 1283 and 1289, it’s one of the best-preserved buildings from the 13th century. It has a Great Hall that is 48m long, walls that are 3.6 to 4.5 m thick and 8 towers. Although the castle has been rebuilt over the years, it has managed to retain that medieval charm that makes it unique. Visitors can see the medieval royal chambers to get an idea of how the occupants lived. The castle has an Edward I exhibition that tells various stories about the fortress.
The Isle of Anglesey
You can’t truly explore North Wales without visiting the Isle of Anglesey. Menai Strait separates the island from the mainland with two bridges providing access – the Menai Suspension Bridge and Britannia Bridge. The Isle of Anglesey contains small resort towns that were once fishing villages. A sandy, beautiful coastline borders the island with ancient sites scattered all over. Visit the South Stack Lighthouse that was built in 1809 and climb to the top to enjoy panoramic views of the region. Beaumaris Castle and Holy Island are some of the other historical places to check out while here.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Visit the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog to see the Slate Caverns, which are part of the slate mining history of North Wales. For a genuinely authentic experience, go down 153m to the caverns using the steepest narrow gauge railway in the country. A tour of the Llechwedd Deep Mine paints a realistic picture of what miners went through. The best part about touring Llechwedd Slate Caverns is that you can do more than just learn. Tourists can engage in various activities like underground zip lining and mountain biking. The site also has child-friendly activities that make it ideal for families.
Between Porthmadog and Harlech, lies Tremadog Bay and in it, there is Portmeirion, which is a replica Italian miniature village. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, an architect and environmentalist, wanted to build a place that would serve as a “propaganda for good manners” and Portmeirion was it. The architect designed a compact village with a little bit of everything, including a mansion that is now a hotel, a waterfront hub that tourists could enjoy and a central piazza. What makes this village a must-visit is that it is an imitation of a classic Italian village with pastel, ochre and white colours contrasting against the surrounding woods.
North Wales is rich in its heritage, and it offers a broad selection of attractions to show it. From castles to fishing villages to aqueducts, tourists have so much to learn from.