The Snowdonia National Park, or Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri as it is known to the 62% of the locals who speak Welsh around these parts, was the first national park in Wales, and for many it remains its finest.
Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don’t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.
Beaumaris Castle is one of Wales' six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, despite never having been finished. The 700-year-old fortifications here were highly advanced for their time and still look formidable today, even when dwarfed by the mountainous backdrop of Snowdonia National Park.
The ruins of imposing Criccieth Castle are a superb example of a native castle. Built during the reign of Llywelyn the Great, one of the greatest Welsh statesmen of the Middle Age, these spectacular ruins, dramatically situated on the headland between two sandy beaches, tower over the blue waters of the bay. The castle looks down on the pretty seaside resort of Criccieth, and offers a vista from which to survey the North Cambrian Coast and the Llŷn Peninsula of North Wales.
The Menai Bridge connects the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales across the Menai Strait. The world-famous wrought iron suspension bridge offers stunning views over the Snowdonia mountain range to the west and Anglesey to the north.