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Reviewed on 11 Jun 2021
Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021
Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021
Epic in scale, jaw-dropping in its beauty and steeped in history, North Wales will awaken your senses and provide you with a whole host of unforgettable memories. Whether it’s because of world-famous Snowdonia , its coastal splendour or rich culture, the region is one of Britain’s most popular tourist destinations. Shielded by the biggest mountains outside Scotland, North Wales is proud and protective of its heritage and its language – more than 60% of its inhabitants speak the native mother tongue, the highest proportion in the country. To the delight of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who flock to the area every year, there is a tangible Welsh feeling wherever you go.
Stretching 50 miles north to south and 35 miles east to west, Snowdonia became Wales’ first national park in 1951. Mount Snowdon itself is the focal point, with 350,000 people either walking, climbing or taking the mountain-side train the 1,085 metres to its summit each year.
The park itself, 75% of which is used for raising sheep and cattle, is full of rivers and coastal areas and is home to the biggest natural lake in Wales. Like the country’s other national parks it is very much lived in, with Bala , Dolgellau , Harlech and Betws-Y-Coed the main populated areas.
The little stone village of Betws-y-Coed has a fabulous Alpine feel and is the perfect base for exploring Snowdonia, while the charming market town of Dolgellau has the highest concentration of listed buildings in Wales . Bala is famous for its water sports and Harlech its spectacularly intimidating grey-stoned castle.
There is an incredible amount to see and do in Snowdonia so you need to spend your time there wisely. As well as Harlech Castle , must-see sights and attractions include the Gwydr Forest, the National Slate Museum in the cheery town of Llanberis and the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, where you can descend into the depths of a Victorian mine.
To the west of Snowdonia lies the former slate port of Porthmadog , which enjoys some of the finest views in north Wales. It is also home to the quirky but fabulous Italianate folly of Portmeirion and two famous narrow-gauge steam railways.
The Ffestiniog Railway is the finest line in Wales, winding its way up 650ft over 13 stunning miles from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Welsh Highland Railway connects Porthmadog with Caernarfon, a full round trip giving you five unforgettable hours on the train.
Set at the southern entrance to the Menai Strait, Caernarfon is renowned for its incredible castle, the most impressive link in the chain of 13th Century fortresses across North Wales. When you are done there take your pick from the island of Anglesey and its handsome town of Beaumaris , cosmopolitan Bangor , Conwy and the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno.
North Wales is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct and Canal and, collectively, the “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd”. These include those at Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy and Harlech.
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in North Wales. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed North Wales weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in North Wales.
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to North Wales. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in North Wales. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in North Wales. Whisking your lover away for a romantic North Wales weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in North Wales and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in North Wales. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in North Wales within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in North Wales. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan North Wales family weekend breaks.
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