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North Wales Holiday Guide

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.

Snowdonia - the Heart of North Wales

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.

Out and About

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.


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White Heather Hotel £57
Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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White Heather Hotel

White Heather Hotel

St. George's Place, Llandudno, Wales
     
    4.6 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    The hotel was lovely the staff were very friendly it was very clean the food was really nice would recommend this hotel

    Black Boy Inn £109
    Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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    Black Boy Inn

    Black Boy Inn

    Northgate Street, Caernarfon, Wales
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Very pretty, old , quirky, near to the sea. Food excellent alot of chose. Very warm nice cozy.

      Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth £199
      Reviewed on 28 Apr 2019
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      Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth

      Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth

      Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales
         
        4.7 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        The unique character of the arhetecture and the stunning views made the stay so enjoyable . But what really was incredible was the quality of the food and the service of the staff. Magniicant .

        St. George's Hotel £107
        Reviewed on 19 May 2019
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        St. George's Hotel

        St. George's Hotel

        The Promenade, Llandudno, Wales
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Great location. Better maintained than most other hotels on the strip. Would be nice if they provided information on the restaurants- menus, times, etc.

          Grand Hotel Llandudno £45
          Reviewed on 6 May 2019
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          Grand Hotel Llandudno

          Grand Hotel Llandudno

          Happy Valley Road, Conwy, Llandudno, Wales
             
            3.1 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            The rooms are dated and need some work doing to them, but hardly being in the room we didnt care. The location is brilliant but parking is a nightmare. Good entertainment which was good considering most places will not let kids in after 7pm

            The Anglesey Arms £80
            Reviewed on 6 May 2019
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            The Anglesey Arms

            The Anglesey Arms

            Mona Road, Menai Bridge, Wales
               
              4.4 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              beautiful hotel, lovely rooms, staff and breakfast.

              Trearddur Bay Hotel £119
              Reviewed on 7 May 2019
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              Trearddur Bay Hotel

              Trearddur Bay Hotel

              Trearddur Bay, Holyhead, Wales
                 
                4.4 of 5
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                Beautiful setting literally yards from beach and a couple of eateries. Hotel has lots of character but is very well maintained.

                Quay Hotel and Spa £119
                Reviewed on 6 May 2019
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                Quay Hotel and Spa

                Quay Hotel and Spa

                Deganwy Quay, Conwy, Wales
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  The receptionist and all the staff members were amazing. Thwre was some mix up with the rooms but the problem was solvet quickly and

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