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North Wales
Travel Guide

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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 WalesStretching 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 AboutTo 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.

Where to stay in North Wales

Aberdunant Hall
Aberdunant Hall
3.5 out of 5
Prenteg, Porthmadog, Wales
The price is £78 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Aberglaslyn Pass and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Snowdonia National Park. Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (142 reviews)
"Lovely cabin and close to amenities. Lovely woodland setting."

Reviewed on 27 May 2021

Aberdunant Hall
The Royal Victoria Hotel
The Royal Victoria Hotel
3 out of 5
Llanberis, Gwynedd, Caernarfon, Wales
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Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mount Snowdon, Pen-y-Pass and Pyg Track. Caernarfon Castle and GreenWood Forest Park are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
"Lovely location, and amenities."

Reviewed on 24 May 2021

The Royal Victoria Hotel
The Castle Hotel
The Castle Hotel
4 out of 5
High Street, Conwy, Wales
The price is £135 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Conwy Town Walls and Conwy Castle. Llandudno West Shore Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (209 reviews)
"Perfect location right in the centre of the old town. Room was very clean and comfortable. Well funished."

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2021

The Castle Hotel
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Cosy Modern Apartment in the Heart of Llandudno
Cosy Modern Apartment in the Heart of Llandudno
Llandudno, WLS
The price is £79 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Home Front Museum and Llandudno West Shore Beach. Llandudno Museum and Promenade are also ...
Cosy Modern Apartment in the Heart of Llandudno
No. 69
No. 69
3.5 out of 5
69 Station Rd, Deganwy, Conwy, Wales
Situated in Conwy, this golf apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Llandudno West Shore Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Conwy Castle. Bodysgallen Hall and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)
Lovely
"Absolutely lovely Apartment, everything you needed . In an excellent location. Would definitely stay there again"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2020

No. 69
Quarryman's Rest Nr Zip World - A Cosy Cottage for 3
Quarryman's Rest Nr Zip World - A Cosy Cottage for 3
8 Caerberllan, Bangor, WLS
Situated in Bangor, this cottage is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Snowdonia National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Zip World Penrhyn Quarry and Penrhyn Castle. Bangor ...
Quarryman's Rest Nr Zip World - A Cosy Cottage for 3
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