Have you ever wanted to Explore North Wales, an area of Wales filled with immerse Natural Beauty? North Wales is a region of Wales is full of thrilling mountain views and gorgeous beaches. This region has an abundance of ancient culture and heritage wherever you turn. North Wales is filled with castles, impressive scenery and is home to Snowdonia Parks.
Our journey to started on a Friday evening from Oxford, it was a 5.5 hour drive to Snowdonia. However it is 2.5 hours away from London and about an hour from Liverpool Airport. Thanks to Ganolfan who invited us for a weekend stay we decided to Explore North Wales.
Explore North Wales, A Weekend Getaway
I am a sucker for a good weekend getaway and this trip to North Wales was no different. Though the drive to our accommodation for the weekend was long, it was worth the journey. Being a spontaneous traveller, I almost always plan my adventures the night before. I also prefer being flexible so that I am able to change plans at a moment’s notice.
Without much of a plan, I searched on Pinterest for ways to Explore North Wales over the weekend. The search yielded incredible results and the following points of interest are those that we explored. The decision to Explore North Wales was an easy one, we were greeted with such impressive views.
Caernarfon Castle, is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon a royal town in Gwynedd. The castle was created by King Edward I it is an impressive and masculine building with Polygonal towers. Carnarvon Castle is over 1,000 years old and is protected by UNESCO under “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd”.
Penrhyn Castle is a National Trust Property and Norma Castle located in Bangor, North Wales. The property is famous for the spiral staircase, the walled garden and impressive woodlands. Penrhyn Castle is a 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.
Sir Clough Williams-Ellis is the visionary, designer and Welsh architect who built the Italian village of Portmeirion in North Wales. It took over 50 years (1925 to 1976) to build this exquisite Italian looking village on a naturally beautiful site. Today, Portmeirion in North Wales, attractions over 200,000 visitors a year and offers complimentary guided tours.
Bangor is considered the smallest city in the UK and is a university town on the Welsh coast. There isn’t much to do in Bangor but it has impressive pier overlooking the sea. The focal point of the city is the 6th Century cathedral with attractive architecture. And though Bangor is small, it is one of the six places to be considered a city in Wales.
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Llanrwst is a historic market town in the Conwy Valley and is located between Betws-y-Coed and Llandudno. Llanrwst makes for an ideal place to stay whilst visiting Snowdonia which lies on the other side of the river Conwy. Our main reason for visiting was the Tu Hwnt i’r Bont, a beautifully restored 15th-century house now operated as a tea room.
Conwy or Conway is a walled market town and a World Heritage site with an imposing thirteenth-century castle. The medieval town is worth a visit situated in the lush Welsh countryside and beaconing Snowdonia mountains. The quaint town of Conwy offers a whole host of fine dining restaurants, traditional pubs and snug cafes.
Dinas Dinlle is a popular beach with a large sand and pebble beach with views towards the Llyn Peninsula and Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey. The area is a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ for its valuable natural habitats. And the the land is protected by the RSPB as a Local Nature Reserve to encourage lapwings breeding.
Others places that we only got a glimpse of include Porthmadog a busy harbour town near Portmeirion and Harlech. Another was Llanbedrog Beach a long stretch of sandy coast with colourful beach huts and shallow water.
Our weekend getaway to Explore North Wales was a success even though we barely scratched the surface. North Wales like other areas is Wales is filled with an ambulance of Natural Beauty. We highly recommend you take a stab at Wales and see its glorious wonders.