North West Wales
At 1085 metres high, Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and it surpasses the heights of any mountain in neighbouring England and Ireland. The mountain is a perfect walking challenge and around 600,000 people attempt to reach the peak each year. If you just want the view then don’t worry, there’s a railway to the summit from Llanberis, the only one of its kind in the UK and a cafe in which to relax and take in the views.
[Llyn (lake) Llydaw on Snowdon in winter]
Snowdonia National Park itself covers an area of over 2000 square kilometres and it attracts around 4.3 million tourists each year. Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert are just two of the beautiful villages that lie within the park’s boundaries.
Snowdonia is not the only attraction though, the castles built by King Edward I (1272-1307) are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy Castles are major attractions in this area. Quality produce can also be found across the region and the people are known for their friendly nature, in a part of the country where the Welsh language thrives.
Bodnant, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd have National Trust gardens in the region and make for great viewing. Take a boat trip to Bardsey Island (the legendary Island of 20,000 saints), or through the enchanting Menai Strait, which connects the mainland to Anglesey. Did you know our most famous artist, Sir John Kyffin Williams, and more recently Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge worked and lived there? Much of the island is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
North Wales is easily reached from Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester airports, via highways, bus routes and regular train services. Alternatively, there’s a direct flight from Cardiff to Anglesey and a ferry which connects Wales from the port of Holyhead to Dublin, the Capital city of Ireland.
Some of the highlights:
- Llandudno and the Great Orme – the largest seaside town in Wales lies adjacent to the Great Orme, a large hill which has a number of attractions including a tramway, cable car and wildlife
- Caernarfon, Conwy and Beaumaris castles
- Surf Snowdonia is the world's first inland artificial surfing lake
- Zip World and Bounce Below. The fastest zip wire in Europe and an underground cave trampoline system are located in Blaenau Ffestiniog and near Bethesda
- Ffestiniog Railway – a popular tourist attraction in the region and one of the great little trains of Wales
- Welsh Mountain Zoo – set in the valleys above Colwyn Bay, the zoo is home to many animals including Snow Leopards, Sumatran Tigers and chimpanzees
- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on Anglesey is one of the longest place names in the world. Can you say it?
- Nefyn and District Golf Course – play a round of golf on one of our most scenic courses.
- The Llŷn Peninsula has almost 100 miles of coastline, with dozens of beaches and coves to choose from. The south coast offers the region’s best watersports, notably at Abersoch.
- The Anglesey Sea Salt Company – buy Halen Môn sea salt direct from the source. Alternatively, it’s now available in shops as far afield as Hong Kong and Australia.
- Visiting South Stack Lighthouse, pictured below makes for a very scenic walk.
[South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey]