North Wales Travel Guide

Caernarfon Castle, North Wales - © Herbert Ortner

Introduction and Overview

The North Wales Travel Guide outlines interesting visitor attractions, places of interest and contains useful tourist information for visitors. The area guide features travel information on local transport and travel, facts & figures, entertainment, events, maps and accommodation.

The North of Wales is an area popular with tourists that has some of the best scenery in the UK.

The area is largely unspoilt and there is a relaxing peaceful atmosphere that greets visitors. There is plenty to do here, family holidays including going to the many beaches are catered for as are trips to the mountains, lakes and valleys.

The unspoilt landscape is an inspiring one and many visitors choose to walk and cycle here taking advantage of the fresh air and wide open spaces.

North Wales has a reputation as a great place to go for those seeking to relax and unwind, the region offers beautiful scenery and tranquilly.

The area also has historic houses and castles for history and heritage fans and many un-crowded beaches to enjoy. Over the years the area has inspired many artists with its scenery, beauty spots and beautiful vistas.

The mountains have some to define the area and include Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales. Perhaps the best known attraction here is the Snowdonia National Park that covers over 800 square miles and includes both mount Snowdon and the five-peaked massif of Cadir Idris.

The Park also has lakes, lowland woods, dunes and of course some awe-inspiring scenery. There are a huge range of designated paths to enjoy too.

The Snowdonia Mountains and Coast have long been a hit with visitors from the UK and overseas. The large mountains and natural scenery make for great terrain for walkers whilst the great outdoors are especially well catered for here.

Snowdonia is among the top destinations for activity enthusiasts and is considered among the best activity destinations in the UK. Here you can enjoy adventure sports, mountain biking, water sports, walking, fishing, golf and horse riding and many others.

The seaside is popular not surprising given the beautiful coastline areas such as the Lleyn Peninsula are areas of outstanding natural beauty and provide a scenic treat for visitors. There is plenty of history in the region with old castles a testament to the great history and culture of the area.

The North Wales coastline has some popular seaside resorts such as Barmouth and the sailing centre of Abersoch and Pwllheli that has a Butlins site. Further inland visitors can enjoy river trips and steam railways from a bygone era.

Abersoch is a village on the Llyn Peninsula approx 30 miles south from Caernarfon, it is located inside a bay and is known as a haven for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Sailing fans also come here to enjoy the conditions. The village is popular with visitors and includes a number of shops, restaurants, bars and hotels

Portmeirion is a village that became famous in the TV show 'The Prisoner' back in the 60s, it has a unique appeal, there are statues in the sculptured gardens, a main piazza and gives a feeling of being both bold and charming.

In 1925 architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis began his own privately owned peninsula; he aimed to prove a beautiful place could stay unspoilt. There are three places providing accommodation here, the Portmeirion Hotel, Castell Deudraeth and self catering cottages.

St Asaph is located in Denbighshire, North Wales approx 30 miles north west of Wrexham, it gained city status in 2012 and is located close by to coastal towns such as Rhyl, Prestatyn and Colwyn Bay on the northern Welsh coast.

Local attractions include the historic St Asaph Cathedral, the scene for many historical events in the city and famous for being the smallest cathedral in the UK.

The 15th century Parish Church is located in the city and it is the host of the annual North Wales International Music Festival, a classical music festival that has been established for over 40 years.

Wrexham is the largest town in north Wales and the commercial, retail and administrative centre for the region. Located close to the English county of Cheshire, Wrexham is well known for its markets including the general, farmers and butcher’s markets.

There are a number of shopping facilities in the town with high street shopping, a number of retail parks and shopping centres such as Eagles Meadow located in the town centre.

Local attractions include the 16th century St Giles’ Church noted for its ecclesiastical architecture and one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Wales’. There is the National Trust property Erddig Hall dating back to the 17th century, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, World Heritage Site and Techniquest, science discovery centre.

Holyhead is located in north west Wales, it is the largest town in the county of Anglesey and is a major port with regular services to Ireland. There is scenic coastal cliffs and some wonderful beaches along with a choice of shops, restaurants and eateries and historic sites.

Local attractions include the South Stack Lighthouse, Holyhead Maritime Museum and Ucheldre Arts Centre. Visitors can enjoy scenic coastal and beach side walks at Penrhos Coastal Park and Breakwater Country Park.

Rhyl is located on the north east coast of Wales, the seaside resort has long been established as a favourite holiday destination. Historically Rhyl was once a stylish Victorian resort and had later fallen on hard times, however the town is enjoying a renaissance with a number of regeneration projects.

Local attractions include the SeaQuarium, Suncentre - tropical water park, Rhyl Harbour and Rhyl Museum.

The location of the town located close to the Midlands, Merseyside and Greater Manchester takes it an attractive location for a family seaside break.

North Wales is an area of interest to tourists, its unspoilt scenery and landscape make it a hit with all types of visitors ranging from families enjoying the beach resorts to water sports enthusiasts enjoying the numerous activities in the water on offer.

The Snowdonia National Park offers visitors with a world of possibilities including some magnificent scenery along with a range of landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities, there is a wonderful feeling of peace and tranquillity here.

One of the main appeals of the area is that it is not yet over developed and maintains its own beauty and wilderness, it makes for a refreshing trip whilst some areas get busy in peak season there are plenty of places visitors can discover to get away from the crowds.

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