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Top Places to Visit in North Wales

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There are many sights to see and attractions that North Wales has to offer. Whether you prefer to relax in the great outdoors or try your hand at go-karting there is something here that will interest everyone and help to make your time living here a great experience.

Snowdonia

Home to the highest mountain in Wales and not forgetting Electric Mountain too. Snowdonia like many other places in North Wales is one of the exquisite sites not to be missed. Mount Snowdon has several different paths up to the summit which each vary in difficulty and length according to preference. Some people do tend to favour the Mountain Railway and enjoy a leisurely ride to the top. Either way it is easy to soak in and admire the spectacular views of the surrounding national park. We must also not forget that Snowdon is not the only mountain in the area, if science is more your thing then a trip to Dinorwig Power Station or Electric Mountain to see the inner workings of the mountain might just be perfect for you!

Betws-y-Coed

Is located in the Snowdonia National Park is a picturesque and quaint village with a population of only 534 people. There are a lot of shops and cafes around and it is also the ideal place to have a meander along the charming river Llugwy.

Blaenau Ffestiniog

Another town filled with some great history; the Ffestiniog Railway and the mining of Victorian slate being just a couple of attractions here to see. Here you can travel into Llechwedd Slate Caverns and learn all about how the slate used to be mined and the miners that worked there.

Colwyn Bay

A short train journey away from Bangor and a lovely seaside town which is perfect for a sunny day trip to the beach. Nearby is also the Welsh Mountain Zoo where you can spend the day looking at some of the rare animals such as chimpanzees and snow leopards. As well as this you can walk around the first lemur enclosure to come to North Wales!

Portmeirion

A beautiful Italianate village which is rife with tourists all year round. Some of you may know it as the filming location of the popular television show The Prisoner. This village was originally built and designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the unusual style of an Italian town and although there is an admission charge into the town it is most definitely well worth a visit.

Caernarfon

Just a bus ride away it boasts a number of tourist attractions. Caernarfon Castle is just one of the popular places to visit – it is a World Heritage Site and has been described as the “most impressive of Wales’s castles”. With great views and plenty of pubs within the castle walls it is just the place for a relaxing time.

Caernarfon is not only known for being a place to relax as the adrenaline junkies out there might know it has Redline Indoor Karting. There is also a cinema in Caernarfon at Victoria Dock which is extremely handy for all film buffs.

Llandudno

You can’t possibly live in Bangor without making a trip up here, whether it is just to go to watch the latest cinema release or to travel up the Great Orme you are guaranteed to have a great day out. The Great Orme Tramway is 110 years old and been very popular over the years for history and nature enthusiasts alike. From the summit you can see some spectacular panoramic views and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. For those who enjoy skiing and snowboarding there is also a dry ski slope located on the Great Orme in Llandudno which boasts the longest toboggan run in Britain.

There are also the Great Orme Mines in the area which are a collection of tunnels and caves to explore. Although if you are claustrophobic then this will probably not be your cup of tea!

Anglesey

Practically a stone’s throw away from Bangor, here you can find plenty of things to do and see. For example there are many fantastic beaches such as Lligwy, Red Wharf Bay, Rhosneigr, Traeth Bychan, Benllech and many more.  These beaches have some lovely, golden stretches of sand and not to mention some of the best doughnut stands ever.

If you fancy getting to grips with a bit of nature and seeing some of the wildlife too then Pili Palas is the place to visit – the main attraction is the many different species of butterfly however it is also home to meerkats, reptiles, farmyard animals and lots of bugs!

Of course you can’t forget that Prince William and Kate Middleton live on Anglesey and if it is good enough for the royal family then it is most definitely a great place to go and visit.

Beaumaris

Another town on the isle of Anglesey. Here we have another beautiful castle to add to your list with a scenic view of the Menai Straits. Although the castle is built on marshes so take your wellies along with you if you plan on going on a rainy day! Beaumaris Goal and Courthouse are also an interesting and informative day out – you are able to get a joint ticket for these tourist attractions too.

Holyhead

A large town in Anglesey which also has a ferry port. Why not be adventurous and jump on a ferry across to Ireland for the weekend? If you don’t want to travel that far then why not go and learn about the boats instead – there is the Holyhead Maritime Museum where you can see the old lifeboat station. There is also South Stack Lighthouse which is a great haven for birds during the summer months and a lovely walk if you don’t mind over 400 steps…

Conwy

Another incredibly popular destination in North Wales especially in the summer months. Conwy Castle is a magnificent sight and you can still see the walls which encompass the majority of the town within them. Of course you cannot go to Conwy without visiting the Smallest House in Britain.

As you can see there are so many things to do in North Wales so why not get out there and start exploring!

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