Are you the kind of person who loves nothing more than exploring the great outdoors and discovering the less trodden path? North Wales is the perfect place for you to be as whether it’s a stunning abandoned building or a underappreciated natural area, there’s a sense of history and adventure wherever you go.
With that in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the hidden beauties of North Wales. Don’t forget to add your own!
1. Hafodunos Hall, Abergele
It doesn’t get much more scenic than this: a Gothic Revival style mansion which has been abandoned for a decade.
Once a nursing home, this breathtaking location in Llangernyw has been partly destroyed by a fire and is now a must-see destination for those in the know. After changing hands for £390,000 in 2010, the new owners are looking to renovate the property in the future.
“A room with a view” by www.flickr.com/photos/_belial, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0
2. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Powys
Quite simply this is a stunning natural landmark that at over 80m high, is the tallest single drop waterfall in the UK.
How more people don’t visit it is beyond us as watching the water is so captivating that you’ll have to tell your friends once you’ve seen it. The Berwyn mountains play host to a truly stunning waterfall and one of the hidden beauties of North Wales.
“Pistyll Rhaeadr 23” by www.flickr.com/photos/john_n_mhegs, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0
3. Plas Cadnant, Isle of Anglesey
If you like your days out old-fashioned and tranquil, be sure to ask the right people about getting into the hidden gardens at Plas Cadnant.
Years of loving maintenance have left the grounds in a sumptuous and rich state since 1996 when the current owners took over. They have existed since 1804 but only in recent years has Plas Cadnant been recognised as a place of real beauty.
4. Hafoty Medieval House, Isle of Anglesey
It’s often said that the Isle of Anglesey is slightly behind the times but if it means that old gems like this stay standing, we don’t mind one bit.
One of the oldest houses throughout the region, Hafoty dates back to 16th Century when it was first the property of the Norres family before it was passed on to the Bulkeleys. Today, visitors are welcomed but due to conservation, you can only view the exterior but what an exterior it is.
5. Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen
Much like Hafodunos, this charming abbey has suffered from disaster over the years but is still in top condition.
After seven centuries of achievements in the literary arts and a dissolution in 1537, the abbey stands as a popular destination for those who love the archaic north of Wales. A striking view awaits you in Llangollen.
“Valle Crucis” by www.flickr.com/photos/deadmanjones, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0