North Wales is a fantastic destination for those looking to getaway from everyday life for a break. Whether you are a visitor to the area, or a local, you will learn of some great ideas for things to do, places to go and a little information on the area within this article!
Parks, Gardens and Walking
Let’s start with a selection of parks and gardens in the North Wales area, North Wales is home to the Conwy Valley Maze; the largest Garden Maze in the world as it covers a full 2 acres of land and it beat the previous record held by Longleat’s Marquis of Bath. It was designed by Giovanni Angelo and the design was helped along by an Australian artist by the name of Bon Haberfield. There are 11 National Trust sites across North Wales; here are a few of them:
- Plas Newydd
- Bodnant Garden
- Penrhyn Castle
Visiting these beautiful National Trust sites are just one set of things to do in North Wales. There are many other things to do In North Wales too and there are many arts and crafts shop and workshops you can go to for a day out. Places like Craflwyn and Beddgelert are places of extreme natural beauty every day of the year. The hills, monuments and attractions increase the amount of visitors to the area – and rightly so! Enthusiastic walkers will love these areas because of the routes mapped – ones for those who can cope with long strenuous walks and ones that that people will find leisurely and relaxing. There are a couple of things that you have to spot on your walks around:
- The Giant’s chair at Craflwyn
- The Spectacular Aberglaslyn Pass
- Explore Woodlands rich in wildlife
- The man-made waterfall in the remains of the Victorian Japanese Garden at Craflwyn
- Watkins’ path that starts at Hafod y Llan and takes you to the summit of Snowdon
- Gelert’s grave at Beddgelert
- Views of Bryn Du and Cwm Bychan
- Llyn Gwynant
- Cwm Llan waterfalls
- Snowdonia is a must visit location!
There are many other areas of natural beauty in North Wales, beyond the contents of this article (although some of the best are talked about here!). You can explore and research to find many exciting, intriguing and beautiful places in and around the coast, even inland!
Although North Wales is well known for its wonderful areas of natural beauty and things to do outdoors, it has a great scene for live entertainment that is perfect for an evening out, making the area one of UK travel‘s best.
Attractions like Venue Cymru and other theatres like Rhyl’s Palladium are very popular for local dance groups, comedians and music artists. In the theatre ‘department’, there are a number of companies across North Wales, the most well known ones being Theatre Clwyd and Venue Cymru; in Mold and Llandudno. Theatre Clwyd also doubles as a cinema so you can see the latest hits; such as ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Men in Black 3’ plus old classics such as ‘Chariots of Fire’. This theatre is excellent for all ages and for all types of visual entertainment. This theatre also includes its critically acclaimed gallery, which is always filled with fantastic modern and Renaissance style artwork. Llandudno’s Venue Cymru has 1500-seated auditorium – so a lot of people can watch the old and new plays, shows or the recent pantomimes and comedians- which is great entertainment for the whole family with stars such as Barney Harwood and Paul Merton.
Sports, Exercise and Adventures
Sport and exercise is also a large part of North Wales as part of it comes into the great outdoors, with great services such as:
- Water sport centres
- Sport/ leisure centres
- Sports holiday camps such as Glan Llyn and facilities in Rowen
Urdd Gobaith Cymru own Glan Llyn and it is part of a tri-factory of adventure and activity getaways for the whole family and schools alike. It is very popular as it offers quality accommodation and very fun things to do while you stay. This why you should visit:
- Beautiful location
- A broad range of very exciting activities
- First class onsite facilities
- Run and helped run by professional staff
- There is 24 hour professional care for you, friends and family
- Nearly 80 years experience
- It will give you a unique Welsh experience
- The food is locally sourced and very well prepared
- It’s great value for money
There are a lot of historical sites, areas and buildings all over North Wales including; churches, castles and landmarks. Some of the famous Castles and churches located within the North Wales area, that are well worth a visit include:
- Penrhyn Bay
The castles located can somewhat be considered as its pride and joy, because of the number of them as well as the variety of their size, shape and location. All of North Wales’ castles are excellent because you can venture inside all of them; it’s a real family treat for parents and children. The other good things about these attractions are that the fees are minimal because they are mostly with the National Trust. There are many options for group tickets/ payments plus a grouped, discounted sum for families in general. Conwy Castle is pictured to the right, which proves to be a stunning piece of architectural history, as well as a fantastic family day out.
There are many different courthouses and prison’, which will show what life was like for a prisoner and how many Victorian criminals were ‘sent down’. Also in Beaumaris’ Gaol, actors hold live performances to show what it was actually like in even more detail. This is held between July and September and is a very popular event in North Wales’ historical attractions.
An exciting part of attractions in North Wales is its wildlife and animal related centres (Zoos and Aquariums). Visits to these types of attraction are incredibly popular amongst a wide range of different visitors. Some of the main attractions include:
- The Welsh Mountain Zoo
- Pili Palas Nature World
- Seaquarium Rhyl
- Bodafon Farm Park
- The RSPB Conwy Reserve
These attractions combine a variation of animals from all over the world, along with local animals. Every pen, cage or paddock is marvelled and loved by every visitor and tourist that wanders by. The thing that makes these places so unique is its own shows and events that are put on for entertainment and interest. Such animal shows include animals a presentation and demonstration of ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Sea Lions’ and ‘Penguins’.
However, you can’t go to all these exciting places without grabbing something to eat at an excellent restaurant with great cuisine can you? No you can’t! That’s why Wales has a ‘tonne’ of fantastic cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs – some of which are world-renowned. There are many great restaurants where the food is very tasty:
- The Groes Inn
- The Queens Head Bar and Restaurant
- Maes-y-Neuadd Restaurant
- The Jaya Restaurant
The above four places are a very good example of some of the best places to grab a bite to eat whilst in North Wales. Obviously I couldn’t list them all because there are so many, but you can easily find some top-notch food with 2, 3 and 4 courses for prices ranging from £10 – £20. Of course you can dine cheaper or more expensive as well! The food found at these types of places are great value for money, as often the food is sourced locally and prepared to an excellent standard. Within North Wales there is a great range of variety when it comes to the type of places or cuisine from all over the world, with fantastic Indian, Chinese, Oriental, Asian, Italian, English and much more! You aren’t ever short of a great place for food whilst in North Wales!
Visit North Wales!
North Wales really is a fun-filled, great tasting place where the people are friendly and there’s no shortage to entertainment. Choose North Wales as your next holiday destination and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.