Things to do in North Wales

North Wales is a captivating region known for its rugged coastline, mountainous national parks, and rich Celtic culture. This area boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the UK, including Snowdonia National Park, which is home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. The region’s history is deeply intertwined with ancient castles and medieval fortresses, standing as silent witnesses to centuries of history. North Wales also offers a unique blend of Welsh language and culture, providing visitors with an authentic experience of Welsh heritage.

From the picturesque island of Anglesey to the historic towns of Conwy and Caernarfon, North Wales serves as a gateway to exploring natural beauty and historical sites. The area is renowned for its outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and water sports, making it a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Additionally, North Wales is celebrated for its narrow-gauge railways that offer scenic journeys through remote areas, connecting visitors with the enchanting landscapes and charming villages scattered across the region.

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  • Zip World Penrhyn Quarry: Experience the thrill of Velocity 2, known as the fastest zip line in the world and Europe’s longest. Soaring over Penrhyn Quarry at speeds of over 100mph provides an adrenaline rush like no other against a backdrop of stunning scenery.
  • Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: Step back in time on these historic narrow-gauge steam railways that take you through some of North Wales’ most spectacular landscapes. A journey on these trains offers panoramic views of mountains, lakes, and forests.
  • Bodnant Garden: Explore this world-famous garden known for its botanical collections from all over the globe. Spanning 80 acres, Bodnant Garden features expansive lawns, flowing streams, grand terraces and a remarkable variety of plants.
  • Conwy Castle: Visit this medieval fortress built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales. Standing majestically above the town of Conwy with its well-preserved walls and towers offering breathtaking views over the estuary.
  • Portmeirion Village: Discover this unique Italianate village designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis nestled in beautiful Gwynedd. Portmeirion offers picturesque architecture surrounded by subtropical gardens leading down to an estuary beach.
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway: Take a memorable journey to the summit of Mount Snowdon aboard this historic cog railway. Enjoy spectacular views as you ascend towards the highest peak in England and Wales.
  • Anglesey Sea Zoo: Dive into marine life at this aquarium focusing on British coastal creatures from octopuses to seahorses. It’s educational fun for all ages with conservation at its heart.
  • Beaumaris Castle: Explore one of Edward I’s ‘iron ring’ castles designed to secure his foothold in Wales. Though never completed, Beaumaris Castle is considered one of the most technically perfect medieval castles in Britain.
  • Llanberis Lake Railway: Enjoy a leisurely ride along Lake Padarn in Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon. This steam train journey offers serene views perfect for photography enthusiasts or those seeking relaxation.
  • Plas Newydd House & Gardens: Visit this elegant country house set against stunning views across the Menai Strait towards Snowdonia. Famous for its Rex Whistler mural and beautiful gardens making it an essential visit for art lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.
  • Great Orme Tramway: Experience one of Britain’s oldest cable-hauled tramways running since 1902 up Great Orme headland in Llandudno offering sweeping vistas across Anglesey and Puffin Island.
  • GreenWood Family Park: A leading eco-friendly adventure park perfect for families looking to enjoy rides attractions while learning about sustainability practices amidst woodland settings.