Surrounded by magnificent mountains, pleasant beaches and fascinating heritage, North Wales offers plenty for everyone for that perfect short break.
The region of North Wales is historically known as Gwynedd, an area that lays between the River Dyfi in the south and the River Dee in the east. Today, the region is made up by six counties; Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Gwynedd, and the Isle of Anglesey. The latter is home to the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
To the west of the region you can find the Snowdonia Mountain Range, the Llyn Peninsula and surprisingly, some great surfing beaches. Inland to the east, lays the Clwydian Hills and medieval market towns and to the North lays the Isle of Anglesey offering over 100 miles of coastline and a wealth of historical sites. Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie, an art lover or a keen walker, you’ll find something to keep you occupied in every county.
What to do
An activity that is popular with all ages and widely found in this area is horse riding. Match this with magnificent landscapes and timeless fun and you have the perfect family activity. Bridlewood Horse Riding Centre is based on the doorstep of Talacre beach and offers exciting and enjoyable horse riding activities for riders of all abilities whether it be galloping on the beach or hacking in the countryside.
If you’re looking for local art, the Glassblobbery is the perfect place to visit. Located in the old church hall at Glanrafon near Corwen, it is within easy reach by car from all areas of North Wales. The Glassblobbery creates and sells handmade glass sculptures, jewellery and ceramics. Daily demonstrations of flame working take place in the downstairs workshop area where you can see magnificent glass sculptures being made from scratch – not something you see every day!
If youre looking for adventure, Surf Lines offer activities such as kayaking, coasteering and rock climbing. From half-day sessions to full weekends or longer, for all ages and abilities, their range of courses ensure there's an adventure for everyone.
Llangollen Wharf is one of the major attractions in the beautiful market town of Llangollen in the county of Denbighshire. From the wharf, boats are drawn along the canal providing outstanding views of the welsh mountains. Motorised aqueduct rides from the same wharf take you over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford. The wharf is easily accessed by foot from Llangollen town centre and trips are available daily. See Horsedrawnboats.co.uk for more information.
If you want to do some outdoor adventure activities when visiting North Wales try gorge walking, rock climbing, open canoeing and abseiling. Safe and Sound Outdoors offer family activity days, led by professionals at very reasonable prices.
For families with older children, Paintballing in Criccieth, on the Llyn Peninsula is a great activity no matter what the weather. Dragon Raider Paintball is one of the few independent paintball companies in Wales where you can enjoy the lowest prices without compromising quality in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
To view the coastline of Anglesey in style, try an exhilarating Rib Ride. This high speed boat ride will get your adrenalin pumping and you are sure to leave the boats with a smile on your face! With prices from £15 for an hour’s ride including stop offs at secluded beaches, this activity is not to be missed.
For a splashing day out whatever the weather, visit Anglesey Sea Zoo, the biggest aquarium in Wales! With over 150 native species from the familiar to the strange, there's something for everyone! Prices start from £6.25.
One of the best ways to discover Anglesey's coastline with its network of paths and trails is by walking. Anglesey Walking Holidays are local experts who pride themselves in offering customers a tailor-made holiday on the Anglesey Coast Path. They are passionate about the island and its culture and can offer expertise and local knowledge of each trail whilst relieving your every need.
Where to stay
North Wales is host to a wealth of hotels, inns and B &B’s offering extensive types of accommodation. To escape the usual hotel rooms and buffet breakfasts, stay in one of the regions incredible holiday cottages:
Just north of Llangollen, Denbighshire, Velvet Cottage is a traditional oak-beamed holiday cottage situated in a quiet, magnificent setting. Prices start from £175 per weekend.
Set on the mountainside at Bronaber, Gwynedd, Cadair View Lodge log cabins provide an ideal base for families, groups and individuals to enjoy and explore all that the area has to offer. Prices start from £220 per weekend.
Four miles from the sea and less than a minute’s walk to Snowdonia National Park, Ynys Pandy is a beautifully furnished and very well equipped holiday cottage. The cottage is ideal for families and well behaved pets are welcome. Prices start from around £270.
Situated in natural unspoilt countryside three miles from the market town of Abergele, Conwy, Pen y Bryn Farm holiday cottages offer comfortable self catering accommodation and form part of a traditional Welsh farmyard with an old duck pond and outbuildings, that date back to the mid 1700s.
Ty Sinamon is an impressive Victorian House overlooking the town Bala, Gwynedd and only a 5 minute walk into town. The House has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and sleeps upto 18 people. Prices start from £800 per weekend.
Offering stunning accommodation in an area of outstanding beauty in The Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire, Glan Clwyd Isa cottages are an ideal base to explore all that North Wales has to offer.