North Wales is a land of adventure. Full to the brim with good food, drinks, music and friendly people. With so much on offer, we’ve made a list of some of the top experiences you need to add to your list. They are a perfect addition to a family trip to North Wales, and if you’re looking for somewhere to base your adventures from, we’ve got a holiday home in Snowdonia for you!
Wild Swimming in Snowdonia
North Wales’s varied and unspoiled landscape is home to a large number of natural open air locations to enjoy a cooling dip – from sparkling lakes, waterfalls and postcard ready rivers. This pastime is on the rise, who wouldn’t want to relax and embrace nature away from the hustle and bustle of busy life?
Wild swimming is all about the joy of finding hidden gems, the best advice is to find a blue blob on a map and go find them. You might not find exactly what you’re looking for at first, but when you do it’ll be so worth it.
Stand on the battlements of Caernarfon Castle
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site and immerse yourself in the history of the Welsh rebels and the English king who wanted to rule them! This impressive medieval fortress has stood for nearly 800 years, has withstood countless attacks and is still keeping watch over the town today.
This muscle bound, intimidating fortress is a highlight of the town, with thousands of visitors walking the battlements each year. Interestingly, most castles are happy with the standard round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the choice here, take a look at the colour coded stones arranged in artful bands.
Visit Llanddwyn Island
For the romantic at heart, visit the magical island on Anglesey’s west coast. Home to the church of St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Pilgrimages are made each year to the holy well on the island, it was believed that the faithfulness of a lover could be divined through the movement of some eels that lived within the well.
Visitors to the island can also enjoy the beautiful views of Snowdonia, and the Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve is also brilliant to explore. With rolling sand dunes, forest trails and lots of chances for spotting wildlife, it’s a great place to spend the day.
Climb Moel Famau
Venture slightly further afield and climb the highest hill in the Clwydian Range – this area has been classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1985. It is also surrounded by some very well-preserved Iron Age hill forts (for those history buffs amongst you).
There are several well-maintained paths of varying difficulty that lead to the summit. The majority of Wales and North West England can be seen from the top of Moel Famau on a clear day. On clear days, Snowdonia can be seen to the west, and even Blackpool Tower has been spotted to the east!
Find a slice of Italy in Wales, visit Portmeirion
Portmeirion was the creation of Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. It was his ambition to show that a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Today, Portmeirion is one of Wales’ best visitor attractions, as it welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year!
With complimentary guided tours available with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, a free land train tour of the stunning Gwyllt woodlands and some truly amazing Italian style gelato – this is a place to spend a soothing summer’s day in utter bliss.