North Wales in 3 days
When it comes to attractions, North Wales offers something to suit every taste, you will find there just aren't enough hours in the day or days in the week.
Castles, stately homes, gardens, lively family parks, art galleries, craft centres, museums, steam trains we have it all!. You can potter around charming towns and villages, explore our rugged coastline, feel soft sand between your toes, or have some family fun at the many events taking place all year round. Whatever the weather, there is something for everyone.
Arrive in North Wales and the first stop is the historic town of Conwy complete with a foreboding castle and walls by the picturesque quay set against a stunning mountainous backdrop. Conwy is a classic walled town. Its circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers, is one of the finest in the World.
Visit Conwy Castle, built in the 13th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its gritty dark stoned fortress has the ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere.
Take a walk around Conwy, with a visit to the quayside and the smallest house in Britain, built as a one up and one down fisherman’s cottage measuring only 1.8m wide. Also Conwy Mussel Museum – Conwy was once the most important pearl fisheries in the country and today musseling is still carried out in the same traditional way.
Depart Conwy and head for Llandudno Wales's largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet sand duned West Shore. Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance, despite its modern attractions.
Overnight, choose one of the hotels or guest houses located in the Victorian Sea side Resort town of Llandudno.
Approximate distance : 5 miles / 7.5km
Approximate travelling time : 10mins
Depart hotel and travel to the Italianate village of Portmeirion.
This scenic route meanders through some of the stunning Snowdonia Mountain scenery, there’s a good view point of the lake and mountains at Llyn Gwynant just past the Llanberis Pass turn. Take a coffee stop at Beddgelert it’s a small mountain village with quaint stone cottages that has been made famous by the legend of Prince Llewelyn and his trusted dog Gelert. Will you be able to hear the legend without a tear in your eye?
Visit Portmeirion built by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis from
1925 – 1976. Surrounding the village are 70 acres of sub-tropical gardens and woodlands with lakes and miles of pathways. Portmeirion is North Wales’ most popular visitor attraction with over 250,000 visitors every year.
Continue to Llanberis and board the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a 2½ hour round trip to the top of Mount Snowdon. You will be travelling on Britan’s only rack and pinion railway to Hafod Eryri, the new visitor centre at the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1086m (3560ft).
If time permits, head for the National Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis. The National Slate Museum is sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. Here you can travel into the past of an industry and a way of life that has chiselled itself into the very being of this country.
Head to the historic walled town of Caernarfon for your overnight stop.
Approximate distance : 52 miles / 82.5km
Approximate travelling time : 1hr 15mins
Stroll into Caernarfon and visit Caernarfon Castle which was inspired by imperial Constantinople. Caernarfon Castle’s appearance is unashamedly intimidating.
The lure of water and easy access to the sea make the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Edward I most ambitious building project. In 1969 the investiture of the current Prince of Wales took place at Caernarfon Castle and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Head East on the A55 expressway, with good coastal views and visit Bodnant Gardens. It is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK overlooking the Conwy Valley towards the Snowdonia range.
The Gardens were created by five generations of one family and are in two parts. The upper garden around Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower portion, known as the "Dell" is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Wild garden. It is famous for the laburnum Arch that flowers in June each year.
Continue on onward journey.
You may choose to stay longer and combine a North Wales and South Wales itinerary. Don't forget that you can fly from Cardiff to Anglesey and vice versa in just over an hour with CityWings. Please note that there are no services on weekends or bank holidays.