North Wales

The epic landscapes of North Wales are alive with action, and a rich, distinctive culture.  Find World Heritage, one of Europe's oldest living languages, and the UK's best adventure.  Within the region of North Wales you'll find Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Wrexham and Yns Mon (the Isle of Anglesey). 

What to see in North Wales

With so much to see and do in North Wales, it's not an easy decision to choose what you should priortise.  We have selected our favourite visitior attractions with consideration for all ages and interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Wales Castles

North Wales is famous for its rugged coastline, dramatic mountains and golden sandy beaches.  However, often overlooked is the impressive collection of mighty castles in North Wales.  Known as the "castle capital of the world", there was once approximatley 600 castles in Wales.  Today, over 100 castles remain standing, either in ruins or restored to their natural beauty and North Wales is lucky enough to be home to a number of truly spectacular Medieval fortresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterfalls

As nature's natural water feature, there's something awe-inspiring and humbling about a beautiful and powerful waterfall.  North Wales is home to many, some well-known, and others well-hidden.  But all are worth a visit, especially during the long summer days.  We've listed some beauties that you can find across our region.  Waterfall's do change with the seasons, so we can't guarantee that all of these will necessarily look like they do in the photos when you pay your own visit.  And as stunning and tempting these falls are, it's important to remain safe on your visit, and to plan accordingly for the weather, the terrain and the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gwrych Castle

17mins | 9.2miles

In celebration of the 20th series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! taking place on our doorstep, this is the top of our list.  With stunning views of the Welsh Mountains.

Conwy Castle

23mins | 19.6miles

Conwy Castle is one of Edward I's four great castles of North Wales.  Standing tall above the River Conwy with Snowdonia acting as a dramtic background.

Caernarfon Castle

51mins | 42.3miles

Caernarfon castle is recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages.  The castle is grouped with Edward I's other castles.

Dolwyddelan Castle

55mins | 33.3miles

An early 13th-century fortress built by Llewelyn the Great.  Used to control the road between the towering mountains of Snowdonia and the own of Conwy.

Harlech Castle

83mins | 47.1miles

None of Edwards I's mighty coastal fortresses has a more spectacular setting.  An incredible "floating" footbridge allows you to enter this great castle.

Penrhyn Castle

42mins | 33.4miles

Penrhyn Castle is a country house in Bangor in the form of a Norman castle.  It was originally a medieval fortified manor house founded by Ednyfed Fychan.

Beaumaris Castle

53mins | 42.5miles

Beaumaris Castle was the largest of the four great castles and last of Edward I's castles constructed for his conquest of North Wales. The castle was restored in the 20th century.

Denbigh Castle

11mins | 5.2miles

Denbigh Castle is all about drama.  Cross the drawbridge into the gatehouse and you'll hear the portcullis thundering down, chains rattling and the din or horses and soldiers. 

Rhuddlan Castle

8mins | 4.1miles

Rhuddlan Castle was erected by Edward ! in 1277.  It was planned as a concentric castle and has a unique "diamond" layout as the gatehouses are positioned at the cormers. 

Rhaeadr Dyserth

12mins | 7.3miles

Unlike any other waterfall, this one is located right in the centre of the town of Dyserth.  Water cascades over 70ft from the river above.  There's a trail around and above the falls, with a stairway that leads to the top.

Swallow Falls

45mins | 30miles

The multiple waterfall system, located on the Afon Llugwy is one of the most well-known in the region.  It's the highest continuous waterfall in Wales and is located in an area of oustanding natural beauty.

Rhaeadr Ceunant Mawr

53mins | 42.3miles

Ceunant Mawr Waterfall, otherwise know as Llanberis Falls. These stunning falls plunge over 100ft in two stages into a gorge and into the Afon Arddu, just a short walk from Llanberis,  

Grey Mare's Tail

42mins | 27.9miles

The dramatic Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall is situated in a beautiful wooded glade at Coed Felin Blwm, the Lead Mill Wood, near Llanrwst.  It consists of two falls which drop into a plunge pool beneath.

Fairy Falls

41mins | 28.8miles

These magical falls were named by the Victorians who had a fascination with fairies and identified the most enchanting locations as home to the elusive creatures.  The main waterfall is about 25ft high.

Wepre Park

27mins | 21.3miles

A little different from the rest, as th dam and waterfall at Wepre Park were created by the Victorians residents of the Old Hall. Water was sent from here into a turbine that produced electricity for the Hall. 

Pili Palas Nature World

43mins | 38.5 miles

With a variety of animals to meet and an adventure playground, outside play barn and indoor soft play area.

Anglesey Sea Zoo

52mins | 43.2miles

Be captivated by the vast array of British marine animals.  Enjoy activity trails, a children's play area and crazy golf.

Greenwood Family Park

44mins | 37.9miles

Revel in forest fun and woodland discovery.  Make a splash on the UK's only solar powered water ride.

Snowdon Mountain Railway

48mins | 41.8miles

Since 1896 visitors have been travelling to Llanberis to experience this unique rail journey to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales and England.

Glasfryn Parc

72min | 57.7miles

Race your way to victory by speeding around the Go-Kart Circuits.  Practice your aim at clay pigeon shooting & archery or crazy golf.  On-water challenges at the Aqua Park. 

Portmeirion Village

77mins | 43.7miles

Situated on its own private peninsula, Portmeirion Village offers a sight to behold, with vistas in every direction and pathways to explore and be amazed by.

Llechwedd

60mins | 37.3miles

Descend 500 feet into the Llechwedd Deep Mine, on Britain's steepest cable railway, where your guide will lead you through ten massive subterranean chambers. 

Bodnant Garden National Trust

26mins | 21.2miles

Escape to a botanical paradise and explore more than 80 acres of spectacular garden, from manicured lawns and grand, flower filled terraces and towering trees. 

RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve

22mins | 18.7miles

Discover frogs, gragonfiles & butterflies in Summer, or marvel at thousands of water birds on the estuary in Winter.  Nature trails, wildlife quizzes and outdoor play space.

Welsh Mountain Zoo

21mins | 15.9miles

High above Colwyn Bay with panoramic vies and breathtaking scenery, it's beautiful gardens are home to this caring conservation Zoo.

Great Orme Tramway

33mins | 22.6miles

Climb aboard one of the beautifully restored tramcars and start the ascent through the winding roads of the Great Orme.  Teh summit is 679ft high above Llandudno.

SC2 Rhyl

16mins | 6.8miles

Splash into SC2, Rhyl's exiciting new waterpark and adventure centre.  With thrilling indoor flume rides, piranaha play for the little ones and beach style paddling.

Tweedmill Shopping Outlet

3mins | 1.2miles

If you love to shop, then a visit to Tweedmill is a must.  With over 300 big brands, set across two floors.  Browse their fabulous selection of soft furnishing, home accessories and gifts.

St Asaph Cathedral

2mins | 0.8miles

An Anglican church, it is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of St Asaph.  The cathedral dates back 1,400 years, while the current building dates from the 13th century.  It is the home of the William Morgan Bible.

Sea Aquarium Rhyl

17mins | 6.9miles

Featuring species from aroudn the world on show in 9 different zones, plus our amazing outdoor Seal Cove where you can meet our  harbour seals. This state-of-the art exhibit gives you a fantastic underwater view. 

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Denbighshire

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