Guide to Snowdonia and North Wales Holidays, UK

The mountains and green valleys of North Wales has some of the cleanest air and picturesque countryside in Britain. At the heart of this part of the British Isles is Snowdonia.

Igneous rock, volcanic ash and lava from the Ordovician period makes up much of the landscape of Snowdonia, but it was the glacial ice from the Ice age, 10,000 years ago, that is responsible for today’s landscape.

Today, welsh cattle and sheep share the hillsides with walkers, cyclists, climbers and hangliders! For lovers of the outdoors here is paradise. Our bitesize guide will highlight the main places to visit and experience, as well provide you with places to go campsites in North Wales or book your caravan holidays in North Wales.

Snowdonia is rich in history, as well as being a traditional strong-hold for farming, the area’s earlier prosperity came from mining of slate. Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llanberis being the slate capitals. The industry slowly grinded to a halt in the late 1800s and the abandoned quarries can still be seen today, many of which have been turned into tourist attractions.

Top 10 Attractions in North Wales

Spend a weekend or a week here and you won’t be disappointed. Our top 10 list below has possibly been one of the most difficult we have had to do, with so many to choose from it was hard to leave any out.

  • 1. Snowdon
    Possibly the reason most people come to North Wales. Find your way to Llanberis and choose to climb the UK’s second highest mountain on foot (3 hours with children) or pay to go by train. You could also take the train to the summit and walk down. Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear, the weather in the mountains can turn inclement very quickly.
  • 2. Llandudno
    This popular resort of yesteryear still has its charm, with its town planners over the years resisting the temptation to lose its Victorian seafront and pier in favour or modern buildings. Drive, walk or take the tram up to the Great Orme for spectacular views across to the Irish sea, Puffin Island and Snowdonia inland.
  • 3. Conwy
    Famous for its castle and place in history, the town has preserved its medieval walls and makes a lovely base for exploring.
  • 4. Blaenau Ffestiniog
    The town is testimony to the area’s industrial past and a visit to the Slate Caverns will let you go deep underground to explore the slate mines. It is worth a visit just for the slate-clad landscape, which is extraordinary.
  • 5. Harlech
    Anyone for the beach? Harlech is your place, beautiful sandy beach perfect for families. There is also a castle to explore that overlooks the beach.
  • 6. Betws y Coed
    The gateway to Snowdonia, a popular town, with a rushing river and brimming to the edges with outdoor equipment shops, cafes and hotels. Plenty of campsites border the town making it a perfect place to base yourself to explore Snowdonia. Look out for Swallow Falls not far from the town.
  • 7. Caernarfon
    Best known for its magnificent castle, but now also a popular holiday resort with plenty of attractions and places to eat and drink.
  • 8. Portmeirion
    If you have not heard of Portmeirion before, it’s a fantasy village create Clough William Ellis, which featured in the TV series The Prisoner.
  • 9. Ffestiniog Railway
    Your kids will love this, so we thought it would merit its own place in the top 10. The nineteenth century railway carried slate through the Welsh mountains, but will now give a spectacular scenic journey.
  • 10. Bodelwyddan Castle
    If you are a fan of National Trust style properties, you will love this castle. Set in parkland in the Denbighshire countryside and is London’s National Portrait Gallery Welsh arm.

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