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Your guide to North Wales

North Wales at a glance:

  • A region with an incredible landscape of beaches, hills, caves and caverns, perfect for the adventurous.
  • Relax along the coast, spending days on the beach, or spend time inland on walking and cycling trails.
  • Rush through the North Wales countryside aboard a steam train.
  • Zoos and animal attractions, perfect for younger visitors.
  • Travel from town to town, visiting independent shops to stock up on souvenirs.

Your guide to North Wales

A popular region with holidaymakers, North Wales has it all: from clean sandy beaches and pretty seaside towns to dramatic mountain ranges and rolling green countryside.

With spectacular castles and charming railways, breathtaking waterfalls and lively festivals, the sheer variety of things to see and do in this beautiful region is astounding. You can discover the language, the traditions and the food at your own pace as you explore the best that this incredible region has to offer with a Bay hotel as your base.

North Wales is a region of spectacular contrasts with its awe-inspiring mountains, serene lakes, lush forests and pretty beaches. Its coastline is an eclectic mix of developed areas and natural beauty spots, with bustling towns and busy resorts sitting next to secluded coves and empty beaches. 

Picturesque Llandudno draws some of the biggest crowds, offering its guests both an immaculate seafront and classic seaside entertainment. It delivers everything you’d expect from a holiday next to the sea with a traditional pier, donkey rides and Punch and Judy show to entertain both young and old alike. Alongside Llandudno is the World Heritage town of Conwy, where an imposing medieval castle with a dark, gritty atmosphere offers visitors stunning panoramic views over the town, coast and countryside and a glimpse into 13th century Wales.

Sun lovers will spot that both Colwyn Bay and Llandudno’s West Shore have been awarded a blue flag in recognition of their excellent management, although there are countless more small, clean and pretty beaches in North Wales that don’t participate in the Blue Flag programme.

Together with its wonderfully clean shores, North Wales has a host of superb attractions, both natural and man-made, with plenty to see and do throughout the year. Marvel at the Great Orme, a huge chunk of limestone that rises 679 feet out of the sea, or take in the staggering beauty of the landscape from Llandudno’s colourful Cable Cars, which glide slowly from the Happy Valley gardens to the top of the Great Orme and reward travellers with panoramic views across the bay, estuary and Irish sea.

Discover the wonderful conservation work carried out at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, or head to the pier for a delicious ice cream whilst gazing out to the beach and the sea. Spend a few hours on Colwyn’s own golf course with its 6,901 yards and distinctly seaside feel or meander through some of the UK’s most dramatic mountainous scenery in the Snowdonia region with its ancient woodland and spectacular gorges that break up the rolling green fields.

After a day of exploring this incredible area, kick back in one of the many restaurants and inns that offer traditional Welsh food, cooked with quality local ingredients. Sample ‘proper’ Welsh Rarebit, often made with a local Welsh cheese, or taste Welsh caviar, better known as Laverbread or bara lawr, which is made from edible seaweed. On colder days, tuck into a pot of traditional Welsh Cawl, a hearty soup made of lamb and vegetables, or try a tasty Glamorgan sausage stuffed with cheese (often Welsh Caerphilly) and leeks, wrapped in breadcrumbs and fried until golden. There are plenty of delicious Welsh treats and dishes to try, with many cafés, restaurants and inns sourcing their produce from the plethora of farmer’s markets and artisan food producers that operate in the region.

For the perfect base when exploring beautiful North Wales, book a Bay hotel and enjoy friendly Welsh hospitality in relaxed surroundings. With clean, comfortable accommodation and a friendly team waiting to serve you, a stay at our Bay Hotels in North Wales is sure to be a memorable one.

 
 

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Local Attractions

Snowdonia National Park

So much more than a majestic mountain, Snowdonia National Park has something to offer visitors of all ages with breathtaking scenery at every turn. You can take the mountain railway and discover the view from the top of the mountain from the comfort of a heritage steam or traditional diesel loco without making the arduous climb. Jaw-dropping views await you at the summit and the opportunity to mingle with climbers in the cosy café.

Caernarfon Castle

With its dramatic appearance and commanding position, Caernarfon Castle brings history to life for its visitors. Stroll along the walls, explore beneath the twin-towered gatehouse and discover the fascinating exhibition which tells the tale of this stunning building.

Happy Valley Gardens

The Happy Valley gardens encompass a whole range of attractions for all ages, from abundant wildlife and an impressive collection of plants to serene walks, a putting green and ski slope. You’ll also find the cable car base station here, taking you up the Great Orme for magnificent views of the area. There are many lawns to relax in and soak up the wonderful atmosphere, together with two miniature golf courses and an open-air theatre. You’ll also find a friendly café that serves delicious drinks and treats.

Llangollen Canal

Take a unique horse-drawn boat trip from Llangollen Wharf and experience what life on the canals once was like in days of old. With seating inside and outside of the boat, it’s the perfect opportunity to unwind and soak up the beautiful scenery, which is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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