Wales is a country of contrasts. From the lofty peaks of Snowdonia to the coast at Abersoch the landscape is varied and beautiful. Whether you are looking for walking without the tourists, shopping without stress or simply want to admire the power of the elements there’s a place in Wales for you. Exploring from a North Wales Holiday Park is easy, as North Wales has a lot of both fast roads and good train connections – you can famously reach the top of Snowdon by rail of course. Here, we’ve put together some of the lesser known spots to visit, which might give you even more insight into this wonderfully diverse country.
Bodnant Gardens, Conwy
Although most of the Bodnant Estate is still private the gardens, with the Pin Mill, transported to the park from its original location in Gloucestershire, Laburnum Arch, terraces and Fairytale Dell is owned and managed by the National Trust. The gardens are open year-round, and there is a choice of tea-rooms and cafes to warm you up if the weather is trying its hardest to cool you down.
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey
An island with an island, Llanddwyn Island is connected by a causeway except at the highest tides. It’s an ideal spot for a romantic lunch for two as Saint Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the amazing seascape offers a beautiful backdrop – especially if you have a special announcement to make.
Porth Wen, Anglesey
Anglesey used to be much more industrial than it is now and the old brickworks at Porth Wen stand testament to that heritage. Much of the site is collapsed but it is still pretty impressive perched on the edge of the beach with the old chimney towering above.
Hidden above the village of Llanfihangel-y-pennant is the ruins of a once great fortress. Built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) in the 1220s it takes its shape from the surrounding rock. Park by the road and climb up to explore the castle before marvelling in the view from the uppermost walls that make you realise why it was such a good location for a stronghold.
Talyllyn Railway, Gwynedd
Not far from Castell-y-Bere is the Talyllyn railway. Made famous by the Rev. Awdry who introduced it’s delights to generations of steam-lovers the railway connects Abergynolwyn and Tywyn along the valley, crossing the viaduct over the Dolgoch Falls (also worth a visit if you have time).
Pistyll Rhaeadr, Denbighshire
One of the tallest waterfalls in Wales and with an 80m (240 ft) single drop, it is the highest unbroken fall in Britain. This impressive spout of water is located in the Berwyn mountains, south of Corwen. If you go there during an especially cold winter, it is said that the water freezes into sculptures. Or failing that take a picnic in the summer and sit on the banks of the river enjoying the sound and sight of so much water crashing and splashing on the rocks below. There’s also a tea-room by the road for refreshment when you return to your car.
Whichever of these gems you choose to visit, make sure you take a camera, as there’s sure to be plenty to capture on film at each one of these beautiful spots.