places to visit in Wales

Deciding where you want to visit and what you want to see can sometimes be a task in itself, especially as Wales has so many wonderful and interesting places to visit. To help you, we have put together a list of some of the places we have visited and enjoyed, which will hopefully help you in your choice. Look out for links that we have included so you can get further information if your are interested. If there is somewhere you want to go and it isn't listed below then just get in touch and we'll do our best to advise you.

N.B this page is still work in progress so please check back for regular updates!

Llanddwyn Island

This isolated outcrop is accessible only when the tide is out. You can choose to either walk through the forest or along the beach to reach it. The island is famous as being the location of a ruined church which is said to have been the home of St. Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, the equivalent of the English St. Valentine. 

This is a walk I have completed many times and on a bright sunny day with the sun shining on you and the roar of the sea, it is truly a special place to be. 

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Mount Snowdon

This is a popular destination for visitors to North Wales. On a clear day the views from the 'roof of Wales' are simply breathtaking.

If you are feeling energetic then you can there are several routes to the summit including the Llanberis Path which is the most straightforward and easiest to follow.

If you don't fancy the walk then the Snowdon Mountain Railway will take you up to the summit. It operates on a seasonal basis and I would recommend early booking as places get filled up very quickly! 

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Portmeirion

This is without doubt the most 'un-Welsh' place in Wales and when you step inside you'll understand what I mean!

Portmeirion is an Italianate village created from the imagination of the famous architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Built in two phases over a period of fifty years, Portmeirion is a small piece of Italy located against a stunning North Wales location. 

There is an opportunity to stay here as it offers a range of accommodation; this is something I have done and it's a great experience to have the place to yourself when all the day visitors have left!

The site covers approx. 130 acres and includes lovely walks amongst beautiful gardens; this place is well worth a visit!

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Bodnant Garden

Situated in the beautiful Conwy Valley with stunning views of the Carneddau Mountains, Bodnant Garden is a popular attraction for visitors. Established in 1874 and covering 80 acres, the garden offers visitors the opportunity to experience a wide variety of plants and trees from around the world.

The paths are well maintained and those who enjoy a good walk with beautiful scenery will not be disappointed! 

One of the highlights is the Laburnum Arch (pictured right) which comes into it's full glory toward the end of May/beginning of June and is a wonderful sight to see!

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Penrhyn Castle

Situated on the beautiful North Wales coast overlooking the Menai Strait, Penrhyn Castle is not what it first appears to be!

The castle is a 19th century example of Neo-Norman architecture and much younger than other North Wales castles such as Conwy and Caernarfon which were built by Edward I in the 13th century.

Penrhyn Castle boasts extensive, well landscaped grounds and the interior is definitely worth an inspection and famously features a 1 ton bed which was commissioned especially for the visit of Queen Victoria!

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