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Top 10 things to do in North Wales

Cwm Idwal - nomadic life guide

Cwm Idwal

1. Climb a mountain – Mountains are what defines North Wales. A 10,000 year old landscape carved out in the ice age brings thousands of people to Snowdonian each year. With 14 mountains that stand over 3,000 feet, including mount Snowdon towering over them all, there is plenty of challenging terrain to test yourself across. If you would like to start off with something a bit easier but still really beautiful, then pop across to the Clwydian Range. With easy access to Moel Famau (the tallest mountain in the range standing at 1,821 feet) and plenty of lovely scenic walks through Logger heads country park there is something for everyone.

View from the summit of Snowdon - nomadic life guide

View from the summit of Snowdon

2. Visit Llandudno – Llandudno also known as ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’ a title given to it as early as 1864, is a beautiful, Victorian seaside resort. With a beach of sand and rocks that stretch two miles, nestled between the Great Orme and the Little Orme. Llandudno pier built in 1878, extends 700m into the sea giving you amazing views back onto the Victorian fronted promenade. With other attractions including marina drive, Alice in wonderland trail, Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mine and tram to the summit, you wont run out of things to do. Please view or Llandudno guide and our Secret Llandudno guide.

Llandudno pier - nomadic life guide


3. Tour Anglesey – Anglesey plays host to an incredible number of megalithic monuments including Bryn-Celli-Ddu, considered to be one of the finest passage tombs in Wales. It also has some of the most increadable coastline including Newborough Warren, a large dune and beach system backed by a conifer forest, the whole area covering 23km². Other recommended attractions have to include the South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey Sea Zoo and Parys mountain.

Bryn-Celli-Ddu, Anglesey - nomadic life guide

Bryn-Celli-Ddu, Anglesey

4. Visit a castle – Wales is known as the ‘castle capital of the world’ with 600 castles in its history, over 100 still standing. The best castles to visit in north Wales have to include Beaumaris Castle (Anglesey), Caernarfon Castle (Gwynedd), Chirk Castle (Wrexham), Conwy Castle (Conwy) and Harlech Castle (Gwynedd) to name but a few.

Beaumaris Castle - nomadic life guide

Beaumaris Castle

5. Go down a mine – A lot of Welsh life and history has been based underground, from ancient cave dwellings to people mining for gold, copper and coal. Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies Llechwedd Slate Mine which tells the story of the men who built this incredible industry which roofed the world. Sygun Copper Mine in Beddgelert, allows the visitor to discover the wonders of an historic copper mine for themselves. Other amazing attractions include Electric Mountain, Great Orme Copper Mine (Llandudno) and Corris Mine. See our Inside the mines and mountains of Wales for further details and reviews.

Chwarel Hen Llanfair Slate Caverns - Inside mines and mountains of Wales - nomadic life guide

Chwarel Hen Llanfair Slate Caverns

6. Chill on a beach – The coastline of North Wales is a mixture of wild, urban, ancient and modern, all watched over by the impressive peaks of the Snowdonia National Park, at times barely six miles from the coast. Barmouth hosts a stunning six-mile-long beach that stretches north to the village of Tal-y-Bont. This beautiful run of beaches, backed by snowdonia is where some of the most incredible sunsets can be viewed from, looking out to sea and towards the Lleyn Peninsula. Porthor bay is a secluded little gem on the Lleyn Peninsula, better known as ‘Whistling sands’ due to the squeak or whistle emitted by the dry sand when walked on. The rugged coastline of north Wales is softened by its beautiful white beaches and clear sea.

Sunset over the Lleyn Peninsula - nomadic life guide

Sunset over the Lleyn Peninsula

7. Cycle Mauddach estuary – Poet John Ruskin said that only one other journey in the world had views to compare with the one from Dolgellau to Barmouth, and that was the journey from Barmouth to Dolgellau. This increadable cycle route will take you 8miles along and the Mauddach estuary from Dolgellau to Barmouth taking in breathtaking views of the mountains and also the abundance of wildlife.

Mauddach Estuary - nomadic life guide

Mauddach Estuary

8. Explore some waterfalls – Wales is a mountainous country with a wet climate, which makes it a home to many hundreds of waterfalls, rivers and streams. On a hot summers day there is nothing better than taking a dip in a pool of fresh water under a waterfall in a beautiful location, and Wales has plenty of them. A few of the waterfall which have to be mentioned are Pistyll Rhaeadr (near Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant) and Swallow Falls (near Betws-y-coed) but there are many beautiful rivers and streams to submerge yourselves in. If you are feeling adventurous you can even try some canyoning with one of the many activity centers.

Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall - nomadic life guide

Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall

9. Visit Beddgelert – Walk along the banks of the Glaslyn river and learn about the sad legend that gave the village its name by visiting ‘Gelert’s Grave’. This stunningly beautiful village is surrounded by snowdonia’s mountains, rivers and wildlife, plus you can buy an awesome ice cream from glaslyn ices. A little known fact about Beddgelert is that the Prince Llewelyn Hotel was struck by a 5 pound meteorite in 1949, only the second verified place that has been struck in Wales.

Beddgelert - nomadic life guide


10. Visit Llangollen- A small town seeped in myth and legend is, in many ways best known for hosting the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Every July it turns this little quiet town into a vibrant international stage. The remains of castle Dinas Bran can be seen high above the town on an isolated hill reached by a steep climb, this is said to be the possible burial site of the Holy Grail. From its lofty ramparts, the Llangollen steam railway can be seen chugging down the beautiful green valley. A short distance away is Britain’s biggest aqueduct, towering 126 feet above the river this masterpiece of engineering by Thomas Telford has earn’t it World Heritage Status.

Remains of castle Dinas Bran - nomadic life guide

Remains of castle Dinas Bran