This is one of the most beautiful regions in the UK. Snowdonia is certainly the defining feature of North Wales, attracting millions of visitors from around the globe. Many come to climb the country’s highest peak, Mount Snowdon, with its summit at 1,085m. With favourable weather, the ascent is mesmerising and the views from the top only get better.
Snowdonia National Park is much more than its highest mountain though. It’s a hotspot for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, water sports and cycling. With such a diverse landscape including lakes, quarries, mountains and valleys, there’s never a dull moment.
Visit the castle town of Conwy
One of the most picturesque places in all of North Wales, Conwy is a must-see if you’re in the area. Conwy castle sits impressively on the bank of the river, as it has done for over 700 years. Once a strategically significant location, it’s now a famous visitor attraction with a bustling town inside the castle walls.
Walk around the grand stone walls and through the narrow streets to your heart’s content. Or pay to go inside the castle and see what life was like from the inside. On the waterfront is “The Smallest House in Great Britain” which is a great photo opportunity.
Go on the fastest zip line in the world
Nestled in Snowdonia is an experience unlike any other in the world. Penrhyn Quarry was once the largest slate quarry in the world, now the backdrop for its fastest zip line. You can zip along 1.5km of line high above the old quarry at speeds over 100 mph.
If you don’t want to brave it, there’s a viewing platform and café for visitors to watch the events unfold. The whole experience lasts for about 2 hours, including an initial run on a smaller line before the main event.
Visit Llandudno and climb the Great Orme
Llandudno was once a very popular Victorian holiday destination by the sea and still holds much of that charm. With its impressive promenade, classic architecture and iconic pier, it’s a great day out for people of all ages.
Overlooking the town is the Great Orme, a limestone peninsula over 200m high. It’s an imposing geological phenomenon that’s well worth a climb. From the top, you can see Anglesey, Snowdonia and even as far as Liverpool on a clear day. If you don’t fancy walking, there’s a tram that runs during the summer.
Go on a castle crawl
North Wales isn’t short of incredible castles. Many have been dominating the landscape for centuries since the conquests of King Edward I or even further back. They’re an important part of Welsh heritage and are some of the most popular attractions in North Wales.
Four castles are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech. Each has its own character and fits into the surrounding landscape seamlessly. A day journeying from castle to castle is a great way to see North Wales and indulge in some medieval fun.