North Wales is easily accessible from Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Whatever your reasons for visiting, maybe a return visit to retrace your childhood memories or even a more active break to have a go at the many extreme and adventurous sports that are on offer such as Sailing, Surfing (Surf Snowdonia), Hiking in the mountains or even Zip Lining (Zip World). North Wales has it all.
Form the Dee Estuary to the East, down to the Mawddach Estuary in the West, the North Wales Coast is scattered with award winning tourist hotspots. Lakes, Mountains, award winning beaches and beautiful seaside towns, it’s all on offer. An area of outstanding natural beauty where visitors keep on coming back. Generations of families have spent their holidays in North Wales, why not visit for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.
North Wales is steeped in history. The mountainous region of Snowdonia formed the central stronghold and safehaven of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, the realm which took hold and ruled the area for almost a Millenium. The realm lost its independence in 1283. To this day, the area remains to be the central hub of the Welsh language and continues to be a centre for Welsh national and cultural identity, bringing in thousands of tourists annually.
Wales is lucky enough to be the home of 3 UNESCO world Heritage Sites, 2 of which are located in North Wales. The Pontcysyllte Aquaduct and canal and collectively the Castles and town walls of Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy and Harlech. These Edwardian Castles and Towns are a must see when visiting North Wales.
North Wales is famous for the mountains of Snowdonia, many forget that our coastline is just as spectacular. The Llyn Peninsula has some fantastic gems on its coastline such as Porth Oer, more commonly known as whistling sands. A beach where the sand appears to squeak under foot. It is thought that this is a phenomenon that only occurs in a handful of places around the world. If quaint waterside resorts are your thing then you’re sure to love Aberdyfi and Abersoch. Popular with the watersports.
Mount Snowdon is the largest mountain in England and Wales. It is the only mountain in Britain that gives you a variety of options for how you make you ascent. You can make a day of it and walk up a relatively moderate path such as the miners track or if you’re a much more experienced climber then Crib Goch may be of interest to you, it is advised that it is only taken on by the most experienced of climbers. A huge benefit of reaching the summit of Snowdon is the café, open the majority of the year it is a welcome sight for some well deserved refreshments. If the walk to the top took it out of you then jump on the train and enjoy the view as you make your decent back down into Llnaberis. If Llanberis isn’t where you left your car then there are regular Sherpa busses that operate between Capel Curig and Llanberis.
Linked to mainland Wales by the Britannia and Menai bridges, the largest Island of the British Isles is the Island of Anglesey where life appears to move at a gentler pace. The majority of the Anglesey coastline is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Anglesey has to be one of the best locations in the UK to for boating and pleasure. With fantastic road links along the A55 from Chester and the recently improved bottle neck passing through Ellesmere Port, you can be in Anglesey in little over an hour and a half from Manchester and Liverpool.
Encompassing the majority of the Snowdonia national Park, Gwynedd has a variety of things to do. The county not only has Snowdonia but the stunning coastline of the Llyn Peninsula. The Llyn has many small bays and coves to explore by land or sea. You’re bound to find a small bay to anchor in to have a picnic or BBQ. If you’re brave enough to brace the temperature, take a dip and do some snorkelling in the clear waters. Regular sightings of Dolphins, Porpoises, Whale Sharks and even Orca’s (killer whales) have been sighted in the past. A truely memorable experience if you’re lucky enough to see such a majestic animal as they make their way up to the arctic waters off Norway for our winter.
Probably the most popular county in North Wales, Conwy is easily accessible form the North West of England and further afield due to it’s great transport links along the coast. The A55 runs from Queensferry to Holyhead and the Trainline centred around Llandudno Junction is a mainline linking Holyhead to London Euston, this service runs daily at different times. Conwy County is centred around the historic walled town of Conwy. Famous for its majestic castle and the smallest house in Great Britain, Conwy is a popular town with locals and tourists alike. The annual river festival is a great event and well worth a visit, throughout the weekend many activities take place along the quay and on the river. Live music, food and craft stalls line the quay for the whole family to enjoy. Conwy Marina is a hotspot for the marine leasuire industry, a busy place for boat owners and admirers, the marina has the ability to berth 500 boats of varying sizes. It is a fantastic location to take ownership of a boat and use as a base, especially for people who live in the North West who want easy access to their boats at short notice. The Mulberry public house and restaurant benefitted from a total refurbishment over the winter of 2015/16 and is now open 7 days a week serving food in a truly stunning waterside location. Our marina based office and sister company Network Yacht Chandlers are located within the complex, next time you visit Conwy why not pop in and say hello.
Popular for the seaside towns of Prestatyn and Rhyl and the market town of Denbigh. Denbighshire extends inland as far as Llangollen. Llangollen is a popular town situated on the River Dee and Llangollen canal. The Pontcysyllte Aquaduct is a must see sight if you visit the area, if you’re on a narrow boat then you are likely to traverse it and see the stunning views of the Dee valley beyond and below. Built by Thomas Telford and opened in 1805, the aquaduct sits 38m above the valley below and was built to allow the transportation of goods through the canal system, it linked rural Wales with the Midlands and beyond. In 2008 it was announced that the aquaduct would be the UK’s nomination as a UNESCO world heritage site for that year. A title that it is a worthy holder of. If you’re not lucky enough to transit the duct by boat then a tow path is available, be warned; a head for height is a must, if you’re not the best at heights, don’t look down!