Places to visit in North Wales: 9 things you should see and do

Here are the best places to visit there to either drink in the breathtaking scenery or enjoy one of its exhilarating attractions.

Staycations are increasingly popular with Brits and one such place loved by us Brits is North Wales.

So, if you decide to head for North Wales, here are Visit Wales’ top picks for places to visit:

1. Snowdonia National Park

Wales’ highest mountain towers over the Snowdonia National Park at 3,560 ft. (1,085 m). There are six paths to choose from to climb the mountain, or you can have a rest and take the train to the top. However you reach the summit, take in the beautiful views from the Hafod Eryri café there.

2. Snowdonia’s railways

Snowdonia has seven narrow gauge railways and many are connected, so you can see large swathes of the national park from the comfort of a carriage. Take the Conwy Valley Railway from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Snowdonia National Park.

At Blaenau Ffestiniog, connect with the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. Ffestiniog, the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway, clings to mountainsides as it winds its way to Porthmadog on the coast. From here you can hop on the Welsh Highland Railway to Caernarfon.

3. Zip World

Hurtle on Zip World’s Velocity zip wire at Bethesda at speeds of more than 100mph for just under a mile down a mountain, soaring 500ft above a striking quarry lake. Or there’s Zip World Titan, a four-person zip line offering panoramic and exhilarating views of Snowdonia.

At the same site as Titan, there’s Bounce Below, where adults and kids can jump around on giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels underground in a converted slate mine. Continuing the subterranean theme, Zip World Caverns is a series of underground zip lines, rope bridges, obstacles and tunnels built in vast caverns that were first excavated nearly 200 years ago.

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4. Surf Snowdonia

Surrounded by the jaw-dropping scenery of the Conwy Valley, Surf Snowdonia offers huge waves inland, in a freshwater open-air lagoon roughly the size of six football pitches where you can surf a powerful 6.5ft wave for around 500ft. All abilities are welcome, as are children from eight years old. There’s also a water-based obstacle lagoon, a surfside café, and a viewing gallery.

5. Cliff camping

Try the first cliff-camping experience in the UK, spending the day rock-climbing in Anglesey, then heading to your bed for the night on a portaledge – a flat ledge made of super-strong textiles, jutting horizontally out of the cliff face above the sea.

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You have to abseil to your portaledge, where you can watch the sunset with a mug of hot chocolate, before falling asleep there in a safely attached sleeping bag.

6. Caernarfon Castle

Spectacular enough from the outside with its polygonal towers and sheer immensity, Caernarfon Castle’s awe doesn’t stop inside, where you can spend hours exploring the maze-like passages and multi-levelled towers.

7. Lôn Eifion Cycling Route

This takes you along 12 miles of scenic views and historic landmarks, starting near Caernarfon Castle and finishing in Bryncir, taking you south alongside the Welsh Highland Railway. Cycle past beautiful views of Caernarfon Bay and Snowdonia, and stop for a rest at the Inigo Jones Slate Works in Groeslon to see the craftsmen at work and pop into the café. Bike hire is available from Beics Menai.

8. Alice’s adventures in Llandudno

Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, spent family holidays in the Victorian town of Llandudno.

The town has marked its link to the story with a series of striking wooden statues dotted around locality, including the longest pier in Wales and Happy Valley, where you can play croquet like the Queen of Hearts. Look out for all your favourite characters, and finish with an Alice themed afternoon tea.

9. Portmeirion

This striking village was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Aside from its iconic pastel-hued architecture, scenic surroundings and vast woodland gardens, Portmeirion is home to hip hotels, a huddle of historic cottages, a spa and award-winning restaurants.

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