More and more people are now choosing to holiday in the UK. One area with many family attractions, beautiful scenery and lots of activities to choose from is North Wales. Here we explore what makes this part of the country so special.
This is perhaps the best known part of North Wales. Visitors are drawn to the Snowdonia National Park by the beauty of the mountains. The park is the home of the highest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdon. Even if you are not a keen walker, you can reach the summit on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and enjoy the wonderful scenery. However, Snowdonia is about more than just the mountains. There are activities for every member of the family to enjoy from guided adventure trips deep into abandoned slate mines to luxury scenic cruises to see seals, seabirds and even dolphins if you are lucky. Younger members of the family will love the huge indoor adventure play centre with slides, climbing nets and electric mini go-karts, while older children will be fascinated by the Electric Mountain which hides Europe’s largest pumped-storage hydro-electric power station. There are various railways to explore including Talyllyn, the world’s first preserved railway, that is said to have inspired the Thomas the Tank Engine stories and Britain’s longest heritage railway, the Welsh Highland which runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog through some breath-taking scenery including the Aberglaslyn Pass.
North Wales is famous for the coastal resorts on its north coast. The resort of Rhyl is very lively with plenty to do, or you may prefer just to relax on the Blue Flag beach. The surrounding area offers many attractions, including Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhuddlan Castle and Bodrhyddan Hall with its spectacular gardens. There are all types of accommodation available in the area, from B&Bs and hotels to hostels and bunkhouses, but many visitors favour the relaxed pace that camping and caravanning holidays provide. You will find sites with caravans for sale in Wales and many people do decide to invest in their own holiday home.
Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey is linked to the mainland by two impressive bridges, the Menai Suspension Bridge which opened in 1826 and the Britannia Bridge, opened in 1850. The Menai Suspension Bridge was the first iron suspension bridge to be built in the world. Anglesey has lots of lovely beaches and coastal walks. Holyhead, the largest town on the island, is a busy ferry port with frequent sailings to Ireland. Favourite things to do in Anglesey include bird watching, water sports and golfing.
The North Wales Borderlands
This is a less well known area for holidaymakers, away from the famous beaches and mountains, but with many attractions of its own. There are pretty market towns to explore and many country parks where you will find events happening nearly every week of the year. This area is home to the largest town in North Wales, Wrexham.
Wherever you visit in North Wales, you can be assured of an enjoyable holiday. Many people enjoy the security of staying on a holiday park such as New Pines and return year after year.
Jennifer is a holiday writer with many year’s experience. She based herself at New Pines whilst completing a new guide to North Wales.