50 Places To Visit In North Wales

If you are thinking of visiting North Wales anytime soon and stuck on where to go here is a list of 50 recommended places to visit. Even if you live in North Wales, there may be somewhere on this list you haven't visited yet and it may be worth a visit. North Wales has the most beautiful scenery of mountains and trees you are bound to see some breathtaking views in most places you visit.

1. Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle is one of Edward I's castles and is truly a beautiful unique castle with stunning views. In the past Doctor Who have filmed there. With many tourists, visitors and locals around it can get busy, especially during school holidays. But it really is worth a visit. There are many places to stay and places to eat around the area. Along with a beautiful walk along the front and a big park across the walking bridge. 

2. Holyhead Mountain
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This mountain is the highest mountain on the Holy Island and the highest mountain in Anglesey. It attracts many visitors and would be great fun for all the family on a day out. The views are beautiful and Holyhead Mountain is near South Stack Lighthouse.

3. South Stack
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This 135 foot lighthouse in South Stack attracts many visitors each year. The lighthouse has been open to the public for many years now, since 1997. With absoloutely stunning views.

4. Betws-Y-Coed 
Betws-Y-Coed is one of the beautiful villages of Snowdonia which attracts alot of visitors each year and through out the year. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking to do in some places. There is a huge field for picnics, time for families to relax, play football and whatever else you want to do. There are many restaurants, chip shops and gift shops around. 

5. Porthmadog

Porthmadog is a stunning place to visit when the sun is out. Porthmadog has many stores and restaurants to visit but also the Ffestiniog Welsh Railway is in Porthmadog and has been for over 150 years. You will not regret taking a ride on the train and watching the beautiful scenery as you go by.

6. Red Squirrel Forest

Just near Newborough, this forest is perfect for kids who love exploring the wildlife and don't mind getting dirty walking through the forest. But this forest is also a lovely place for adults to go for a walk too. If you are really quiet and look around you may just find many red squirrels.

7. Llyn Brenig

Llyn Brennig is open to the public and a very peacful place to visit. You could go there with a picnic and your own bikes {or walk} or you could visit their lovely cafe and hire bikes. So it is your choice whether you want to have a free spending money day or a money spending day. There is a huge lake that takes over an hour to go around on the bike. A great family day out. Other than cycling there are other activities to do such as sailing, walking and fishing. If you are an adventurous couple or/and family, this could be a brilliant place for you to visit.

8. Glynllifon Park

This is a National Trust Park and is truly an amazing place to visit with the family. Glynllifon is the oldest estate that belonged to the Lords Newborough. The park also includes a college but a little further on from the college are huge grounds and places to walk. The mansion has been bought privately so is not open to the public but is still truly stunning to see from the outside.

9. Snowdon

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England. There are two options to go up the mountain, climb/walk up or go up by train. There are 6 routes to go up Snowdon. You can check here which is the best way to walk up. If you ever visit North Wales I would really recommend you to go up Snowdon. It truly is an amazing experience.

10. Pili Palas
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A great place to visit whether it is raining or dry, it's a great place for families to visit. There are many other animals to see other than butterflies, such as bugs, lizards and their newest addition Meerkats! and much more. There is an indoor play area for the younger children and an outdoor area for the older children to finish off the day. 

11. Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle is part of the National Trust and yet again is on some beautiful grounds. The castle is open to the public and is very interesting to see inside. The grounds are worth the walk as they are stunning and plenty enough space for the kids to run around.

12. Conwy Castle
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This castle was built for Edward I, It is built in a beautiful place and has many visitors each year. If you are impressed of the outside then you will be even more impressed on the inside of the castle.

13. Nant Gwrtheyrn
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Nant Gwrtheyrn offer many things such as language courses, weddings and open to the public. The views are spectacular. There is also a lovely cafe to visit if you wish a bite to eat.

15. Beddgelert

This can be a free day out for the family. Beddgelert is another one of Snowdonia's beautiful villages. This small village is a beautiful place to visit when the sun is out. It is great fun for the whole family and could cost you nothing. Bring yourself and the family a picnic and sit next to the river like many families do each year and enjoy a full day there with stunning views.

16. Blackrock Sands

This beach just outside Porthmadog is perfect for families. You can drive your car onto the beach which makes it more private and with the beach being so long there is enough room for everyone. The views, again, are stunning and so beautiful.

17. Greenwood Forest Park

Greenwood Forest Park can be very busy during school holidays. They are open through out the year and full of activities for all ages. There are so many things to do for kids and a place to eat your picnic or buy food in a cafe. 

18. The Smallest House In Great Britain
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If you ever get a chance to visit Conwy, it is worth the visit to see the smallest house in Great Britain. It is just £1 entry for adults and 50p per child. It attracts thousands of visitors each year.

19. Portmeirion
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Portmeirion is a tourist village with stunning views. With many events and other activities to do you won't be disappointed. 

20. Go Below
Why not have a fantastic experience by going down below in Snowdonia caves! From £39 and 3 packages to choose from, test your nerves and have a lifetime experience. You can also book stag and hen days out here.

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21. Electric Mountain
There are many things to do in the Electric Mountain in Llanberis. There is a cafe to eat and rest, hire rooms, gift shop, an indoor play area for the kids, and rooms which show the history of the mountain. Take trips into the electric mountain with the family and I am sure you will all enjoy.

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22. Caernarfon Fun Centre
Not far from the Harbour in Caernarfon is the fun centre set in a church building. There are two indoor play areas, one for the little ones up to age 5 and the big main one for 5+ years. There is a cafe area for the parents to relax whilst the kids enjoy themselves. You can also book parties here for children and adults.

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23. Inigo Jones

Inigo Jones is a slate workshop and showroom which sells some gorgeous slate designs. There is a cafe right next to the workshop and if you fancy a walk or a cycle then there is a cycle track right next to the slate workshop.

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24. Bounce Below
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Bounce Below is temporarily closed because they are re-doing the place and going to make it even better than it was by making it bigger, bouncier and faster. Enjoy it as a day out with friends or family. You could even spend it as your birthday, stag or hen.

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25. Zip World
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Back in 2013 Zip World opened in Bethesda. 500ft high you can experience going down the zip wire atleast a 100mph for a mile long.

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26. Eirias Park
Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay is a lovely place for a day out with the family. The 50 acres of land inculdes a swimming pool, park, skate park and other areas. You can enjoy a great day out here with the kids especially. Eirias Park also hosts a few events a year.

27. Barmouth Beach
Barmouth is a stunning place and always full of visitors each year. With a very long sandy beach there is room for everyone and is a perfect beach for families to relax whilst the kids play. There are many shops around and places to eat. This is a great place to go on holiday.

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28. Conwy Valley Garden Maze
This is the world's largest maze which covers roughly 2 acres of land. The maze has many surprises throughout the maze.

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29. Newborough Beach
A sandy beach that is miles miles long with beautiful views you will love it here. It is a perfect place to go as a family and spend the whole day relaxing on the beach.

30. Foel Farm Park
Foel Farm Park is near Brynsiencyn in Anglesey. The whole family can enjoy this park as a day out. It will be an experience and lesson for the kids to learn about a real working farm and seeing all the farm animals. There are other things to do such as tractor and trailer and quad bike rides, pony rides and a chance to feed and meet the animals. There is a cafe on site along with a chocolate store too.

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31. Aberfalls
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This 120ft waterfall is worth seeing if you ever visit the small village Abergwyngregyn. Parking is available at a small charge but you can only see the waterfall by foot.

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32. Bodafon Farm
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Bodafon Farm is a perfect day out for the whole family. It is free admission for everyone of all ages and you can meet and feed the animals. You will have some stunning views of Llandudno Bay.

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33. Anglesey Sea Zoo
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At Anglesey Sea Zoo you will find sea animals that you would see swimming around the coast of the UK such as catsharks, seahorses, lobsters and much more. It is always interesting to see what creatures are in the sea.

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34. Colwyn Bay Beach
If you enjoy either a long walk along the beach or just a day on the beach {or both!} then this is the place for you. On a summer's day this beach is a beautiful place to visit and with a cafe nearby in case you all need a bite to eat if you haven't brought your own food.

35. Llanfairfechan Beach

This can be a very busy place, especially when the sun is out. There is a park and outdoor pool for the kids to enjoy. A big lake with swans and a place to walk along the front with some stunning views. The beach is also a lovely place to relax and there is a cafe close by.

36. Airworld Aviation Museum
This Airworld Museum is charity run and relies on entry fees and donations. Not far from Dinas Dinlle beach you could spend the whole day here.

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37. Dinas Dinlle Beach

Dinas Dinlle is a beautiful place to visit. With holiday parks you can stay a few nights and enjoy the place even more. A long walk along the beach or a walk up the mountain, it is perfect for the family. There are cafe's and a chip shop available as well as a park for the kids.

38. Glasfryn Park

A great day out for the family with full of activities for the whole family to do. There are indoor and outdoor activities which include; go karting, quad biking, archery, indoor play area, ten pin bowling, wakeboarding, fishing and much more!

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39. Bodnant Gardens
This beautiful 80 acre garden is situated above the River Conwy. The garden has many beautiful plants which come from all over of the world. The Garden is also in two parts, one as the terraced garden and the other as the wild garden.

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40. Rhyl SeaQuarium

Rhyl SeaQuarium have many sea creatures and creepy crawlies! They do sea lion shoes outdoors and there is a cafe indoors next to the gift shop. Just outside of the SeaQuarium is a beach and a lovely walk.

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41. Bangor Pier

Bangor Pier but official name Garth Pier is 1500 feet in length and is a beautiful walk on a lovely day. There is a cafe right at the end and place to sit outside. The pier has been open to the public since 1896.

42. The Welsh Mountain Zoo

Located just outside Colwyn Bat, the welsh mountain zoo is the perfect place to visit for the day with the family. With many animals too see the kids will be amazed, as well as adults. There are some animal shows on through the day which you will know about when you arrive there.

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43. Criccieth
Criccieth has a stunning view, a lovely place to walk and a stunning beach to relax on and the kids to play with. There are many accommodations, places to eat and places to walk. One of the newest place to eat in Criccieth is Dylan's Restaurant which is right at the front of Criccieth which also offers a beautiful view.

44. Rhyl
There are many holiday parks in Rhyl and each year Rhyl has many visitors. On the front of Rhyl there are many arcades which the whole family can enjoy which includes the popular 2p, 5p and 10p coin machines and teddy machines.

45. Gypsy Wood

Gypsy Wood is a family attraction and I can guarantee the whole family will enjoy a day out at this farm park. There are many animals to see and feed on your way. There is a park for the kids to run around and a place to eat, as well as a cafe. It can get very busy during school holidays and weekends.

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46. Rabbit Farm
The Rabbit Farm is located in the village Llanystumdwy which is between Porthmadog and Pwllheli. The farm has been open to the public for over 30 years and brings many visitors each year. With many animals too see such as puppies, rabbits, ponies and much more, this is a place the whole family can enjoy.

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47. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
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Hard to pronounce? The shorter version is Llanfair PG. This village has the longest name is Britain. The name was also listed in the Guiness World of Records back in 2002.

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48. Great Orme
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You can go up to the Great Orme by walking, car, cable car or up by the tram. There is a cafe on the top with other activities. It is also a lovely place to walk with spectacular views.

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49. Llandudno
Llandudno is a popular place for visitors/tourists each year. The promenade and pier is great place to go with the family. There are many things to do on the pier which the whole family can enjoy.

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50. Beaumaris

Beaumaris is a beautiful place to visit with many things to do. This beautiful village attracts many visitors each year. You can try out food at one of their many restaurants, sit or walk along by the beach, walk along the pier, go on boat trips or visit the castle.

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Have you been to any of these places in North Wales?


  1. wow I have got some traveling to do! I have only ever been to Snowdon from this list :)

  2. What a fantastic guide to North Wales Beth, I'll be bookmarking this for our next trip to Wales. We haven't been to North Wales for a few years but there's loads to do we really should head back there for family adventures :)

  3. Such a beautiful part of the UK. I went to Llandudno as a child and have lots of lovely memories. I remember us going to the smallest house, it really is tiny! I love the look of the red squirrel woods. x

  4. There re SOOOO many places on here I would love to visit. It is just so far for us to travel from Cambridgeshire. Unless we stay for like a week which would be awesome. We went to Bluestones a couple of years back and it was amazing.

  5. I didn't even think it could be possible for there to be 50 places to visit in North Wales, I am definitely going to add some of these for when we go to Wales over the summer holidays x

  6. Wales looks beautiful! I have only ever been to Cardiff for a flying visit and I really liked it. That smallest house is just the cutest!

  7. What a extensive list! I live here and I can confess that I have not been to one place on your list - oh the shame. Time to fire up the quattro and get out and about.

  8. Great post Beth! Living here myself I can't believe i'm yet to visit everywhere on the list! Will have to make more of an effort x

  9. This is fab! I am planning a little family holiday to Wales after coming and picking up our new puppy, I couldn't believe I had never been for a break, only as a child or to work! H x

  10. WOW what a bumper post! I know South Wales quite well but haven't spent much time in the North. May be time for a road trip!!

  11. Well Wales looks like my ideal destination and do you know why? Because I absolutely love castles and history. I would love to explore!

  12. What some great sounding places to visit - I have to admit I've not explored much of Wales, I would love to see more. x

  13. We live not far from North Wales and visit many of these. My friend us getting married in Portmerion and I looking forward to going.

  14. I've never been to Wales but it looks so beautiful and there seems to be so much to do!

  15. I love these ideas. I hope I can make it out to Wales some day. Seeing the castles would be amazing.

  16. Wow such a lot of places to explore in North Wales, I don't think I have been to any of them x

  17. I've not been to wales as an adult but it looks great there. I think a trip with the kids might be in order.

    1. I think it would be perfect for a family trip. There is just so much to see!

  18. So much to explore! I will definitely visit the Holyhead Mountain.

  19. What a brilliant list! I'm just over the border in Shropshire so I've been to a fair few of these already, but I've bookmarked this post to remind me of the ones that I haven't seen yet. Definitely want to visit Portmeirion!

  20. Im a fan of Wales and i don't live too far away from it. Great list

  21. Wow, so many places ! We'll have to visit North Wales several times in order to see all those places you mention. My boyfriend is moving in the UK soon. We love visiting places. Your list will be very handy to make an itinerary, thank you for sharing all this !

  22. What a fun list! I would love to visit some time and check out some of these spots. The zip line looks like something we'd do for sure!

  23. Zip world just made my bucket list! You forget to explore and look around at what's in your own country. Great post, I've been to South Wales but never North.

  24. Another beautiful place added to my travel list, thanks for the post now I can plan accordingly ^_^

  25. There are so many beautiful places that I would love to visit. Definitely all of the castles and Snowden looks so great!

  26. 1,9 and 42 would be my first on the list. Wales clearly has so much to offer! You have put a lot of thought and effort into this post and it shows!!

  27. another one on the bucket list, i would love to go to wales it has many things to see and do, to be honest most of the things you listed i had no idea they were in wales. Bookmarked this for later.

  28. I want to go there now! what a beautiful place that has lots to go see : ) love this, thanks for sharing!

  29. I would love to go somewhere that you can find castles! It looks like someone could spend a lot of time here exploring.

  30. These all look like incredible places. Ive been to Wales once when I was in High school. I can't remember every where we went but I do remember going to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

  31. Awesome post! Such an inspiration for me! You've put a lot of effort into this article! Well done! Have a nice new weeeeek!

  32. Looks very pretty. Such a nice nature to free your mind. Absolutely on my list for places to visit. North Wales is unique and beautiful :)

  33. It looks like the type of place I'd go to! With trees and nature all around, I wouldn't mind staying here for a while!

  34. What an amazing job you did to make a list like this, wow:) There're so many fascinating places I've never heard of. Beautiful pics! That butterfly is gorgeous. I would love to visit, perhaps even live that smallest house :)

  35. Wales is a beautiful place to visit, I had a chance to travel there recently. I wish we had time to see some of these places but we were not there long.

  36. If I should find myself in London I'll make sure to visit some of these places. Conwy Castle and Bangor Pier are tops on my list.

  37. The mister and I are meant to be visiting Porthmadog this summer, so I am quite looking forward to it x

  38. What a gorgeous place, your post is giving me serious wanderlust!! Wales is definitely on my list, hopefully soon.
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  39. Hi,

    I stumbled upon your blog while planning a travel itinerary for my next trip. My husband has an attachment with Bangor University for a month and I will be joining him for the last 2 weeks of his attachment. My 2 year old daughter will be travelling with me as well.

    I would be grateful if you can suggest some places to visit throughout my 2-week stay in August, preferably accessible by public transport.

    I have already a few things on my list:
    - Penrhyn Castle
    - Bangor Pier
    - Anglessey Sea Zoo

    There will be only two of us - my daughter and I, so I hope to get some feedback to go to beautiful but practical places to travel with my little girl.

    1. Hi Shakirah,

      Bangor is where I used to live before I moved just outside Caernarfon. With public transport from Bangor you could visit:

      - Caernarfon Castle {there is also a lovely park over the bridge right next to the castle and a boat trip!}
      - Greenwood Forest Park
      - Llandudno pier {there is also a cinema in Llandudno}

      If you fancy going on a train trip which isn't too long you could visit -
      Conwy, Colwyn Bay or Rhyl. I have been to those places a lot when I was younger and really enjoyed myself there.

  40. Lots of beautiful and interesting places on that list! I've always wanted to go to Portmeirion as I was a big fan of The Prisoner in my teens! I've still never made it there....

  41. We live in East Cheshire and have had a static caravan on the Llyn Peninsula (Nefyn) for 17 years. We love it! Our little granddaughters now visit and love it too. We've visited a lot of these beautiful places but even after all this time there are a few that we haven't heard of so they'll be going on our list! Beautiful part of the world.

  42. I live in North Wales (have done all my life) so I was very curious to see the ones you have chosen. Plenty we have been to and I can endorse your recommendations. Newborough beach is one of my favourite places on earth. Its where the forest meets the sea, meets the mountains. Beautiful. We have a caravan pitched in Anglesey and one other place worth mentioning on there is Foel Farm Park right on the Menai practically overlooking Caernarvon. If you haven't been there - with the age of your children - I think you will love it. Couple on here I haven't been to either that I have made a note of. Thanks for sharing.


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