If you’re planning a trip to North Wales this spring or summer, where are the best places to visit? As a local I’m going to let you in on my top spots: a beach, a castle, a mountain, a visitor attraction and the perfect seaside resort!
Things To Do In North Wales
1. Beaches: We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches here in North Wales, but one of my favourites, tucked away in the east, is Talacre Beach and Point of Ayr Lighthouse. This area really has something for everyone: amazing wildlife including Natterjack Toads and migrating birds, an awarding winning large, sandy beach, a haunted 16th century lighthouse and views across the Dee estuary. Definitely worth the drive from St Asaph.
2. Castles: No trip to Wales is complete without a visit to a castle, and we have lots! Denbigh Castle is one of our nearest ones, and one that often gets overlooked for some of the grander castles in the area. It’s quite a climb up the mount but the reward is the spectacular view over the town and surrounding countryside. Part of Edward I’s ring of castles, Denbigh is now a ruin but you can still see what a formidable fortress it once was. Also of interest are the Town Walls that visitors can walk along; and you can’t miss the triple-towered Great Gatehouse, accordingly to CADW one of the seven wonders of Wales!
3. Mountains: Wales’ newest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is right on our doorstep: the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley. The Clwydian Range is a chain of peaks starting near the coast in the north and extending as far as the Berwyn Mountains. Park Golf is just to the west of this range and therefore we’re fortunate to be so close to such a stunning bit of Wales. Many of the peaks are topped with hillforts, although not much is known about them – it’s a mysterious land!
4. Visitor Attraction: I had to ask the children for this recommendation, otherwise I would have recommended a round of golf. They chose Colwyn Bay Zoo, which is also know as the Welsh Mountain Zoo because of its’ dramatic location. Don’t miss the penguin parade – my daughter’s highlight from our last visit. It only takes us 20 minutes to get there, so we’re pretty regular visitors in the school holidays.
5. Seaside Resort: If you’re looking for a traditional seaside resort where you can buy a stick of rock or fish and chips for tea, my favourite is Llandudno; and I share this with author Bill Bryson! Only 25 minutes drive from us it’s your archetypal Victorian seaside resort. Llandudno boasts the longest pier in Wales, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides on the beach, and a promenade for…promenading. If you’re coming this way, put Llandudno on your list.
For more ideas of places to visit check out Visit Wales’ website. We’re pretty central here at Llannerch Park, so not a bad place to base your holiday from. You can also get a few rounds of golf in at the course, or bring the kids along to the driving range – especially if you get a wet day or two.
We would love to hear your recommendations, share your favourites in the comments section below.