Never forget how magical Britain is, as a location for holidays and short breaks. Particularly if you head for a location that combines both abundant natural beauty and unspoilt charm with all the amenities you could possibly want on a vacation.

And for all of this, you should look no further than North Wales. 

North Wales is easy to get to from throughout mainland Britain. It's only two and half hours from London for instance, and 90 minutes from Manchester. If you find yourself on quirky, tree-lined country roads or twisting mountain tracks on the final stages of the journey, it’s simply evidence that this holiday is as authentic as it gets.
You can shed all your everyday cares, and start to unwind as you explore a British destination where mountains, moors and coastline combine in perfect harmony.

Here are just a few examples of what's on offer:

Porthmadog

This is one of the most popular, central holiday bases for discovering the delights of North Wales.
This seaside town has plenty to offer for holidaymakers of all ages and interests, including attractions such as a harbour port (and Maritime Museum). 

Travel inland from your accommodation in Porthmadog to explore the Snowdonia National Park, or journey along more of the coast. The magnificent stretch of beach at Black Rock provides unforgettable views, but there are plenty more naturally stunning coves and bays to visit too.

Caernarfon

One of the features that make North Wales such a magical place to explore is its many and diverse castles. A perennial favourite is situated overlooking the lovely but compact royal town of Caernarfon.

This is also a great place for retail therapy and it offers a wide range of places to eat, as well as having an attractive redeveloped waterfront.

Llŷn Peninsula – including Abersoch, Pwllheli and Criccieth

This stretch of coast truly has something for everyone, including families looking for traditional seaside holidays, keen walkers, historians and those seeking peace and tranquillity.

Criccieth has an impressive 13th-century castle on its shores. This charming town is another great place to enjoy sandy beaches and ever-changing views across Tremadog Bay.

A trip to Abersoch provides more beach options, but this town has also attracted several small, upmarket shops for you to wander around, as well as options for fine dining.

Pwllheli is well served by supermarkets, a cinema and a shopping area. This family-friendly town also has a huge marina, providing a safe harbour for boats travelling from Anglesey and Cardigan Bay.

Conwy Area

If you approach North Wales from the M6, you will travel past Conwy, perched on Colwyn Bay with views across to Anglesey. You certainly won’t be able to miss the magnificent medieval Conwy Castle, resplendent with its eight proud towers.

Along this stretch of North Wales, you will also find Rhyl and Prestatyn, which have been favoured for family trips for centuries. There are plenty of wet weather options in this location, including arcades, the SeaQuarium and the Welsh Mountain Zoo.

Barmouth And Area

This is a part of North Wales that shows you its natural splendour at its most rugged. It features both the Mawddach Estuary and Cardigan Bay but is also situated beneath the dramatic Snowdonia mountain range. 

There are beaches and abundant walks, cycle paths and birdwatching potential.

Inland Attractions

A quick summary of the abundant appeal of North Wales would not be complete without mentioning some of the inland destinations for exploration and enjoyment.

This includes the mountain slopes, forests and villages that are connected by the hugely popular Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railways.

Whatever the season, you will find the village of Betws-y-Coed is often a thriving community of climbers, walkers, sightseers and locals. Here you will find Tree Top Adventure and Go Below, two options for some family fun and an adrenaline rush.

Try to leave time to explore the many miles of tracks through the superb woodland of Gwydir Forest and the breath-taking natural water display at Swallow Falls too.

Published by Ruby Daub