Destination Guide to North Wales

The north of Wales is a region of glorious natural landscapes which harbour an intriguing history and an enduring and utterly unique culture.

The north of Wales reaches from the city of Chester in the East to the tip of the Llyn Peninsula in the West encompassing the Conwy valley, the Isle of Anglesey and the sprawling hills of the Snowdonia National Park. Despite its relative proximity to the cities of the north of England, Wales' northern areas remain sparsely populated, perhaps due to her dramatic and unyielding terrain.

The Snowdonia National Park covers a vast area and provides some of UK's most dramatic vistas not least at Mount Snowdon itself, the highest peak in England and Wales. Barren, snow-capped mountain peaks give way to lush river valleys and thick wooded hills. Equally majestic are the untouched coastlines; the isle of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula provide sweeping bays and rocky cliff tops home to a wealth of natural wildlife.

The Welsh people are proud of their heritage and nowhere more so than in the north; Welsh, an ancient and melodic language of celtic origins, is still widely spoken as a first language throughout the region. Physical hallmarks of the Celtic heritage are found on Anglesey in the form of neolithic burial chambers and prehistoric sites whilst the country's fierce struggle against England is stamped upon the landscapes in the form of Britain's most impressive and best preserved castles. A ring of archetypal 13th century fortresses, which have been granted UNESCO World Heritage Status, rise majestically from the lush landscapes such as those at Beaumaris Castle and Harlech Castle. A truly unique gem, not to be missed, is the fantastical Italianate village of Port Meirion, which was later used as the setting for 1960's television series the Prisoner.

There is just one city in the north of Wales at the university city of Bangor however the real attraction here lies in the bundles of tiny villages and towns which dot the countryside. Llangollen is a quaint village, home to the Welsh cultural highlight at the annual Eistedfordd festival, but worth a visit year-round whilst Llandudno offers a charming Victorian seaside resort ideal for strolls along the promenade. Conwy and Caernarfon are two fine examples of historic market towns with stunningly preserved medieval town walls and each boasting their own unique fortresses at Caernarfon Castle and Conwy Castle.

Unbridled natural beauty and a feast of historic and cultural landmarks make the north of Wales an ideal destination for an authentic Wales vacation experience.

Relevant Tours

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

This journey takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience. See Oxford and the Cotswolds, shop at Chester's Rows, wind through Wales' stunning Snowdonia National Park, sample local Welsh cuisine, enjoy medieval York and explore Wordsworth's Lake District before finally visiting mysterious chapels and stately homes in the Scottish Lowlands.

Castle Tours - Blenheim Palace

Indulge in the history and heritage of England, Scotland and Wales by day and see its character reflected in your unique and distinguished accommodation each night on this deluxe tour of Britain. Enjoy elegant cities in York, Bath, Oxford and Edinburgh as well as the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Moors, the Scottish Lowlands and the mountains of Snowdonia.

England Tours of Oxford

Experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District and spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you'll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks.

England Tours - Stonehenge

Get off the beaten tourist track as you journey from Windsor to Edinburgh through the beautiful West of Britain. Explore England's picturesque coastal counties of Devon and Cornwall, see unrivalled vistas in Wales' Snowdonia National Park, pass through the majestic Lake District and tour Scotland's most elegant city in, Edinburgh.

Tours of England - Bath

Discover some of Britain’s finest cities and all that’s in between on this leisurely tour of the East of Scotland and England. Travelling from Edinburgh to London via York, you’ll enjoy overnight stays in our most renowned historic and cultural centres whilst your daily excursions will take you to a host of smaller towns and areas of natural beauty including St Andrews, the Scottish Borders, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cotswolds.

Tours of North Wales - Caernarfon Castle

A land of mystery, delight and a rich Celtic heritage, the Wonders of Wales explores all aspects of this small but fascinating nation. This week-long journey through the Welsh Principality takes us to the nation's major sites and to learn about Welsh history, language, culture, and industry, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Enjoy two countries for the price of one as you use the British rail network to explore England and Wales. Travelling in comfort enjoy the city highlights including Cardiff, London and York as well as scenic train rides through the enigmatic countryside of North Wales, the Cotwsolds and the Yorkshire dales.

Tours of North Wales - Caernarfon Castle

Enjoy a journey of discovery on this tour of ancient Wales staying in elegant country house hotels and grandiose castle accommodations. Explore the untouched landscapes of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire and the awe-inspiring ruins of Wales' glorious World Heritage Castles including Conwy, Harlech and Caernarfon, not to mention the cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff.

Tours of Wales - Tenby

Spend five days with your driver-guide and two days independently exploring Cardiff, before returning to London by rail. Your tour takes you over the border Marches and through the Mountains of North Wales, along the Welsh coast and Cardigan Bay to the beautiful seascapes and coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Your tour ends in Cardiff where you then have two free days to explore the Welsh Capital at your own leisure.

Wales Tours Conwy Castle

North Wales not only harbours the dramatic landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park and a host of stunning UNESCO World Heritage fortresses but is also home to a Welsh speaking population and Welsh heritage at its most traditional.

Tours of Wales - Cardiff

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural scenery of Wales as you explore her towering mountains and untouched coastlines.  Magical medieval hilltop fortresses, ancient abbeys and a host of traditional towns and villages await discovery as you experience the age-old and unique Welsh whilst the vibrant capital in Cardiff offers a contemporary twist.

Tours of Wales - Brecon Beacons

Experience the contrasts of two distinct British cultures on this tour of England and Wales.  Enjoy the stunning vistas of the Cotswolds and Snowdonia National Park to the icons of English and Welsh history at York Minster, Shakespeare's Stratford, Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge.

Wales Tours - Conwy Valley

Enjoy a journey through the heart of Britain taking in iconic landmarks of central England and lesser-known but equally enchanting gems of Wales. From the city of London, the Roman Baths, Stonehenge and Oxford we'll journey to the opulent Cardiff Castle, through the wilderness Brecon Beacons and to the medieval fortresses and majestic mountains of North Wales and the spectacular Snowdonia National Park.

England Tours Salisbury

Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the most southerly tip of England at Land's End to Scotland's St Andrews. On route discover national icons such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle alongside more "off the beaten path" destinations as you explore the coast and countryside of Devon and Cornwall, ancient Wales and the towns and dales of Yorkshire.

Tours of Wales - St Davids

Enjoy some of Britain's most scenic and dramatic rail routes as you explore the unique culture and sights of Wales.  From the capital of Cardiff and the scenic Pembrokeshire coast through the Brecon Beacons to the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia, Wales by Rail is a rail trip you won't forget.

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