So, I’ve recently been out to Anglesey to see the sights of north wales, and it’s such an amazing UK experience! We did so much as a family and we loved everything about it, from going to the top of a mountain, seeing wild life and learning some pretty interesting things about history. Even my children got an amazing education with where we went and what we saw. So, without further ado here’s my list of the best things to do in north wales.
- Penrhyn Castle and Gardens This is a 19th century castle that looks like it got pulled out of a story book, we went here on a bit of a wet day so didn’t get to explore the gardens or play area but I have been told they are stunning and look amazing, however they have an amazing Station museum filled with historic tracks, carriages and engines that we did get to see. My kids loved it, but I think me, and my partner loved it even more! On top of that the castle is stunning inside and out They have a stunning library and amazing bedrooms that have been restored to its glory!
- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Llanfair PG) yes, it’s a real place and yes that’s Its real name. I promised I haven’t just smashed my hands across my keyboard. Believe it or not this is a large village that is breath taking and a must see, we had a brief stop here, and took a trip into their amazing gift shop, and honestly I was so shocked to see it not only sold the usual novelties but it sold clothing and health products, bigger gifts such as yankee candles and even kitchenware and home décor, I myself picked up some amazing scented travel soap (for both hair and body!) and we treated my children to a huge pick a mix between them, along with the usual souvenirs for our loved ones.
- Plas Newydd House and gardens, another stunning house to visit, this features an interesting story about the family that lives in the manor still to this day! it has a beautiful wall painting that tells such an interesting story and has many activities for the children The gardens are stunning and are known to hold over 100 thriving red squirrels when starting out with just 6 in 2008, amazing! The house is filled with beautiful art work and even a study room that hasn’t been touched since one of the previous owners passed away. Honestly one of the best houses I’ve been too and explored
- Mnt Snowdon, This is the best mountain to climb in wales, with it being the biggest in the country its views are breath-taking and the climb isn’t bad at all, its extremely cold and windy almost all year round obviously, so make sure you bring proper climbing equipment and have warm clothes on, if you’re not up for climbing you can take the tram half way up and climb the last stretch and this way you get to see Snowdon railway There are many paths to take up the mountain and depending on your expertise with mountain climbing I defiantly do you research into it and if you take your children I’d full recommend the more leisurely walk with I believe is the Llanberis path it’s the longest but the easiest in mild weather and a lot easier for beginners.
- The great Orme is a pretty place in Llandudno, it’s a small attraction that you can enjoy all day, You can get their by means of four ways, you can walk up, Drive up (which is what we did as it was super cold and windy) take the tram or what I’d prefer to do if we go back take a cable car when you reach the top you have a visitors centre for toilets and necessities inside It has many incentives for children and many activities to enjoy. It also has its ancient mines that are open to explore too! Defiantly worth a trip to.
- Menai suspension bridge, Now I only got a glimpse of this but its, so pretty and I’d love to go back and get some proper pictures and take a look around properly, The bridges purpose was to stop the loss of cattle, which were driven into the water by farmers to sell on the land of angelsey, they lost a lot of cattle in terms a lot of money, its known as the first modern suspension bridge in the world, how true that is I’m unsure of however a lot of the locals say the same thing when I asked them about it.
- Another story book castle that has come to life, chirk castle is a well resorted castle and is by far one of the best I’ve been too, its rooms all tell a beautiful story filled with beautiful art work and stunning décor The gardens are absolutely gorgeous and give you perfect places to rest and take in the scenery, The castle itself tells an amazing story and gives you in-depth telling’s to the myddleton family dating way back to 1595, the castle shows 400 years of change in décor but each room is beautifully designed and worth the admiration
- Pili palas, I thought I’d put something in solely for the children, This was such a fun little hidden gem, when we pulled up to the building we seriously considered turning around as it looked like somebody had put a shipping container next to an old building, however don’t let its rustic rundown look fool you because as soon as you walk through the doors you wont regret going, after you get to the check in desk you follow a path into a beautiful open butterfly room, filled with butterflies of all shapes and sizes, you cant hold the butterflies as they’re too delicate however taking pictures of them so up close is more than enough, on your exit be sure to check yourself to make sure non have flown on your clothing, that’s not all that fills this amazing place, we have reptiles, bugs and insects, farm animals, friendly meerkats and even feeding events, To finish with there’s a soft play area for the children where the adults can grab a coffee and relax for the rest of the afternoon.
- Puffin island, we unfortunately didn’t get around to visiting this place however it’s now on my bucket list! So, okay you can’t exactly visit the island as its protected however you can go up a light house and view the island from the scopes up there and along the shore line, puffin island is said to have over 300 puffins living there but it is known to have over 1000 migrate there during a change in seasons! There is many other wildlife on the island that you can learn about too including the history of a monastery that once sat on the island and the history of some of its older inhabitants, I defiantly want to check this place out myself before the year is up.
- Llandudno pier this was our last place we went to on our way out of wales, and we went mainly for the children, the pier is the longest in wales and is full of food stalls and arcades for young ones (and the bigger kids) to spend a few hours invested in games for tickets to trade. Not to mention the cute little shops you can find on your way down, we stopped for a bite to eat (because you can’t be at the sea side without a cone of chips, burgers and hotdogs right?) before exploring a little bit more before we set off home, oh I’d fully recommend you buy a few doughnuts from there too, delicious!
I hope you like my short list of things to do in north wales, its honestly a true place of beauty and culture, and some of the historic stories that lie within its grounds its totally worth the trip out there, the stunning scenery the fresh air and just over all fun make it a worthwhile trip.