With castles, beaches, golf courses and so much more, the north Wales coast is a perfect destination for both families and couples. If you only have a weekend to spare, we have created the perfect weekend itinerary to ensure you get to see the best towns and attractions along the beautiful coast of north Wales.
Morning – Conwy
Begin your trip in the walled market town and World Heritage site of Conwy. Conwy is considered as one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval towns with its imposing 13th century castle and walls that surround the town. The castle is perhaps the town’s most popular attraction. Built for King Edward I between 1283 and 1287, the castle is now a site exhibition. Visitors can walk around the town walls or take part in the town trail, an 80-minute adventure through one of the most fascinating and well-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
Afternoon – Bangor
Bangor is small yet lively university city just under a half hour drive from Conwy. Not only is Bangor one of the smallest cities in the UK, it is in fact the oldest city in Wales too. Bangor Cathedral in the city centre can be traced back to the 6th century and the tomb of a medieval prince can be found inside. Other interesting historic sites to see in Bangor include the Grade II-listed Edwardian clock tower, the Memorial Arch, the Victorian pier and two 19th century bridges. Bangor is also home to Wales’ longest high street – a perfect opportunity for some shopping!
Morning – Caernarfon
Wales is well known as the castle capital of world because it’s home to over an amazing 600 castles. One of the country’s most famous castles can be found right here in Caernarfon, where people visit to see the castle specifically. Caernarfon Castle dates back to the 13th century when King Edward I of England took the town of Caernarfon during his Welsh conquest. Visitors can walk around the stone fortress, climb the towers and walk the castle walls for stunning views across both sea and land.
Afternoon – Portmeirion
You will forget you are in Wales when you visit the beautiful private village of Portmeirion, designed and built in the style of an Italian village by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. There is a small admission charge for adults and the village can only be visited from 9:30am until 5:30pm. There are two hotels in the village and a number of self-catering cottages too for visitors who wish to stay over. Guided tours of the village are available, including walking and buggy tours.
Morning – Harlech
Not only is Wales filled with wonderful ancient castles, there are lots of world-renowned golf courses here too. If you are a golfer and find yourself in need of some play, head to Harlech where you’ll find the internationally famous Royal St David’s Golf Club, one of Britain’s finest links courses. Or, if you want to tick another castle off your list, Harlech Castle is another medieval gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing on a rocky crag, the castle overlooks the sandy dunes below and boasts beautiful views across the town.
Afternoon – Aberdyfi
Finally, take some time out and relax by the seaside in Aberdyfi. Also known as Aberdovey, Aberdyfi is a thriving seaside resort set within the Snowdonia National Park. With an excellent river and seafront, Aberdyfi beach offers excellent watersports, including sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. If you’d rather have a more relaxing final afternoon, take a stroll along the quaint streets lined with independent boutiques and art galleries or dine in one of the inns or restaurants. Aberdyfi offers a little something for everything.
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