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Snowdonia and North Wales Top 10

Three cliff bay at low tide, gower peninsula , (photo by iStock )
Three cliff bay at low tide, gower peninsula


From its rugged mountains, dark forests and glorious coastlines, to its medieval castles, slate caverns and vintage railways, here are the top attractions of this beautiful corner of Wales



1 Blaenau Ffestiniog and Slate Caverns

Atmospheric Victorian village high in the mountains, where visitors can go deep underground to explore the slate caverns.

2 Snowdon

This iconic mountain is the highest peak in both England and Wales, and a magnet for climbers and hill walkers.



3 Centre for Alternative Technology

This fascinating centre may date back to the 1970s, but it now seems extremely modern, with its focus on green ways of living.



4 Portmeirion

Fantasy Italianate village created by Clough Williams-Ellis and which featured in the original cult TV series, The Prisoner.



5 Ffestiniog Railway

This 19th-century narrow-gauge railway started life carrying slate through the Welsh mountains, but now gives tourists a wonderfully scenic journey.



6 Bodelwyddan Castle

Historic house in Denbighshire that’s set in pristine parkland and acts as an outpost of London’s National Portrait Gallery.



7 Caernarfon

While best known for its magnificent castle, Caernarfon is also a busy holiday town with plenty of attractions and places to eat and drink.


8 Llandudno

This Victorian seaside resort is one of the jewels of North Wales, with a fine promenade, pretty gardens and some good shops.



9 Harlech

Harlech’s castle dominates the hillside town and overlooks a gloriously unspoilt swathe of sandy beach that is ideal for families.



10 Conwy

Charming little town with a mighty castle and well-preserved medieval walls, Conwy makes a lovely base for exploring.