As we’re part way through the summer now many people will be looking for those last minute holiday ideas and as the idea of a “Staycation” – a holiday where you stay in the UK – grows, North Wales is an increasingly popular place to visit and most certainly has some hidden gems dotted around the place.
Whether you’re after mountain ranges, a good old fashioned seaside town, or just a variety of different activities, Wales offers an array of hidden gems that almost seem to be forgotten to the masses in the UK.
Well not just mountains, but if you enjoy a day’s walk then there’s more than enough for you to do across the sunny landscapes of North Wales. The more adventurous amongst you might fancy trying to make your way up Mount Snowdon – although it’s about nine miles all around and takes a good few hours.
If you’re not quite up to the hardcore walking then you could try something a little smaller. Llandudno will offer the Great Orme – a hollow(!) headland made of limestone. If you do fancy walking up the Orme then there is a pub at the summit for you to relax in – if not there’s the Great Orme tramway that only costs £6 return for adults. It’s only £4.40 one way if you fancy walking up and returning on a tram.
Similarly for the walkers amongst you there’s Aber Falls, near Llanfairfechan, just off the A55. Admittedly this one won’t just appeal to the walkers as Aber Falls offers a mild 1.4 mile walk to the stunningly beautiful falls. It’s easily accessible and pet friendly whilst offering a chance to chill out in a waterfall – or the bottom of a waterfall.
So you’re not quite into mountainous walks at all. Well never fear, North Wales has more traditional seaside towns than your heart could desire. Llandudno also offers one of the longest piers in England and Wales and the single longest pier in Wales.
As well boasting a long pier and the Great Orme, Llandudno offers a dry toboggan run for the more adventurous and the option for a cable car trip – anyone scared of heights might find the tram a little bit more appealing mind.
There are a variety of options scattered along the coast for traditional holiday locations. Although not currently in the best state Rhyl still seems to offer an air of nostalgia, it harks back to times gone by with a seafront littered with arcades.
Places to see and things to do
With the A55 running along the coast and relatively frequent trains to Holyhead, the North Wales coast offers plenty of options for things to do and places to go, mostly within a short drive or a straight-forward train journey.
For anyone, specifically groups, wanting a quick photo opportunity, especially anyone searching for a new Facebook cover photo, the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (or Llanfair PG for short) has one of the longest names in the world and the railway sign is a hotbed for group pictures.
So if you’re thinking of taking a Staycation this summer then North Wales could definitely be up there as a choice. If you’ve still not found something for you, you could consider Europe’s Longest Zip Wire, in Bethesda, or for the animal lovers there’s the Welsh Mountain Zoo.
Are you thinking of taking a Staycation this summer? Where is your destination? If you’ve got a favourite North Wales destination comment below.
Originally published August 2014 on http://www.cultnoise.com