North Wales

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  • 1. Beaumaris Castle

    Castle/Palace

    The town of Beaumaris dates from 1295, when Edward I commenced work on this impressive castle, the last and largest link in an "iron ring" of...Read More

  • 2. Bodnant Garden

    Garden

    Undoubtedly one of the best gardens in Wales, Bodnant Garden is something of a pilgrimage spot for horticulturists from around the world. Laid...Read More

  • 3. Bryn Celli Ddu

    Ruins

    Dating from around 3000 BC, this megalithic passage tomb is the most complete site of its kind in Wales. You enter via a narrow opening built...Read More

  • 4. Caernarfon Castle

    Castle/Palace

    The grim, majestic mass of Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, looms over the waters of the River Seiont. Numerous bloody encounters...Read More

  • 5. Chirk Castle

    Castle/Palace

    This impressive medieval fortress has evolved from its 14th-century origins into a grand home complete with an 18th-century servants' hall and...Read More

  • 6. Conwy Castle

    Castle/Palace

    Of all Edward I's Welsh strongholds, it is perhaps Conwy Castle that best preserves a sheer sense of power and dominance. The eight large round...Read More

  • 7. Harlech Castle

    Castle/Palace

    A wealth of legend, poetry, and song is conjured up by the 13th-century Harlech Castle, built by Edward I to help subdue the Welsh. Its mighty...Read More

  • 8. Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Bordered by lush forest and emerald green hills, Lake Vyrnwy is a haven for wildlife. It's rich in rare bird species, from falcons to siskins...Read More

  • 9. Plas Newydd

    Historic Home

    Some historians consider Plas Newydd to be the finest mansion in Wales. Remodeled in the 18th century by James Wyatt (1747–1813) for the marquesses...Read More

  • 10. Plas Newydd

    Historic Home

    From 1778 to 1828 Plas Newydd (not to be confused with the similarly named Isle of Anglesey estate) was the home of Lady Eleanor Butler and...Read More

  • 11. Portmeirion

    Notable Building

    One of the true highlights of North Wales is Portmeirion, a tiny fantasy-Italianate village on a private peninsula surrounded by hills; it's...Read More

  • 12. Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    One of the region's most famous attractions is the rack-and-pinion Snowdon Mountain Railway, with some of its track at a thrillingly steep grade...Read More

  • 13. Snowdonia National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Stretching from the Welsh midlands almost to its northern coast, Snowdonia National Park covers a vast swath of North Wales. The park consists...Read More

  • 14. Tre'r Ceiri

    Ruins

    Remote, atmospheric, and astoundingly little known, Tre'r Ceiri is one of the most impressive ancient monuments in Wales. Today parts of the...Read More

  • 15. Valle Crucis Abbey

    Ruins

    The last abbey of the Cistercian order to be founded in Wales, Valle Crucis was built in 1201 and abandoned in 1537—a victim of Henry VIII's...Read More

  • 16. Aberconwy House

    Historic Home

    Thought to be the oldest complete medieval house in Wales, Aberconwy House's rooms have been restored to reflect three distinct periods in its...Read More

  • 17. Bala Lake Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The steam-powered train runs along the southern shores of Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid, or "Lake of Beauty"), a large natural reservoir just northeast...Read More

  • 18. Beaumaris Courthouse

    Notable Building

    Opposite Beaumaris Castle is this courthouse, built in 1614. A plaque depicts one view of the legal profession: two farmers pull a cow, one...Read More

  • 19. Beaumaris Gaol

    Jail/Prison

    To learn about the grim life of a Victorian prisoner, head to the old jail, built in 1829 by Joseph Hansom (1803–82), who was also the designer...Read More

  • 20. Bodelwyddan Castle

    Castle/Palace

    Between Abergele and St. Asaph, this castle is the Welsh home of London's National Portrait Gallery. Paintings on display include works by John...Read More

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