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Days 7-9
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Wales' rawest area, the north of the country is home to formidable Mt. Snowdon Peak. The surrounding region has natural charms too, from the old-timey seaside beaches to the national parkland sprinkled throughout. In short, it's a fine place for an amble.
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  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty


  • Conwy Castle is one Edward I's "iron ring of castles" in Wales. Built from 1283 to 1287, this UNESCO Heritage Site lacks a roof but not medieval atmosphere. Built on a rocky promontory, it provides sweeping views of the area. At its feet is the pretty, well-preserved town of Conwy, worth a look itself.
  • Snowdonia National Park is 840 mi/1,352 km of rocky mountains and moorlands. It's become very popular with climbers, and there's a railway to Snowdon Peak.


  • The International Musical Eisteddfod is held in early July and has 12,000 participants. It's been a tradition since the 12th century.
  • Wakestock, Europe's biggest wakeboard music festival, takes place in early July.

Side Trips

  • Plas Newydd, 7 mi/11 km south of Beaumaris, is said to be Wales' finest house. The two side trips are too far out for two days.
  • Just 5 mi/8 km from Conwy, Bodnant Garden is 80 acres of beautiful grounds.

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