North Wales

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  • 1. Beaumaris Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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/Arboretum

    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

    Archaeological Site/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/Chateau

    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/Chateau

    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/Chateau

    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/Chateau

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 10. Plas Newydd

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 11. Portmeirion

    Building/Architectural Site

    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

    Archaeological Site/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

    Archaeological Site/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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    Building/Architectural Site

    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

    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/Chateau

    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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