Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Caernarfon

Caernarfon Castle

Majestic Caernarfon Castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1330 as a military stronghold, seat of government and royal palace. Designed and mainly supervised by Master James of St George, from Savoy, its brie…
Top Choice Castle in Conwy

Conwy Castle

Caernarfon is more complete, Harlech more dramatically positioned and Beaumaris more technically perfect, yet out of the four castles that compose the Unesco World Heritage Site, Conwy is the prettiest to gaze upon.…
Top Choice Gardens in Bodnant Estate

Bodnant Garden

Laid out in 1875 and painstakingly landscaped over 150 years, Bodnant is one of Wales’ most beautiful gardens. Lord Aberconway of the McLaren family (which once lived in the gracious late-18th-century pile at the he…
Top Choice Mine in Llandudno

Great Orme Bronze Age Mines

Sitting unobtrusively near the top of the Great Orme is the largest prehistoric mine ever discovered. Nearly paved over for a car park, this site of tremendous historical importance has been developed as a must-see …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Llandudno

Great Orme

From sea level it's difficult to gauge the sheer scale of the limestone chunk known as the Great Orme (Y Gogarth), yet it's 2 miles in circumference and 207m in height. Named after a Norse word for 'worm' or 'sea se…
Top Choice Castle in Bangor

Penrhyn Castle

Funded by the vast profits from the slate mine of Caribbean sugar-plantation owner and anti-abolitionist Baron Penrhyn, and extended and embellished by his great-great-nephew, this immense 19th-century neo-Norman fo…
Top Choice Farm in Bodnant Estate

Bodnant Welsh Food

On the west side of the vast Bodnant Estate, a collection of lavishly restored 18th-century farm buildings now operates as Bodnant Welsh Food. One of the big attractions here is the Farm Shop, a wonderful showcase f…
Museum in Bangor

Storiel

The title 'Storiel', a portmanteau of the Welsh words for 'story' and 'gallery', signals the combined historical and artistic focus of this well-curated institution. Essentially a folk museum for Gwynedd county, it …
Historic Building in Conwy

Plas Mawr

Completed in 1585 for merchant and courtier Robert Wynn, Plas Mawr is one of Britain's finest surviving Elizabethan town houses. The tall, whitewashed exterior is an indication of the owner’s status but gives no clu…
Gallery in Conwy

Royal Cambrian Academy

Founded in 1881, given the royal imprimatur by Queen Victoria in 1882, and still going strong, the Cambrian runs a full calendar of exhibitions by its members in its twin white-walled galleries, plus visiting shows …