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4 unmissable places to visit during your nature-filled family break in North Wales

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If you are anything like us, you are probably thinking of the perfect way to spend your next bank holiday. And trust us, we know how difficult it can be to find an all-round crowd pleaser – dad wants to visit the seaside, mum wants to visit landlocked picture-perfect villages, and the little ones cannot wait to scale up the aged, ivy-covered stony castles. North Wales might be that perfect hat trick you have been looking for. What’s more, it is surrounded by knock-out stunners such as Shropshire, a place that you can stop by to marvel at the English countryside, before moving on to your final destination. Dotted with ancient castles, churches, and monuments dating back to mediaeval times, with its towering mountainous and unspoiled rural landscape, North Wales will provide you with not only a unique, but also perfect setting for the finest family-friendly holiday.

1) Aberystwyth, delightful seaside spot for the whole household.

Though technically Aberystwyth is not part of the northern region, this picture-perfect town sits between North and South Wales, forming a cultural link between the two, as well as presenting a getaway to the breath-taking landscapes and wildlife of the Cambrian mountains. We adore Aberystwyth, and we know that it recently received some love on the popular TV series, the Crown, where the young Prince Charles was depicted attending university. The town is renowned for its Welsh hospitality and its culinary scene. We might then say that it is, indeed, fit for a future king.

Children love playing hide-and-seek in and around the remains of the 13th century castle, or having a fun round of crazy golf located at the side of the old college. Then, make your way down the promenade, towards the constitution hill and take the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway to get to the top, where you will be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking views. For a bite to eat, we recommend Medina which offers a wealth of Welsh, Mediterranean, European, and Middle Eastern options!

2) Eryri (Snowdonia), Wales’ highest and wildest national park

Home to the highest mountain in Wales (its peak reaches 1,085 metres!), the Eryri National Park exemplifies Wales’ natural and wild beauty, encompassing many jaw-dropping mountains, waterfalls, and forests to adventure. Be sure not to miss out on some kayaking, canoeing, or sailing on the iconic white waters.

🚵‍♀️Because of its ideal positioning, exploring other parts of North Wales from Eryri is really a piece of cake. While you are there, why not head towards the Llŷn Peninsula to admire the unique views of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and historic castles? Make it a point to pack some Welsh cakes and bara brith from the local bakeries, and really, you should try the hearty cawl, a Welsh stew for the ages.

3) Tented cottages on the border of Snowdonia; an eco-friendly and homely way to enjoy Wales’ most iconic natural scenery.

Just on the borders of Snowdonia, there is an intimate and charming farm bound to knock your socks off. Pant y March is located right next to the largest natural lake in Wales – Llyn Tegin, otherwise known as Bala Lake, where you can indulge in some water activities: canoes, paddle boards, rowing boards are all yours for the taking! Your little ones will exert energy aplenty, connecting with nature and getting to know the friendly farm animals. The views of the stunning mountains and the glittering lake will be like a comforting hug, which you can make the most of as you plunge in one of the luxurious hot tubs. Best of all, Pant y March is also dog-friendly, which means that you can share this one-of-a-kind experience with your best friend.

4) Portmeirion, also known as ‘little Italy’ – and with good reason!

Who knew that you could find a quintessentially Italian village, after you have crossed the high-peaked valleys and made your way towards the Welsh coast? It almost catches one off guard! But this otherworldly oasis is located nowhere other than the west coast of Wales, meaning that it is less than two hours from the North West of England, saving you the plane fares and the hassle of travelling aboard!

We especially love the multicoloured facades that are reminiscent of Portofino and the cypress trees, calling to mind the scenic views of Tuscany. At all times, this little village bursts with colour. Pop into Caffi’r Angel Ices for some Italian-style gelato, which you can either enjoy by the window, or take with you as you explore this one-of-a-kind village.