Heritage and Cultural Sites In North Wales
North Wales is an area full of cultural significance. Whether it is castle touring or garden perusing or somewhere in between North Wales offers up many different options for both travelers and natives. We have gathered a list of some of the best sites that you need to see while in the area.
Castles and Buildings
Criccieth Castle, Criccieth – This small castle plays overwatch to the city of Criccieth and Tremadog Bay. While the castle isn’t completely intact, you can walk around the walls and take in the history held in the stones. Don’t forget to stop by the visitor center to learn about the past of the castle.
Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon – Caernarfon Castle is one which all castle lovers must visit. It is far more intact than Criccieth Castle or some of the others in the area. With a beautifully cared for lawn and fine brick walls, you will be amazed by the site.
Llynnon Mill, Llanddeusant – If windmills are your thing, than you need to visit Llynnon. Capturing the power of wind is the name of the game for the only working windmill in Wales. You can visit the area to view history of the area and farming.
Portmeirion Village, Portmeirion – Step into a fantastical village surrounded by woodland and gardens, not to mention the sandy beaches. Sir Clough Williams Ellis designed this village to be romantic and capturing. Walking and exploring are two of the most interesting things to do in this village. Don’t forget your camera, you are going to want to take pictures.
Plas Newydd Country House and Garden, Llanfair PG – Set on the shore of the Menai Straits is a sprawling mansion and garden that is open to the public. The property is managed by the National Trust and hosts a Rex Whistler exhibit. You can see Snowdonia from the gardens and a population of red squirrels.
Oriel Plas Gly y Weddw, Llanbedrog – Another garden that looks out to Snowdonia is accompanied by another manor. This manor hosts widow Lady Elizabeth Love Jones Parry’s art collection. The lovely manor and property are a must to walk around.
Bodnant Garden, Conwy – An amazing collection of plants and trees from around the world sit amongst each other in this botanic garden. Eighty acres of property sport amazing views, plenty of plants, and a collection of wildlife. To get the most of this property make sure that you have an ample amount of time. There are plenty of paths and walkways to explore.
Parc Glynllifon, Llandwrog – If you want to see rare plants and trees that are hardly seen in the area, Parc Glynllifon is the place to go. Over 70 acres of property have trails that wind around to capture some amazing wildlife. With trees as old as 150 years the area is also a scientific point of interest not just a beautiful stop.
Menai Suspension Bridge, Menai Straits – The Menai Suspension Bridge is over 150 years old and when it was put together ranked amongst the largest suspension bridges. The bridge has enabled easy transportation between Ireland and the rest of the UK. Have a picnic or date amongst one of the legs of this massive bridge or visit Church Island across the causeway.
Penrhos Feliw Standing Stones, Holyhead – Not the famed stonehenge but yet a wonderful stone structure. Each stone is 3 meters tall and at least a meter wide. Historians believe that the area was once a stone circle either for cultural or religious practices. Be prepared to capture pictures with the Holyhead mountains in the background.
Electric Mountain Power Stations, Llanberis – With a view of Snowdonia sits a mountain known as Electric Mountain and it is home to two different hydro power pump based power stations. You can even take a tour of the underground portions of the facility. This is a must for anyone who likes science, mountain views, and/or interesting facilities.
Each one of these sites are interesting to travel to in North Wales. They are only some of the locations that you need to visit in the area. North Wales is a great location for getting outdoors, seeing castles, heritage and journeying into nature. Enjoy your North Wales trip!
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