North Wales is home to a great many National Trust locations. The purpose of this post is to make a list of some of the best that we recommend that you visit if you at all have the opportunity on your trip to North Wales. Our hotel in Llandudno is itself a historic Victorian building, so if it’s history and culture you are after, then we are arguably one of the best choices.
Conwy Suspension Bridge, North Wales
Open to pedestrians and cyclists, this amazing feat of engineering is a sight to behold – that’s for sure. Created by Thomas Telford as a means of crossing the Afon Conwy at the location of the castle, it is now used as a tourism spot and history point where you can walk across the river.
This amazing botanical garden is one of the most impressive in the nation or dare I say it, the globe. It has a stunning laburnum arch which attracts folks the world over to come and see it when fully in bloom! Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a seasonal attraction, however – it is far from it. The very nature of a garden lends itself to the fact that different plants will be active at different times, so every time you visit the garden it is going to be slightly different.
Penrhyn Castle and Garden
This castellated mansion holds a firm place as one of the most amazing stately homes in the area. The castle is covered with characteristic red ivy which looks stunning. It has amazing, immaculately maintained grounds where you can explore the wondrous green surroundings – ideal for a day out with that special someone. It has something to offer you all year round, as its natural surroundings mean that the seasons show on the grounds – be it the free green of spring, the bloom of summer, the auburn burn of autumn or the white snows of winter.
Plas Newydd House and Garden
This house is maintained by the National Trust and has a great reputation for being a spectacularly cared for a country house with amazing surrounding gardens. The house sports views over the Menai Strait.
Cemlyn, Cemaes Bay, Anglesey
Anglesey is famously home to some unbelievably beautiful beaches. Cemlyn Bay nature reserve centred around a tidal lagoon which is home to a large colony of sandwich terns, which can be seen flying around the coastlines during March time. This place is an outstanding location at which you can watch the sunset.
Craflwyn and Beddgelert
The amazing woodland around Beddgelert, a location of legend in the Welsh mythos is a real delight for walkers and those who are looking for a forested getaway. Soak up the outstanding scenery of Snowdonia National Park, while venturing along woodland trails and lakeland clearings.
This amazing beach stands at one of the promontories of Pen Llyn (the Llyn Peninsula). You can access beautiful quiet and calm seaside walks here along the sandstone cliff and vast sandy beaches.
It is home to Ty Coch Inn, named the 3rd best beach bar in the whole world. Aside from the stunning views of the bay and the verdant green pastures that lie on top of the cliff, there are also nights out to be had at the inn itself – they have some very lively gigs and DJ performances.
Porthor – Whistling Sands
This renowned beach is a great location for a bumble up and down the sands of this peaceful shore. It has a glorious vista out into the Irish sea. Surfers love to come to this bay as it is often blessed with favourable conditions for riding waves.
Porth y Swnt
‘Gateway to the Sound‘ this educational place will teach you all about the history, geology, and wildlife of the Llyn Peninsula as you stroll around this amazing place. This interesting centre is nestled in the heart of Aberdaron, so it can play a part in your trip to this amazing seaside destination. You can’t miss the iconic view of Bardsey island also!
Plas Yn Rhiw
This early 17th-century manor house is located in Gwynedd, in the northwestern reaches of Wales. The estate consists of a small house that was constructed in a Tudor/Georgian style that pays homage to the nation’s past. It also has a garden which is just under an acre and there are also a great many wooded acres that can be explored.
Llanbedrog is a beach which is located closeby to the town of Pwllheli on the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. The beach itself is a long stretch of sandy coast that boasts some visually appealing beach huts which are adorned in all sorts of colours. The place is ideal for those who wish to enjoy a day on the soft golden sands.
Erddig is an 18th Century country house located in Wrexham, it is a grade II listed national trust property and it comprises a country house which was located 2 miles south of Wrexham town centre. It is evocative of the series ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ with its classically restored walled garden, fine furnishings, and classic stately features. Located in the town of Wrexham, which has been in the news recently thanks to its football team’s acquisition by Hollywood megastars Ryan Renolds and Rob MacHennely!