Embarking on a North Wales road trip is an adventure like no other. As you venture into this region, you’ll discover the majestic Snowdonia National Park, where the best hikes in Snowdonia await. Continuing your journey, Llandudno beckons with its charming attractions like the Great Orme and Llandudno Pier, not to mention the inviting Llandudno beach that invites relaxation. Further east, Llangollen boasts its own set of attractions, including the iconic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the quaint Froncysyllte village. Along the way, you’ll encounter numerous family-friendly activities, making it an ideal destination for all ages.

Don’t forget to savor the scenic drives through the picturesque Welsh countryside. To make the most of your North Wales adventure, we’ve gathered essential travel tips to ensure your trip is unforgettable. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and immerse yourself in the wonders of North Wales, where every corner promises a new adventure and memories to treasure.

North Wales: Land of Legends and Landscapes

North Wales has been on my travel radar for some time mainly because of Snowdonia. I didn’t just want to visit the place for the sake of it but rather drive through and explore the area. This delayed my plan for several months until I found a long weekend which provided me an opportunity to have a break with my family from my job in London.

Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Mythical Origins: North Wales is home to the ancient tales of King Arthur who defended Britain against invaders. Many believe that locations in North Wales, such as Snowdonia, were settings for Arthurian legends.

Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)

Our journey began with a visit to Snowdonia, known for its rugged terrain and towering peaks. Snowdonia, situated in northwest Wales, centers around the mountains and glacial formations within the vast Snowdonia National Park. With over 100 lakes and craggy peaks such as Cader Idris and Tryfan, the park boasts an extensive network of trails making it a paradise for hiking enthusiasts of all levels.

Lake Llyn Ogwen / Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Llyn Ogwen Lake. Snowdonia is steeped in folklore and legends, including tales of King Arthur and the mystical Lady of the Lake associated with Llyn Ogwen.
Lake Llyn Ogwen / Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Llyn Ogwen. Snowdonia (Eryri National Park) is the first and largest national park in Wales. It covers an area of 2,132 square kilometers (823 square miles) of diverse landscapes.

The region is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities like hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking.

This picturesque region of the United Kingdom is a treasure trove of natural beauty, history, and culture and is famous for its breathtaking landscape, mountains, and wildlife. Situated on the West Coast of Britain, Snowdonia or Eryri National Park is the largest National Park in Wales, covering 823 square miles of beautiful landscape. 

Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Snowdonia boasts rich biodiversity, featuring unique plant and animal species well-adapted to its rugged mountainous environment.
Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Eryri National Park (Snowdonia), North Wales.

Snowdonia National Park: A Natural Wonder in Wales

While Snowdonia enjoys global recognition, the indigenous population has a preference for using its Welsh name, Eryri, which translates to ‘home of the eagle.’

Welsh, one of the oldest languages in Europe, is widely spoken in Snowdonia, and the area has a strong cultural identity, preserving Welsh traditions. The name “Snowdon” however comes from Old English “snāw” (snow) and “dūn” (hill), meaning “snow hill”. The name “Snowdonia” is derived from the mountain’s name.

Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
In the Welsh language, Snowdonia National Park is referred to as Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri.
Lake Llyn Ogwen / Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Lake Llyn Ogwen: Snowdonia showcases a wide range of geological formations, including slate quarries, glacial valleys, and dramatic cliffs.
Eryri National Park (Snowdonia)
Snowdonia Mountain Lodge.

After exploring Lake Llyn Ogwen and taking numerous walks in the surrounding area, we spent the night at a local B&B before driving to our next seaside destination.

Eryri National Park (Snowdonia) is home to 9 mountain ranges which cover 52% of the National Park.


Our next stop was the charming coastal town of Llandudno. Nestled between the Great Orme and Little Orme headlands, it boasts a unique charm with its two waterfronts, the North Shore and the West Shore, flanked by the Irish Sea and the River Conwy estuary.

Llandudno Promenade
Llandudno Promenade is a classic example of Victorian-era architecture, reflecting the seaside resort’s heyday during the late 19th century.

Llandudno is known for its Victorian architecture, almost two miles long promenade, 19th-century pier, and the Great Orme limestone headland.

Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno

We spent the morning exploring the town, strolling along the promenade, enjoying the beach, and spending some time on the pier. In the afternoon, we hopped on a tram to the Great Orme summit complex. The Great Orme Tramway, in operation since 1902, stands as Great Britain‘s sole cable-operated street tramway and one of the few still in existence in the world.

Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno
The Tramway operates as a street funicular, where the cars are continuously connected to the cable. Their movement is controlled by starting and stopping the cable’s motion.

The Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno is an impressive historical relic, standing as one of just three remaining cable-hauled street tramways worldwide.

The other two can be found in San Francisco, USA, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno
The Great Orme Tramway line is split into two segments, and passengers transfer between cars at the Halfway Station.
Llandudno from the Great Orme Cable Car
A breathtaking view of the coastal town of Llandudno from the Great Orme Cable Car.

Upon reaching the summit, you can engage in various activities while relishing the stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding area. On clear days, you can even spot Winter Hill, the Isle of Man, and the Lake District from the top.

Llandudno Travel Guide: Exploring the Gem of North Wales

Llandudno Bay from the Great Orme Cable Car
Stunning view of the Llandudno Bay with Little Orme in the distance. Along the promenade, you’ll find historic landmarks such as the Pier Pavilion Theatre, the Grand Hotel, and various ornate lamp posts, adding to its timeless charm.

As a family of four with two kids, we found that the most enjoyable activity besides exploring the summit was taking a ride on the Llandudno Cable Car. Spanning just over a mile with a total height of 679 feet, it runs along the Great Orme. Gliding silently from the top to the Happy Valley, we were able to take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Llandudno Bay, the Little Orme (a nature reserve to the east), the Conwy Estuary, and the Irish Sea. It was so much fun that I’d recommend getting a return ticket. 

The Great Orme cable cars are the UK’s longest, covering a one-mile route from the Great Orme summit to Happy Valley.

Llandudno from the Great Orme Cable Car
The bay view from Happy Valley while riding on the cable car.
Llandudno Pier
Llandudno Pier.

Built-in 1878, Llandudno Pier stretches 2,295 feet into the sea, making it Wales’ longest pier.

Historically, Llandudno has had 3 piers. The first pier, constructed in 1858 farther down the North Shore, lasted just 19 years before the current one replaced it. Similarly, the third pier on West Shore was briefly operational before abandonment and eventual submersion in the sea.

Llandudno Pier
Llandudno Pier boasts an Indian Gothic style, characterized by ornate cast iron, lacework brackets, and a charming balustrade.
Little Orme
The Little Orme is situated at the end (or the start) of Llandudno Bay. It is also a popular sightseeing location with walking/hiking trails.

Llandudno Bay is known for hosting over 30 shipwrecks due to its challenging location, among other attractions.

Llandudno Bay and the town view from the cable car.
Llandudno Bay and the town view from the cable car.

Things don’t always go as planned!

We planned to visit the summit of Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Wales’s highest mountain, after exploring Llandudno. Unfortunately, heavy rain and summit weather conditions led to the cancellation of the train service when we arrived at Llanberis the next day. Rain is a constant in the UK, and it often dictates daily life. Typically, trains depart regularly from Llanberis Station for the summit, offering one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. 

As we left Llanberis and headed towards Holyhead, the weather had other plans for us. It was extremely windy and rainy and the whole town appeared deserted. Holyhead otherwise a lovely town was painting a perfect picture of the quintessential UK weather which resulted in an immediate detour. 


On our way back home to Langley, we made a brief stop at the charming town of Llangollen. Nestled along the River Dee, it is a town steeped in history and culture. Just a stone’s throw from Llangollen lies the village of Froncysyllte. It boasts one of the world’s highest and longest Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Froncysyllte
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, located near Llangollen, is a marvel of engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee on a stunning cast-iron trough.

Views of the surrounding area from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

While standing on the aqueduct, I marveled at engineering elevating canal boats above the river. Constructed over two centuries ago, this remarkable structure is a true testament to engineering prowess. Visitors can take a canal boat ride across the aqueduct or enjoy the breathtaking view from the high vantage point.

Llangollen is a charming market town located in Denbighshire, Wales, known for its rich history and picturesque surroundings.

North Wales Adventures: Discovering the Best of this Scenic Region

Llangollen offers a range of beautiful canal-side walks including the Llangollen Wharf and the Horseshoe Falls.
Stunning natural landscapes surround the town of Llangollen. From the Berwyn Mountains and to the Dee Valley, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Embarking on a North Wales road trip is an adventure like no other. During our three-day trip exploring North Wales, I couldn’t help but marvel at the region’s natural beauty. From the rugged peaks of Snowdonia to the picturesque coastline along the Irish Sea, and from Great Orme to the serene waters of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, this region offers an array of experiences for travelers of all interests. Our road trip through North Wales was nothing short of spectacular, providing a chance to fully immerse ourselves in nature, and create unforgettable memories. If you’re in the UK and seeking a family adventure that combines breathtaking landscapes with cultural exploration, North Wales should be at the top of your list.

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