Places to visit in North Wales

For places to visit you are spoilt for choice. We have castles, steam railways, historic houses and more. We have suggested some indoor attractions in case it rains… which it occasionally does in North Wales. You will never be short of things to do, days out and places to visit around our holiday cottage.

Chirk Castle

Built in 1295, a National Trust castle with gardens and woods to wander around. Stunning at any time of the year. Cafe, picnic area, small (younger) kids playground. It is a short walk to the Oak at the Gate of the Dead. The tree is thought to be more than 1,000 years old and is located on the site of the 1165 Battle of Crogen.

Chirk castle

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain. 1007ft long and 126ft high. Dare you walk across and look down? Don’t worry – there is a fence! Canal boat trips are also available close by in Trevor.
Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

Chester Zoo

Consistently voted one of the best zoos in the world. With over 11,000 animals at the last count. A favourite place to visit for our children when they were younger.

Chester zoo

Llangollen Railway

Heritage railway situated alongside the River Dee in Llangollen. Steam train rides through fantastic scenery. We suggest you buy tickets in advance during holidays or if special events are being run.

Bala Lake Railway

Departing from Llanuwchllyn, take a narrow gauge steam train ride. Combine this with a trip to the National White Water Centre (you can just watch if you wish!) or a walk around Bala Lake.


National Trust property and acclaimed as one of Britain’s finest historic houses. 1,200 acre country park, nice cafe, formal gardens and lots to explore.

Valle Crucis Abbey

Founded in 1201, a Cistercian abbey located in Llantysilio and now managed by CADW. Easily combined with a drive to the horseshoe pass.

Castell y Bere

A hidden gem and worth a visit if you are in the area (between Dolgellau and Tywyn). Often overshadowed by castles like Conwy, Harlech and Criccieth, Castell-y-Bere while a ruin stands in some lovely scenery and is great to explore.