Planning on booking your log cabin holidays in Wales? Then why not try North Wales? It could be one of the best travel decisions you’ll ever make. With its rich history, soaring peaks, and gold-sand beaches, North Wales is one of the most diverse tourist destinations on the planet. North Wales offers tourists several options for a full itinerary and an unforgettable holiday. Here are a few things you won’t want to miss.
One of the simplest ways to get from mainland Wales to the Isle of Anglesey is the Menai Suspension Bridge – and believe it or not, the bridge itself is somewhat of a tourist attraction. If you need a break during your journey, stop and visit the Menai Bridges Exhibition.
For more history on the island, try Edward I’s last “Iron Ring” stronghold, Beaumaris Castle; and remember to visit the often overlooked Aberlleinoig Castle. And while Anglesey doesn’t have a ton to offer by way of museums, there are a few worth noting: the Beaumaris courthouse and Beaumaris Gaol offer a glimpse into the later history of Anglesey, while Oriel Yns Môn gallery hosts art exhibitions and cultural events, and the Llynnon Mill museum features the only functioning mill in North Wales.
Log cabin holidays in Wales include Anglesey
Anglesey also has miles of beaches – our favourite is Lligwy Beach – for swimming, walking, seal and dolphin watching, and even picnicking. More active travellers will love the coastal path covers almost every inch of the 124 mile coast, while nature lovers and those travelling with small children will adore the rushing waters and expansive woods of the Dingle (Nant y Pandy) Nature Reserve.
Just southwest of Anglesey on mainland Wales is Llandudno, once the resort hotspot for the Victorians and Edwardians alike. Be prepared for ornate yet elegant architecture, medieval castles, and breathtaking natural scenery. Llandundo Pier has the feel of a vintage board-walk, and from shopping to arcades, it’s got plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Families with younger children will also enjoy the hundreds of wild species at Llandundo Zoo, while those travelling with older children and teenagers are bound to love the Llandundo Ski Slope. The small town of Conwy offers so much to see and do that it’s easy to spend an entire day here – and you probably should. Conwy Castle is medieval structure with 8 looming towers and a sprawling interior; its proximity to Quay House (also known as the Smallest House in Britain) makes the massive Conwy Castle all the more impressive.
For those who prefer to explore outside rather than in, Bondant Garden features 80 acres of lawns, flowers, valleys, and streams. For a wilder take on nature, try bird watching at the Conwy Nature Reserve, and pay a visit to Conwy Mountain for walking, hiking, and mountain biking.
West of Llandundo is Rhyl and Prestatyn, which is easily one of the most family-friendly areas of North Wales. Little ones will love the Rhyl Seaquarium with its open seafront on the coastline, and the Rhyl Miniature Railway which features rides on red steam engines (almost) rivals anything you’ll find on the Island of Sodor.
For swimming, take the tiny tots to Drift Park on the promenade, where you’ll find wading pools and fountains – the nearby playgrounds make it easier to convince the kids it’s time to go when swimming is done. Older children will also enjoy Drift Park, especially for its mini-golf course.
While the art and cultural events at Bodewyddan Castle may not thrill the young ones, the castle’s newly-opened play area will keep them occupied. If you really want to tucker them out, take the brood for a walk or a bike ride along Offa Dyke’s Path, a horseback ride at Bridlewood Riding Centre in Prestatyn, or simply take them to the sandy beaches along the coast.
The western side of North Wales is Snowdonia, which is the choice spot for rugged outdoor adventures. Snowdonia National Park has over 23 miles of coastline and dizzying high peaks; there’s so much by way of outdoor activities in the park that it’s best to plan in advance. Snowdonia also features some of the best hiking and biking in the country.
True thrill-seekers should catch a ride on the Menai Strait Rib Ride (a 50mph rubber raft ride under the bridge) or opt in for one of the many adventure tours in the area. For trekkers and hikers looking for a challenge, try the rocky expanses of the Ogwen Valley. Just be careful: with uneven terrain and peaks stretching up to 3,000 feet, Ogwen Valley may not be the ideal choice for beginners or travelers with special needs.
If you’ve come to Snowdonia with less active companions, the underground tours of Llechwedd Slate Caverns or a scenic tour on the Snowdon Mountain Railway may be better options.
North East Wales is the most tranquil of the regions – it’s a place to come to spend your days strolling, relaxing, and taking in the pace of country life. At the Celyn Farmers’ Market, you’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables as well as plants, gifts, artisanal crafts; at the Rhug Estate Organic Farm you’ll find plenty of organic meats, cheeses, and produce.
The Rug Estate’s Bison Grill restaurant offers farm to table fare—that is, all meals are made from scratch from ingredients grown right on the farm. To get your fill of history in North East Wales, we recommend learning about the area’s mining history at the Minera Lead Mines and taking in the gothic architecture of St. Winifred’s Well. Should you tire of the downtime, there is plenty of tranquil walking and moderately challenging hiking to be had in the region.
With so much to see and do in North Wales, it’s best to start planning your log cabin holidays in Wales well in advance. Give yourself time to book your accommodation, and then block out an afternoon to plan your itinerary. You’ll be glad you did. For somewhere to stay check out some of our North Wales lodges