Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. In a word, exceptional. You can’t fault it, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation. An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1307. Money well spent.
Two barbicans (fortified gateways), eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall all sit within its distinctive elongated shape, due in part to the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands. You won’t find Edward’s concentric ‘walls within walls’here. They weren’t needed. The rock base was enough security in itself.
Some say it is the most magnificent of Edward I’s Welsh fortresses. To get the full picture, head for the battlements. Breathtaking views across mountains and sea.
With its hillside setting the garden’s 32 hectares (80 acres) drop dramatically from manicured lawns and grand, flower-filled terraces, through buzzing wildflower meadows and shrub-filled glades, into awe-inspiring dells of water gardens and towering trees.
Established in 1874 by scientist, businessman and politician Henry Pochin, he and his family filled the garden with plants collected by famous global explorers such as Ernest Wilson, George Forrest and Harold Comber. Cared for by the National Trust since 1949, Bodnant is a garden of firsts –home to the earliest and grandest laburnum arch built in 1880, to Britain’s earliest magnolias introduced from China in the late 1800s and to unique rhododendron hybrids which were born and bred here from the 1920s.
Uncovered in 1987 during a scheme to landscape an area of the Great Orme, the copper mines discovered represent one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent times. Dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age they change our views about the ancient people of Britain and their civilized and structured society 2,000 years before the Roman invasion.
Over the past 28 years mining engineers, cavers and archaeologists have been slowly uncovering more tunnels and large areas of the surface landscape to reveal what is now thought to be the largest prehistoric mine, so far discovered in the world.
A spectacular walk. This epic of almost 18 miles starts at sea level and climbs into the heights of Snowdonia with five of the 14 Welsh 3,000 feet mountains are completed along the way. Despite the length of the walk and the total amount of climbing the walk is not as difficult as it seems. This is because the climbing is steadily achieved from the start at sea level at Conwy Castle. Throughout the walk the views are scintillating with Conwy Mountain providing fantastic views of Great Orme and then from Tal y Fan the mountains of Snowdonia take precedent. Follow me on this fantastic journey which was just the first of eighteen stages of a longer linear walk I took from the north coast of Wales to Cardiff Bay on the south coast.
Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it.
Aside from its iconic architecture, scenic surroundings and vast woodland gardens, Portmeirion is home to hip hotels, a huddle of historic cottages, a spa and award winning restuarants. During peak season (Late March to Late October), you can learn more about this unique village with free walking and train tours. Our Visitor Centre is open all year and can help with more information, books and maps.
This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. It also has an outstanding collection of paintings
The world’s largest underground zip line course is now open in north Wales, offering thrillseekers the chance to soar through a cave like a bat.
Located inside a huge slate cavern, the attraction has 10 zip lines that allow visitors to zoom through five large caves while suspended up to 100ft above the floor.
Zip World Caverns is housed in former mines near the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, and is illuminated by technicolour LEDs that shine light on the rugged beauty of the underground playground.
North wales is now recognised as the zip wire capital of the northern hemisphere with the longest and the fastest zip wire experiences, also many other adventures are available in our area.
Yes surfing in a man made lake with a huge wavemaker miles from the sea.
Different areas of our 300-metre lagoon are suitable for different surfer abilities. If you’re not sure whether you’re better suited to surfing for beginners or surfing for intermediate ability, take a look at the descriptions below or talk to our friendly booking team.
There’s plenty of room for everyone to have fun without feeling crowded. Advanced surfers and surf kayakers stay closest to the central pier where the wave is highest. Intermediate surfers take the waist-high waves towards the outer edges of the lagoon.
The bays at the corners of the lagoon are allocated to surfing for beginners. The whitewater waves are perfect for learning the basics, building your confidence and just having heaps of fun.