North Wales Road Trip
What do you think of when you think of Wales? Mountains? Castles? Sheep? Well, whatever it is, I pretty much packed it all into one long weekend, North Wales Road Trip.
Despite having family in Wrexham, I’ve spent very little time exploring Wales which is a shame really when the England-Welsh border is only an hour away. I absolutely love traveling far and wide, but sometimes I think we forget about the wonderful places right on our doorstep.
Determined to start appreciating everything the UK has to offer, my family booked a long weekend to Wales over a year ago. Amazingly, this long weekend happened to coincide with an April heat wave!
When I mentioned that I was off to Wales for the weekend on Twitter, quite a few people seemed to be interested in what I was up to, what route I was taking etc, so I thought I’d share with you a little photo diary of my North Wales Road Trip.
Our Road Trip Route
North Wales Road Trip Day 1
After making our way on the motorway from Manchester to Wales, we got our first taste of the Wales coastline thanks to a lovely stretch of road through Colwyn Bay (marked A on the map route).
Our first stop was the Bodnant Garden, a National Trust site located just 20 minutes away from Colwyn Bay (marked B on the map route). Offering incredible views of the surrounding hills and glimpses of Snowdonia National Park, it was the perfect place to enjoy the incredible weather we were having.
After walking around some of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen, we then drove through the heart of Gwydir Forest Park and Snowdonia Nationtional Park. Driving through some incredible countryside and super narrow roads, we got to see some super cute Welsh villages and loads of lambs in the fields.
1 hour and 20 minutes after leaving Bodnant Garden, we finally reached our home for the weekend in the village of Minffordd (marked C on the map route). We stayed in a lovely Airbnb bungalow that was in the perfect location for us to explore the area.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on your North Wales Road Trip, I’d definitely recommend checking out this property. Never stayed in an Airbnb? Often much cheaper than hotels, use this link to sign-up and get £25 in travel credit!
North Wales Road Trip Day 2
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we woke up the next morning excited to explore. Even hotter than the previous day, we headed down the road to the Portmeirion a tourist village built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (marked D on the map route). Inspired by Italy, you could have easily thought you were on the Amalfi coast!
Portmeirion also happens to be where The Prisoner, a cult British TV series, was filmed. As coincidences go, it also happened to be The Prisoner Weekend at Portmeirion, so we got to watch fans dress up in costumes and re-enact scenes from the series.
After exploring Portmeirion, we headed down the road, into the town of Porthmadog, (marked E on the map route). Boasting views of the Snowdonia mountain ranges and Cambrian Coastline, we sat by the harbor, wandered around the shops and even played crazy golf! If you ever happen to be in the area, make sure you visit Cadwaladers on High Street and have the most delicious ice-cream sundaes!
North Wales Road Trip Day 3
Waking up earlier than anybody should on a Sunday, we said goodbye to our home for the weekend (sob) and drove an hour to Llanberis (marked G on the map route). Obviously, as my mum’s disabled, we couldn’t walk up Mt Snowdon as a family, so opted to take a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway instead!
I’ve been on historical trains before, but the Snowdon Mountain Railway was something else! An incredible train journey, we got to experience the spectacular Snowdonia Mountain ranges without having to battle the crazy wind and drizzle. Not going to lie, I did feel slightly smug waving to the walkers as we went past.
Saying this, seeing this spectacular scenery has made me want to do it for myself. You may have seen me tweet that I want to attempt the 3 Peaks Challenge for my 30th Birthday. At least I have just over 4 years to train.
After coming back down the mountain (when she comes, ye ha), we jumped into the car and made our way to our final stop on our North Wales Road Trip. I am absolutely obsessed with anything historical, so visiting a castle in Wales was a must.
Just 40 minutes away from the Railway, Conwy (marked H on the map route) is a super cute walled town on the north coast of Wales, and happens to have a great castle dating back to the 13th Century!
Geeking out over all the history, we ended our road trip driving along that same stretch of coastline road in Colwyn Bay and went back to Manchester.
Super lucky with the weather, I had the most amazing long weekend on my North Wales Road Trip! It’s really inspired me to visit more of the UK. Where should I go next? I would love to hear your suggestions!
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