Heritage Trails in North Wales

Explore the historic heartland of North Wales

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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert


Panoramic view of CaernarfonHolidaymakers already acquainted with North Wales are well aware of its status as one of the country's regions of historical interest. Little wonder then that the region welcomes throngs of keen historians, National Trust members and Cadw passholders annually. With over a dozen major castles, half a dozen National Trust ran sites, active steam train routes, and an impressive number of Cadw ran heritage sites, North Wales combines its distinctive national and cultural identity with a beguiling sense of the past. It boasts one of the world’s longest aqueducts, one of the oldest European languages, and is home to all seven Wonders of Wales - a perfect holiday setting. So, if you're keen to explore North Wales’ mesmerising past, and retreat to a snug holiday rental in the heart of the stunning Welsh countryside after, then read on for HomeAway's guide to North Wales holiday activities.


 

Top five destinations for heritage trails in North Wales


   

Caernarfon Caernarfon

Crowned with a UNESCO World Heritage listed castle, and renowned for its Welsh-speaking tradition, its little wonder that the royal town of Caernarfon is considered the historic heart of North Wales. Once a symbolic seat of English power in Wales, the town’s medieval fortress dates to the reign of Edward I, and is one of the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in Europe. Even older is the former centre of Roman power at Segontium Fort. And nearby is Snowdonia - the land of Arthurian legends and Merlin’s dragons!

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Conwy Conwy

Venture to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town of Conwy for breathtaking vantage points of the waterfront. Visit the 13th century castle for panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides and Irish Sea. Stroll along the preserved town walls and climb to the top of one of its 22 towers to experience a sense of historic Wales. Rediscover the life of wealthy Elizabethan merchants at Plas Mawr, one of the finest surviving town houses of the period, and explore the 14th century Aberconwy House, the oldest town house in Wales!

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Ruthin and Denbigh Ruthin and Denbigh

The skyline of Dinbych, which means ‘little fortress’, is dominated by an imposing 13th century Denbigh castle. Take the winding road up to the top of the fortresses rocky hilltop and immerse yourself in its history as one of Edward I’s strongholds following the conquest of Wales. Wander along the mile stretch of the former town walls for inspiring views of the town and surrounding Vale of Clwyd. Meander the weekly market for local produce and Denbigh-inspired gifts. Visit the pretty town of Ruthin, and its medieval fortress, before a walk in Llandegla Forest.

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Anglesey Anglesey

Framed by limestone cliffs and long sandy beaches, the island of Anglesey is a remote region off the mainland. Recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, Anglesey has a rich history stemming back to the 1st century. The island’s 13th century Beaumaris Castle is testimony to Anglesey’s historical significance, and provides an alluring visit with its water-filled moat and imposing towers. Overlooking the sparkling Menai Strait is house Plas Newyyd, an 18th century masterpiece surrounded by picturesque gardens and woodland - perfect for afternoon picnicking.

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Harlech Harlech

Gazing across the surrounding countryside and the mountain ranges of Snowdonia is the spectacular Harlech Castle, the most formidable of Edward I’s fortresses constructed in the 13th century. Its twin-towered gatehouse and four round corner towers, as well as its raised, rocky plateau setting provide awe-inspiring views. Explore the old town centre, hillwalk in the Rhinog mountain ranges or visit the spectacular beaches in the region, including Barmouth.

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Holiday Cottages for rent in Wales

Fabulous cottage minutes from the beach. Stroll round Tenby harbour and town

Located only 300 yards from the town’s stunning North Beach this Tenby self catering cottage is perfect for a luxury seaside holiday with family or friends. The harbour, town centre and Tenby’s array of blue flag beaches are all within walking dis...

Stone built Barmouth cottage, where you can wake up to a sea view

If blue flag beaches, unforgettable walks between mountain and sea and a round of golf with castle and sea views is your idea of a holiday in Wales then this is the cottage for you. 5 minutes walk from a golden beach, this beautiful cottage is ide...

A Beautiful Location On The Beach With Stunning Sea Views

Well appointed apartment with stunning sea views which benefits from being fully centrally heated with: Well appointed kitchen with washing machine, fridge and freezer. 1 double bedroom with good sized wardrobe and chest of drawers and 1 large be...

Holiday Bungalow ' Nolton Haven'.

Folkeston Hill is a small group of purpose built holiday bungalows within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Nolton Haven is positioned in the centre of the sweep of the spectacular St Brides Bay, it is ideally situated for exploring the loca...

Spectacular accommodation. Yards from some of the best beaches in Britain

A cutting edge, eco friendly beach house situated in the original part of Rhosneigr and close to the beaches. This avant garde residence offers stylish, chic, spacious accommodation and innovative technology to make your stay very comfortable. Th...

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