Historical Attractions in North Wales

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It has to be said: The Groes Inn is spoilt when it comes to charming towns and villages within easy reach. Each has something different to love. From seaside resorts to mountain boltholes and historic hideaways we’ve got it all. Here are our favourite must-visits to help you plan your itinerary…


Conwy

Closest to our hearts is, of course, the medieval walled town of Conwy. From the foreboding castle to the picturesque quay and the small winding streets that link them, Conwy is real treasure. A town with a story to tell, it’s brimming with unique little boutiques and eateries. Be sure to walk the walls of Conwy to get a real feel for this rustic charmer of a town; on a clear day the views are superb – taking in Conwy, Llandudno, Deganwy, Penmaemawr and parts of the Snowdonia National Park. Find out more…


Llandudno

20 minutes’ drive from The Groes Inn, Llandudno is Bill Bryson’s favourite seaside resort. Packed with period dignity, this well-groomed resort has an old-school pier (the longest in Wales), glorious beaches and a quaint San Franciscan style tramway that climbs to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park where you’ll fall head-over-heels for the dizzy views (not literally)! On a fine day we recommend you stroll the Alice in Wonderland Trail. Alice Liddell who inspired Lewis Carroll’s famous story holidayed in Llandudno and this connection has been celebrated with a series of wooden figures placed throughout the town. Find out more…


Betws-y-Coed

Well-known as the gateway to Snowdonia, Betws-y-Coed is the ultimate mountain resort. A bustling hive of activity, its busy shops sell everything from rough-and-tumble hiking gear to delicate jewels. For the outdoorsy folks there are of course many, many walking routes as well as riding, mountain biking, canyoning and scrambling. A leisurely way to explore Betws-y-Coed is to ditch your car and hop on a Snowdon Sherpa bus. Find out more…


Portmeiron

Just over an hour’s drive from The Groes Inn, Portmeiron is a little slice of magic. The popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village; pickled with brightly coloured houses and pretty streets it certainly wouldn’t be out of place on the Italian Riviera. Today, the handsome village is owned by a charitable trust and an entrance fee is payable – currently £10 per adult (discounts available online). This village has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously as ‘The Village’ in the 1960s television show The Prisoner. Find out more…


Do give us a shout if you’d like any more insider tips, we’re always happy to help!