If you’re planning to visit North Wales, you might wonder what to do when you’re there. You don’t want to spend your time sitting around in hotel rooms or hopping from town to town; you want to see something that will make your trip unforgettable. But don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to have an exciting time in North Wales while you stay at a Snowdonia Hotel, including the five unusual things below.
1) Visit the Village with the Longest Place Name In Europe
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch can be found on the northern coast of Wales and is a tiny village. This is the longest place name in Europe. It was originally shorter, but it was decided to extend the name to make it a tourist attraction. People love coming here because they know it will stand out in their memories forever.
2) Explore Portmeirion
Portmeirion is a picturesque village in Gwynedd, on the coast of the Irish Sea. It was originally designed as a Mediterranean resort by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. As well as being an architect and town planner, he was also an artist and ceramicist. Portmeirion is often called ‘The dreamlike Italianate village’. The Piazza Grande at Portmeirion is one of its most famous landmarks, its, baroque bandstand and spectacular gardens – are set amongst amazing views from Snowdonia National Park.
3) Visit Gelert’s Grave
On a hilltop near the Welsh town of Caernarfon stands a gravestone monument. It marks the resting place of Gelert, faithful hound and protector of Prince Llewelyn.
Legend has it that the prince was hunting deer near Beddgelert. The hunt had been very successful and Llewelyn turned back towards home. When he arrived at his chamber, he found Gelert standing on guard but stained with blood around his mouth and paws, and the cot containing his young son had been overturned. The prince assumed that Gelert had killed his heir, and so immediately slew the dog.
He then heard a cry from the cot, and his son was unharmed. There was a wolf that Gelert had killed in defence of the boy. The Prince, therefore, named the town Beddgelert in honour of his faithful hound. You can visit the grave today.
4) Caernarfon Castle
This is one of the largest and most impressive castles in North Wales. it is a stone-built magnificent structure of incredible magnitude, it was built by Edward I of England as a base for military operations against the natives.
5) Climb Snowdon
Climbing Snowdon is a fun and challenging task, but it’s a must-do for any nature lover. It doesn’t matter what level you are at, there’s a path that will suit your needs. It’s worth taking food and water with you, as well as something warm to wear.