Why North Wales Coast & Borderlands
North Wales is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales. It is divided into three traditional regions; Upper Gwynedd, Lower Gwynedd and Ynys Môn (or Anglesey), a large island off the north coast. The region of North Wales is full of history and was for almost a millennium known as the Kingdom of Gwynedd. The mountainous stronghold of Snowdonia created the heart of that realm and would become the last redoubt of independent Wales. To this day it remains a stronghold of the Welsh language and a centre for Welsh national and cultural characteristics.
To capture the history yourself, a few must sees in this region are; Chirk Castle in Borderlands, Snowdonia National Park, Whistling Sands of Llyn Peninsula, Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey and many more.
North Wales is overflowing with outdoor activities and there is something for all ages. From water rafting to rock climbing. There is such a variety to choose from you are spoilt for choice.
If you are quite the adventurer, why not head to Gwynedd to give yourself a thrill and abseil in to the 120ft Devil’s Gorge. Looking for something more exciting? then how about white water rafting at the National White Water Centre. Choose a raft or a canoe to slide or even swim all the way down the gorge. For something a little less daring, there are plenty of cycle sites all over North Wales offering some outstanding views not to be missed. Snowdonia has a number of traffic free cycle routes to enjoy. The most popular of these is the 9 mile Mawddach Trail. You can take your own cycles or hire them if you wish.
Be sure to visit two of the most beautiful castles in North Wales. On a rock aligned with the backdrop of Snowdonia, Conway Castle, built by Edward I, without doubt has an enchanting feel to it. The castle sports great halls, secretive chapels and royal chambers that wind through this medieval wonder. Possibly the most famous of the castles in Wales is Caernarfon castle in Gwynedd. Its large scale and powerful presence sets it apart from the rest. Again, this castle was built by Edward I in 1283 as the definitive chapter in his conquest of Wales; Caernarfon was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace.
Arts & Culture
There is plenty to see and do in North Wales. Visit The National Slate museum in Snowdonia for a slice of history. It takes you back to look at the lives of the slate workers and their families. Swing by some of the workshops at the museum to get a better insight into the processes of slate. Make sure you stop by and see the demonstrations by the Quarry Craftsmen and the giant waterwheel before you go!
If you are feeling creative, take a trip to the Corris Craft Centre which is home to 8 studios. Get stuck in and take part in; pottery painting, chocolate making, candle dipping or furniture building.
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