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About North Wales
North Wales is a great destination for all the family with diverse activities including walking, sailing and surfing, plus culture galore. There are plenty of family and heritage attractions, as well as simply stunning countryside and beaches - whilst the selection of the best places to stay in North Wales seems to get better and better.
What Not To Miss
- Head off hiking through Snowdonia National Park, home to a number of fantastic hiking trails, fishing spots, cycling routes and no less than 20 golf courses! Moreover, it's just a stunning area to explore - so be sure remember your camera.
- Check out the 13th century Conwy Castle, built for King Edward I and a perfect example of a concentric castle. This impressively dominating building offers wonderful views from its towers and the interiors have been meticulously maintained, with a number of artistic additions relevant to the castle's history.
- Take the whole family on a fun-filled day out to Zip World Fforest. Head off through the canopy of trees on a zip safari, bounce around on the treetop nets or soar over the trees on the Skyride swing. Perfect for adrenalin junkies!
Here's our pick of the best places to stay in North Wales, whatever your reason for the visit:
The best places to stay in North Wales
- Seoint Manor Hotel, set in an 18th century country house amidst 150 acres of grounds, provides stylish and tasteful accommodation. You'll love their 2 AA Rosette awarded Llwyn y Brain dining room! Plus, you're right on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.
- The Slate Shed was originally a Victorian slate cutting mill, however has been converted into a cycle and pet friendly B&B in the heart of Snowdonia. Eclectic interior furnishings and truly breathtaking views!
- Bryn Mair House is set in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in the market town of Dolgellau, a short distance from Snowdonia. This intimate 3 bedroom spot offers unfussy accommodation in a great spot to get out and about enjoying the countryside.
- The wonderfully Gothic Chateau Rhianfa, inspired by the castles of the Loire Valley, boasts bedrooms in a traditional style but with contemporary furnishings - as well as three self-catering cottages. Come back after a long day hiking and enjoy a good book in their elegant sitting rooms!
- Plas Dinas boasts traditional accommodation in 15 acres of lovely gardens. Located between Snowdonia and the Irish Sea, this tranquil spot is ideal for active holiday goers.
- The charming Tan Y Foel is a luxury B&B offering stunning valley views and providing chic contemporary rooms. A great base from which to explore the surrounding area.
- The 13th century Bodysgallen Hall & Spa is a delightful spot, with 15 elegant bedrooms and a further 16 cottage suites. Located just a short distance from the coast as well as a number of golf clubs and splendid hiking trails.
- Palé Hall is set in a historic Victorian manor house next to Snowdonia. With elegantly traditional interiors and gorgeous surroundings, this is a top-notch country stay.
- The Kinmel Arms boasts lovely rooms with an Alpine-chalet feel, but the main attraction's definitely the wonderful food! Spend your days hiking around the coast before relaxing with a tipple by the fireplace.
- Tyddyn Llan, situated in the Vale of Edeyyrnion, boasts chic rooms furnished in a classical style. Plus, there's exceptional Michelin starred cuisine served up!
- Plas Bodegroes is set in a Georgian manor on the Lleyn Peninsula, a stunning area of natural beauty. Offering understated country-chic rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant, this is a lovely country escape.
For an Active Holiday
- West Arms Hotel is a 16th century inn located in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. Offers cosy bedrooms with original features and antiques, whilst there are nearby golf clubs and wonderful walking trails to be explored.
- Pen-Y-Gwryd is a historic mountaineer's hotel in the heart of Snowdonia. It offers cosy and unfussy rooms right by the mountains - perfect for hiking holidays.
- Penhelig Arms is a great spot from which to enjoy activities on land or on sea. It boasts chic rooms featuring dark hues and a cosy wood-panelled bar.
- Llwyndu Farmhouse enjoys a wonderful location, overlooking Cardigan Bay at the foot of the Rhinog mountains. Offering comfortable and cosy accommodation, this B&B is a great spot for avid walkers.
- Manorhaus Llangollen boasts artsy rooms featuring plenty of black and white, whilst the bathrooms have private hot tubs and there's even one on the roof! With the Dee Valley on your doorstep, there's no excuse not to go on a number of wonderful hikes.
- Ael y Bryn offers comfortable cream coloured accommodation and extensive gardens. Set in Snowdonia, there are a number of surrounding walking trails to explore whilst Royal St David's Golf Course is just a short distance away.
- Y Meirionnydd is a quaint stay located in Snowdonia, with Coed-y-Brenin's fantastic mountain biking also just 8 miles away. Provides homely rooms and an atmospheric cellar restaurant with exposed stone walls and church pew seats.
- The Castle Hotel, a 300 year old coaching inn, offers elegant accommodation blending traditional style with contemporary furnishings. With suites available and plenty of activities on offer nearby, it's an ideal family spot.
- Ffynnon Town House is perfectly suited for hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and more! Chic, individually styled rooms with plenty of books and DVD's for the kids to enjoy, as well as a kiddies menu.
- Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth enjoys a terrific setting, right by the coast (with a beach area out front) and Snowdonia National Park to the other side. Come back after a day out hiking and go for a refreshing dip in the pool.
For Great Value
- Escape Boutique B&B boasts eclectic interiors mixing contemporary with vintage. What's more, it's right by the coast and no kids under 10 are allowed - so you can be assured there'll be a fair amount of peace and quiet! Rooms start at £90 per night.
- Osborne House Hotel is a wondrous stay, offering supreme luxury without breaking the bank! This listed Victorian building boasts timelessly elegant interiors harking back to another era and fantastic sea views.
- Manorhaus models itself on the German 'art hotel' concept, offering individually styled rooms and a splendid restaurant serving up Welsh recipes with a contemporary twist. And all this from just £87 per night!
For a holiday cottage or apartment
- If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available with our partner, booking.com.
- International visitors can either fly into Anglesey Airport or Liverpool John Lennon Airport. From Anglesey, you can either take a bus or train to your destination. From Liverpool, take the 500 or 86A bus towards Liverpool South Parkway Rail Station and from there hop on a train to wherever you're going.
- The weather's definitely at its nicest in the summer, with July and August experiencing an average temperature of 20°C. However, as with the rest of Great Britain the weather can be fairly unpredictable - so be sure to bring along wet weather gear if you're hiking!
- North Wales is never overrun with tourists, though it's a bit quieter obviously in the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) when the kids are still in school. So, visiting at this time is a decent alternative to in the middle of summer.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
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Best Hotels in North Wales
Llwyndu Farmhouse 7 rooms from $68Gwynedd
Overlooking Cardigan Bay and at the foot of the Rhinog Mountains, Llwyndu Farmhouse is a cosy private hotel for Bed & Breakfast. The farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation in rooms full of character and quirkiness. Surrounded by natural beauty, this is ideal for the enthusiastic walker.Sights nearby - Ardudwy, north from Barmouth is rich in prehistoric and early settlements. Investigate burial chambers, forts and huts.Trekking - The Rhinogydd mountains just behind the farmhouse.Great walks - Enjoy stunning sunsets across Cardigan Bay.Local markets - Explore the nearby town of Harlech.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
West Arms Hotel 16 rooms from $85Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire, North Wales
Unspoiled 16th Century Inn nestled in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. Traditional aspects maintained with the original features and antiques. Rooms are cosy and unique, with modern bathrooms. Seasonal menus, daily specials and a fully stocked bar entice locals and guests alike.Sights nearby - Chirk Castle built in 1310 includes a dungeon and tower.Great walks - Explore the Chirk Aqueduct along the River Dee.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Seiont Manor Hotel 28 rooms from $91Caernarfon, Gwynedd
Country house hotel on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Wonderful views especially on a clear day and all rooms boast either a balcony or patio doors. Enjoy outdoor pursuits and come back to delicious 2 AA Rosette dinners.Great walks - On the edge of Snowdonia National ParkSwimming Pool - Lovely Indoor PoolViews - Great views from hotelTraditional
Ael y Bryn 9 rooms from $93Gwynedd
Quiet B&B views of Cardigan Bay. Cream coloured rooms have wrought iron beds, large windows and pine furniture. Conservatory, library and extensive gardens. Evening meals are served in cosy dining room. For a peaceful weekend, this is a lovely choice.Sights nearby - Aberglasney House and GardensGreat walks - Ceredigion Coast PathTraditional
The Slate Shed 5 rooms from $104Arthog near Dolgellau, Gwynedd
Cycle and pet friendly B&B in the heart of Snowdonia. A converted Victorian slate cutting mill featuring an eclectic mix of custom-made and vintage furnishings. Fabulous views over the Mawddach Estuary and mountains.Views - Stunning views over the Mawddach Estuary.Restrictions on children - Over 10s only in the B&B.TraditionalGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Manorhaus 8 rooms from $111Ruthin, North Wales
Art gallery meets boutique restaurant with rooms in the market town of Ruthin, the gateway to North Wales. Contemporary rooms with bold colours and stylish furniture. Boasting a sort after restaurant and excellent bar. Ideal for a country escape or to rent the whole property for a special occasion.Foodies - Highly acclaimed restaurant, uses locally sourced ingrediants in wholesome and delicious food with fantastic wines by the glass.Great walks - Endless walking opportunities in the stunning Vale of Clwyd, plus the hotel will pack your lunch.Sights nearby - Visit the striking Conwy Castle on the Conwy Estuary.Full of characterRecommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
Y Meirionnydd 5 rooms from $116Gwynedd
A quaint option at the heart of Snowdonia National Park. A former country jail now beautifully renovated. Rooms feature exposed stone walls, crisp white linen and comfortable beds. The intimate restaurant serves hearty food and there's a cosy bar. An ideal spot to return to after a day outdoors.Hideaway - A perfect retreat from everyday life- a charming country hotel with a cosy bar, fantastic restaurant and chic rooms.Great walks - Bring your walking boots and head out on the Mawddach trail with a lunch packed by the hotel.Sights nearby - The area is dotted with ancient castles and areas of interest, ask your hosts to guide you.Restrictions on children - Adults onlyRecommended by - Sawdays
Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel 16 rooms from $117Gwynedd
An historic mountaineer's hotel offering characterful service, right under Snowdonia. Delightfully eccentric climbing inn with a range of comfortable sleeping options. With a hearty breakfast to start the day and a lively dinner upon your return!Hideaway - A hidden gem in this spectacular stretch of countryside, lose yourself amongst the picturesque hills and lakes.Great walks - Situated in the heart of Snowdonia this area boasts some of the finest walking in the British Isles.Swimming Pool - Natural unheated 60-metre swimming poolFull of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Manorhaus Llangollen 7 rooms from $1178EU, North Wales
A stylish B&B in a beautiful mountain town adjacent to the Llangollen canal, rooms come with artsy décor in black and white. Private hot tubs in bedrooms and rooftop. Most eateries are within walking distance, the hotel serves breakfast only. A smart bar and lounge on-site. Chic and comfortable.Sights nearby - Several ancient castles/ruins close by like Dinas Bran or Valle Crucis AbbeyGreat walks - Offa's Dyke footpath has many walking trails in the Dee Valley for walkersCountry Escape - Located in a small town with hills, ruins and buzzy streets to exploreLocal exploring - Walks, canal cruises and historical homes are out the front door
Bryn Mair House 3 rooms from $124Gwynedd
Escape to this beautiful Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, in the remote market town of Dolgellau. Set in a secluded garden, a stones throw from Snowdonia National Park, the three bedroom B&B is a perfect getaway for someone wishing to explore the magnificent sights and scenery of North Wales.Great walks - Some of the most magnificent scenery in WalesRestrictions on children - No children under 14Remote - Off the beaten track.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Penhelig Arms 15 rooms from $143Gwynedd
A picturesque waterfront hotel in the heart of Aberdovey, Gwynedd. The rooms marry original features with modern conveniences and wonderful sea views. There is a quaint on site bar with a cosy fireplace, and a restaurant serving locally sourced Welsh produce. Utterly charming.Active Holiday - Whether on land or at sea there are plenty of challenging activitites.Great walks - The Torrent Walk, Precipice Walk, New Precipice Walk and Panorama Walk provide plenty of contrasting country to explore.Sailing - Dovey Yacht Club offer a range of lessons for all levels.Views - Lovely views over the water and boats.
Plas Dinas 10 rooms from $181Gwynedd
A fine old house steeped in character and history, set in beautiful 15 acre grounds between Snowdonia and the Irish Sea. Plas Dinas has a number of majestically decorated rooms and several dining options. This remote getaway is perfect for large groups looking for an active and luxurious weekend.Historic - Steeped in Royal History, Plas Dinas still retains many family portraits, memorabilia and original furniture.Golf - Caernarfon has its own 18 hole parkland course, with a 10% discount offered if you mention Plas Dinas.Fishing - Bala Lake, is the largest natural still water in North Wales, with the River Dee flowing through it.Watersports - Just 15 minutes down the road, Plas Menai, a National Watersports CentreRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Ffynnon Town House 5 rooms from $185Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales
A boutique B&B with just five perfect rooms. Contemporary decoration with traditional features. Crisp linen and comfortable beds with ornate headboards. A cosy lounge with an honesty bar and open fireplace awaits after a day outdoors. A stunning location ideal for discovering southern Snowdonia.Families - Ideal for families, with plenty of books, DVDs, games and activities plus kiddies menu and use of a of a Butler's Pantry.Romantic Break - Perfectly isolated, cosy rooms and an outdoor hot tub with champagne and strawberries to order.Great walks - Great hill walking on Cadr Idris or explore the magical Snowdonia National Park.Birdwatching - Bring your binoculars, the RSPB Coed Garth Gell reserve is close to the hotel.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth 55 rooms from $194Gwynedd
This eccentric resort was build by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Hotel Portmeirion and Castell Deudraeth each have a unique design and give a fantastic opportunity to stay in this charming village and explore.Architectural - The hotel was built on a wooded peninsula by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926Great walks - See the dawn break over the mountains of MeirionnyddSights nearby - Portmeirion Village offers fantastic garden visits.Other Activities - Organic Spa Treatments at Castell Deudraeth.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Plas Bodegroes 11 rooms from $195Pwllheli, Gwynedd
An enchanting Georgian Manor on the Lleyn Peninsula - an area of outstanding natural beauty. Eleven country-chic rooms offer understated elegance and comfort. The Michelin starred restaurant serves phenomenal locally sourced cuisine that never fails to set the taste buds alight!Country Escape - Set on six acres of beautiful gardens with a 200-year-old avenue of beech trees and surrounded by totally unspoilt countryside.Foodies - Chef and co-owner Chris produces sensational food from local, seasonal, sustainable produce- knockout stuff!Active Holiday - Within eight miles of the proerty you'll find shooting, fishing, sailing, kayking, go-karting and golfing.Great walks - Explore the Wales coastal path on the Llyn peninsula a designated heritage coast area of natural beauty.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Tyddyn Llan 13 rooms from $247Llandrillo, Denbighshire, North Wales
Charming Welsh farmhouse turned exceptional Michelin starred restaurant with comfortable rooms resting in the stunning Vale of Edeyrnion. Classic style throughout and with armchairs around every corner. Enjoy the seasonally inspired menu whether it be a taster menu, Sunday lunch or breakfast in bed.Great walks - Knowledgable local guides will happily take guests rambling along the many trails, providing plenty of anecdotes and history.Sights nearby - Llangollen and the Dee Valley have a wealth of attractions and activities to appeal to almost everybody.Fishing - There is wonderfuly fishing on the River Dee, ask at the hotel about equipment.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide