When looking for fun holiday destinations in Wales, would be travellers are often seduced by the lurid attractions of Cardiff and Swansea. However, for those willing to go the distance to explore North Wales, there are a great many cultural and historical discoveries to be made.
The city of Bangor is just one of those. Although its known as one of the smallest cities in Britain, its population of 18000 is a rambunctious one, boasting some 10000 students during term time. At the height of summer, the streets can be thronged with late night revellers enjoying the many bars and clubs that the city has to offer. For those looking for a more culturally refined experience, Bangor’s Cathedral can provide a moment’s respite and tranquility. Christians have worshiped at the Cathedral for nearly 1500 years, with the most recent restoration work being overseen by the famed architect George Gilbert Scott.
Travelling east out of Bangor, another site of historical heritage can be found. Penrhyn Castle, owned by the National Trust, is home to a vast array of fine paintings with the collection once housing a Rembrandt worth nearly £40m. Children are well catered for with an outside adventure playground and model railway museum but the real attraction is, of course, the castle itself. Built during a lavish period of the 19th century, Penrhyn Castle is one of the best examples of Norman revival architecture. The usual National Trust trappings of a café and helpful volunteers make the Castle a welcoming place to relax, before hitting the road east once more to North Wales’ quintessential holiday destination.
Unlike other seaside towns across Britain, that have struggled and died in the advent of the city break, Llandudno has remained a thriving must-see destination. Containing all the hallmarks of a traditional seaside resort, its charming Victorian architecture and striking promenade remain remarkably untouched by modern sensibilities. With traditional pubs as well as fine eateries, Llandudno caters to all. Of course a visit to the seaside would not be complete without a taste of the sea; fish and chips, cockles and mussels, as well as pricier fare can all be bought beach-side where regular Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides can entertain those of all ages.
Both historically and culturally rich, North Wales can offer a great deal to the intrepid traveller not to mention the vast expanse of the Snowdonia National Park. If you are thinking of exploring Wales for the weekend, a trip further North may just be the adventure you’re looking for