A weekend in North Wales

For romantic breaks the west coast of North Wales is the perfect location. Snowdonia’s mountains ease gently down to the hills of the Llŷn Peninsula and coastal seaside towns. Here you can explore castles, gardens and walled towns by day whilst spending relaxing evenings enjoying North Wales’ good food.

Day 1 - Morning: Portmeirion

Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales

Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales by technodean2000

On the coast of North Wales you will find a Mediterranean inspired village: Portmeirion. Base yourself on this private peninsula and you set yourself up for a wonderful weekend break. Spend your first morning exploring Portmeirion. It’s a fascinating attraction made up of a central Piazza, a beautiful coastline, a clifftop shell grotto, gardens filled with exotics plants and woodland walks. Or maybe you want to relax at the Mermaid Spa?

Feeling hungry? Try Castell Deudraeth’s brasserie, an informal contemporary styled restaurant on the Portmeirion estate. Their menu features fresh lobster, crab and scallops from the Llŷn Peninsula, Welsh oysters from the Menai Straits and locally sourced meat.

Afternoon: Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd, North Wales

Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd, North Wales

 by  Hefin Owen

If you fancy venturing out, take a drive to see the impressive Caernarfon Castle, around 40 minutes away. Built by King Edward I in the 13th century, the castle has world heritage status and is arguably one of Wales’ most famous castles. Take in the atmosphere as you walk around this magnificent stone fortress, climb the towers and walk the castle walls for stunning views across both sea and land.

Feeling hungry? For a romantic meal go to Plas Bodegroes, a fine dining restaurant on the Llŷn Peninsula. Set in pretty grounds, this iconic restaurant prides itself on top notch service and quality food. Their menu features Welsh Black beef, mountain and salt marsh lamb and fruit and herbs grown in the kitchen garden. Go on - spoil yourself!

Day 2 - Morning: Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden in Conwy, North Wales

Bodnant Garden in Conwy, North Wales

 by LeeBell83

Start your day by visiting the wonderful Bodnant Garden. There are 80 acres of garden to explore, from the rose scented Italian terraces to the relaxing and tranquil Dell. Around every corner, you’ll find colourful shrub borders. In the heart of the garden lies The Poem, a wonderful structure built as the final resting place of the Bodnant family.

Feeling hungry? Showcasing the very best artisan food that Wales has to offer, Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is the perfect place to stop for lunch. The Furnace Tea Room serves sandwiches with bread baked in their bakery. Fillings include local honey roast ham. To finish, why not try a homemade Welsh cake or slice of bara brith?There's also a farm shop, restaurant and cookery school all serving home grown food from the farm's estate. 

Afternoon: Medieval Conwy

Conwy Castle, North Wales

Conwy Castle, North Wales

 by Ashley Perkins

After lunch, visit Conwy - one of Britain's best preserved medieval towns. Enclosed in ancient stone walls and looked over by a spectacular castle, Conwy is a delight to explore. Browse the little unique shops, visit the well preserved Elizabethan town house Plas Mawr, wander around a gallery or try squeezing yourself into Britain's smallest house. Time for a refreshment? Grab an ice cream from Prisella’s or head to Llandudno for an artisan gelateria.

Feeling hungry? For a gourmet dining experience, go to Tyddyn Llan, one of North Wales’ top restaurants. With fine ingredients and locally sourced meat, game and fish, it has won itself a renowned Michelin Star.