Whistle through the toll and escape to the haven created by architect Clough William-Ellis in his vision for Portmeirion - the perfect coastal village - between 1925 and 1976. Italianate architecture juts from the lush exotic woodland, offering miles of beautiful walking territory, meandering estuaries and romantic cliff-top sights.

Group of people standing by the water outside at Festival No 6 in Portmeirion
Portmeirion, North Wales

Bardsey Island

The ruins of sixth century monasteries, the tallest lighthouse in the UK and amazing nature habitats are all part of the charm of Bardsey, a Trust-owned island with a tiny population. Rocks and rugged scenery are its calling cards, not to mention dolphins, seals and Neolithic circles.

Lighthouse on Bardsey Island
Bardsey Island

Ogwen Valley

Even by the standards of the surrounding Snowdonia National Park, Ogwen is pretty special. Take the Llyn Ogwen circular walk around some of the most dramatic natural geological beauty anywhere in the world and see your reflection in the glaciations of the Nant Ffrancon valley, created by ice thousands of years ago.

Image of Llyn Ogwen, in the Ogwen Valley
Llyn Ogwen, Ogwen Valley, North Wales

Ty Siamas

Folk music is embedded in the history of Wales, and this grand 19th century Ty Siamas building – which has been a grain store and disco venue in its time – is the home of performances and exhibitions bringing the story to life. Enjoy a guided tour before sampling some traditional local delicacies.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Opened during the 1970s, Llechwedd Slate Caverns is an homage to slate history has won just about every award going. Find out why by descending 500 feet underground inside the steepest mining cable railway in Europe, and imagine what life would have been like without electricity during a tour of the craggy, torchlit tunnels.

People bouncing on underground trampolines at Bounce Below in Gwynedd, North Wales
The Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales

Trefriw Woollen Mills

Watch hand-spinning master craftspeople and towering hydro-electro turbines in majestic action at Trefriw Woollen Mills, one of the last mills still in operation in Wales. The history of this place stretches back 150 years, and you can make the most of the beautiful work going on there by picking up some natty knitwork.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Get inspired and have fun at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), a futuristic shrine to sustainability featuring interactive displays, the latest innovations in energy generation and insights into organic growing. An eco-house, a railway, electric vehicles and organic gardens are among the highlights. Anyone needing persuasion to go green will be enchanted by this centre.

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Think again if you thought you’d never see Snowdon’s peak. Originally conceived during the 19th century – when a donkey ride was one of the options for visitors wishing to scale the awesome mountain – the Snowdon Mountain Railway lets you climb aboard and head towards the summit on an unforgettable scenic journey.

Snowdon Lily carriage going up the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Train near top of Snowdon, Snowdon Mountain Railway, North Wales

The Menai Strait Rib Ride

Get closer to the spectacular Menai Strait on a state-of-the-art Rib Ride boat tour, zipping along the coast at up to 50 miles per hour. A journey to the largest breakwater in Britain, a whizz past statues of Lord Nelson and a blast under the Menai suspension bridge are among the exhilarating range of trips.

People on a rib boat ride on the Menai Strait
RIB boat ride on the Menai Strait, Anglesey, North Wales