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
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
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!
Afternoon: Medieval Conwy
Conwy Castle, North Wales
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.