8 days in North Wales Itinerary

8 days in North Wales Itinerary

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Porthmadog — 2 nights

Porthmadog, known locally as "Port", and since 1974, rendered into Welsh from its former Anglicised form, Portmadoc, is a small coastal town and community in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd, in Wales. Go for a jaunt from Porthmadog to Dolgellau to see Cader Idris about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Snowdon, take in the dramatic scenery at Rhiwargor Waterfall, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore the historical opulence of Harlech Castle.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Porthmadog trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Porthmadog is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Amsterdam in May, plan for slightly colder days in Porthmadog, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Llandudno.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure
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Llandudno — 4 nights

Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Change things up with these side-trips from Llandudno: National Slate Museum (in Llanberis), Penrhyn Castle (National Trust) (in Bangor) and Caernarfon Castle (in Caernarfon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Great Orme, do a tasting at The Grape to Glass Wine Shop and Tasting Room, sample the fine beverages at Penderyn Lloyd Street Distillery Llandudno, and don't miss a visit to Conwy Town Walls.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Llandudno holiday site.

Drive from Porthmadog to Llandudno in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Llandudno are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Llangollen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
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Llangollen — 1 night

Llangollen is a small town and community in Denbighshire, north-east Wales, situated on the River Dee and on the edge of the Berwyn mountains. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of National Trust - Chirk Castle and then make a trip to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Llangollen online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Llandudno to Llangollen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Llangollen, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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North Wales travel guide

Castles · Beaches · Historic Sites
Passionate about being Welsh, residents of North Wales fiercely preserve their language, music, and history. The region’s dramatic landscapes, which notably include the highest peaks in Wales and England, attract tourism from hikers, cyclists, and adventure-seekers of every description. Your trip may also include a ride on some of the country’s most scenic heritage railways here. Despite its relatively small size, North Wales has many historical attractions to fill your travel itinerary. It is home to two World Heritage sites, which include a series of well-preserved Edwardian castles dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The Welsh spirit is strong here and most residents use their mother tongue, but don’t be afraid to ask for directions: Everyone also speaks fluent English and will be more than happy to converse in it.