48 Hours in North Wales: Sights, Activities and Bodysgallen Hall & Spa
With its rugged fields and trails, including routes up Mount Snowdon, and stunning beaches, North Wales could be the perfect destination for an active weekend getaway. If you’re thinking of visiting the area, keep reading – we’ve listed below some of the top sights and activities that cannot be missed. Where to stay? During […]
With its rugged fields and trails, including routes up Mount Snowdon, and stunning beaches, North Wales could be the perfect destination for an active weekend getaway. If you’re thinking of visiting the area, keep reading – we’ve listed below some of the top sights and activities that cannot be missed.
Where to stay?
During our weekend in Wales, we stayed at a truly traditional country house, part of the Historic House Hotels Group – Bodysgallen Hall & Spa. With its perfect location, just 2 miles to the south of the coastal town of Llandudno, the hotel boasts lush gardens, an exquisite fine-dining restaurant, a luxurious spa and magnificent views of the Snowdonia National Park and Conwy Castle. Bodysgallen Hall is home to just 31 bedrooms split between spacious bedrooms in the house and cottages with their own outdoor space, whilst the spa includes a spacious swimming pool with steam room and sauna and a sun terrace.
We drove to Wales after work on Friday and made it just in time for a quick gin and tonic before bed. However, getting there right after work meant that after a traditional Welsh breakfast the following morning, we were ready for adventures in the sunny countryside!
The Great Orme – The Marine Drive
The Marine Drive is a 4-mile scenic drive round the base of the Great Orme headland (astonishing coastal landmark with Stone Age origins and nature reserve status) from Lladudno’s North Shore to Lladudno’s West Shore. Everything about the drive is truly jaw-dropping! We drove slowly and stopped a few times to go make friends with the local billy goats that were peacefully enjoying the views of the tranquil sea and take photos. Weather permitting, you can also explore the Great Orme by following one of the many footpaths.
Another way of taking in the beauty of the area is the Llandudno Cable Car. Opened in 1969 as the longest passenger cable car system in Britain, you can glide from Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme and enjoy panoramic views of the Bay of Lladudno, the Conwy Estuary and miles out over the sea.
Lladudno itself is a beautiful town with elegant seaside architecture and tons of hotels, cafes, restaurants and quaint shops. The town retains much of its 19th century grandeur, whilst offering classic British seaside charms, such as the pier that was much admired by Sir John Betjeman, the promenade, donkey rides along the sandy shore and Punch & Judy shows. After a stroll across the beach, head up onto one of the city’s main landmarks – the Victorian pier which dates back to 1876 and is the perfect spot for an ice cream.
Conwy – Conwy Castle and Britain’s Smallest House
Just 5 miles from Lladudno is Conwy – a walled market town and a World Heritage Site. Dating back to the thirteenth century, the castle and its walls were built for King Edward I and guarantee to take you on a journey back to medieval times. After a walk along the castle walls, we made our way to the smallest house in Great Britain, which can only fit 4 people at a time. The house is a much-loved tourist attraction and is definitely worth checking out.
Zip World Fforest
Nestled in the Conwy Valley, Zip World Fforest is a must for all adrenaline junkies planning a trip to North Wales. Zip wire through the canopy of trees on Zip Safari, bounce with the kids on Treetop Nets, or soar over the trees on the massive Skyride swing – Zip World promises a fun-filled day and lots of laughter!
Surf Snowdonia is an artificial wave pool and the world’s first inland surf lagoon. With its variety of wave profiles, the place is suitable for both new surfers and professionals, with the option of expert surf tuition. Set against a backdrop of Snowdonia, Surf Snowdonia is a great place for both avid surfers and people who simply want to try something new. However, if you’re not British and don’t handle the cold very well, it may be a good idea to visit in the summer months when the temperatures are higher.
For more information on Bodysgallen Hall & Spa, please go to: https://www.bodysgallen.com/