Explore The Wales Way
What’s ‘The Wales Way’? You could say it’s the way we welcome our visitors, the way in which we manage to pack in so many experiences, sights and sounds into such a small country.
Actually, The Wales Way is an engaging road map created by Visit Wales. It brings you up close and personal to all of the above – our hospitality, our castles, National Parks and outdoor activities, and a lot more besides.
Let us explain. The Wales Way is a national route made up of three journeys – The Cambrian Way that takes you through our mountainous heartland, The Coastal Way along out western shores, and The North Wales Way through castle country.
The routes criss-cross, so you can mix and match your journey depending on where you are and what you want to see. They’re also flexible, further encouraging you to create your own custom-made itinerary by taking off-route detours to experience Wales in its totality. For more information go to:
THE NORTH WALES WAY
Here, we focus on The North Wales Way, which runs along the northern coast from the Wales/England border to the Isle of Anglesey. The 75-mile/120km road trip takes in some of the mightiest castles in the world, and seaside resorts like classic, timeless Llandudno. It also serves as the northern gateway to Snowdonia, the UK’s adventure and activities hub. Journey’s end is the Isle of Anglesey, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty laden with ancient history.
A journey through time
The North Wales Way, although relatively short, packs a big historic punch. Travel along this old trading route once used by the Romans and you’ll encounter sites and monuments from every period of Wales’s busy history.
St Winefride’s Well, Holywell, and St Asaph Cathedral take us back to the Age of Saints. Medieval Wales makes a grandstand appearance in the shape of castles, the most celebrated of which – Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy – are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They’re the cream of a crop that includes Flint, Rhuddlan and Bangor’s Penrhyn Castle. On Anglesey it’s back to the very beginning at the island’s remarkable collection of prehistoric sites.
A cultural journey
North-west Wales is a stronghold of the Welsh language. You’ll hear it used every day in shops and on the streets, along of course with English. This lyrical language, one of Europe’s oldest living tongues, underpins the rich culture and heritage that gives Wales its distinctive personality. It’s good fun to dip into the language and get your mouth around pronunciations (ask a local for help if you’re stuck). The effort’s well worth it, even if you manage to speak only a few words like shwmae (hello), diolch (thanks) and iechyd da (cheers).
A family-friendly journey
This compact, manageable route is tailor-made for travellers with children. There’s a wealth of places to visit, including innovative all-action attractions offering inland surfing and ziplining, together with multiple award-winners like GreenWood Family Park and the Anglesey Sea Zoo. And let’s not forget that you’re beside the sea, with a bucket-and-spade full of fine beaches ideal for picnicking, paddling and sandcastle building.