Where is worth a visit in North Wales?

We are off to North Wales just for 4 days and to save wasting time going to places there is no point in going to I thought I would ask on here for opinions.

I went a few months ago and found Llandudno lovely. Rhyl was ok but not as nice. I went to Prestatyn and there seemed to be nothing there and what shops there were were all closed (It was a Monday so possible early closing?)

Someone told me not to bother with Conway.

Any opinions as to if these are worth a visit- Colwyn Bay/Anglesey/ Caernarfon

Just looking for somewhere to have a nice walk along the seafront, mooch round the shops and nice cafes.


  • elsien
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    Depends what you want. We had a nice day out at Conwy pottering around the castle, then walking round the walls and sitting watching the river for a bit. 
    Bodnant gardens near there as well. 
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  • turnitround
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    Thankyou for the reply elsien. Unfortunately the castle cant be on the agenda as hubby is disabled and uses a mobility scooter.I do remember gong there as a child though and thought it wonderful.
  • daveyjp
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    Anglesey is well worth a visit.

    Beaumaris is a pretty town, shops, cafes and a pier.   If you are there on a weekday and the weather is good drive over to RAF Valley, park up at the end of the runway and get a free airshow.
  • carly
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    Most places are nicer than Rhyl and Prestatyn. Conway is nice as it's Anglesey. Llandudno is probably the biggest and most visited. Powis Castle is lovely. 
  • LightFlare
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    Betws-y-Coed is well worth a visit
  • Rosa_Damascena
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    Agree with all of the above, plus Harlech. I love Carnarvon for the town and castle as well. Then you have the slate mines. The only place I found to be disappointing was Portmeiron - perhaps my expectations were too high.

    As long as you have a car in North Wales you can take in a lot of sites in one day. Plan your main destination and then to visit key stops on the route back to your accommodation. A lot of the joy of North Wales can be had just from driving along the A55, an incredibly scenic road. 

    I hope the weather holds out for you! The experience is considerably more pleasant when its dry and sunny.
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  • daivid
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    OP have you been (if so how was it?), if not, have you any clearer idea where in North Wales? It is a large and somewhat vaguely defined area. The mobility scooter may rule out a lot of places though by being outside main tourist season some places may be more manageable e.g. the narrow pavements of somewhere like Betws y Coed. Bodnant Gardens are beautiful but tricky to negotiate with wheels - lots of signs warning a path is unsuitable, a lack of signage for a suitable route round. Portmeirion is beautiful and impressive but I think you'd have to be really into the architecture to spend a day and get your money’s worth - luckily I got in for free as I was a guest at a wedding. Bala is a nice small town with some good eateries and independent shops. There is a railway from Caernarfon that heads through the heart of Eryri (Snowdonia). Bear in mind the only decent road is the A55, everything else is twisty and slow so going along the coast is quick, heading inland is much slower. 
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  • turnitround
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    Thank you al for the replies. Yes we have been now and we had the week hen the weather was scorching. 
    We had a day in Llandudno which we loved. So easy to get round with a mobility scooter (although you are almost out of place without one there, lol). 
    We had a day looking round Anglesey and we also visited Conway, Bangor Betws y Coed and Rhyl. We enjoyed it all apart from Rhyl where the people were nice but the place was tacky. Spent our last day back in Llandudno which was by far my favourite place.
    I went to Portmerion many years ago and wasn't that impressed back then. Didn't go to Bala either as we visited there last year on route to South Wales.

    Had a lovely few days and will be going back next year.
    Just as an aside- in my opening post I mentioned that I had visited Prestatyn and there was nothing there and what few shops I did see were closed.  I'm embarrassed to say that we went there again this time and it seems I took a wrong turn going into the town and completely missed most of the town. I must have been on a little side street and thought that was it
  • daivid
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    Glad to hear you had a good holiday. Rhyl's heyday is a distant memory and it has been the butt of jokes for many years, several wards are regularly in the top 10 most deprived areas of Wales.
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