North Wales has many hidden gems. We’ll let you in some of them so when you come to stay, you can discover them for yourself.
Parys Mountain, Anglesey
Mining slate and coal is often associated with Wales but did you know about copper mining? The Great Orme in Llandudno is scarred by this industry, as is Parys Mountain in Anglesey. The hulls of Lord Nelson’s ships were made from copper mined from this mountain. A pleasant walk with informative signage throughout, this is a place worth exploring.
St Trillo’s Church, Rhos on Sea
Even as you walk along the promenade and through Rhos in Sea towards Penrhyn Bay, you’re likely to miss this tiny church as it sits below the main road. Holding no more than six people, this tiny church was once the home of Saint Trillo in the 6th century. There is also a fresh water well here, something you can still see by the altar. Enjoy the bracing sea air and pop in to rest a while in the coolness of this small church.
Aber Falls Gin & Whisky distillery, Abergwyngregyn
This distillery is beginning to make a name for itself as people discover its tasty gin and spicy notes of its whisky.It’s the first time in over 100 years that Wales is one again producing its own whisky. The Aber Falls distillery has also released its own gin too. Why not enjoy a tour and a taste test?
Rhydymwyn WWII Secret Site
The part these tunnels played during the second world war have only just been revealed and so taking a tour of this now defunct facility will see you literally walk back in time. With the shroud of secrecy lifted in the 1990s, you can now tour the tunnels at the Rhydymwyn site, the stories coming to life as they are told by the local Blue Badge Guides. Some of the stories are chilling, but the place has a sense of peace and tranquility to it.
Located close to Chirk Castle, a visit to the imposing BrynKinalt Hall is a day out from your base at one of our self-catering cottages in Conwy but is well worth the effort. With links to the Roman occupation of Wales and much later to the Duke of Wellington the current owners will give you a fantastic tour of the house, share some of its secrets and stories, as well as giving an insight into just what it takes to keep an old house like this in shape for modern times.
North Wales is a region full of natural beauty and warmth but all too often, we miss the things that are off the well-worn path. When you book a stay in one of our coastal cottages, why not discover one of these hidden gems for yourself?