North Beach, Llandudno (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brianac37/7683678114/in/photostream/)

North Beach, Llandudno

The North Coast of Wales is the stretch of coastline on the mainland of Wales which is passed through by the A55. Encompassing such popular holiday destinations as Bangor, Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, and Prestatyn, this area of Wales is cheery and accessible with great coastal and mountainous views.

What's the North Wales Coast like?

The inland area is rural and full of contrasting mountains and valleys. Similarly, the coastal scenery is full of interesting contrasts. From the castles to the resorts; from the towns and their industry to the beautiful bays; this area (part of which is at the North end of the Snowdonia National Park), is always stimulating, vibrant and a great place for a family break.

Menai Bridge (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/erwlas/4012675898)

Menai Bridge

Where to visit

Llandudno, the largest Welsh resort, is charmingly Victorian and positioned between the Little and the Great Orme peninsulas. Prestatyn, the most Eastern of the main North Wales resorts, has a lovely climate, parks and plenty to do. Conwy's Castle is legendary, sitting right on the coast, and its old-fashioned streets are charming, while its suspension bridge - built by Thomas Telford is an engineering feat (as is his Menai Bridge). Rhyl's popularity as a vivacious seaside town is justly deserved as it has good, vibrant tourist facilities. The Ocean Plaza complex, the Drift Park and the Marine Lake miniature railway have all given new life to the town. Bangor, a small city, is close to the Menai Bridge and is a hub for culture, but also home to its fabulous Garth Pier. Carnarfon, the site of the great castle, is also a brilliant location for a family day out, and a mooch round the shops.

Great Orme Tramway (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brianac37/7593925086)

Great Orme Tramway

Things to see on the North Wales Coast

Understandably, Conwy and Carnarvon Castles are two of the most popular places to visit, but there are other castles and sites of interest not too far from the North coast. Try the National Mountain Centre, just down the A5 from Bethesda, or the historic town and church of St Asaph, just off the A55. The bay and castle at Penrhyn are certainly worth a look as is Basingwerk Abbey with views across to the Wirral peninsula, over the River Dee estuary.

And if you get the chance, do try the Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno - the UK's last remaining cable street tramway running from the railway station to the Great Orme summit. It showcases some incredible views and varieties of wildlife.

How to get to the North Wales Coast

The North Wales Coast railway line runs from Crewe to Holyhead, with plenty of stops along the way. There are good bus and coach services throughout this area, and an airport on Anglesey, though the passenger services at this largely military airport, are quite a new thing, and therefore not overly regular. Most people travel along the North Wales coast on its dual carriageway, the A55, which is fast and reliable, supported by a network of A roads to take the visitor further into Wales.

Where to stay

Our properties on the North coast largely consist of holiday cottages, but take a look through our inspirational lists if you've special requirements, including the need for disabled facilities, or if you're looking for somewhere pet friendly, or even accommodation with a hot tub! Some of our accommodation even offers conference spaces and meeting rooms, so scour our lists and book today for a brilliant holiday on the North Wales coast.

Accommodation on the Coast of North Wales

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    Built in 1522 a charming inn offering accommodation in Caernarfon. Exceptional food served & award winning real ales. Four poster & executive rooms.
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    Beach House Guest House B&B in Llandudno, near to the Victorian promenade and pier. Deluxe en-suite guest rooms, sea views, choice of breakfast.
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    Beautiful stone-built cottage near Pwllheli and the coast, with an on-site spa and a children's play area. On a working beef and sheep farm, for luxury rural stays. WiFi. Sleeps 3.
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