In the quiet, quaint charm of North Wales, there’s something different at every turn. Climb to the Roman watchtower for 360-degree views, see St Winefride's Well, one of Wales’ Seven Wonders, or walk Offa’s Dyke Pathway. Tuck into a banquet at Ruthin Castle or feast your eyes on the peaks of Snowdonia.
Wales is activity central. Dive into the past at the National Slate Museum or enjoy simian-shaped shenanigans at Totally Ape. Steam through the spectacular scenery on the Ffestiniog Railway or reach the roof of Wales the easy way on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
See snow leopards and sea lions, lemurs and leopard cubs at the Welsh Mountain Zoo high above Colwyn Bay. There’s more animal magic available at the Children’s Farm Park, including Floss the donkey, pigs, rabbits, calves and ducks. And, at Foel Farm Park, you can meet, greet and touch the animals on a real working farm.
Head for heights? Head for Great Orme Aerial Cable Cars in Llandudno, the UK’s longest aerial cabin lift. Reward your nerve with cake in the summit café and take in the views of Puffin Island.
For buckets and spades, coves and crabs, and a rummage through the rockpools, try world-class beaches at Abersoch and Harlech. Blue Flag Port Dafarch comes with RSPB tower with birdlife views.
For the grown-ups
Get some big ideas in the Big Country. Walk the wild Welsh mountains, where waterfalls cascade and peaks soar skywards. Ride some white water in a kayak, or coasteer along Flintshire’s craggy cliffs and coves. Fish the abundant rivers or work your mountain bike for all its worth.
History comes alive in North Wales. Castle turrets loom on every horizon, while the past is vivid at Grade 1-listed Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden and Greenfield Valley Heritage Park charts the industrial past of satanic mills and reservoirs.
Quaint and quirky towns are yours to explore – at Mold, where you can gatecrash the local life at the street market and food and drink festival, or Holywell, home of St Winefrides Well, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.
Welsh culture abounds, in choirs, galleries and theatres, and championship golf, ice skating, cycling, water sports, horse riding and fishing are never far away.