1 Llangollen

Robust and enjoyable riverside town featuring a romantic house, impressive aqueduct and poetic castle ruins.

2 Snowdon

Scale Wales’s highest mountain, the only one with half a dozen hiking paths and a cog railway converging on the summit-top café and bar.

3 Blaenau Ffestiniog

Atmospheric slate-mining town amid rugged mountains, best reached by the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway.

4 Portmeirion

Spend the day at this surreal seaside “village” made from bits of rescued architecture, the setting for the cult TV series The Prisoner.

5 Caernarfon Castle

One of the greatest of Edward I’s “Iron Ring” of thirteenth-century castles, with other superb examples at Beaumaris and Conwy.

6 Beaumaris

A fine castle and Georgian townscape make this a splendid base for exploring Anglesey’s beaches and Neolithic remains.

7 Conwy

The pick of North Wales towns, with its imposing castle and intact ring of medieval walls enclosing a fascinating centre.

8 Llandudno

The town’s gentility is nicely offset by the ruggedness of the neighbouring limestone hummock of the Great Orme, which is reached by cable car.

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