Featured • June 06, 2023 • Author, Sharon Watkins
North Wales is one of the best places to go on a road trip. There are many great places to visit, the scenery is always beautiful and great motorway links along with the A55 Expressway make exploring North Wales by car easier and quicker than ever from the rest of the UK.
As you’re probably aware, North Wales is packed with coastal villages, tourist attractions and unforgettable scenery. There’s also an intriguing number of ways to drive around the northern region. We’ve put together what we think is one of the best North Wales road trips you’ll find published online.
Our superb road trip around North Wales takes you to some of the major tourist attractions as well as some lesser-known unmissable places. It offers a perfect blend of stunning scenery, rich history, and exciting outdoor activities.
After completing many road trips around the world we know just how tiring moving on each day can be, so we’ve arranged this North Wales road trip so you get two-night stays in each location. Feel free to extend or shorten your stay in these places to suit your itinerary.
Itinerary For The Best North Wales Road Trip
Here’s our suggested itinerary for a 7-day adventure that will take you through the best of what this beautiful region has to offer.
Day 1: Talacre and Llandudno
Arrive in North Wales and head to the coastal village of Talacre, famous for its beautiful beach and the iconic Point of Ayr Lighthouse (which you may have spotted in the Dulux advert). Enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach and take in the stunning views. If you’re travelling with children you might like to pay a visit to Dangerpoint a fun interactive centre that teaches about safety.
Grab lunch or snacks from Lola and Suggs or one of the other food outlets in the village.
Back in the car, head to the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno and take a walk along the pier or ride the Great Orme Tramway for stunning coastal views. Play crazy golf at Rocky Pines Adventure Golf and have a cup of tea and a biscuit at the summit before heading to the picturesque town of Conwy for a couple of nights.
Day 2: Conwy
Visit the impressive Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stroll along the ancient town walls. Don’t miss the Smallest House in Great Britain on the quayside before taking a stroll around Bodlondeb Woods or along Marine Walk. After a quick refresh, enjoy a relaxing evening at Watsons Bistro or one of the other local pubs or restaurants.
Day 3: Anglesey
After a reasonably relaxed day yesterday, start early and drive 25 minutes along the Expressway to the Menai Suspension Bridge or Thomas Telford’s 1826 original masterpiece. Use either bridge to cross over the Menai Strait and spend a couple of days exploring the scenic island of Anglesey.
You’ll probably discover that there are so many things to do and see that a couple of days will not be enough. But this will be a nice little taster for your next visit (Why not take a look at our list of the top 12 places to visit on a road trip around Anglesey.)
As you enter the island head straight to the picturesque village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (the town with the longest name in Europe) and get an obligatory selfie with the sign. Check out this post for other photo opportunities on Anglesey.
Next visit Newborough Forest, a beautiful woodland area with walking and cycling trails. Explore the forest and make your way to the stunning Newborough Beach and Llanddwyn Island, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula.
After spending some time immersed in nature head to the pretty coastal village of Rhosneigr, and check in to your accommodation for the next couple of nights – we recommend Driftwood, a boutique guest house close to all the amenities and activities the village has to offer. Grab some pub grub and have a stroll along the beach, take in the amazing sunsets and watch the surfers catching the last waves of the day.
Day 4: Anglesey
After one of Driftwoods’s delicious breakfasts head to the striking Southstack lighthouse, have a walk along one of Rhosneigr’s coastal paths or have a go of one of the many watersports available on Rhosneigr’s beaches. Spend your last night in Anglesey relaxing at the Oyster Catcher or one of the other excellent places to eat and drink.
Day 5: Anglesey and Caernarfon
Before heading back to the mainland, visit the Copper Kingdom, have a stroll over the rugged colourful pathways of Parys Mountain and then head inside and learn about copper miners and sail ships of one of Wales’ most industrious towns of the 18th and 19th centuries.
When you’ve finished learning about the copper industry head to Caernarfon and visit the majestic Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a leisurely stroll around the town’s colourful streets and grab some souvenirs before heading to Llanberis for the next two nights.
Day 6: Snowdonia National Park
No trip to north Wales is complete without exploring Snowdonia National Park and its breathtaking landscapes. You can hike up Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, or take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit. Spend the rest of the day discovering the national slate museum or the park’s charming villages, like Betws-y-Coed or Beddgelert, and visiting attractions such as the Swallow Falls waterfall.
The final day of the trip allows for a full day exploring some of the many other things on offer in North Wales before driving home later in the evening. Here are just some of our recommendations.
Zip World – Get your adrenaline fix at Zip World, home to the fastest zip line in the world, or try out one of their other thrilling experiences like Bounce Below, a subterranean playground with trampolines and slides. Find out more
Bala: Visit the home of the largest natural lake in Wales – have a walk around it or perhaps take a canoe out. If you fancy something a little more sedate why not take a scenic ride on the Best Small Railway 2012?
Greenwood Family Park: a superb award-winning family fun adventure park celebrating the beauty of nature through eco-friendly and sustainable entertainment, using green energy produced by the sun, water and even humans. Find out more
This itinerary only scratches the surface of what North Wales & Anglesey has to offer, but it’s a fantastic starting point for an unforgettable road trip.