Castles, Gardens & the Sea

Wondering what to do in Flintshire? – Glan Llyn is about 15-20 minutes by car to the historical village of Llangollen where you can hitch a ride in a horse drawn boat or better still rent out a boat for the day and watch the spectacular site from the hight of the Pontcysylite Aqueduct a terrifying 126 feet up and a World Heritage Site. Llangollen Bridge dates back to the 1300s in this bustling market town full of bars and restaurants to tempt your palate. We have other wonders too. Every year, around 5,000 competitors from all over the world flock to Llangollen’s famousInternational Musical Eisteddfod.

Chirk Castle, 19 miles from us, completed in 1310, is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I that’s still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servants’ hall and historic laundry. The award-winning gardens contain clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens. A terrace with stunning views looks out over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

Erddig Hall, is only 13 miles from Glan Llyn, and with its well preserved interiors throws you right into the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years. Moreover, you can enjoy a horse-drawn coach ride around in its superb 18th-century formal garden and visit its romantic landscaped park .

When the hills have tired you we are just 20 minutes by car from the sand dunes and the shore of the sea at Talacre beach . If you drive a bit further you will reach Llandudno, Wales largest resort, with its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions. In Llandudno you can ride the UK’s only cable-hauled tramway to the top of the Great Orme. Then ski down the other side.

Just 5 miles from Llandudno you will find the walled town of Conwy with its rich history and culture. Plas Mawr in Conwy, is the best surviving Elizabethan town house in Britain. Other things are cultured here. Only 2 miles from Conwy and you are in the landscaped gardens at Bodnant where you can marvel at plants from all over the world grown from seed and cuttings collected over a century ago on plant-hunting expeditions. Created by five generations of one family, this 32-hectare (80-acre) garden has expansive lawns and intimate corners, grand ponds and impressive terraces, a steep wooded valley and stream, as well as awe-inspiring plant collections, there are continually changing glorious displays of colour.

Our wilder landscapes include watersport venues like Conwy and Prestatyn, where you can sail, jet ski, dive and fish. And, as you’d expect, we’ve a bounty of seafood, too. Including our famous Conwy mussels.

The Welsh Mountain Zoo is just a little along the coast at Colwyn Bay. Also nearby are many craft centres, cinemas and the landmark of the area, Theatr Clwyd, 4 miles form Glan Llyn, a major regional theatre. To round off the day, there are many superb local inns and restaurants, tempting you with their culinary expertise.