Things to Do

We are lucky to be close to a marvellous range of activities, whether historical sites like Conwy Castle, sandy beaches, adrenaline charged activities....or just the stunning countryside of North Wales.

A range of pamphlets and activity guides are provided in your accommodation....and of course, always feel free to ask us about anything you might be planning.

Some of our own very favourite things to do are:

Conwy Castle – vehicle causeway to an impressive historic castle and it’s encircled town (World Heritage site). Walk the walls, enjoy the pretty harbour, great fish and chips (25min drive)

Loggerheads Country Park – part of the Clwydian Range, nice easy walks in a lovely wooded river valley. Family café and picnic area (25min drive)

Walking – we are located just a few 100 metres off Offa’s Dyke Path (one of only twelve designated National Trails in the UK). The path runs 182 miles from Prestatyn in the north to Sedbury in the south. We have available a number of maps and books covering local walks as well. See also on this site 'Walking the Vale of Clwyd and Offa's Dyke'

Llangollen – cute village located on the River Dee (45min drive) with boat rides on the Shropshire Union Canal, steam railway, fascinating shops (vintage shop with classic Barbour and Burberry clothing, taxidermist!) and lots of cafés (try the Vintage Rose tea rooms for a treat) or kayak over the highest canal aqueduct in the world!

Beaches – North Wales is blessed with some fine beaches. We recommend:

  • Talacre – 20min drive to wide sandy beach with expansive views and interesting lighthouse (built 1771). Option to go horse riding on the beach too
  • Llandudno - 30min drive. Hugely popular Victorian seaside town with pier, boat trips, cable car, promenade and even a ski slope
  • Isle of Anglesey - blessed with the Gulf Stream, its sparkling waters make this a marvellous day trip (55min drive). Visit Beaumaris with its seaside castle and fun crab fishing off the pier. Our favourite spot is Llanddwyn beach - associated with Wales’ equivalent of St Valentine, this beach is just gorgeous (don’t just take our word for it, see Conde Nast’s ‘Britain’s Best Beaches’)

Cycling – there are a wide range of mountain bike tracks and other facilities in North Wales. Locally there is the Cilcain Short track (8.5km ride) and also various routes at nearby Moel Famau. Llyn Brenig is also popular (see below). Best resource is which allows you to choose route difficulty, provides maps, route fly through, ride time, profile etc.

Llyn Brenig – impressive reservoir on the Denbigh Moors with a variety of cycling and walking tracks, cycle hire, large café & children’s playground (30min drive)

Chester – lovely ancient Roman city just 33 min drive, definitely worth a day trip to explore its famous black and white Tudor buildings, walk the city walls or take a boat ride on the river. Chester also boasts Europe’s largest zoo and the Blue Planet aquarium

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet – Retail therapy on a giant scale! Self-described as ‘…the UK’s largest Designer Outlet with a quarter-million square feet of retail space, comprising of more than 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafés.’ About 35min drive.

Holywell – nearby town (5 miles) famous for its holy spring where visitors can immerse themselves. Nearby Green Pea café highly recommended.

Welsh Mountain Zoo – small conservation zoo high above Colwyn Bay (25min drive). Open all year

Fishing – a major game fishing store (Foxons, tel. 01745 583583) is located nearby in St Asaph and can provide local fishing advice. We understand that sea trout run in the River Clwyd. Llyn Brenig reservoir is a popular fishing location. See also

Betws-y-Coed – a bustling mountain village with a lovely alpine feel. Gateway to Snowdonia and lots to do, from the tree tops adventure centre to viewing the very pretty Swallow Falls. Lots of yummy cafes too

Afonwen (Tues-Sun) – popular local craft and antique centre (6min drive) with a busy calendar of events

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