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Reasons to be Cheerful: Part 7

Your London Tours wants to encourage you to spend your vacation in the UK. But what can the UK offer that other countries can’t? In the latest instament of a blog series, we continue to list our all-time favourite places that can be visited in the UK.

Welcome Back to Britain: This month, North Wales.


5 reasons to visit the North Wales coast.

  • Llandudno: perfect Victorian seaside town owned by Mostyn family estate.
  • Great Orme: take the oldest UK cable tram up this 400ft high rocky outcrop.
  • Conwy: finest example of a fortified borough and walled town in UK.
  • Conwy Castle: exceptionally preserved Edwardine castle – built on a rock.
  • Deganwy: 11th century Norman castle. One-time base of Llewellyn the Great.


5 reasons to visit the Conwy Valley in north Wales.

  • Bodnant Garden: considered by experts the finest in the UK.
  • Trefriw: Victorian spa town with visitor-friendly working woollen mill.
  • Gwydir Castle: one of UK’s finest Tudor houses. Home of the Wynn family.
  • Betwys-Y-Coed: popular and picturesque town at the base of Snowdonia.
  • Dolwyddelan Castle: traditional birthplace of Llewellyn the Great.


5 reasons to visit Snowdonia.

  • Snowdon: highest mountain in England and Wales at 3,560ft.
  • Snowdonia Mountain Railway: rack and pinion railway developed by the Swiss.
  • Caernarfon Castle: regarded as Wales’s greatest. Completed in just 2 years.
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog railway: built 1832. World’s oldest railway company.
  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns: slate mining heritage, includes trampolines and zip-wires!


5 reasons to visit North West Wales.

  • Portmeirion: Arts & Crafts style village. The Prisoner was filmed here.
  • Harlech Castle: symbol of English imperialism, or Welsh independence?
  • Blue Lake, Fairbourne: secret lagoon in the old Goleuwern slate quarry.
  • Lake Vyrnwy: hear the story of the village sunken under a reservoir.
  • Welsh Highland Heritage Railway: steaming from Porthmadog to Pen-Y-Mount.


5 reasons to visit Anglesey in Wales:

  • Anglesey: ancient druid HQ: Romans swam across Menai Straights to do battle.
  • Bridges: cross by Telford’s ‘Menai’ and return via Robert Stephenson’s ‘Britannia’.
  • Llanfair: Victorian village featuring longest place name in the world – 58 letters!
  • Beaumaris Castle: Edward I’s last castle in Wales. Never completed.
  • Penrhyn Castle: folly built for wealthy Pennant family, sugar and slate merchants.



Your London Tours chief administrator Jo Bull said: “We cannot force anyone to spend their vacation in the UK, but we can entice them with these recommendations. We hope they will take them into account when making Your London Tours their first port of call for a trip to remember.”