North Wales is full of tourist attractions, castles, museums and things to do, along with spectacular mountains, valleys and coastline. To make your stay with us at Plas Dinas as memorable as possible, we have compiled below a list of some of the best attractions to be found in North Wales - all under an hour away from us by car, with some much closer.
This powerful narrow gauge railway begins a spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the castle walls at Caernarfon. You'll travel under our driveway and then climb 650ft to the foothills of Snowdon, before zigzagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, then through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. Dinas station is just a 15 minute walk.
King Edward intended this castle to be a Royal residence and seat of government for North Wales. The castle's symbolic status was emphasized when Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born there in 1284. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the investiture of HRH Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.
Dinas Dinlle has a spectacular long sandy beach (pebbles at the top) and a small community with a pub, beach shop and café. It’s located on the road to Caernarfon Air World, from where you can take a pleasure flight around the peninsula, or across the mountains and castles of north-west Wales.
This area is one of outstanding natural beauty and has no fewer than seven sites adjoining it that are recognised as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one National Nature Reserve. The Menai Strait is extremely important as a refuge for many marine animals. Otters can occasionally be seen playing along the shore or in the waters and seals and dolphins use the Menai Strait as a 'short cut' between Liverpool Bay and Caernarfon Bay. Boat trips are available.
The ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey, Plas Newydd bears witness to a turbulent history: from noble beginning, triumphant success at Waterloo, bankruptcy at the turn of the 20th century and the revival of the family fortunes in the 1930s. Located on the Menai Straits, with glorious views across Snowdonia, you can stroll through an Australasian arboretum, Italianate summer terrace or follow a woodland path leading to the marine walk along the Straits.
With magnificent views over Snowdonia, the castle has a unique furniture collection and the best private art collection in Wales. It has large gardens and grounds with a formal Victorian walled garden, a dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground.
A very popular pleasure cruise which includes panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range and Penmon Lighthouse. On arrival at Puffin Island you have the opportunity to see as many as 12 species of sea birds in their natural habitat - Puffins, Guillemots, Cormorants & Kittiwakes. At the East of the island you’ll see the seal colony, giving ample time for photographs. The island has a number of ruins of medieval monastic buildings, including the tower of a 12th century church.
A unique village set on its own private peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. It was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it. Portmeirion is made up of about 50 buildings and surrounded by 70 acres of sub-tropical woodland gardens. On the main driveway is Castell Deudraeth, a Victorian mansion recently restored as a brasserie style restaurant and hotel.