Wales is celebrating its ‘Year of Discovery’ in 2019 as it beckons the world to get better acquainted with its ancient culture, history and rugged wildness. A short break at Bodelwyddan Castle invites you to relax in a Victorian estate and immerse yourself in it all. You’ll be less than half an hour from medieval Conwy and traditional seaside fun at Llandudno and Rhyl, and you’ll have the heather-tinted Clwydian Range of hills and Snowdonia National Park on the horizon.


Follow the North Wales Way

Sandwiched between sea and soaring peaks, Bodelwyddan Castle’s patch of North Wales is home to some of the country’s most natural wonders and historic attractions. One of the most exciting ways to see them is on a road trip along the famous North Wales Way.

The North Wales Way

The route

The route takes in 75 miles in total, from Chester across to Anglesey, but there are plenty of loops and diversions to enjoy it in bite-sized chunks. Our recommended journey begins with a drive over the Clwydian Range to Ruthin where there’s a modern craft centre and museum amid photogenic black and white half-timbered buildings. It’s then on to the seaside, first Colwyn Bay, then Llandudno, perhaps combined with a climb to the top of the Great Orme. Conwy brings up the rear of the journey, with the walled market town offering a 13th century fortress at one extreme and Britain’s smallest house at the other.


Bodnant Gardens

A worthy finalist of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019 with 80 acres of hillside brimful of exotic plants from around the world. Created by five generations of the same family, there are 250 years of horticultural history to see, packed into formal terraces, woodland, lawns, glades and water lily ponds. Stay at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel (14 miles away) in North Wales to stroll the gardens.

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