Whether you are planning an activity weekend in Snowdonia, a relaxing week on the coast or fun for all the family - it's all on offer in this beautiful part of Wales - Snowdonia Mountains and Coast. Choose a Welsh county from the list below to view the latest published School Half Term Holiday Dates in Wales.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these half term holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.
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Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates before making holiday arrangements.
North Wales is one of those parts of the world to which everyone should consider going at least once. Unlike so many tourist destinations, it has no target audience. There is something for everyone. The things North Wales has going for it cross a wide spread of interests.
1. Welsh Mountains.
Snowdonia National Park may be a pimple compared to the Alps or the Rockies, but what it lacks in height it makes up for in sheer beauty. Whether from your car or on foot, the hills and valleys of this landscape are easy to get lost in.
In late August (the best time of year to visit) the moorland is spectacular with the deep purple of heather and the brilliant yellow of gorse.
Numerous rights of way cross common grazing occupied by sheep and mountain ponies (not wild, as they are owned by local farmers, but allowed to run free for much of the year).
2. Castles in Snowdonia.
Four of the finest examples of the very height of the castle builder's art encircle Snowdonia. King Edward's 'Ring of Iron' consists of the great castles of Conwy, Caernarvon, Beaumaris and Harlech, and all four are completely different. All four, thus, are worth visiting. Caernarvon, the site of the investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales, is perhaps one of the best preserved and restored of all Medieval castles and towers above the Menai Straits. Beaumaris shows the classic concentric design and even has a partial water moat, although it was never finished and gives a somewhat squat impression.
Beyond those four are numerous smaller castles, keeps, hill forts and ruins, enough to keep the amateur archaeologist busy for at least a week.
3. Narrow Gauge Trains.
Wales is known as a hotbed of railway preservation and some of the best examples are in North Wales. For something unique, go to Llanberis and board the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the only steam rack railway in the world. Although some trains now run under diesel power, you have a good chance of at least seeing a steamer. If you are feeling particularly energetic, buy a one way ticket and hike back down the mountain from the visitor center at the summit.
Also in Llanberis is the Llanberis Lake Railway, a two mile narrow gauge track along the side of a lake. This railway is all steam and its main terminus is across the street from the Slate Museum. With free admission, this is well worth checking out for the reconstructed slate worker's houses, demonstrations of slate working techniques and huge collection of wooden moulds for casting machine parts.
If you have a few hours and just want to relax, then the Welsh Highland Railway might be right up your alley. Take the train from Caernarvon, literally across the car park from the spectacular castle, through the Aberglaslyn Pass to Pont Croesor. Once in Pont Croesor, spend time birding at the nature reserve before catching the train back to Caernarvon. Look out for the classic Pullman carriages and enjoy the most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives in current use. The Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railway holds the distinction of being the oldest operating narrow-gauge railway company.
4. Welsh Ponies.
Snowdonia is the original home of the Welsh Mountain Pony, examples of which might be glimpsed, if you are fortunate, while hiking in the mountains. From this breed comes the Welsh Pony, Welsh Cob and Welsh Pony of Cob Type.
It is hardly surprising, then, that one of the best ways to see the mountains is from the back of a horse. Any one of a number of pony trekking centers will take even novice riders for a pleasant ride through lanes and out onto the hills. All centers provide helmets and most offer basic instruction before setting out.
If your preferred contact with 'the ponies' involves betting, then drop by Tir Prince for a harness racing meet. Tir Prince also has a small amusement park and arcades.
5. The Grand Old British Seaside.
Although no Blackpool or Brighton, the Victorian resort of Llandudno is truly charming with its broad promenade. One of the best preserved Victorian piers runs out to sea from the 'north' promenade. The quieter west promenade is popular with locals walking their dogs. Between the two is the Great Orme, which can be accessed on foot or by cable car or funicular tram.
Bangor is also good for classic British seaside attractions such as rock candy and, of course, the beach, although the Irish Sea can be a little cold for swimming. Also, visitors to Llandudno are warned that attempting to walk across the Conwy estuary to Conwy is a bad idea...tourists need to be rescued every year from the dangerous sandbars, that rapidly vanish when the tide comes in. Llandudno also makes a great base of operations for exploring this beautiful part of the world.
Agar House Guest House is a family friendly and very comfortable 3 star guest house situated in the picturesque resort town of Llandudno.
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