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North Wales is a great tourist destination thanks to its stunning countryside and beaches, including those on the Llyn Peninsula. With mountains and valleys surrounding these areas, there are plenty of things to see and do and places to stay.

Why go?

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There are a number of popular towns in North Wales that attract visitors from both near and far. One such town is Abersoch, a large village situated on the Llyn Peninsula that is a popular seaside resort. Abersoch specialises in water sports such as windsurfing and jet skiing and has established itself over the years as Britain's most important sailing centre. You can take a boat out of the bay at Abersoch to see the seals, dolphins and puffins that visit Abersoch every year.

Another fantastic place to visit in North Wales is Llandudno, which is situated in the County of Conwy and benefits from two miles of sweeping coastline along the Llandudno bay and North Shore. Llandudno has a Victorian promenade and pier, which was built in 1878 and is now classed as a Grade II listed building, as well as a number of architecturally stunning buildings that are used as hotels in Llandudno.

There are also plenty of historic sites that reflect the heritage of Llandudno, such as the medieval castle and prehistoric copper mines. The Welsh Mountain Zoo in Llandudno is a great family day out, where you'll get to see a variety of animals being cared for in habitats very similar to their natural ones.

Anglesey is a beautiful island situated just off the northern coast of Wales and joined to the mainland by two bridges. As Anglesey has a Roman history dating back hundreds of years, there are plenty of galleries and museums that bring the past to life.

The Pottery Painting Studio is a great place to visit to keep the children amused if the weather isn't good. Anglesey's rocky coves are popular with youngsters interested in the small marine life that lives there. Anglesey plays host to an annual walking festival, which sees visitors travel from miles around to take part.

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Where to stay?

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No matter which part of North Wales you choose to stay in, from Abersoch and Angelsey to Llandudno and the Llyn Peninsula, you'll find plenty of hotels in North Wales to suit your taste and budget.

In North Wales, accommodation types vary considerably, as do prices, so it pays to have figured out where you want to stay and how much you want to spend. In the towns you can book luxury hotel rooms, stay in boutique pads or opt for a cosy and comfortable B&B. There are also many self-catering options.

The get-away-from-it-all nature of some rural areas in North Wales makes for a clutch of wonderful spa hotels, while many country inns and lodges also treat guests to far-reaching views of the valleys.

For easy access to Snowdon, there are a number of hotels, B&Bs, campsites and self-catering options around the national park, though its central location means you can be at Snowdon within just 90 minutes from Llandudno or 70 minutes from Abersoch.

The influx of visitors to the annual Wakestock wakeboarding event means that Abersoch hotels can get quite busy at certain points in the year so booking as far in advance as possible is recommended.

What to see?

The dramatic beauty of North Wales provides a stunning backdrop for plenty of attractions...

Snowdonia National Park

More than 800 square miles of national park stretch across Snowdonia - a haven for walkers of all abilities. At its heart lies Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales.

Llandudno

One of Britain's most charming seaside towns, this family-orientated resort has been a traditional getaway for decades.

Harlech Castle

North Wales has no shortage of castles, and Harlech is one of its finest. It's also one of the best- preserved examples of a medieval fortification in Europe.

SeaQuarium

Take a peak under the waves at the SeaQuarium in Rhyl. There are plenty of sensory adventures for all ages, plus traditional favourites such as seal shows and penguin feeding.

Sir Henry Jones Museum

This museum in Abergele, Conwy, is as much an insight into a typical 19th-century Welsh village as it is a celebration of one of Wales's most celebrated scholars.

What's on?

The Welsh enjoy a celebration, so it's no surprise you'll find plenty of events wherever you go...

Wakestock; July: Europe's largest wakeboarding and music festival is held every year at three sites in the shadow of Snowdon - Penrhos, Pwllheli Marina and Abersoch Bay.

Conwy Honey Fair; September: This historic fair has been selling Welsh honey for more than 700 years. Once exclusively about bee products, you'll find much more these days with music, food and drink enjoying equal billing with the pollen-seeking insects.

Oyster Festival; October: The Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival is one of the main showcase events in North Wales. Enjoy cookery demonstrations and a large collection of food stalls amid a musical and party-like atmosphere in Anglesey.