Posted on 09/12/2016 by Karen
Looking for things to do in North Wales over Christmas and December? Why not try some of the following suggestions to get the most out of your time here.
The National Trust
The National Trust have some wonderful properties in North Wales and best of all can always be relied on for a huge slice of cake and a cuppa at the end of your visit. Wander round the spectacular gardens of Plas Newydd on Anglesey with views across the Menai Straits towards the mountains of Snowdonia. For a limited time you can go into the house and some rooms have been opened up and decorated for a traditional family Christmas, it’s always fascinating to see how the other half lived.
Plas Newydd Gardens are open daily from 11am till 3pm excluding Christmas day and Boxing day, and the house from 11am to 2:30pm from 17th December.
For the more energetic, Penrhyn Castle on the outskirts of Bangor holds a parkrun every Saturday morning including Christmas Eve. You will need to preregister on www.parkrun.org.uk/penrhyn but what an opportunity to run in totally different surroundings!
If you prefer walking, Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley has a few miles of footpath to wander around and enjoy the gardens in their winter glory. It’s doubtful that the skating lake would be frozen but your fingers might be, so why not warm up in The Dell where a brazier is kept burning whilst you enjoy a hot drink. Alternatively, make your own Christmas decorations at the Elves’ workshop from the 17 – 20 December. Bodnant gardens will be closed 24 – 26 December.
An Easy Bike Ride
How about hiring a bike and enjoying an easy ride through beautiful countryside? Both electric and mountain bikes can be hired from Canolfan Prysor by Trawsfynydd Lake. It is a relatively flat ride round the lake and could provide the justification for polishing off another box of chocolates later. The café there serves meals and snacks and enjoys great views over the Lake. Closed on Christmas day and Boxing day.
Take a Local Tour
The mountains in Snowdonia are usually covered in snow at this time of year, have a drive in the car or take the train and explore. Wander round the pretty villages of Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Why not plan a whole day out? Coffee in Betws y Coed, Lunch at Beddgelert and afternoon tea in Caernarfon, or just stop on route at any of the country pubs you pass, they’ve probably all got log fires burning. The whole round trip from Llandudno would be less than 75 miles.