north wales road trip guide and itinerary

The Perfect North Wales Road Trip Guide and Itinerary

Trying to figure out where to go on your Trip to North Wales?

After Exploring the very best things to do on a North Wales Road Trip, We’ve got you covered!

Ancient woodlands, Insta Worthy Lakes and Misty Mountains. This is just a start to the amazing things you can see during a visit to North Wales. Being one of the best UK destinations, a North Wales’ adventure is something everyone needs to experience. So use this North Wales Road Trip Guide and Itinerary to start planning.

north wales has some of the best road trip routes in the uk and europe

When is the best time of Year for a North Wales Road Trip?

Unfortunately the Weather can be very temperamental in Wales. The Springtime is always a good time to plan your North Wales Road Trip as even if it rains, seeing the landscape changing before you is pretty special. You will always find the major tourist spots a lot less crowded during this time too.

North Wales Road Trip the best time to go

If you are planning to explore the Welsh Outdoors on your North Wales Road Trip, I recommend June-October as the Weather is usually warmer.

North Wales Road Trip in the Summer

North Wales is a great place to explore all year round but I recommend packing a raincoat regardless of what time of year you want to go (it rains a lot here).


How long does it take to drive around wales?

This question is asked a lot. Even though Wales doesn’t look like a big Country, the many Country roads may add some time onto your trip.

How long does it take to drive around wales?

To drive from one side of Wales to the other (West to East) is about 4 hours. To drive from South to North Wales you are looking at a drive time of 5 hours.

North Wales has a lot to see and do so 7 days is a great amount of time for your North Wales Road Trip. If you can’t spare that amount of time or are just briefly visiting North Wales, you will be surprised how much you can see in a day or two.

➡️ If you suffer from Travel Sickness, I recommend you look at this guide. It’s based on how to tackle Travel Sickness when on a Wales Road Trip.


How long does it take to drive around North Wales?

North Wales is over 200 Miles with so many areas to explore, 5-7 days is the perfect time for a North Wales Road Trip if you want to take your time. But if time isn’t on your side, you may want to limit your North Wales Road Trip to one area. The most recommended destination for this is Snowdonia.

Snowdonia sites on North Wales Road Trip

Where to stop on the way to North Wales

On the way to your North Wales Adventure there are some great places to stop and break up the Journey. The one place I couldn’t recommend enough is Aberystwyth. If you are traveling via South or Mid Wales this spot is a must visit, even if’s for a few hours. The stunning Coastal town of Aberystwyth is only small but the Sea Views and Foodie hot spots make this a great way to start your North Wales Road Trip.

Here are a few things you can do when you visit Aberystwyth:


🏖️ Climb or get the Tram up Constitution Hill. The Walk is pretty steep so the Tram is a great alternative. (Note: You do have to pay for the Tram, tickets can be bought from the Cliff Railway at the entrance)


🏖️ Get Fish and Chips at North Beach (be careful of the Seagulls, they will try their luck!)


🏖️ Stroll around Aberystwyth Harbour and South Beach


🏖️ Kick the Bar outside Alexandra Halls (Look out for the sign explaining the History and what you have to do)


🏖️ Have a drink at the Glen Gower Pub and Watch the Waves


🏖️ Stop by the Arcade and play a few games


🏖️ Watch the Sunset if you get a chance (this is when I have always seen a Dolphin)

Places to Stop on the way to North Wales, Aberyswtyth

A North Wales Road Trip in 3 days

Even though it’s recommended to spend 5-7 days on a North Wales Road Trip, it is totally possible to see a lot in 3 days.

A North Wales Road Trip in 3 days

There are so many sites you can actually see from the comfort of your Car. To save time on your 3 day North Wales Road Trip you can just do a drive-by of a lot of the attractions, stopping only at the sites you are desperate to see.

Our Top Stops highlight the most recommended spots for a North Wales Road Trip no matter if you are there for 1 day or 1 month. Use these stops to plan your 3 day North Wales Road Trip Itinerary and you will get a true taste of North Wales.


What can you do in 2 days in North Wales?

If you only have 2 days for a North Wales Road Trip, don’t expect to see everything. However you can certainly make a very good dent into your itinerary.

What can you do in 2 days in North Wales?

Exploring Snowdonia National Park is a great place to spend your two days. You will see the prettiest rural villages, most amazing views and always have plenty to do.

➡️ I recommend looking at this guide for the best things to do in Snowdonia.


Your ready to use North Wales Road Trip Map

Use this map to start planning your North Wales Road Trip Route and places you may want to see


Our Top North Wales Stops

  1. Snowdonia National Park
  2. Pistyll Rhaedr Waterfall
  3. Wrexham
  4. Bangor
  5. Angelsey
  6. Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park is one of the most popular stops on a North Wales Road Trip and it’s not hard to see why…

cregennan lakes North Wales Road Trip

Snowdonia National Park offers something for everyone. It is one of the most scenic areas in Wales and I will never be able to recommend it enough.

Where to Visit in Snowdonia National Park:

✔️Snowdonia

✔️Conwy

✔️Llyn Padarn & the lonely Tree

✔️Lake Vyrnwy

✔️Dolgellau

For Information on Snowdonia National Park and more amazing things to do here, use this guide

Snowdonia has the most amazing views and walks and not to be missed on a north wales road trip

Pistyll Rhaedr Waterfall

We stumbled upon this Waterfall by mistake and I’m so glad we did. Pistyll Rhaedr Waterfall is seen as one of the wonders of Wales. Even though it can be seen from the road, is well worth stopping here.

Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall North Wales Road Trip

Parking at the Waterfall is pretty easy but be warned, when its a hot day the spaces fill up fast as it’s a great place to cool off. Visiting here can easily be done in 10 minutes so it’s well worth fitting this into your North Wales Road Trip itinerary. (it’s also free!)


Wrexham

With the local football team being bought by Ryan Reynolds, Wrexham is now on everyone’s radar. This was the one place that surprised me the most as this town is surrounded by history and the most stunning scenery.

Wrexham north wales road trip

Wrexham has great tourist attractions, places to eat and the most lovely country pubs. So if you are wanting a perfect mixture of City and Country, add Wrexham to your North Wales Road Trip itinerary.


Bangor

‘Ban-gor’ is the oldest City in Wales. You will not find a lot to do here but is a great base for exploring places on your North Wales Road Trip, like Anglesey.

North Wales Road Trip Bangor

Bangor also has a beach, pier and is great seaside pitstop for a few hours. It’s definitely worth visiting Wales’ oldest City but you don’t need to plan much time here.

(Note: If you are looking for something to do in Bangor, Visit Penrhyn Castle).


Anglesey

Drive across the Manai Suspension Bridge across to the wonderful Island of Anglesey

The bridge to Anglesey North Wales Road Trip

The bridge from mainland Wales to Anglesey is pretty impressive. But not as impressive as Anglesey. Full of Geological landforms, rolling hills and Blue Waters, this is one of the most incredible stops on a North Wales Road Trip.

P.S When you arrive at Anglesey, try and stop at the Snowdonia Panoramic view point. On a clear day you can see all the Mountains in Snowdonia. There is also a really useful slate sign that tells you all the mountains you can see from that point.

North Wales Road Trip Snowdonia view point at Anglesey

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll or more commonly known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is on the Island of Angelsey. And Yup, this is a real place.

North Wales Road Trip Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

It is the second longest place name in the world. The English Translation for this 58 Character village name is  “St Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave”.

You can visit the sign at the local Train Station and even though it’s just a sign, it’s well worth stopping here on your North Wales Road Trip.


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿North Wales Road Trip Sign Off: This is without a doubt one of the most scenic Road Trips you can do. If you are an outdoor adventurer or just looking for the best spot for a beer, North Wales will not disapoint. Use this guide to plan the most enjoyable trip with the most insta worthy views!

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