8 days in North Wales Itinerary

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Fly to Manchester, Train to Betws-y-Coed
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Betws-y-Coed
— 2 nights
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Caernarfon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pwllheli
— 1 night
Drive
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Porthmadog
— 1 night
Drive
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Dolgellau
— 1 night
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Betws-y-Coed — 2 nights

Betws-y-Coed is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Snowdon, stop by Candlespower, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the views from Sappers Suspension Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Betws-y-Coed travel route planner.

London to Betws-y-Coed is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Betws-y-Coed can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Caernarfon.
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Caernarfon — 2 nights

Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Gelert's Grave, then get engrossed in the history at National Slate Museum, then explore the galleries of Penrhyn Castle (National Trust), and finally take in the waterfront at Bangor Garth Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Caernarfon Castle, admire the striking features of Beaumaris Gaol, then step into the grandiose world of Beaumaris Castle, and finally snap pictures at Menai Suspension Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Caernarfon holiday planning website.

Drive from Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. October in Caernarfon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pwllheli.
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Pwllheli — 1 night

Pwllheli is a community and the main market town of the Llŷn Peninsula (Penrhyn Llŷn) in Gwynedd, north-western Wales. On the 26th (Wed), kick back and relax at Llanbedrog Beach, then steep yourself in history at Plas yn Rhiw, and then go for a walk through Llyn Coastal Path.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pwllheli trip tool.

You can drive from Caernarfon to Pwllheli in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Pwllheli are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Porthmadog.
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Porthmadog — 1 night

Porthmadog, known locally as "Port", and since 1974, rendered into Welsh from its former Anglicised form, Portmadoc, is a small coastal town and community in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd, in Wales. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Portmeirion Village, step into the grandiose world of Harlech Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Criccieth Castle, and finally make a trip to Criccieth Lifeboat Station.

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Porthmadog is just a short distance from Pwllheli. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dolgellau.
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Dolgellau — 1 night

Dolgellau is a market town in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, lying on the River Wnion, a tributary of the River Mawddach. On the 28th (Fri), snap pictures at Barmouth Bridge, then stroll through Barmouth Beach, then delve into the distant past at Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cader Idris.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dolgellau tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Porthmadog to Dolgellau by car takes about an hour. October in Dolgellau sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.
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North Wales travel guide

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Castles · Beaches · Historic Sites
Passionate about being Welsh, residents of North Wales fiercely preserve their language, music, and history. The region’s dramatic landscapes, which notably include the highest peaks in Wales and England, attract tourism from hikers, cyclists, and adventure-seekers of every description. Your trip may also include a ride on some of the country’s most scenic heritage railways here. Despite its relatively small size, North Wales has many historical attractions to fill your travel itinerary. It is home to two World Heritage sites, which include a series of well-preserved Edwardian castles dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The Welsh spirit is strong here and most residents use their mother tongue, but don’t be afraid to ask for directions: Everyone also speaks fluent English and will be more than happy to converse in it.
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Gwynedd travel guide

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Castles · Historic Sites · Beaches
Named after an ancient kingdom that existed at the end of the Roman period, Gwynedd is a sparsely populated area mostly known for containing Snowdonia National Park. The rugged landscape attracts adventurous walkers and rock climbers, who come here to explore some of the highest peaks in the region. Proud of their heritage, most natives of this area, which is known as the heartland of Welsh nationalism, use their mother tongue. Travelers unfamiliar with Welsh may struggle reading place names, especially in remote areas without English signposts. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions, as most locals, though they may be ardent Welsh-speakers at home, also speak excellent English.
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