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July/24/2017

Why Are Caravan Holidays in North Wales So Popular?

North Wales is shaping up for a bumper summer holiday season by the looks of things, with caravan holidays in North Wales becoming more and more popular. But why is this area becoming so popular and what does it have to offer holidaymakers?

Well, not only is North Wales building an enviable reputation as a hotspot for adventure sports, it recently received a glowing endorsement from ‘Travel Planet’ who named it fourth on the global ‘Best in Travel’ list of regions to visit for 2017. In fact, it was the only place in the UK to rank in the list at all. There are a million and one reasons why we completely agree with this ranking, of course, not least because the area is packed full of stunning scenery, wildlife havens and unbelievable adventure parks.

North Wales has long been a popular destination for visitors from the UK enjoying a little staycation, but it is increasingly becoming popular with overseas visitors as well. The Office for National Statistics reported recently that in 2016 there were 450,000 foreign trips made to Wales including visitors from China, Japan, Croatia, Hungary and Poland. Qatar Airlines has also recently announced that they are launching a new service from Cardiff Airport to Qatar – which will open up the area to visitors from the Middle East as well.

North Wales is packed full of old industrial sites that have been creatively converted into attractions that will appeal to all the family, including Surf Snowdonia, Bounce Below and Zip World. Zip World is one of the most fantastic successes in North Wales in recent years, as it houses the world’s fastest zip line in a former slate quarry in Bethesda. The site saw an unbelievable 210,000 visitors in 2016, and they are expecting the figure to increase to around 300,000 this year.

The abundance of great local food and drink in the area is another thing that is attracting visitors. There are a multitude of pubs and bars in the area for you to grab a quick bite at, or you could book yourself into one of the many restaurants instead – serving everything from soul food to seafood! You may also be lucky enough to be visiting us when one of the amazing local food festivals is on, such as the Gwledd Conwy Feast or Hamper Llangollen to name but two. Best thing is, you don’t need to eat out to enjoy a taste of Wales, as our shop on site sells local produce from the area for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own caravan.

If you are thinking about checking out all the amazing things that North Wales has to offer this summer, then please give us a call on 01978 780 277 or send us an email to enquiries@plassey.com

July/24/2017

How to escape the crowds in North Wales

If you have been lucky enough to spend time at one of the stunning holiday parks in North Wales you will know that there are many attractions for you to spend time visiting. However, during the most popular times of the year, the more well-known attractions such as Snowdon or Canaervan Castle can get packed with visitors. If you’re not one to spend time in crowded places, then don’t worry, we have pulled together a guide to some of the less well-known places to visit in North Wales for you:

 

Cadair Idris

If you fancy checking out one of the many stunning mountains in North Wales, but don’t want to fight the crowds at Snowdon why not head to Cadair Idris instead? Lying to the South of Dolgellau, Cadair Idris rises to 2,927 feet (892m) and contains not only a wooded moss gorge but also a spectacular glacier lake. On a clear day, you can see for miles, and you will get some great views of the Lleyn Peninsula, the Rhinog mountain range, the Long Mynd and even Ireland (if you squint a bit).

 

Denbigh Town Walls

When people think of walled cities in North Wales, they tend to think of Conwy and its medieval town walls. However, if you want to explore somewhere a little bit less well known then head over to Denbigh and check out its triple towered gatehouse, and half a mile of town walls instead. A classic Edwardian fortress, Denbigh Castle was built by Edward 1st back in 1282 on top of what was a traditional welsh stronghold built by Dafydd ap Gruffudd.

 

Llyn Dinas

There is nothing better on a sunny afternoon in North Wales than a quick dip in the open air, and the most popular spot for this is Snowdonia Llyn Padarn. But if you fancy somewhere a bit more secluded you should head for Llyn Dinas which is situated near Beddgelert in Gwynedd.  Lying about 55 metres above sea level, this lake covers an area of 60 acres but only reaches about ten metres in depth, so is a good depth for swimmers.

 

Beaumaris Castle

One of the most visited attractions in North Wales is Caernarfon Castle, a medieval fortress with stone walls that wrap around the town. Built in the 13th Century, Beaumaris Castle is considered to be the most technically perfect castle in the UK with its symmetrical walls within walls design. Sitting in a beautiful scenic area overlooking nor only the sea but the mountains as well, and is also surrounded by a water-filled moat.

 

Welsh Mountain Zoo

One day out that is guaranteed to be enjoyed by the whole family is the Zoo. Now in North Wales, we are lucky enough to be only a short drive from one of the most popular Zoos in the UK – Chester Zoo. However, we also have a fantastic Zoo right here in Wales – the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Smaller than Chester Zoo admittedly, but packed full of amazing experiences such as the winged wonders flying display, the chimp encounter and the penguin’s playtime.  You can also book a zoo keeper for the day experience package.

So, if you fancy exploring the little-known attractions of North Wales this summer, or even some of the more famous ones, then give us a call on 01978 780 277 or send us an email to enquiries@plassey.com

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