North Wales, like most areas in the UK, enjoys a long and chequered history. Whilst you may know some of it, there is still much to discover.
Copper Kingdom, Amlwch
Copper ore seams were discovered on Mynydd Parys (Parys Mountain) in the late 18th century, resulting in a hive of marketing activity for decades. With the quality copper ore now gone, the scarred mountain landscape is now a wonderfully rugged landscape to explore.
Walk the mountains and enjoy the distant views to Snowdonia in one direction and out across the sea to the other, and discover more about the ‘Copper Rush’ at the local visitor centre in the town of Amlwch.
It’s a masterpiece of engineering, and one of Thomas Telford’s outstanding projects with the aqueduct still in use today. It’s a towering feature of the landscape just outside of Llangollen, a drive of just over an hour from the Bodnant Estate.
If you’ve a head for heights – the aqueduct towers over 100 feet above the valley floor – you can walk across its length admiring the view. Alternatively, enjoy watching the canal boats negotiate the bridge.
Explore the Llangollen canal and you’ll find some of the barges are still pulled by horses. You can enjoy a short trip along the canal, followed by an hour or two in the small town of Llangollen itself. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is no doubt that admiring the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is worthy of your time in north Wales.
The Castles of King Edward I
Dotted along the north Wales coast, you’ll find castles, most of which were built under the reign of King Edward I.
From Rhuddlan in the outer reaches of Denbighshire, to Conwy Castle, Caernarfon Castle and Beaumaris, these sites have so many stories to tell.
All the castles boast some magnificent views – climb the winding, narrow staircases of the turrets and you won’t be disappointed – as well as a colourful history.
The castles of Edward Ist are all recognised as being unique in their own way which is why they too, are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Check the opening times, as well as accessibility, before you arrive but why not tour all the castles to understand the vision of this 13th century English monarch?
Enjoy the local towns too
All of these heritage sites now stand in local, busy towns which welcome the visitor with open arms. Enjoy shopping with local independent retailers, eating and drinking in some of the local cafes, restaurants and pubs.
All three of these sites are within driving distance of the holiday cottages on the estate and are perfect for relaxing in after a busy day exploring the past. Why not book a stay with us?