I’m Natalie from Gorgeous and Geeky, a lifestyle and beauty blog. I’m a mental health support worker and blogger with a passion for travel, Star Wars, cats, and gin. I currently reside in Wales, but I am originally from Florida. I moved to Wales in 2012 to start a life with my partner, Martyn, who is from Carmarthenshire.
Why I chose to write about North Wales…
I chose to write about North Wales because I have fond memories of this trip we took in August 2012. I had recently moved over and wanted to see more of Wales, so we decided to go to Llandudno for a few days. We drove through Snowdonia National Park and listened to Train the entire way.
5 things to see and do in North Wales
We hopped the train from Llanberis Station to the Summit of Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales and the fourth highest mountain in the UK. When we got to the top, it was misty and grey, but gorgeous nonetheless. We were lucky enough to witness the Olympic torch being lit, too!
We stayed here and loved the atmosphere of this quaint, seaside town. My favorite part of Llandudno was the beach and Victorian promenade, which offered an idyllic setting. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” is linked to Llandudno. Carroll wrote this story to entertain his friend’s daughter, Alice Liddell; Alice’s family built a home, Penmorfa, in Llandudno and holidayed there. There are numerous statues dedicated to Carroll’s masterpiece, featuring the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit.
One afternoon we drove into Conwy, a “walled town” on the north coast on Wales. The walls are quite impressive and have been standing since the thirteenth century; the castle and the walls were built by Edward 1, who was attempting to conquer Wales. Conwy has great historical significance, but also boasts beautiful landscapes. One can enjoy an afternoon stroll along the bay and gaze into the Irish Sea.
If you are afraid of flying but want to visit Italy, I suggest traveling to Portmeirion. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis arguably enjoyed the Mediterranean so much, that the decided to design and build his own version. Once you step into Portmeirion, you will be transported into another world, especially if you have good weather. There is plenty to see, do, eat, buy, and photograph! I cannot say enough good things about this day out; I would love to go stay on-site, eventually!
Blaenau Ffestiniog // Llechwedd Slate Caverns
On our way home, we drove by the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and decided to stop in. This is where I first tried “cawl,” a traditional Welsh soup. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and learned quite a bit about the history of mining for Welsh slate during our time 500 feet underground. We got to watch people engage in “slate splitting,” and you can even give it a try yourself if you book in for a slate workshop.
Natalie’s Recommendation for Food & Drink in North Wales
While I don’t remember where we ate on our visit, I did want to visit Watson’s Bistro. The menu looks superb, though I must admit I will do my best to go anywhere with crème brulee! All joking aside, this family-run business appears to maintain a cosy and outstanding dining experience. http://www.watsonsbistroconwy.co.uk
A map of things to do in North Wales…
Other recommendations from Natalie
Things to see & do
Food & Drink
- The Rabbit Hole Café and Well-Being Center
- Purple Moose Brewery
- Prohibition Wine and Champagne Lounge, which serves Italian Cicchetti
Thank you to Natalie for taking part in the Travel in the UK Guest Blogger Series. You can catch up with the rest of the series on Steph’s World.