Chester is just minutes from the Welsh border with its sandy beaches, dramatic scenery and historic buildings all in easy reach by car or train. Wales is well known for its many castles which vary from rugged ruins to well preserved buildings complete with moats. There are over a dozen Welsh castles to explore between 20 minutes and an hour and a half drive from Chester.

If you like seaside resorts then on a sunny day drive the 35 miles to Prestatyn beach and don’t forget the buckets and spades and a picnic. When you’ve had enough of the sand try out the local crazy golf. Or take a stroll along the Victorian pier at Llandudno, just under 50 miles away, followed by a cable car or tram ride to the top of the Great Orme.

You can drive over a hairy mountain pass to Llangollen to walk up to the ruined Dinas Bran castle that overlooks the town or visit the 18th Century Plas Newydd house, take a trip on a horse drawn canal barge or in a steam train.

The Welsh countryside also has a lot to offer walkers, especially in the Clwydian hills, a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty only 20 miles from Chester. From the top of Moel Famau you get sweeping views across North Wales to the West and the Wirral and Merseyside to the North.

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Some of the interesting places Baker’s Cottage guests found in North Wales:

Bodnant Gardens

nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden | Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5RE | Tel: +44 (0)1492 650460

These National Trust owned gardens are about an hour’s drive from Chester.

  • “We took a trip to Bodnant Gardens which was fantastic, highly recommended” Dido B from Ludlow, jULY 2016.
  • Debbie J recommends that “anyone who likes gardens makes the trip into Wales to Bodnant Gardens – a truly beautiful location” (May 2013).

Chirk Castle

nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle | Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF | Tel: +44 (0)1691 777701

  • Marian & Mark F wrote “Chirk castle very pleasant”. after their visit in March 2018. Chirk Castle dates back to the 13th Century and is in North Wales, just 30 minutes drive from Chester.

Erddig house

nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig | Near Wrexham | Tel: +44 (0)1978 355314.

Our guests recommend a visit to Erddig, the National Trust House near Wrexham,

  • “Always a good place to visit said M. P. from England (September 2013)
  • “one of the most interesting houses we’ve ever seen”, S. A. from England (June 2011).

Llandudno

Visitllandudno.org.uk has local information on Llandudno, Conwy and the surrounding area.

A classic seaside resort with beaches on both sides, a Victorian pier, cable car and tram rides up to the top of the Great Orme. From Chester it’s easy to reach by road or rail.

  • Marian and Mark F recommended a trip to Llandudno after their visit in March 2018
  • Nita H wrote  “Train trip to Llandudno was lovely, just an hour away” in April 2014.

Conwy

visitllandudno.org.uk/towns-and-villages/conwy

A well preserved medieval walled town with a castle and quayside overlooking the Conwy estuary on one side and Snowdonian mountains on the other. We recommend a walk around the top of the town walls to get your bearings (if you’re OK with steps and heights!). Follow that with a visit to the castle and Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan town house.

  • Christine J from Halstead recommended a day trip to Conwy when they stayed in Chester and “had some lovely rides out of town” in February 2018.

Snowdon Mountain Railway

snowdonrailway.co.uk | Llanberis, Gwynedd | Tel: +44 (0)844 493 8120

  • “Make sure you BOOK for the Snowdon railway!” recommend SP and HD, (May 2014).
  • Mr & Mrs C said the most memorable aspect of their stay at Baker’s Cottage was “without doubt the day trip to Snowdonia. We fully recommend the rail trip. Scenery is breathtaking”. (June 2010).
  • Mr & Mrs Q said “After a relatively easy drive we took the scenic railway up Snowdon. A truly memorable experience – the spectacular landscape will stay with us forever.” (October 2008).

Techniquest in Wrexham

tqg.org.uk | Glyndwr University Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW | Tel: +44 (0)1978 293400.

5 zones with masses of hands on science based activities that will keep primary school age children occupied for 2 or 3 hours. There’s a snack bar and picnic tables and you’re welcome to bring your own food. There are also plenty of places to eat in Wrexham town centre and Techniquest tickets are valid all day so you can pop out for lunch. A great option for a rainy day.

  • “We went to Techniquest in Wrexham. Grandchildren loved it, lots for them to do. Take your own food for lunch time. Good price too.” C. J. from England, (April 2012).

Where to find out more about visiting North Wales

  • Visitwales.com is your first port of call for tourist information.
  • Showmewales.co.uk also has plenty of information for visitors.
  • CADW.gov.wales is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service and you’ll find maps and an itinerary planner including castles and other historic buildings that are open to the public.
  • Nationaltrust.org.uk lists historic buildings in Wales.

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