Just a short distance from us is Caerphilly town centre. Its impressive castle surrounded by a moat, towers over the shops and cafes and is well worth exploring before hitting the open road on your adventure.
A nice place to stop off on the way to your first overnight stay is the University town of Lampeter. The market town is the perfect location to find some refreshments and begin the process of unwinding.
Aberystwyth is the perfect place to unwind and begin your holiday. Take a stroll across the 2,000m long seafront promenade. A ride on the Constitution Hill Cliff Railway provides spectacular views across the bay. Guided tours of the National Library of Wales are also available on selected weekdays and on the northern edge of the town is Penglais Nature Park. There are also a wide selection of pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafés and takeaways.
Where to stay: Aberystwyth Holiday Village
As one of Wales’ most popular attractions, with around 225,000 visitors annually, Portmeirion is a great place to visit on your travels. Open every day of the year, it was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976 in the style of an Italian village. It has featured in numerous films and television programmes and was the set for the 1960s show – The Prisoner. For the past few years, every September it has been home to the annual arts, culture and music Festival No.6.
Where to stay: Tyddyn Llwyn camping, caravan and touring Park
Situated on the Llyn Peninsula, Criccieth is known as the “pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia”. Criccieth Castle overlooks the popular family seaside resort, which has two beaches, several bistro restaurants and Cadwalader’s ice cream parlour to enjoy. There is also a heritage walk for those interested in the town’s fascinating history to follow.
Where to stay: Eisteddfa Caravan and Camping Site
Pwllheli boasts two Blue Flag beaches and is the Llyn Peninsula’s main market town. A European Centre of Excellence for sailing, it hosts a number of national and international sailing and water-sports events. As well as the open air markets, beaches and boats, there is also a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities available on offer at Hafan y Mor – a former Butlins holiday camp run by Haven.
Where to stay: Hendre Caravan park
Port Neigwl, or Hell’s Mouth, is one of the most spectacular beaches on the Llyn Peninsula. A four mile-long, dog-friendly stretch of golden sands, it is very popular with surfers as it is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean.
Where to stay: Tyn-y-Mur touring and camping park
Situated on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula, Nefyn is best known for its sandy beaches and clear waters. As well as sea kayaking and other water sports activities, it also boasts one of the most spectacular seaside golf courses, with part of the course surrounded by the Irish Sea on three sides.
Where to stay: Tir Bach Campsite
Caernarfon lies on the banks of the Menai Strait, opposite Anglesey. Its castle is a World Heritage site and is where the investiture of the Prince of Wales takes place. Other attractions include Welsh Highland Railway which runs for 25 miles to Porthmadog, Hwylfan Fun Centre, Redline Indoor Karting, and the family attraction Gypsy Wood.
Where to stay: Coed Helen Holiday Park
Llanberis is a village situated at the foot of Wales’ highest mountain – Snowdon. There are many routes that lead to the summit, including via the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Aside from Snowdon, there are plenty of things to see and do in and around Llanberis. You can also take a trip on the Llanberis Lake Railway or step back in time with a visit to the National Slate Museum. Why not try your hand at pottery at the Tan y Ddraig Paint a Pot Studio or explore one of Europe’s largest man-made caverns at Electric Mountain.
Where to stay: Llanberis Touring Park Morris Leisure
The Island of Anglesey has plenty for you to see and do. There are miles of unspoilt coastline and beautiful beaches to explore along with historic attractions such as Beaumaris Castle, Bryn Celli Ddu and Lligwy Burial Chamber. Anglesey Sea Zoo is an attraction for all the family, while a stop off at the village with the longest name in Wales (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch) is perfect for memorable picture opportunities.
Where to stay: Kingsbridge caravan & camping park
Located on the Creuddyn peninsula, Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales. There are two beaches and a pier, which provides great photo opportunities and is home to shops and two amusement arcades. Take a cable car ride up and down the Great Orme or negotiate the 700m long toboggan ride at the ski and snowboard centre.
Where to stay: Dinarth Hall Camping and Caravan Site
Betws-y-Coed – the Gateway to Snowdonia – is a pretty, small town just inside Snowdonia National Park, lined with various craft and outdoor activity shops. It is home to Thomas Telford’s iron Waterloo Bridge, built in 1815, and the beauty spot Swallow Falls. Those after more extreme activities can visit Go Below. The new attraction consists of underground zip lining across water, climbing up vertical shafts, boating across a lake, scaling waterfalls, traversing and abseiling through vast abandoned mines.
Where to stay: Riverside Touring Park
Barmouth is located on the west coast of Snowdonia. It is perfect for families, with miles of clean, safe, sandy beaches, donkey rides, rock pools and amusement arcades. It is also a great location for walks, cycling and outdoor activities.
Where to stay: Hendre Mynach Barmouth touring caravan and camping park
To break up your journey further why not stop off at the Victorian spa town of Llandridnod Wells. You can still try the waters at the Chalybeate Spring in Rock Park and explore the wonderful architecture from that era.
The area around Lake Gwynant in Snowdonia was jaw-dropping. The new Adventure experiences in north Wales are 'bucket list' good, there was a huge variety of things to do.
Your on-site team were very good indeed – both efficient and very courteous. The working of the motorhome was very clearly explained and the motorhome itself was prepared well.
We had a fantastic time - the weather helped!, but all in all a great trip. It's a lovely motorhome, very comfortable and surprisingly easier to drive than I first anticipated.