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Things to do in North Wales

Our most recommended things to do in North Wales

Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

1. Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

From the moorings at The Groves, Chester, you will head upstream under the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge and past the city's rowing clubs. You will then follow the sweeping bend of the Earl's Eye, passing some stunning riverside properties, and turn around at the city limits. On the return journey, the commentary details the history behind some of the more interesting riverside buildings, and the city's rich Roman, Medieval, and industrial heritage. The cruises will then finish with a great view of Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge, before disembarking back at The Groves.

Portmeirion, Snowdonia & Castle Tour

2. Portmeirion, Snowdonia & Castle Tour

Take a drive on the Great Orme Road, the longest of its kind in the UK, with spectacular cliffs, wildlife, and views out to the Irish Sea and Anglesey. Explore the ancient and medieval castle town of Conwy and admire the castle’s domineering and towering walls, whose magnificent towers stand tall over the beautiful estuary. Marvel at this little gem set upon the bank of the estuary and built into the castle walls is Great Britain’s smallest house. With arms outstretched, you can touch either side. Visit the famous Conwy suspension bridge, the first-ever of its kind, built in 1819. Enjoy a 45-minute walk of Caernarfon village and circumnavigate the outside of this spectacular and immense castle. Take a tour of Portmeirion, a colorful enchanting Italianate style colorful village like no other. Riviera-inspired houses, ornamental garden, and campanile are a beautiful pocket of madness like no other in a majestic setting. Travel through Snowdonia National Park and its spectacular driving routes. Pause at several viewpoints, witnessing great lakes, rivers, and views of Mount Snowdonia Summits. Stop at the 360°awe inspiring viewpoint of the valley below and its lakes. See the majestic Swallow waterfalls, where Snowdonia's water cascades over the rocky outcrops in a deep gorge setting. Stop at Tu-Hwnt-I'r Bont, one of Snowdonia’s most photographed and painted images. Take a scenic drive through Conwy Valley and the traditional Welsh villages en route back to Llandudno.

From Liverpool: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

3. From Liverpool: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

Leave the music city of Liverpool and travel to Wales on a 90-minute, fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme.  Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle (not included), a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with Frenchman Richard The Engineer. Afterward, head to Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the so-called “capital of North Wales,” Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods.  Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver along the way.

From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

4. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

The tour leaves Manchester in the morning and heads straight for the border of Wales. Conwy is the first stop of the day, one of the most picture-perfect harbor towns in the world. Here you can see a castle perched by the sea, the world's smallest house, and lots of cute restaurants serving up the best fish and chips. Venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before arriving in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cozy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns and there is plenty to do here. It's advised to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

From Llandudno: Snowdonia & the Three Castles Tour

5. From Llandudno: Snowdonia & the Three Castles Tour

Immerse yourself in Welsh culture, heritage, and history on an unforgettable sightseeing day trip. Visit numerous attractions in the area including Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon Castle, and Conwy Town and Castle all from the comfort of a minibus.   Start your day with a drive on the Great Orme Road, with spectacular views of cliffs, wildlife, and the Irish Sea and Anglesey. Your first stop may just be the highlight of your day: take a tour of the ancient Conwy Town and Castle. Walk the castle walls, stroll along the Conwy estuary, see some old Tudor houses, and take in traditional Welsh art and craft shops. In town, you’ll also see the finest surviving townhouse of the Elizabethan era to be found anywhere in Britain, as well as Great Britain’s smallest house and the world's first suspension bridge built in 1819. Drive along the beautiful north wales coastline before heading into the mountains. Visit the fierce fire breathing Welsh dragon guarding the Snowdonia National Park and Welsh from invaders, hidden within the trees Then, drive into the glacial Nant Ffrancon Pass and Roman Road, and Ogwen Valley in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, where you’ll take in views of the lakes, mountain villages, and the towering Snowdonia mountain range. Stop at Llyn Ogwen and learn the history of a fascinating find on the shores of the lakes from the 5th century. Soak up the 360° panoramic and spectacular view of Snowdonia Viewpoint. Possibly the finest view in Wales. Here, your guide will share with you some local history, Welsh myths, and legends along the way, including a drive down the famous Pen Y Pass. Breath-taking Llanberis and Padarn Park National Slate Museum is tlhe unch stop and is set within some of the most spectacular scenery in North Wales . Slate industry was one of the main economic motors of Wales. Step back in time and immerse yourself in a variety of talks and demonstrations to give you a real insight into the hardships of past quarry life. Admire the spectacular setting of Dolbadarn Castle ruins through the forest to the gateway of Snowdonia to learn about its fascinating past. Finally, visit Caernarfon Village and Castle. Take a walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, before heading back to the starting point.

Snowdonia: Hike to the Summit of Snowdon

6. Snowdonia: Hike to the Summit of Snowdon

Reach the summit of Snowdon, the highest point in Wales, guided safely by your expert local mountain guide. Take the hassle out of planning your adventure and let a qualified and experienced instructor lead the way. The local partner has been exploring Snowdonia's mountains for over a decade and loves nothing more than sharing them with visitors. They'll chat to you in advance and ensure you've got the right gear for an enjoyable day out. On the day, meet at the starting point and you'll be guided safely to the summit and back, with plenty of entertaining facts and jokes along the way.

From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

7. From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

Leave the bustling city of Manchester and travel to Wales on a 90-minute fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme. Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle, a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with the french Richard The Engineer. Head into Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the “capital of North Wales”: Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods. Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver.

Llandudno: 24-Hour City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

8. Llandudno: 24-Hour City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The splendid Welsh resorts of Llandudno and Conwy lie between two gorgeous beaches and have retained much of their Victorian charm. With two different routes available, you'll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Great Orme, the Pier, Conwy Castle, and the surrounding countryside. Hop-on board with your 24-hour ticket and enjoy panoramic views from the top deck of an open-top bus as you explore these locations. See all the highlights of these beautiful seaside towns. The North Parade is home to Llandudno Pier, a grade II listed building originally built in 1858. If you purchase a ticket for the blue route, you'll get a chance to discover the Great Orme. Lying in the shadows of Llandudno, explore the beautiful views along the coast whilst traveling to the summit of this stunning mass of limestone. This tour also includes a stop at the Great Orme mines, which during the late 17th and into the 18th century, used to mine copper. Full list of tour stops along the 2 available routes: Red Route: 1. Llandudno Pier 2. Nant y Gamar Road 3. Queen's Road 4. Glan y Mor Road 5. Conwy Road 6. Rose Hill Street 7. Town Ditch Road 8. Conwy Road 9. Deganwy Station 10. West Shore 11. Gloddeath Street Blue Route: 1. Llandudno Pier 2. Great Orme Summit

From Chester: Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour

9. From Chester: Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour

Leave the Roman city of Chester and travel to Wales on a 90-minute, fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme. Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle, a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with Frenchman Richard The Engineer. Afterwards, head to Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the so-called “capital of North Wales,” Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods. Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver along the way.

From Chester: North Wales Tour

10. From Chester: North Wales Tour

Leaving Chester, the majestic Snowdonia National Park will open up as you travel across a stunning mountain road with a stop at Llyn Ogwen, a beautiful lake with amazing mountain views. Rumored to be the final resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur. Proceed towards the honeypot village of Betws-y-Coed. You will have time here to find some lunch and explore this beautiful place. After Betws-y-Coed, head to Great Orme, a giant limestone headland. See the historic seafront with its 19th-century pier and take in fantastic views of Anglesey and Snowdonia. Continue towards Llandudno on the North Wales Coast. Along the way look out for great sea views, as you head along the main coastal road.  Leaving Llandudno you will get your first glimpse of the world famous Conwy Castle. The final stop before the return to Chester will be at Conwy where there will be an opportunity to take in views and photograph the famous castle. After leaving Conwy the tour returns back to Chester.

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What people are saying about North Wales

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 679 reviews

We really love this tour as the place that we visited is very beautiful and worth for the money we spent. The most important thing we have the best tour guide, Darren from Rabbie’s tour. He really has a good knowledge about the history of the places that we visited, very polite, nice and He is also a good story teller. We never get bored and really excited to hear all the history. Thank you so much for giving us a good memory of this gour journey.

We had a fantastic time in North Wales on board with Shelley. We had a glimpse of what North Wales has to offer and we can't wait to be back for more. Shelley shared great tips and stories and made our tour entertaining and enjoyable. We would definitely recommend doing a day trip to North Wales with Busybus.

This day was great from start to finish. We had an amazing guide, Darren, and he was very informative and entertaining throughout our journey. We saw some amazing sites and I couldn’t have asked for a better day exploring North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester. I highly recommend!

It is a highly recommend joining this trip when you do not know what are you doing in travelling Manchester.

The guide is good. The introduction to every place was also nice and interesting.