A weekend guide to Chester and North Wales: an ideal town break and outdoor escape

If you’re planning for a saturday and sunday that ‘has everything’ however can’t suggest a visit to Chester and North Wales enough.

Invest very first time checking out the Roman town of Chester having its cobbled roads, Tudor-style structures and pretty views. Then spend your second time checking out Snowdonia nationwide Park, house to your highest hill in Wales with stunning scenery and quaint Welsh villages.

For me personally, an amazing weekend away has this mixture of towns and cities and countryside. You can spend one-day shopping and sipping cocktails in fashionable pubs and the following day hiking mountains. Really, just what more could you want?

The drive from Chester to Snowdon takes simply over one hour however these two stunning locations feel a million kilometers apart. You truly feel just like you’re getting two holiday breaks in one however won’t be totally exhausted after it!

On the weekend, we teamed up with Premier Inn with this perfect saturday and sunday. Premier Inn are motivating travellers to keep closer to house as you can find countless incredible places in the united kingdom to check out. A lot of us have set ourselves a brand new Year’s quality to visit way more you will want to tweak that resolution and travel more in the united kingdom? I’m frequently bad of jetting to Europe before checking out what we have actually on our very own doorsteps therefore’s time for you alter that!

If you like the noise of a quick journey that mixes a town break with an outdoorsy vacation, then keep reading…

Here’s my mini guide to a week-end in Chester and North Wales

Where you should stay

I remained within Premier Inn Chester Central North. It’s an ideal location to get into Chester town centre – however it is additionally ideal for quickly getting away from Chester and on the road to North Wales. The cost, you truly can’t beat Premier Inn’s. My room was really spacious, comfortable, modern and neat and the employees were simply so lovely. We asked the girl on desk if she had any tips for places to see in Snowdonia. She gave me a couple of a few ideas that I was grateful for nevertheless when I got up each day she’d developed a mini guide for me with plenty of recommendations. She’d even written down postcodes for me personally to locate places, the elements forecast and handwritten notes with her own experiences!

Take a good look at Premier Inn to get their saver prices that are available when reserving straight through Premier Inn.

Ways to get here

I recommend driving – even though this means hiring an automobile the week-end.

You can easily have the train to Chester from throughout the British but for the Snowdonia an element of the journey it’s so much easier in the event that you drive yourself. If you’ve got a lot time, then you might additionally just take general public transport from Chester. An assortment of trains and buses will require you every where you should be, it is simply planning to just take you two times as long and Sunday solutions are unreliable.

How To Handle It – Day 1

Spend your first time in Chester.

It’s a little city therefore it’s perfect if you’ve just got 1 day. You won’t feel rushed or like you’ve missed seeing something important. Acquire some comfy shoes on and have a slow stroll through this breathtaking town.

Here are a few of my favourite things you can do in Chester:

  • Walk along the river and get an ice cream from one of many vendors
  • Stroll through park and feed the squirrels – they’re amazingly tame therefore just take some nuts with you. Check out the Roman ruins and Roman amphitheatre.
  • Eat at Hickory’s Smokehouse for the many incredible ribs you’ve ever tasted that you experienced (booking suggested)
  • Walk along the Roman walls
  • Visit the cathedral
  • Shop within the precious small shops across the Chester Rows. There are shops on the floor flooring and much more shops above them. These rows are unique to Chester and nowhere else in the world has them like this. You’ll find them along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street plus some date back into the 13th Century.
  • Have a picture associated with the Eastgate Clock, an attractive turret clock regarding ancient walls. It’s also reported to be the absolute most photographed clock in England after Big Ben.
  • Have actually afternoon tea during the Grosvenor. it is pricy but so worth every penny!
  • For less expensive option, visit Beaton’s Tearooms and Bookshop next to the cathedral.
  • Check out Red Door for evening cocktails

What to do – Day 2

On your second time, get right up early and feast regarding resort break fast prior to striking the trail towards Snowdonia. You’re planning to wish your satnav for this component while you go towards the little town of Betws-y-Coed.

Take a stroll round the town and look for the numerous shops and galleries. If you’re feeling peckish (already!) however suggest picking right on up some tasty homemade treats on bakery attached to the Spar. There’s another great chippy simply next to the connection and you may take your food and eat it beside the river.

Then check out Swallow Falls waterfall which is really a little further along previous Betws-y-Coed.

After Betws-y-Coed, visit Pen-y-Pass which can be one of the places where you could start a stroll up Snowdon. I would suggest using the Pyg Track because it’s the quickest and easiest path at 5.5km and 800m incline. The stroll up takes about 3 hours but even although you just walk for the hour and turn around you’ll still be treated to stunning views plus lovely small walk.

An easier way to reach the summit of Snowdon is always to just take the Snowdon Mountain Railway (shut in winter) in which you’ll be addressed to any or all the views without all the effort.

Even although you don’t fancy hiking, I nevertheless recommend driving around this area and soaking up the epic scenery.

From Pen-y-Pass carpark, I drove back towards primary road and towards Llyn Gwynant Campsite. This may be a gorgeous campsite I’ve remained at once or twice when you fancy a quick break with stunning views then I recommend a quick stop right here. This is January so there was no one around in the top summertime it really is chocker and you might need certainly to spend the £4.00 day price they promote for day site visitors. There’s a woodfired pizza oven van in the summer that we thoroughly recommend trying!

The following end in your tour of Snowdonia goes to a different pretty little village called Beddgelert. Here is a stunning town surrounded by mountains with a few lovely pubs, restaurants, tea rooms, present stores and a great ice cream store. The Saracens Head is great for traditional pub meals or take to Beddgelert Bistro and Antiques to find the best afternoon tea with Welsh bara brith.

There’s a walk that takes you along the river that is gorgeous for a lovely day. Just 10 minutes into the stroll you can travel to the famous grave of Gelert from the medieval Welsh legend. Now, there are many versions of this tale so I’m gonna let you know usually the one I happened to be told being a youngster.

Gelert ended up being the faithful hound of Prince Llewelyn the truly amazing in which he was the bravest and a lot of loving dog you can wish for. He had been mild but strong and Price Llewelyn trusted him a great deal that when he went hunting he left his newborn son beneath the view of Gelert.

One day, Gelert was taking care of the infant whenever a wolf joined their house and attempted to strike the infant. Gelert fought canine and risked his life to safeguard the infant. After a tough fight, Gelert won the battle as well as the intruder was killed. But, as you can imagine, they produced reasonable old mess and there was bloodstream everywhere! Prince Llewelyn came back from searching and heard barking and snarling and found their child boy on to the floor of their home covered in bloodstream. He presumed the infant had been dead when he seemed to Gelert and saw he had been covered in blood. The prince instantly withdrew their sword and killed their Gelert. Just as canine fell to the ground their child awoke and giggled and smiled in his father’s way. During the same moment, Prince Llewelyn noticed the intruding dog lying dead on a lawn and realised just what Gelert had done.

However it had been too late and Prince Llewelyn had murdered his brave and loyal dog.

okay, this is the point in which 10 year old me would burst into rips and thought of his poor dog lying dead on to the floor.

It appears I’m maybe not the only person who was afflicted with this tragic tale and people travel from all over to see Gelert’s grave therefore the remains of these home.

After your stroll to Gelert’s grave, return to the town for an ice cream to cheer yourself up!

In the event that you’ve got time now, I’d suggest making your last stop of this time in Harlech or possibly Nefyn.

Harlech Beach is totally stunning and you can additionally visit the castle here. Nefyn is another firm favourite while the Ty Coch Inn pub regarding beach was named one of many top coastline pubs on the planet. Yes, the entire world! (You park within golf club and walk over the golf course to reach it.)

Photo taken last summer in Harlech

Another one taken last summer (although you’d never ever know it from those clouds!)

And that is the method that you have a perfect week-end in Chester and North Wales.

We partnered with Premier Inn to create this post but, as always, all thought and viewpoints are entirely my own.