If you’re planning on visiting any of the National Trust attractions in North Wales, here are 10 of my favorites you shouldn’t miss!
I live in North Wales and have been a member of the National Trust since my first son was born seven years ago. I now have three children and love taking them to National Trust attractions around North Wales. Many of North Wales’ family attractions can be quite expensive, so being a member of the National Trust means you can enjoy an affordable family day out. Pack a large picnic, pack an extra coat, boots, and snacks in your car, and hit the road.
Here are ten of my favorite National Trust properties and attractions in North Wales.
If you’re looking for more things to do in the area, check out our 25 things to do in North Wales and 30 things to do in Llangollen.
1. Bodnant Garden
Best season: Early summer when flowers bloom
Bodnant Gardens in Conwy is one of the most beautiful National Trust properties in North Wales. There’s a beautiful house, but the real draw is the 80-acre garden in the grade I listed. Roses and flower beds, ponds, waterfalls, hidden places, huge trees, secret paths and streams make this place a magical place to visit.
It’s one of our favorite places to visit in North Wales, with lovely cafes, great ice cream stalls and often interactive activities and games for the kids!
It’s especially gorgeous when the sun is shining, so I recommend saving it for sunny days.
2. Chirk Castle
Best time to visit: Christmas with trees + February with snowdrops
This Grade I listed castle in Wrexham is a favorite of our family and we always visit. You can tour the perfectly preserved interior of the castle and explore the castle gardens. Chirk Castle often hosts events such as Easter hunts and Christmas celebrations. The castle is beautifully decorated for Christmas, with wonderful trees in every room.
Chirk Castle is one of the best places to see snowdrops in North Wales. The forest floor is covered with snow, it looks like snow! There are beautiful woodland walks and we try to visit around early February each year.
Best time to visit: Autumn for apple festival
Erddig is another Grade I listed property in Wrexham, a huge hall with beautiful gardens. Once inside, you can see how the family once lived, including the old kitchen and his beautifully decorated upstairs room. The gardens are also beautiful and there is a woodland area where the children love to play.
4. Penrhyn Castle
Best time to visit: late summer when the fuchsia arches of the walled garden bloom
Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, is arguably the finest National Trust property in North Wales. It’s a magical fairy tale castle filled with incredibly historical items and wonderful decorations. There is also a slate bed weighing 1 ton inside the castle! The castle also has beautiful gardens and meadows where children can run around freely. You can play tennis on the lawn on Thursdays!
5. Powys Castle
Best time to visit: Fall on the Pumpkin Trail
Powys Castle in Welshpool is a gorgeous medieval castle built in 1252. This is one of my favorite National Trusts in North Wales and I think they do a fantastic job of hosting family-friendly events that attract young people to their historic buildings.
The castle is full of paintings, sculptures, antique furniture and tapestries, and the luxurious gardens are impressive with Italian terraces and famous yew hedges.
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6. Plas Newydd House and Garden
Best season: March when tulips bloom
Plas Newydd House and Garden on Anglesey is a beautiful mansion with a garden and tea room. We also have 129 acres of forest and parkland that kids will love running and exploring. The Grade I listed landscape overlooks the Menai Straits and the Snowdonia Ranges, so there are stunning views from either direction.
I also love visiting in the spring when the rhododendron gardens are amazing!
This area has the highest number of red squirrels in Wales, so keep an eye out!
7. Conwy Suspension Bridge
The Grade I listed Conwy Suspension Bridge is one of the world’s first road suspension bridges, so it is not only beautiful but also has a lot of historical significance.
The bridge is 100 meters long and overlooks the River Conwy. Open to pedestrians and cyclists, the bridge is maintained by the National Trust.
8. Llanbedrog Beach
Llanbedrog Beach is one of my favorite beaches in North Wales. This beach is managed by the National Trust and there is free National Trust parking for members.
The beautiful beach is dotted with colorful beach huts, and there are cafes and restrooms near the entrance. The bay is calm and perfect for swimming and paddle boarding. You can also enjoy a short walk to the Tin Woodman.
Read more: Llanbedrog Beach + Hike to the Tin Man
While you’re here, be sure to explore the Llyn Peninsula and the North Wales coast. Because there are many beautiful scenery. I have linked some of my favorite places on the Llyn Peninsula below.
9. Plas yn Rhiw
Plath in Lew, on the Llyn Peninsula, is a small but charming National Trust property in North Wales. A Georgian mansion with ornamental gardens, a lovely tea room, gorgeous woodland, orchards and meadows. From Plas yn Rhiw you can take a walk along the beautiful coast to the village of Rhiw.
10. Porthor/Whistling Sands
Porto (Whistling Sands in English) is another beautiful beach on the Llyn Peninsula, managed by the National Trust and with free parking for members.
This beach was named “Whistle Sands” because of the pure white sand that appears to “whistle” beneath your feet. (Actually, I think it’s more squeaky, but “Squeaking Sands” doesn’t sound that romantic!)
It’s a nice beach with a cafe and some caves to explore at the very end.