If you're planning a relaxing UK getaway this summer, we're willing to bet that North Wales is on your shortlist. It's not hard to see why either. With hundreds of miles of glorious countryside and coastline, a world-class national park and some of the best outdoor activities and tourist attractions in the UK, it's got all the ingredients of a memorable holiday. We also think that Llanberis, a village at the at foot of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), makes a perfect base for your summer staycation because all this and more is right on your doorstep.
But if the thought of queuing with the masses at the top of Yr Wyddfa doesn't float your boat and you're not keen on shuffling for space on a busy beach, we've got you covered too because North Wales is a great base for a quiet holiday, even at the height of the season. And, yes, Llanberis can be your base for a quieter type of getaway too. If you're dreaming of tranquil Welsh countryside getaways in Snowdonia, the Royal Victoria Hotel is the ideal hotel for your staycation.
Read on to find out our recommendations for quiet places to enjoy summer in Snowdonia, all within easy reach of the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis.
1. Ceunant Mawr Waterfall, Llanberis
Ceunant Mawr, known in English as Llanberis Falls, is a hidden gem in the heart of Llanberis. This waterfall boasts a magnificent two-tier cascade that plummets over 30 metres into a deep pool surrounded by thickly-wooded forest. Although just a short walk from our hotel it's a serene spot even at the height of the summer holidays. The pleasant half mile walk from our hotel meanders gently uphill and is clearly signposted, rewarding you with lovely views across Llyn Padarn as you amble along.
2. Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey
Unlike its bustling neighbours, Abersoch, Llanddwyn and Benllech, the expansive beach at Red Wharf Bay never feels busy - even when school's out for summer. Although the origins of Red Wharf are tumultuous (named after a viking battle which was said to stain the sand red with blood) this tranquil spot is a haven for those seeking peace and quiet. Stretching to almost ten miles at low tide, Red Wharf Bay offers plenty of space to relax and unwind, even on busy days. As an integral part of Anglesey's Marine Nature Reserve, it nurtures a plethora of rare plant and animal species in peaceful surroundings too.
3. Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Menai Bridge
Enjoy a walk with the Head Gardener and learn more about the history of this stunning estate or just soak up the idyllic atmosphere and explore for yourself. With three distinct garden zones, Plas Cadnant has something for everyone. There is a the formal Walled Garden, complete with majestic water feature; the wild Valley Garden with its cascading waterfalls; and the Upper Woodland Garden where visitors can lose themselves in nature. Wherever you wander here it's easy to enjoy some peace and quiet in a secluded spot!
4. Gwydyr Forest, Betws-y-Coed
If you really want to get away from it all, why not lose yourself in the 7,000 hectares of woodland that makes up the Gwydyr Forest Park? Situated to the east of Llanberis, the park stretches from Penmachno to Llyn Crafnant in the Conwy Valley. Attracting ramblers, hikers, cyclists and birdwatchers, among others, the forest has a rich natural history and fascinating industrial heritage. However, with a multitude of waymarked trails to choose from it never feels crowded and it's possible to wander for hours without seeing a soul... just you and nature, sounds like heaven, doesn't it?
Enjoy a tranquil stay with us this Summer
If you need any further convincing that North Wales is a great destination for a peaceful stay this summer, look no further than The Royal Victoria Hotel. Our hotel is situated in a quiet location on the outskirts of Llanberis and sits in over 30 acres of tranquil woodland and gardens. Each of our guestrooms are designed to offer you somewhere comfortable to relax after a chilled day exploring the quieter side of North Wales. Sounds perfect! Book your stay today.