You’ve had the approval of the in-laws, spent days looking for the perfect ring, and you’re absolutely certain that this one is for keeps. But what comes next is the most nerve wracking part - popping the question to your loved one. It’s terrifying enough without the added pressure of finding a perfect spot which will leave your partner with lingering butterflies.
The Royal Victoria is the ideal location for a romantic getaway. You’ll find heaps of beautiful spots in North Wales that are ideal for winning the heart of your loved one. On top of this, we have our very own patron saint of lovers, known as Saint Dwynwen, here in Wales.
Dwynwen was a 4th Century Welsh princess who was unlucky in love and romance. She decided to become a nun, praying for others to have more luck than she did. We celebrate St Dwynwen across wales on January 25th, and it’s known to be the most romantic day of the year. Could there be a better date to mark the start of your new adventure?
To help you make the day unforgettable, we’ve rounded up some of the most dreamy, idyllic spots to propose to your other half in North Wales.
1. Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis
Dolbadarn Castle, built by the legendary Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, is actually situated within our grounds here at the Royal Victoria.It is a fascinating relic, with a tower built by the Welsh princes of Gwynedd.
Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is considered to be one of the finest of Wales native castles due to its simplicity and endurance. The rugged beauty of the Llanberis pass with the added bonus of incredible views makes this a charming and peaceful spot for you and your partner to enjoy.
2. Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey
Llanddwyn translates to ‘The Church of St.Dwynwen’ making this the ultimate Welsh lovers spot. Dwynwen lived on the island in the 5th century after a sad end to a romance in her life. While there, she wished that all lovers who visit Llanddwyn island would be happy together forever.
It is said that Dwynwen’s dying wish was to be taken up to watch the sunset through a cleft in a rock, which still stands on the island to this day.
Full of Celtic romance and rich in it’s history, Llanddwyn is a great little spot to declare your love. Once you’re there, you can explore the church ruins, a lighthouse, and enjoy the view of Snowdonia and the mountain ponies grazing in the distance.
3. Portmeirion, Porthmadog
Portmeirion is a fascinating, unique village which is perched on an estuary in Porthmadog. It’s often described as a fantasy village, just like stepping into a fairytale. Built between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, it’s sure to leave you and your loved one feeling enchanted.
There’s restaurants, gardens, beaches, plus 70 acres of wild woodland walks. Portmeirion feels incredibly romantic, said by some to have been inspired by the Italian Riviera, making an unforgettable place to propose.
4. Plas Newydd, Anglesey
Plas Newydd is set on the banks of the Menai Straits in Anglesey. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the 1930s house features impressive regal interiors and rooms for you to explore.
You’ll be dazzled by the amazing views over the Menai Straits and Snowdonia - and it’s easy to get lost in the romantic woodland, which is beautiful in all four seasons. We’re certain that by taking a walk in the stunning gardens, you’ll stumble across a spot which just feels ‘right’ for that all important moment.
5. Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed
Swallow Falls is hard to beat for pure romance. It is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales, two miles west of Betws-y-Coed, in the spectacular Gwydir Forest. There are numerous different viewpoints which are easily accessible to the public.
If you’re feeling energetic, you could even take a challenging walk through the oak woods which will lead you to a more dramatic view. This area of outstanding natural beauty is a must-see, surrounded by beech, conifer and birch trees. Definitely a memorable destination for the start of your new adventure together!
We’d love you to visit the Royal Victoria for your romantic getaway. Proposing can be one of the most daunting things you’ll ever do, but the dazzling North Wales scenery could just help to ease those last minute nerves. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect location for that much anticipated, special moment.