What to do in the surrounding areas
With more castles per mile than any other country in the world, famous gardens, a world heritage site, award winning golf courses, mountains, coastal paths and attractions to suit all the family, The Imperial provides the perfect base to discover what’s on in North Wales. Here are some suggestions for exploring from our hotel in Llandudno.
A World-famous National Trust garden noted for its botanical collections and famous Laburnum Arch is just a short drive away from The Imperial.
Marvel at plants from all over the world grown from seed and cuttings collected over a century ago on plant-hunting expeditions. Created by five generations of one family, this 32-hectare (80-acre) garden is superbly located, with spectacular views across Snowdonia.
With expansive lawns and intimate corners, grand ponds and impressive terraces, a steep wooded valley and stream, as well as awe-inspiring plant collections, there are continually changing glorious displays of colour.
Paths throughout Bodnant Garden allow visitors to explore, discover and delight in its beauty - enjoy the clean, fresh fragrances of nature.
Only a 12 minute drive from Llandudno, Conwy, a World Heritage Site, is the charming walled town on North Wales’ rustic coastline boasting the medieval Conwy Castle. Enter the castle and discover its history and the fantastic views from its battlements and follow its well - preserved walls through the town. Whilst in Conwy, stop briefly at the Quay for a spectacular view of the castle, highlighted by the beautiful Snowdonia skyline.
Plas Mawr - Edwardian house
Visit the finest Edwardian townhouse in Britain, now a restored masterpiece, originally built in 1576; discover this beautiful building in the heart of medieval Conwy, enjoy exploring inside and imagining how Conwy’s cobbled streets once looked.
Great Britain’s Smallest house
Whilst in Conwy, be sure to stop at the smallest house in Great Britain for a quick peek and for the small fee of £1 for adults why not go in; a must see quirky attraction for your North Wales to-do list.
Anglesey is a lovely seaside island to venture to during your time in North Wales. Whether you want to visit the pretty town or Beaumaris and its Castle and Gaol or simply enjoy a drive down its winding roads, capture its beautiful sea views or take a cruise around Puffin island you can enjoy a day trip to Anglesey, approximately a 45 minute drive from Llandudno.
Puffin Island Cruises
Whilst in Anglesey why not book a Puffin Island Cruise to discover as many as 12 species of sea birds in their natural habitat and enjoy one of the finest views of the North Wales coastline overlooked by the stunning mountainous backdrop of Snowdonia.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, its beautiful gardens are home to this caring conservation zoo. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world.
You cannot visit North Wales without visiting Snowdonia. Take a drive through the winding roads stopping at the viewing points to truly enjoy the breath-taking vistas of the beautiful mountainous terrain and unbelievable scenery. Feel refreshed and renewed after a taste of the fresh mountain air and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the mountains. Whether you prefer to tour by car, foot or train, Snowdonia has a view for everyone. Return trips up Snowdon by the famous train are available daily from May time, so you can reach the summit without the long walk if you prefer.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Ride on Britain’s highest Rack Railway. At 3,560ft Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. On fine days the views from the train, as you are carried to the summit are truly breathtaking. On very clear days at the Summit you can even see as far as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland and the Isle of Man.
The Lakes of Snowdonia
If walking up the mountains of Snowdonia is not for you, then why not discover its lakes. With more than twenty lying between the beautiful peaks you can enjoy various walks around these stunning lakes, whether you would like to trek for miles or simply enjoy a wander and stop for a picnic. Snowdonia National Park is more than just mountains.
Betws-y-Coed - Walkers paradise - cafés, shops etc.
The gateway to Snowdonia, the charming village of Betws y Coed is the perfect base to begin your mountain walk or to visit to simply enjoy one of its quaint tearooms and fresh mountain air.
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
These are 2 unique narrow gauge railways with a fascinating past. The final section of the long-lost railway link between Caernarfon and Porthmadog is now open. Passengers can now travel from Caernarfon through to Blaenau Ffestiniog - some 40 miles of narrow-gauge steam. It is one of the best way to experience the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park in the most comfortable narrow gauge carriages in the world.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are two unique narrow gauge railways offering some of the most picturesque and spectacular scenery anywhere in Britain. The Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13½ mile journey from the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog to the harbour in Porthmadog. The historic trains cling to the side of the mountain or tunnel through it, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral), past lakes and waterfalls, through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, down from the mountains to almost sea level at Porthmadog.
With the reopening in 2011 of the final section of the long-lost railway link, you can now travel on from Porthmadog to Caernarfon on the Rheilffordd Eryri/Welsh Highland Railway, an exciting and spectacular 25 mile scenic journey to beneath the castle walls of Caernarfon. The trains hauled by the world’s most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives leave Porthmadog going through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass, zig-zagging dramatically up the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, nestling in the heart of the National Park, before descending from over 650ft on the foothills of Snowdon down to sea level at Caernarfon.
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway is the oldest railway company in the World still running trains, being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832. The railway was built as a gravity and horse drawn line to transport slate from the quarries in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog. As the slate industry flourished, so did the railway and the town of Porthmadog. Slates from Blaenau Ffestiniog were exported all over the globe - many in ships built in Porthmadog.
The Railway introduced many innovative engineering solutions to cope with the rapid increase in output from the quarries and in the number of passengers it carried, including introducing the world's first bogie carriages. The Railway has influenced the design and construction of railways in many countries.
Since the 1950s, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway has become a leader in railway preservation and is now one of the UK’s top tourist attractions.
Guided Tours and Walks
Celticos offers to show you the hidden secrets of North Wales with its guided themed and nature walks around the Conwy Valley, Snowdonia and Anglesey.
Renowned for its dramatic, panoramic and contrasting scenery, the region has so much to offer guests than just its mountains including the hidden treasures, a rich diverse history and the indigenous creative craft and other skills. Experience foraging, the natural world, creative art & hobbies, knitting & Crafts and so much more with Celticos. Guided minibus tours also available from only £19.50 for half a day or £39.50 for a full day.
Visit www.celticos.com or call 02920 676748 for more details.