Top 10 legendary days out in North West Wales

Have you ever gone on a quest in search of dragons at Dinas Emrys? Kayaked through shipwrecked coves at Aberdaron? Or explored a Land of Giants at Bodnant Garden? Get the family together, rucksacks at the ready, it’s time for a legendary day out. Share your #LegendaryMoments with us this summer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Children seeing a sword at Llyn Ogwen

Explore the last resting place of Excalibur at Llyn Ogwen 

Nestled in-between the Carneddau and Glyderau mountain ranges lies the legendary lake of Llyn Ogwen that claims to be Excalibur’s last resting place. Legends say that Bedwyr Bedrynant, a knight of King Arthur cast the famous sword into the lake where it remains to this day. Download our walk and set off in search of this mythical sword.

A lovely day at Penrhyn Castle

Visit a fantasy castle at Penrhyn 

Let Penrhyn Castle’s famous fortress and spectacular surroundings become a playground for young imaginations. Like the castle itself, Penrhyn’s grounds and gardens are extensive, dramatic, a feast for the senses. With views over Conwy Bay and Snowdonia, the unfussy lawns at Penrhyn are a perfect spot for a picnic, where young explorers can run, roll and cartwheel to their heart's content.

Children looking for plants at Bodnant Garden

Walk in the footsteps of plant hunters at Bodnant Garden 

Explore 80 acres of exotic garden, filled with plants from all over the world collected by intrepid explorers of the last century. Follow winding paths through woodland dells, crossing babbling streams, for a real life adventure, discovering giant American trees and dainty Himalayan flowers along the way.

Paddle boarder at Porthdinllaen

Paddle across rare seagrass beds at Porthdinllaen 

Paddleboard around this beautiful peninsula stretching out into the Irish Sea. Learn about its nationally scarce seagrass and its interesting wildlife. The seagrass bed here is one of the largest in North Wales that covers an area of 46 football pitches! Keep your eye out for signs of history of this bay, as this was once a bustling port welcoming ships from far and wide.

Children holding a Welsh flag

Go on a quest in search of dragons at Dinas Emrys 

Snowdonia’s famous for its ancient landscape steeped in myths and legends, but this legend gave Wales their roaring Welsh flag. It’s beneath the hills of Dinas Emrys that Merlin the wizard discovered the red and white dragon. Start your quest at Craflwyn and search the woods for the dragon sculpture. Continue onwards to Dinas Emrys but tread carefully as you explore this hill, a dragon sleeps beneath it.

A red squirrel in the woods at Plas Newydd

Spot a red squirrel on a woodland adventure at Plas Newydd 

See if you can catch a glimpse of a red squirrel throughout the gardens and woodlands of Plas Newydd. These elusive, red, furry creatures can be found in Church Bank Wood and along the edge of the Menai Strait. What's more, reds don't hibernate so you stand a chance of seeing them all year round… if you know what you’re doing!

Gelert's stone monument at Beddgelert

Visit the grave of a legendary dog at Beddgelert 

Discover the tragic tale of Gelert that gave the village of Beddgelert its name. Pick-up a ranger guide at Tŷ Isaf and walk along the banks of River Glaslyn to the site of Gelert's grave where you'll discover the legend of a prince and his faithful hound. Visit the old outbuilding near the grave and you’ll find a bronze statue of Gelert

Kayaking at Aberdaron beach, Llyn Peninsula

Kayak through craggy coves at Aberdaron 

Llŷn Peninsula is notorious for shipwrecks, in the last 180 years Llŷn has claimed 142 ships, with Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) being the most feared area. Learn more about this fascinating coastline as you kayak through Aberdaron’s craggy coves. On a calm day, you’ll feel like you’re abroad as crystal clear waters reveal what really lie beneath the waves.

Family sitting on the bridge at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant

Learn about a Welsh literary legend at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant  

Travel to this hidden valley and learn about the man who transformed the Welsh language forever. Explore the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, the man who translated the bible into Welsh. William Morgan's book is claimed to be the most important book ever published in Wales as it reinforced the language's status.

Children jumping on the Great Orme

Tread new paths at Parc Farm on the Great Orme 

Be among the first to tread new paths created by our National Trust rangers, taking in breathtaking views out to sea as far as Snowdonia and Anglesey. This ancient headland, which the Vikings called the Sea Serpent, is home to plants and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. You might also spot another famous Great Orme resident, the Kashmiri Goat.

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