The most romantic places to visit in North Wales for Valentine’s Day


North Wales is often seen as the perfect destination for couples looking for an idyllic romantic getaway.

Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, many flock to our hills and coasts every year to spend Valentine’s Day with their significant other.

Wales is a passionate nation shrouded in romance, and even has its own patron saint of lovers, Saint Dwynwen, the unlucky love princess who traded love so all Welsh could be happy.

Read more: St Dwynwen’s Day and the tragic story of the Welsh woman who sacrificed her love for ours

When you take the time to consider our beautiful landscapes, gorgeous villages, marauding mountains and sparkling beaches, you have to admit that this is a couples paradise.

As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, you might want to consider some of these gems to visit that will make the day even more special.

Here we take a look at some of the most romantic things to do in North Wales this Valentine’s Day:



The design of the village was based on Italian structures, which comes through when you visit

Portmeirion

You will be forgiven for thinking you are in Tuscany or some other Italian region when you visit here.

Located in Gwynedd, the hugely popular tourist village is a must-see for couples. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, inspired by the look of a typical Italian village, and the result was nothing short of awe-inspiring.

It hosted numerous movies and TV sets and was best known for its appearance in the iconic 1960s show, The Prisoner.

Portmeirion is not only the perfect setting for a romantic stroll, but with an on-site spa you can relax and unwind on a special day at the spa or explore what the village has to offer, from shopping to the many restaurants and cafes.

In plain English, it’s basically a trip to Italy, without the hassle of flying abroad.



Llanddwyn Island
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, home to St Dwynwen’s Well

Llanddwyn Island

Considered one of the most romantic places in North Wales, Llanddwyn Island will certainly not disappoint.

With stunning views of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula, it’s hard not to love the setting of this stunning location in Anglesey, just off Newborough Beach.

The island is best known to many for its association with Wales’ patron saint of lovers, Saint Dwynwen, a day celebrated by many Welsh people in much the same way as Valentine’s Day.

‘Llanddwyn’ translates to ‘the Church of St Dwynwen’.

Many lovers visit her and are near the abandoned building, which is said to house a magical fish that can foresee the couple’s future through its movements.



The gardens at Erddig Hall near Wrexham continue to be maintained despite the coronavirus lockdown.  The gardens were filled with apple blossoms after the sunniest April on record.  Pictured: a closed Erddig Hall.
Erddig Hall is not far from Wrexham town center

Erdig room

If you prefer to explore more of the history of North Wales, why not take a trip to Erddig Hall?

Just outside Wrexham town centre, this magnificent stately home has many stories to tell.

Now owned by the National Trust, Erddig Hall was originally built for Josiah Edisbury, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire between 1684 and 1687. There’s plenty to see, from gardens to parks, and they still hold events at times keys of the year.

Erddig has been described as “Britain’s most evocative Upstairs Downstairs house”, due to the eccentric Yorke family celebrating all its occupants, family and staff, who are depicted in various portraits throughout the property.

In doing so, this uncommon, yet happy relationship between owners and staff resonates through the halls.



The golden laburnum arch at the National Trust's Bodnant Gardens near Colwyn Bay, Conwy, North Wales
The Golden Laburnum Arch in the National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens

Bodnant Garden

This world famous garden offers perhaps the most idyllic romantic setting. For the horticulturalists among us, Bodnant Garden is flower heaven. So pack a picnic and head out to the sprawling manicured lawns, alluring woodlands and idyllic gardens all set against a backdrop of Snowdonia.

Overlooking the Conwy Valley towards the Carneddau Mountains, the gardens are renowned for its Laburnum Arch, the longest in the UK, as well as the stunning array of flowers on display.



Llandudno Pier is always a popular holiday destination
Llandudno Pier is always a popular holiday destination, but can also be enjoyed on Valentine’s Day

North Wales seaside piers

Is there anything more romantic and nostalgic than strolling along a seaside pier? Here in North Wales we are lucky to have a few to choose from.

So why not take a stroll along Bangor Pier or Llandudno Pier, grab some cotton candy and get involved in all the fun attractions they have.

In fact, any coastal town you want to visit will be worth it whether or not it’s thrown away.



Pensarn Beach towards Rhyl
Pensarn Beach towards Rhyl

Walks on the beach

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches to stroll to if you come to stay with us in North Wales. From Anglesey to Talacre there are plenty of beautiful beaches to explore.

Enjoy hearing the waves crashing and watching the sunset with your better half. For those looking to experience all that the North Wales coast has to offer, our beaches are the ultimate gateway.

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