Every month we’re featuring a place in the UK that’s worth travelling to on your motorbike. A road trip is a liberating experience and can help to clear your mind. If you’re looking for beautiful scenery, then Snowdonia is an ideal location. With breathtaking mountains and rolling fields, Snowdonia is truly magnificent. We’re featuring some of the best attractions to visit while you’re in the area.
Conwy Castle, built by Edward I, is considered one of the greatest examples of 14 century military architecture in Europe. Classed as a World Heritage site, the castle has played an important role in the relationship between Wales and the rest of the UK. During the English Civil War, the castle was held by forces loyal to Charles I. This led to it being destroyed by Parliament to stop another rebellion.
Reconstruction work returned the castle to its former glory and it’s visited by people from all over the world. The walls, made from grey sand and limestone, are sprawling, making the castle an impressive structure.
A trip to Snowdonia wouldn’t be complete without seeing the highest mountain in Wales. Snowdon is a popular rock climbing destination and the summit can be reached in a number of ways. There’s the Snowdon Mountain Railway or you can follow the Miners’ Track by using your motorbike. In addition to the gorgeous views, Snowdon is home to a range of flora and fauna, including rare flowers like the Snowdon lily.
Lloyd George Museum
The Lloyd George Museum is dedicated to Welsh WW1 prime minister David Lloyd George. Found in the village of Llanystumdwy, the museum features various artefacts. Lloyd George’s life is explored through storyboards and you’ll be able to gain an appreciation for the Victorian period. The museum offers insight into a crucial period where the world was changing and Lloyd George brought the UK forward.
If you fancy stepping back in time then you’ll want to take a boat out to Bardsey Island from Port Meudwy. The island seems to exist apart from the modern world, with old-fashioned stone cottages and monasteries. The island has a certain mystique, with legend claiming that Bardsey is the burial site of King Arthur.
Bardsey is also an important nature reserve, with it being home for many birds. They include goldcrests, willow warblers, spotted flycatchers and chiffchaffs.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
The Llechwedd Slate Caverns offer an insight into the lives of Welsh miners. Opened in 1972, the caverns have seen a lot of development over the years. It houses the Deep Mine Railway, which is the steepest passenger railway in the UK. There’s also the Bounce Below attraction, described as ‘the world’s largest underground trampoline.’