Heritage and Culture

A captivating history and culture

North Wales has plenty of fascinating history and culture to explore – from myths and legends born of epic landscapes, to heritage steam railways that chuff their way through mountain passes. And don’t forget our mighty castles – of which some are UNESCO listed for being amongst the best-preserved medieval fortresses on the planet.

Here are some of our favourite days out in North Wales that will give you a real taste of our history, heritage, and culture.

Snowdonia National Park

It’s home to some of Britain’s most dramatic and intriguing landscapes,
many of which have barely changed for thousands of years. Covering 823sq miles it’s home to 9 mountain ranges as well as Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales.

4 miles from Rwst

Our Coast

Just 12 miles from the coast, we’re close to some beautiful beachside walks, and the popular seaside towns of Conwy and Llandudno. Head to Llanddwyn beach on Anglesey to discover how it became home to St Dwynwen, the Welsh Patron Saint of Love.

12+ miles from Rwst

Bodnant Gardens and its bees

The Conwy Valley has a long history of beekeeping and you can visit the excellent National Beekeeping Centre just a few miles along the valley from here at Bodnant – home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK.

8 miles from Rwst

Swallow Falls

Swallow Falls is an area of outstanding natural beauty where the river Llugwy flows through a narrow chasm creating a spectacular waterfall, with a background of beech, conifer and birch trees.

5 miles from Rwst

Gwydir Castle

Gwydir Castle is an ancient Welsh house just a short distance from Rwst in the Conwy Valley. Regarded as one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales, the castle was formerly the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn family.

0.5 miles from Rwst

Gwydir Forest

With beautiful mountain and valley views, the Gwydir Forest is hugely atmospheric and has an intriguing history. Look out for a sculpture trail, inspired by Wales’s real-life Robin Hood figure – Dafydd ap Siencyn.

1 mile from Rwst

Sygun Copper Mine

Sygun Copper Mine is one of the wonders of Wales – a remarkable and impressive example of how our precious industrial heritage can be reclaimed, restored and transformed into an outstanding family-friendly attraction.

19 miles from Rwst

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway

Explore Snowdonia’s outstanding mountain scenery by heritage railway. Steam trains and stunning landscape views are a match made in heaven. Departures from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Caernarfon and Porthmadog.

15+ miles from Rwst

The Deep Mine at Llechwedd

The deep mine tour at Llechwedd Slate Caverns tells the story of the men who built an industry which roofed the world – the Welsh slate industry. Experienced from the point of view of the mine workers, the tour is a fascinating and poignant insight into their story.

15 miles from Rwst

Conwy Castle

The mighty Conwy Castle was built in the 13th century by Edward I – part of his ‘iron ring’ of fortresses across North Wales. It’s so well preserved that it has been listed as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12 miles from Rwst

St Grwst’s Church

Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, known as ‘Llywelyn the Great’, was a powerful medieval prince of Gwynedd. The ruins of some of the castles he built – Dolwyddelan, Dolbadarn, can still be visited today. Llywelyn is buried at St. Grwst’s church in Llanrwst.

0.2 miles from Rwst

Dolwyddelan Castle

A stone fortress built by Prince Llywelyn the Great. Dolwyddelan Castle is as Welsh as the rugged Snowdonia mountains that surround it, and it played a critical part in the story of Wales. You’ll find it at the foot of Mount Siabod.

10 miles from Rwst

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Whether you are exploring North Wales as a couple, taking a break alone for some peace and quiet, or enjoying an active holiday with family and friends, there’s a holiday to suit everybody at Rwst.