As autumn graces the Welsh landscape with its vibrant auburn palette, it’s the perfect opportunity to embark on a journey to explore the natural beauty of this captivating region. From rolling hills draped in fiery foliage to the cosy embrace of fireside inns, Wales beckons you to experience the enchantment of this season. Here, we present some exceptional destinations for an unforgettable autumn retreat while staying at the best hotel in Caernarfon.
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Coed y Brenin, North Wales
For those yearning for a refreshing walk amidst leaves crunching beneath their feet, Coed y Brenin offers an ideal setting amidst the wonders of the autumnal woodland. Located near Dolgellau and Trawsfynydd, this world-class mountain biking location provides a sanctuary for savouring the season with family walks, gentle cycling routes, waterfalls, an all-access trail, and a visitor centre. The café offers splendid vistas of trees adorned in a kaleidoscope of autumnal colours, and you can relish one of their sustainable venison burgers, crafted from fallow deer sourced from the local area.
Bodnant Gardens, North Wales
A delight for both foliage enthusiasts and families, Bodnant Gardens in autumn showcases a breathtaking display of Japanese acers and offers incredible views of the Eryri (Snowdonia) mountains from its terraces. The Dell at Bodnant offers a tranquil sanctuary with serene walks and a picturesque waterfall, ideal for a leisurely autumn stroll. The shrub borders and Chapel Park also provide excellent spots for admiring the spectrum of autumnal hues.
Beddgelert, Snowdonia, North Wales
Nestled within the awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park, Beddgelert offers an authentic Welsh village experience surrounded by the stunning beauty of autumn. Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the River Glaslyn and immerse yourself in the tranquillity as vibrant leaves drift by. The village is steeped in history and legend, making it a perfect destination to explore on a crisp autumn day.
Llanrwst, North Wales
Llanrwst, situated in the heart of North Wales, provides a serene and picturesque backdrop for your autumn adventure. Begin your day with an invigorating walk along the lush banks of the River Llugwy, near the charming village of Betws-y-Coed. This stroll will lead you to Swallow Falls, a natural wonder where the river dramatically cascades over rocky terrain. As you explore this beautiful location, you’ll be treated to breathtaking waterfalls and stunning scenic viewpoints that come alive with the vibrant hues of autumn foliage. The rustling leaves and the soothing sound of rushing water creates a peaceful and rejuvenating atmosphere, making it a perfect way to start your day in Llanrwst.
Betws-y-Coed, North Wales
Just a short drive from Llanrwst lies the enchanting village of Betws-y-Coed, renowned for its idyllic autumnal charm. One of the must-visit attractions in this area is ‘Tu Hwnt i’r Bont,’ a charming tearoom located at Inigo Jones Bridge in nearby Llanrwst. This picturesque tearoom is a hidden treasure, particularly during the autumn season. The scene is truly magical as the entire cottage is adorned with vibrant red ivy, creating a captivating spectacle of colours.