North Wales

Area guide

Dazzling mountainous views, a vibrant Welsh culture and beautiful coastlines; North Wales is truly one of the most breathtaking places in the UK.

Welcome to the North Wales area guide where we will be taking you through some of the key characteristics of the area as well as information on education, properties and transport.

North Wales is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country, expect to experience views of vast beaches, rolling hills and mountainous peaks. In between these vistas are an abundance of properties including town houses, cottages, manors and castles. Strutt and Parker’s properties in the North Wales area are managed by our team nearby in Cheshire who offer a great range of services such as residential sales, planning, building surveying and land management.

North Wales is a place of varying terrain, making the search for the right area an important one – whether it be the countryside, the coast, the mountain regions or the towns, there’s something here for everyone. Much of the North Wales area is made up of natural spaces including the Snowdonia National Park, Coed y Brenin Forest Park and Gwydir Forest Park.

Things to do

The variety in North Wales’ landscape boasts a huge variety of activities to get involved in, and a rich culture and history to uncover.


Snowdonia is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the UK, partly made up of mountainous regions and partly comprised of sprawling coast – it holds the best of both worlds. Hills of the greenest green roll throughout the breath-taking landscape which is populated with a buzz of activities and natural highlights where you can truly uncover and experience the rich Welsh culture. The surrounding villages of Snowdonia are full of charm and Welsh culture, for instance, Portmeirion is home to its own steam railway which truly transports visitors to another time.

Experience History!

North Wales is steeped in a rich, intriguing history which is tangible to those visiting and living in the area. Many castles litter the mountainous and coastal regions which make up what’s known as the ‘Ring of Steel’; a ring of fortresses in the North Wales territory built by Edward I to exhibit military power. Dolbadarn and Dolwyddelan Castles are located in Snowdonia, whereas other forts such as Flint, Conwy and Cricceth line the Northern coast.

Why we love North Wales

  • The adventure – North Wales is an enthralling and enchanting environment for activity and adventure. There are plenty of places to dust off the walking boots for, such as the Isle of Anglesey Coast (an area of outstanding natural beauty!) and the Mynydd Hiraethog and Denigh Moors footpath which offers terrific scenes of the breath-taking moor and lakes.
  • The culture – As well as all the rural and isolated charm North Wales has to offer, there is also a creative and cultural buzz around the area; Festival No. 6 takes place in Portmerion every September and the Consuming Conwy Festival finds many foodies joining together bask in some culinary delights.

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Properties for sale in North Wales

Key villages & towns in North Wales

Schools in the area

North Wales is renowned for its reputation as a great area for educational facilities, schools (public and private) and universities.

Some of the top primary schools include Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School, Golftyn Primary School and Westwood Primary School. The St Gerards School Trust in Bangor is an independent school for all ages from primary education to sixth form. There are also a number of secondary schools including Rydal Penrhos School (a boarding and day school) which is situated in the beautiful Colwyn Bay. Elsewhere, the likes of Alun School, St Brigid’s School and Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen School all are considered to be among the best in the North Wales area.

North Wales is also incredibly accommodating to those pursuing higher and further education, Bangor University is one of the biggest establishments in the area with lecture halls and campuses being spread over several spots of Bangor town.

For a more comprehensive guide to schools in the area, head to the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

There are many train stations littered throughout the North Wales region, many of these destinations can be reached directly or via nearby Liverpool which is connected to many nationwide destinations. Bangor and Llanfairpwll are the main stations in the North West region, whereas Rhyl, Flint cover the coastal regions. London is easily accessed with a 3 hour journey time.

By train

The M6 runs along North Wales' Eastern borders which gives those travelling via car an easy route to Liverpool in the North as well as Birmingham and the more Southerly regions of Wales. In North Wales itself, the A55 runs across the coast through the most popular towns in the region and cuts off into Snowdonia via the A5.