North Wales has it all. Full of visual drama and splendour, steeped in history with a vibrant bilingual 21st Century culture. Its diverse landscape is home to everything from cultural events, outdoor activities and historic sites, to beaches, mountains and lakes.
Many people in this friendly and welcoming part of the world speak Welsh as a first language. Indeed, the language thrives throughout the region: newsagents stock Welsh and English-medium newspapers and magazines, whilst everything from road signs to local radio stations tend to be bilingual.
So many great things make North Wales the perfect place to live, raise a family, enrich your life and keep you busy in your spare time! It was recently voted the 4th best region to visit in the world by Lonely Planet.
Go to the East, or head to the West?
Both similar and different, which area of North Wales you choose to live in will probably be dictated by the type of lifestyle you lead. The northeast of Wales has plenty of history and is home to North Wales' only World Heritage Site. If you would love to live close to the sea, the coastal regions of Colwyn Bay and Conwy have excellent beaches and are packed with family attractions. If you are an adventure seeker you may feel more at home in the Llyn Peninsula, where you'll have easy access to the neighbouring mountains of Snowdonia.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia is a region in northwest Wales concentrated around the mountains and glaciers of massive Snowdonia National Park. The park's historic Snowdon Mountain Railway climbs to the summit of Wales's highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland. The park is also home to an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks like Cedar Idris and Tryfan.
Shop 'till you drop!
When choosing a shopping destination, North Wales might not be the first destination that springs to mind. But it’s the diversity, unique venues and hidden gems that makes North Wales a desirable shopping destination.
Take a walk down one of the North Wales’ famous high streets and you’ll be amazed with the incredible choice on offer. Many of the shops (including stores that specialize in Welsh language books, music, gifts, etc) are owned and run independently, which means the service is that much more personal.
If it’s designer fashion you’re after, then a trip to Wrexham or Bangor will have something just for you. Llandudno and Broughton also offer excellent shopping facilities with a blend of high street chains and independent shops.
Designer Outlets in North Wales provide incredibly good value for money, as well as offering great food and drink facilities. Tweedmill Shopping Outlet is one of the biggest in North Wales and offers some of the best local produce and household names.
And if you can't resist a trip to the bright lights of Liverpool and Manchester then they are just over an hour away in the car.
North Wales has some of the best pubs in the country. It is also home to the world's 4th best beach bar - the Ty Coch Inn in Porthdinllaen, on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula.
Theatres and culture
North Wales’ theatres have something to please everyone: from dramatic, cutting-edge performances to singing in the aisle entertainment - you’ll be sure to have a quality evening in either Welsh or English at any one of the region's theatres.
If you’re looking for something a little light-hearted, North Wales welcomes comedians throughout the year. Smaller venues host some of North Wales’ up-and-coming performers, whilst bigger names often visit Venue Cymru in Llandudno or the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl.
North Wales also plays hosts to a variety of musical performances and events: many of the world's leading opera singers have performed here, whilst the wonderful sounds of the National Orchestra of Wales can also periodically be heard in the region.
The National Eisteddfod also travels north on a biennial basis, whilst the yearly Access All Eirias and Festival No. 6 events have attracted more and more of the biggest names in rock and pop to the region during the past few years.
So whilst we may not have the bright lights of the West End, North Wales can boast a wide range of theatrical and musical delights: there is something here for every taste, in both Welsh and English.
The great outdoors
Picture this. An abandoned quarry, once the world’s largest, turned into the world’s fastest zip zone. Or how about the world’s first man-made surf lagoon delivering consistent two metre waves. You can even scale to Britain’s lowest point, deep beneath the mountain's of Snowdonia. With all this, it’s no surprise that North Wales has a growing reputation as being the adventure capital of the UK. Underground, on ground or above ground, every day can be an adventure when you live in North Wales.
Culture and heritage
But it’s not all about flying through the air. There are plenty of things to do in North Wales that don't require a helmet or wetsuit. North Wales has an incredibly warm and rich bilingual culture and heritage which is irresistible. Scattered with medieval castles, historic towns, historical monuments and intriguing museums - you can even explore a 4,000 year-old mine!