Best beaches within an hour’s drive of the hotel

With our hotel located at the foot of Snowdon deep in the heart of the national park, it’s easy to forget we’re just a short drive from the spectacular North Wales coast.

We love nothing more than a bracing beach walk for the sheer contrast to our rugged alpine surroundings. With beaches regularly voted Britain’s best, we think our stunning coastal scenery will capture your heart too.

Whether you’re a walker, a biker, a photographer or just like to explore, we encourage you to take a break from the mountains and castaway to the coast. Here’s our top 5 North Wales beaches, all within an hour’s drive of the Royal Victoria Hotel.

1. Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey – 30 minutes

On the east coast of Anglesey, nestled between Pentraeth and Benllech, sits Red Wharf. Escape to this village on the bay where you’ll find 10 square miles of beach to explore if you visit at low tide.

Red Wharf is a really important natural habitat for Anglesey flora and fauna too. A part of Anglesey’s Marine Nature Reserve, it is a haven for rare plants and animals, the most famous being the pyramidal orchid.

Head over to The Ship Inn after your stroll. Weather permitting, sit outside and enjoy the fresh sea air while tucking into some good food and real ales – the perfect end to a perfect day.

Red Wharf Bay beach

Red Wharf Bay boasts over 10 miles of sandy beach at low tide.

2. Porth Nefyn, near Pwllheli – 40 minutes

Porth Nefyn is a secluded beach on the Llyn Peninsula, with breathtaking views across Caernarfon Bay and the Nefyn Headland. It’s rarely busy, with many visitors heading for its popular neighbours, Porth Dinllaen and Trefor.

Wander the two-mile long stretch of fine white sand enjoying the views and the tranquility before heading back to civilisation and lunch at the world-famous Ty Coch Inn – a waterside pub at nearby Porth Dinllaen.

Porth Nefyn Beach

Porth Nefyn on the Nefyn Headland is wild and scenic.

3. Newborough Beach, Anglesey – 45 minutes

As beaches go, we think Newborough pretty much has it all. There’s watersports for adrenaline junkies, miles of golden sand for the kids and even a touch of Celtic charm for the romantics among you.

Take a stroll along the beach to the serene shores of Llanddwyn Island. The island is famous as the home of Welsh patron saint of love, Santes Dwynwen, a 6th century princess unlucky in love.

You can walk to Llanddwyn at low tide and from here admire views across the Menai Strait towards Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. The church still stands and there’s an old lighthouse and even a small museum to investigate.

Newborough Beach

Search for Saint Dwynwen at Newborough Beach.

4. Portmeirion, near Porthmadog – 45 minutes

Portmeirion is a must-see for anyone visiting North Wales but, did you know, this flamboyant Italianate village has its very own beach? Well, it should come as no surprise really. Sir Clough Williams Ellis based his design on the villages of the Italian Riviera, also known for its wonderful beaches.

Just a short walk from the village, the vast sands expand across the Dwyryd Estuary. It’s the perfect chill-out spot, far enough away from the tourists of Portmeirion and boasting jaw-dropping views of Snowdonia.

Please note: to visit the beach you’ll need to pay the entrance fee to Portmeirion Village.

Portmeirion beach

Pretty Portmeirion has its own hidden beach!

5. Abersoch – 55 minutes

You’re spoilt for choice at Abersoch, where there are not one, but three beaches to choose from!

Main Beach is the busiest in the area, with views of the mountains of West Wales and the nearby archipelago of St Tudwal’s. It’s a safe beach with little current, making it ideal for swimming and watersports. You can even rent a beach hut, so why not make a day of it?

If you’re looking for somewhere quieter, try Harbour Beach. Here you can explore the rockpools along the harbour wall which are exposed at low tide, or just sit and admire the boats as they come and go.

If you love drama, head for Hell’s Mouth. Also known as Porth Neigwl, this beach is a surfing Mecca. This wide bay takes the full force of the Atlantic swells, which conjure the massive waves that surfers love. If you fancy giving it a go, the British Surf Association run a surf school here from April to November every year. Yes, it might be time to dust off that bucket list!

Abersoch beach

Abersoch has three beaches to choose from!

Images courtesy of: © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales).

Summer of Stories and more… our guide to what’s on in North Wales this Summer

Legends are written over hundreds of years but, this summer, North Wales gives you the opportunity to write a legendary story of your own. With a packed schedule of events taking place, there’s never been a better time for you and the family to explore our epic landscape while enjoying world-class unique entertainment and attractions.

Music, sport, family-fun, food, animals, stories, history, heritage… here’s our round-up of what’s in store this summer across the North Wales region.


CADW Summer of Stories – various dates

Throughout June, Welsh poetry and literature will be made accessible to the masses, with stories about King Arthur and other Welsh heroes and heroines brought to life in truly epic surroundings.

Denbigh Castle, Beaumaris Castle and several other historic sites across North Wales will play host to storytellers, who will enchant with imaginative, half-hour retellings of some of our best-loved myths and legends.

The Tournament – 24 – 25 June

If you enjoy hands-on historical experiences, this is not to be missed. The first event of its kind to be held in the history town of Conwy, the Tournament promises to be one of the highlights of Wales’ Year of Legends. Take a unique journey into the past, to a time when knights were bold and chivalry was very much alive.

For one thrilling weekend, lords, ladies, knights, merchants, fools and jesters will take over the town in a colourful display of medieval pageantry and celebration.

There will be jousting sessions, sword fighting displays, an archery competition and an authentic medieval market. The highpoint of the weekend is a sumptuous medieval banquet to be held on Saturday 24 June. It will take place in a grand, tented pavilion fit for a king and banqueters are encouraged to enter the spirit of the occasion and dress up in period costume.

The Tournament will feature knights, vikings, kings and queens.


Llandudno Jazz Festival – 28 – 30 July

Everyone’s favourite jazz festival returns to Llandudno this July. Taking place on the picturesque Bodafon Farm, on the outskirts of the town, visitors will enjoy good music combined with great views.

This year, the festival boasts performances from accomplished jazz artists including A Grimsby Fish Tale, Sara Oschlag and the Mark Nightingale Quartet among others. The highlight of the weekend is a special tribute show to jazz legend, Thelonius Monk, on Sunday night.

Electric Wave Festival – 14 – 16 July

Following on from the hugely popular Su Casa Festival, Surf Snowdonia is hosting another show-stopping musical event in July! Celebrating all that’s best about surf and music, this family-friendly festival promises to cater for all musical tastes.

From uplifting reggae to thumping electronic beats, and glittering disco to the finest indie artists, Electric Wave has an impressive line up of performers ready to get your feet tapping.

If all that isn’t enough, there’ll be a climbing wall, a silent disco, a skate ramp and slacklining to try your hand at. To keep energy levels up, there’ll be plenty of street food and drink from local suppliers to refuel with.

Love music? Listen to something different at Llandudno jazz festival.


Anglesey Show – 15 – 16 August

Agricultural shows are fabulous occasions that bring together locals and visitors in celebration of the bounty of our landscape. From thrilling sporting events and agricultural machinery displays, to the region’s best food and drink and locally-crafted art gifts and homewares, the Anglesey Show is North Wales’ leading county show.

Conwy River Festival – 19 – 26 August

Conwy’s annual river festival takes to the waves with a packed schedule of boat and yacht races, plus the much-loved family-friendly Quay Day. Taking place on the Conwy Estuary – between Conwy and Deganwy – visitors will be treated to a weekend of thrills and fun.

Don’t worry if your not a ‘boat person’, there’s still plenty to see and do. Live music, kids entertainment and the shops of Conwy are guaranteed to keep landlubbers happy!


Festival No. 6 – 7 – 10 September

Festival No. 6 really needs no introduction; the phenomenal success of this boutique festival over the last few years speaks for itself.

With all the ingredients for a memorable weekend – magical venue, all-star line-up, stunning surroundings – this bohemian celebration has become a must-visit for festival goers and performers alike.

This year, the Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Kate Tempest headline, backed by a plethora of talented artists and performers. Beyond the music stages, there’s a whole host of things happening, including the annual torchlit processions, hot tub parties, the much-anticipated Sgt Pepper’s Carnival and the mysterious Saturday Night Spectacle.

By day or night, Festival Number 6 is a magical experience!

So, this Summer, why not write your own story? With so much happening across the region, it’s guaranteed to be a hit bestseller with all the family. It’s going to be epic!

Images courtesy of © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales).