Brrr, baby, it’s cold outside but what better way to heat things up than to start planning a Valentines break to remember? It’s that time of year again when lovers everywhere begin thinking of ways to woo.
But did you know, Welsh romantics have two opportunities to get loved-up every year? As well as the ubiquitous St Valentine, Wales has its very own patron saint of love – St Dwynwen. Relatively unknown outside her Celtic homeland, this love-lorn medieval princess gained popularity in the 1960s, making January the 25th a firm fixture on the calendars of lovers the world over.
With St Dwynwen, we’ve just doubled your reasons for choosing the Royal Victoria as the perfect romantic getaway. Not only that, but this year Valentine’s and Dwynwen’s Day fall on or close to a weekend, making them the ideal excuse for a long weekend too!
What’s more, if you’re planning to surprise your other half during your romantic break at the Royal Victoria you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to see and do. We’ve chosen our five favourite treats for lovers in North Wales – we know St Valentine and St Dwynwen would approve!
Llanddwyn Island, off the coast of Anglesey, is where Dwynwen reputedly lived out her days and the church dedicated to her memory can still be seen today.
Forbidden by her father to marry her true love, Dwynwen was granted three wishes by an angel. She used a wish to help her forget her lover, another pledging never to marry and, lastly, wished for God to protect all true lovers.
The little island, easily reached at low tide from Newborough Beach, is the perfect place to propose or perhaps to exchange love spoons, a traditional Welsh love token.
If strolling arm in arm through a beautiful garden is your idea of romance, Bodnant Garden in the Conwy Valley is worth a visit any time of year but is particularly charming in the spring.
Early season blooms, including daffodils, snowdrops, tulips and primroses, pepper the grounds while snow-capped peaks make a dramatic backdrop for your close encounter.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so, ladies, treat the man in your life to an intimate meal for two at one of North Wales’s many excellent restaurants.
With regional specialities, including freshly caught seafood and locally-reared meat, as well as crowd-pleasers, like burgers and pizza, North Wales has a thriving foodie scene.
The big question is, one spoon or two?
Treat her like a princess for a day at one of North Wales’s many castles or historic houses. Uncover the tragic love story of the Wynnes at Plas Mawr, Conwy, or embrace atop the rose-tinted walls of Caernarfon Castle.
Closer to home, Llanberis has its very own fortress too. The ruins of Dolbadarn Castle stand sentinel over Lyn Padarn. Boasting epic views, it’s the perfect place for a knight to win his lady and pop the question.
For adrenaline lovers, what better way to demonstrate your love than to take a leap of faith together? Daredevil couples can ride a ‘his n’ hers’ zip line at Zip World in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Reaching speeds of up to 100mph, it’s certainly a unique way to show your commitment to each other, while experiencing one of Snowdonia’s most popular tourist attractions!
The Royal Victoria Hotel looks forward to welcoming lovers on both St Dwynwen’s and Valentines weekends but we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. We really want to say ‘I do’ to you!