Places to visit.
The Granary holiday home is located in a beautiful location in the county of Denbighshire, North Wales (Ruthin). There are many exciting places to visit and activities to do in and around the area. Explore the stunning Welsh countryside by taking a walk through the nearby Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of Moel Famau.
For those interested in history and culture, visit the nearby Denbigh Castle, St Asaph Cathedral, and Plas Newydd House and Gardens. Adventure seekers can go zip-lining at Zip World Fforest or try their hand at rock climbing and abseiling at the Moel Siabod and Tryfan mountains.
There are many family cycling routes available also.
Foodies will enjoy the local eateries and can also visit the nearby Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.
Before staying at The Granary Self Catering Cottage learn more about this area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Vale of Clwyd and the Clwydian Range are part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or Ardal o Harddwch Naturiol Eithriadol in Welsh. A series of hills, running north to south, the Range is dotted with numerous Iron Age hillforts, many of which can be seen from Tyddyn Isaf. This spectacular chain of hillforts stretches from Moel Hiraddug in the north to Caer Drewyn in the south-west, forming one of the most important historic landscapes in Wales.
Our nearest town is the “Jewel in the Vale”, Ruthin. There is plenty to do in this lovely market town. The medieval town centre is home to Ruthin Gaol (where you can take part in the ‘Gruelling Experience’), Nant Clwyd Y Dre (the oldest half-timbered house in Wales), the award-winning Ruthin Craft Centre and the newly completed Ruthin Art Trail.
Or get up close to farm animals and experience a livestock auction at Ruthin Farmers Auction on a Tuesday or Thursday when regular weekly sales are held.
The nearby towns of Mold, Denbigh, St Asaph, Chester and Wrexham are all nearby and are lovely places to stroll around with some great places to eat and drink.
We seem to be surrounded by World Heritage Sites! The great castles of Conwy, Beaumaris, Denbigh and Caernarfon are all within easy reach.
Nearer to home is the 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, just outside Llangollen. The aqueduct is a ‘pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture’ built by Thomas Telford.
Another World Heritage Site is the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool. Easily reached via the Mersey Tunnel and worth a day out.
The keen (and casual) walker is spoilt for choice. Offa’s Dyke runs along the top of the Clwydian Range and the views from the path are some of the best in Wales. Moel Famau, the highest peak is easily accessible and there are lots of low-level walks starting out from Loggerheads Country Park.
Now, with all this activity, you’ll be getting hungry. Head to Sugar Plum tearoom in Rhewl (a mile from the cottage) for an afternoon tea experience you’ll fondly remember for a long time.
Snowdonia: 1 hour’s drive, Chester: half an hour, Bala 22 miles, Rhyl 18 miles, Llangollen 17 miles, Mold 11 miles, Denbigh 7 miles, Ruthin 3 miles, Clwydian Range: out the front door and turn left.
PLACES TO VISIT FOR HOLIDAYS IN DENBIGHSHIRE
Things to do and places to visit during your holiday with us.
Local Restaurants & Pubs
This beautiful 80-acre garden is located in the Conwy Valley and features a wide range of plants, flowers, and trees, as well as stunning views of Snowdonia National Park.
This charming seaside town is located on the north coast of Wales and is known for its Victorian architecture, pier, and beach. Visitors can also take a cable car ride up to the top of the Great Orme for stunning views of the town and surrounding area.
This historic castle is located in the town of Denbigh and dates back to the 13th century. Visitors can explore the castle’s walls, towers, and gatehouses, and learn about its rich history.
Welsh Mountain Zoo.
This popular zoo is located in Colwyn Bay and is home to a wide range of animals, including red pandas, snow leopards, and chimpanzees.
This stunning waterfall is located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and walking trails.
The Great Orme.
This limestone headland is located near Llandudno and offers stunning views of the town, the coast, and the mountains. Visitors can also explore the Great Orme Copper Mine, which dates back to the Bronze Age.
This beautiful Elizabethan townhouse is located in the heart of Conwy and is known for its intricate plasterwork, beautiful gardens, and stunning views of the town.
This historic castle is located in the town of Rhuddlan and dates back to the 13th century. Visitors can explore the castle’s walls, towers, and gatehouses, and learn about its rich history.
Are you looking for cycle trails in North Wales?
Llyn Brenig Cycle Trail.
This trail is located just a short drive from The Granary and offers a beautiful 9-mile route around Llyn Brenig reservoir. The trail is relatively flat and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Llyn Alwen Cycle Trail.
This trail is located near the village of Llanfwrog and offers a challenging 7-mile route through the forest and around Llyn Alwen reservoir. The trail features steep climbs and descents but offers stunning views of the reservoir and the surrounding hills.
Coed Llandegla Forest.
This popular mountain biking destination is located near the town of Wrexham and offers a wide range of trails for all skill levels. The trails range from easy green routes to challenging black routes and offer stunning views of the surrounding forest.
The North Wales Coastal Cycleway.
This 34-mile route runs along the coast from Prestatyn to Bangor, and offers stunning views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. The route is relatively flat and is suitable for all skill levels.
Snowdonia National Park.
Snowdonia National Park offers a wide range of cycling routes, ranging from challenging mountain bike trails to scenic road routes. Some popular routes include the Mawddach Trail, which runs along the Mawddach Estuary, and the Lon Las Cymru, which runs from Holyhead to Cardiff.
More about the Mawddach trail and family cycling.
The Mawddach Trail is a scenic cycling and walking route that runs along the Mawddach Estuary in Snowdonia National Park. The trail is approximately 9 miles long and runs from the market town of Dolgellau to the seaside resort of Barmouth.
The trail follows the disused railway line that once served the area, and offers stunning views of the estuary and the surrounding hills. The route is relatively flat and is suitable for all skill levels.
Along the way, you will pass through a variety of landscapes, including woodlands, wetlands, and open fields. There are also several points of interest along the trail, including the RSPB nature reserve at Arthog Bog, the historic toll bridge at Penmaenpool, and the famous Barmouth Bridge, which offers stunning views of the estuary and the sea.
The Mawddach Trail is a popular destination for cyclists and walkers and is suitable for families and individuals of all ages. It is also wheelchair accessible and is a great way to experience the beauty of Snowdonia National Park.