Explore North Wales

North Wales offers a diverse choice of activities to discover and explore – you just need the time and a base to start. Acorn Leisure Holiday Parks offer an ideal base from which to explore the great outdoors of North Wales. Snowdonia National Park is only 50 minutes away and the Roman city of Chester can be reached within 30 minutes too.

Wales is known for its great number of castles and North Wales offers ample opportunity to explore ramparts, medieval market towns and the seaside all in one.

Mountain climbing, trail discovery, rock climbing, survival skill training, hiking, kayaking, horse riding, cycling, running and walking are all exciting possibilities for those who want to take the plunge for excitement, exercise, and adventure during their holiday downtime.

Maes Mynan Park is a unique location, set in over 100 acres of rustic countryside—so there are plenty of walks on and off Park to discover.

You can also see the sea from the 6 acre leisure amenity field at Waters Holiday Park, so the coast is within easy reach too.

Views across the Clwydian Range towards Denbigh Moors

Acorn Leisure Holiday Parks offer great countryside holiday home locations for exploring North Wales and beyond

Caernarfon Castle

Castles to Explore In North Wales

Castles always have a mistique about them. Many of us can’t help delving back into history to explore how a bygone age lived.

North Wales has so much to offer in terms of history and Chester Castle (Caer in Welsh) was a Roman Fort that saw many foot soldiers march through North Wales, traveling through Caerwys en route to Denbigh and Caernarfon and beyond.

Edward the 1st to combat the Welsh Pricnces built many castles. Conwy, Caernarfon, Rhuddlan, Flint, Beaumaris, Denbigh and Harlech are the main ones we have all heard about, but there are other castles too. Euloe Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Chirk Castle, Powis Castle, Dolwyddelan Castle and Dolbadarn Castle

Historic Towns and Cities to Explore 

Caerwys is the smallest town in the UK with a Royal Charter and can be found on the doorstep of both Maes Mynan Park and Misty Waters Holiday Park. As a town it has two convenience stores, a butcher, a post office, a café, a pub, an art gallery, hairdressers, dog groomers, vets, and pharmacy.

Other interesting historic towns to visit include; Conwy, Betwys Y Coed, Llanwrst, Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Beddgelert, Llanberis, Blaneau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog, Cricceth, Harlech, Denbigh, Portmeirion, Llandudno, Llangollen, St. Asaph, Bangor and many more for you to discover. Even though Chester is in England, it still has connections with North Wales.

Exploring historic towns in North Wales is full of adventure when it comes to discovering Welsh culture, language, and history. You will have your favourites, just as we do, but discovering new places is all part of a holiday lifestyle, where making happy memories is all part of the fun.


Oriel Glasfryn – Glasfryn Art Gallery, Caerwys 

Art & Culture to Explore

On the doorstop of Maes Mynan Park and Misty Waters Holiday Park, you will find the spectacular Glasfryn Art Gallery in Caerwys. Here you will find a wide range of art, pottery, textiles, jewellery and other object d’art from all around Wales to browse and purchase.  Oriel Glasfryn also has visiting exhibitors and arranges exhibitions and events, so it is well worth keeping an eye on their promotions if you’d like to stay in their loop.

Afonwen Craft & Antique Centre also hold weekend exhibitors where you can meet artisan crafters and painters. Check out their website for their calendar of events.

Further afield you will find other art galleries to explore and if you like music, cinema, shows or theatre, then there is plenty in store for you across North Wales.

Food & Drink to Explore 

A holiday lifestyle includes enjoying the ‘good life’ and that means indulging from time to time in ‘off park’ dining, a drink or two in a friendly pub or a delicious takeaway!

There are so many eateries and public houses locally, that it is hard to know which one’s to share. So we have settled on sharing ones we know some of you have enjoyed and reported as superb 🙂

Local takeaways are available from all around the World—Chinese, Indian, Oriental, British, Italian—with many restaurant establishments also offering a take-out menu too.

If you discover somewhere new, please share with us, so we can add your choice here. This also goes for specialist food shops too.  Spreading the word from experience is the best way to go.

Bonni’s Wood Fired Pizza Takeaway—Friday Nights From The Horse Box On The Square in Caerwys

Llyn Padarn, Llanwrst

Countryside & Mountains to Explore In North Wales


North Wales is a beautiful part of the UK and is often overlooked for its diverse range of hills, woodland, lakes, mountains and wildlife.

Maes Mynan Park is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and overlooks Moel Y Parc of the Clwydian Range, Denbigh Moors and from certain vantage points, the distant mountains of Snowdonia.

Misty Waters Holiday Park is also located within the open countryside with views across woodland and open fields.

All Acorn Leisure Holiday Parks are ideal for exploring North Wales. Having a base from which to start your North Wales discovery, offers huge benefits to those who love the great outdoors, where connecting with nature and the elements is all part of their holiday lifestyle choice.

We can’t list everywhere we love to explore, but hope you find this starter selection interesting. Some places are on the doorstep, others further afield.

Things to Do In North Wales

Although North Wales is known for its great number of castles, as a country, it also offers many opportunities to explore and enjoy quite different locations and experiences.

Besides all the places we have already highlighted on this page, we will share just a few specific ‘activities’ to tantalise your curiosity.

There is something for everyone, but not every activity here will appeal to everyone!

If you discover a new experience whilst on holiday, please share it with us, so that we may highlight it here for your fellow Holiday Homeowners to try.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Take a narrow boat ride, paddle across in a kayak or on a paddleboard, cycle across, or just walk it and experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site first hand.

Talacre Beach is the closest beach to all Acorn Leisure Holiday Parks

Beaches to Explore In North Wales

There are many beaches to visit across North Wales. Some have dramatic backdrops of mountains, others have rocky outcrops, whilst some have beautiful long sandy strips.

Here we share some local beaches that are accessible within an hour or so of travel. Please let us know if we have missed one of your favourite beaches:-)

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Holiday Home ownership, on one of our holiday parks, is all about getting a taste for the good life – perfect for creating happy memories.


Mosaics of habitat, the great outdoors, historic towns, castles, beaches, woodland, natural beauty, nature – North Wales

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