North Wales History & Heritage
The past is alive and well in North Wales. History and culture is everywhere, it defines who we are.
You can experience it in our historic buildings and town centres, our centuries-old villages, our working museums and the Welsh language - still the first language in many places.
With entry to museums free and many of our historic buildings beautifully preserved, a visit to North Wales is a wonderful cultural experience.
Our castles may grab all the headlines, but there are plenty of other opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of our ancient Celtic land. Throughout the region you'll find ornate churches as well as austere country chapels and mysterious burial chambers, evocative reminders of harsher times in centuries past.
North Wales heritage also boasts many grand properties in the care of the National Trust, from Erddig in the east to Plas Newydd in the west, each revealing incredible family histories and stories of industrial endeavour.
Our world-famous slate industry is vividly brought to life at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis and at Llechwedd Slate Quarry where you can hear the haunting tale of a youngster's difficult life working the mines with his father. Copper, lead and gold were also mined in North Wales, mines you can still explore today.
Driving around Wales you'll soon discover that "Araf" is Welsh for "Slow". Keen to know more? Learn about Welsh culture and language at Nant Gwyrtheryn, a converted former quarryman's village perched on the sea cliffs near Nefyn.
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