North Wales, United Kingdom

What brought me to North Wales for the first time was my graduate Midnight Snowdon hike challenge in support of Alzheimer’s Society. sixteen graduates from GVA set off to conquer Mt Snowdon over night and succeeded in under 4.5 hours! I then extended my trip to tour around myself, first time traveling solo, and I loved it.

Note: Expect North Wales to rain and have grey skies. I was only lucky in Caernarfon!

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Visit Llanberis and climb Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles south of the Scottish Highlands. 

  2. Visit Anglesey, an island off the north-west coast of Wales. Specifically, visit Menai bridge on the way to Beaumaris famous for its castle, coast and pastel coloured houses. Also try Beau’s tea shop, it has such beautiful decor. 

     

  3. From Beaumaris, take a ferry to visit Puffin island and Trwyn Du light house, or Black Point which dates from 1838, and guided sailors through the passage between Penmon and Puffin Island.19397173_10156642004533849_8713041693481194888_n19247571_10156642002813849_3895077496144114257_n
  4. Visit Caernarfon Castle, a medieval fortress on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, opposite the Isle of Anglesey19424495_10156642698848849_7503409698617401662_n19424194_10156642693573849_5561285517140394384_n
  5. Visit Llandudno a seaside resort, town and community. Make sure you catch the Great Orme tramway to visit the Great Orme, a prominent limestone headland on the north coast of Wales. You can even go further via a cable car but I didn’t have good enough weather to bother with this.19399300_10156646339803849_732351528926752664_n19430060_10156646339543849_8260118457623678123_n19400174_10156646339388849_4854750953815478246_nOther: I used Bangor as my base and stayed at a wonderful hotel called Bangor Garden hotel. This was above a cantonese restaurant,  family run so everyone was super friendly and helpful.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital. It was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, which famously struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912. As Belfast is quite a small town, I did a full day tour visiting the countryside and coast using this company: http://www.gameofthronestours.com/

  1. Titanic Quarters. A great educational museum presenting the history of Belfast and its shipping industry, as well as the the events that lead up to the famous and tragic event of the Titanic sinking. There is even a short ride inside the museum as part of the tour! You can spend a good 2 hours visiting the whole place. 18766038_10156537768448849_2423457743891510165_n
  2. Queen’s University. The exterior looks incredibly beautiful 20170527_162836.jpg
  3. Go on the well-known Game of throne’s tour. Most filming was done in Northern Ireland and most of the support role actors/actresses are from here too!
  4. Cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. You have to get lucky with the weather like I did in order for the bridge to the open for crossing. 18699816_10156532974868849_2409087796334240924_n.jpg
  5. Giant’s Causeway. Unique rock formation with no one really knowing the real truth behind this place. You can apparently find such formation in Scotland too. 18836804_10156537777358849_1680685730415260528_o

Others: Ulster museum and botanical garden, City Hall, Opera House where I watched a show called ‘Crazy’ and St George’s Market.