North Wales is a beautiful region and one which has an aura of history about it whether you walk through its bustling seaside towns, explore its nature or take a trip to one of the many events in the area always going on.
There are many things about the area which many people may not be familiar with when they first visit and so, here are 5 of the most surprising and interesting facts for your interest.
1. It’s home to the wettest place in Britain
You might want to take an umbrella with you when you visit Crib Goch as it is more than a little bit damp!
The mountain ridge near Llanberis sees an estimated 4473,m of rainfall per year and is quite a staggering figure when you consider that the notoriously rainy Manchester only sees 810mm of rainfall a year.
2. All of the Seven Wonders of Wales are Located Here
Though maybe not quite as well-known as the Seven Wonders of the World, it’s good to see that the beautiful places of our region are recognised and have been since centuries ago.
Snowdon, the Gresford Bells, Llangollen Bridge in Flintshire, the Wrexham Steeple, the Overton Yew trees, Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall and St Winefride’s Well all made the list and not one from the south made the cut!
You know for certain if someone has been born and bred in North Wales if they can say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch without needing to take a breath.
Meaning “St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave” (phew), it was created by a local tailor as a way of the Anglesey town standing out to potential visitors and as the longest place name in Britain, you can’t dispute that he definitely managed that.
4. It’s linked to places all over the world
Did you know that there is a Llandudno in South Africa named after the Welsh town? Or how about Patagonia in Argentina being established by people from Bala?
5. Conwy has the smallest house in Britain
Measuring in at just 10ft deep, 6 feet wide and 10ft two inches high, there’s a property on the Quayside of Conwy that’s the smallest throughout the whole of Britain.
Now a popular tourist attraction and once the home of a 6’3” tall fisherman back in 1900, it’s one of the things that makes North Wales so unique and should be seen by everyone at least once.