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Short breaks and weekends away are quickly gaining popularity in the UK. More Brits than ever are looking to get away from the busyness of modern life, even if it’s only for a day or two. 

From families looking to go away with the kids, to couples looking for a romantic trip, short breaks suit almost anyone wanting to experience more of what’s around them. Now, we might be a wee bit biased, but we think that the perfect destination for a weekend away in the UK has to be North Wales!

Quickly becoming the UK holiday destination of choice, North Wales has been the most popular spot in the UK for two summers in a row – overtaking Cornwall! 

 To help you choose your next North Wales holiday, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite places that you must visit!

Why Are People Holidaying in North Wales?

Although the UK is small, it has some outstanding tourist destinations, including North Wales. You’ll never be short of beaches in North Wales since it has over 250 miles of coastline. You can find everything here from long sandy beaches to action-packed adventure parks.

On the Llyn Peninsula, there are quiet secluded beaches and resorts that offer world-class water sports. Whether you want to spend a day by the sea with your family or spend a week surfing, North Wales has it all.

 If a beach holiday isn’t your style, don’t worry! North Wales has the Snowdonia (Eryri) national park with towering peaks, winding valleys, mountain lakes and hiking trails.

Explore the county’s historic landscape and reconnect with nature! There’s no shortage of tranquillity or recreation in North Wales.

Our Top Choices for Locations in North Wales

Beautiful mountains in North Wales

A blissful sandy beach – Black Rock Sands 

Looking for a long sandy beach where you can avoid the busy crowds? Black Rock Sands in Porthmadog is the perfect place!

A popular spot to stop off for a picnic, the beach is unique in the fact that you can actually drive onto the sand and park up. A convenient lunchtime stop on your road trip around the North Wales coast.

A surfer’s paradise and a real hidden gem – Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) 

Hell’s Mouth is a south-facing rural beach located near the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. It is known for its fierce waves which makes it the ideal spot for surfers and kayakers looking for a summer thrill. At low tide, the beach opens up to reveal wide expanses of sandy shoreline and does allow dogs. 

The beach is one of the quietest spots in the area. It doesn’t have any facilities that you’d expect in the busier spots. Therefore, bring some extra provisions if you’re planning a long day of surfing.

A historic castle and plenty of places to explore – Conwy 

quay house. The smallest house in Britain

A small town with so much to do. If you’re looking to take a break and be surrounded by stunning scenery and historic locations, look no further than Conwy. 

Sitting right atop the North Wales Coast, Conwy has plenty of things to do for anyone looking for a laid-back break in North Wales. 

Spend a day exploring the famous castle, or get nautical at the Conwy Quay marina. Explore the historic streets and pop into a few local cafes or restaurants. For those who want to see something quirky, pay a visit to the smallest house in Britain (if you can get in!).

The perfect base to explore the best of Eryri (Snowdonia) – Betws-y-Coed 

Situated in the heart of the Eryri (Snowdonia) national park, Betws-y-Coed is the perfect base camp for your adventure holiday. A short drive from all of North Wales’ most exhilarating attractions, Betws is an ideal spot to access the best the region has to offer. 

20 minutes to the North is Zip World Conwy, where you can experience an all weather indoor adventure park or take on a woodland adventure at Zip-World Forest, where you’ll bounce among the treetops and take on the UK’s only alpine coaster!

 Something for everyone and family-friendly – Anglesey (Ynys Môn) 

The 8 Best Places for Holiday Letting in North Wales - Menai Holiday Cottages

Okay, so we’re cheating a bit on this one! If you’re looking for a short break that has something for the whole family, you can’t go wrong by heading up to Anglesey!

It won’t be possible to see everything on the island in a short weekend, but there’s lots to do. Get up close and personal with the Menai Straits on a RibRide before exploring the castle ruins and crab fishing at Beaumaris.

 If you’re wanting something a bit more chill – why not try some of the wildlife walks, or head to one of the island’s many beaches? We can’t fit everything into this blog, but if you’re looking to explore, read our ultimate guide for things to do on Anglesey.

Accepting Short Breaks in Your Holiday Let 

Why should I accept short breaks at my holiday home? 

Taking short breaks can also increase your income and fill in any gaps in your schedule. Short breaks are a great way to fill in those midweek gaps. Did you know that short breaks are more profitable than longer stays, even with an added cleaning rotation?

Some benefits that short breaks bring include:

  • Securing more bookings & income – We never set short breaks to lower than 60% of the normal weekly rental rate. Meaning if you get two short breaks in the same week, you can earn between 20-50% more than if you were to take a single booking at a normal rate. 


  • Greater flexibility for guests – Sometimes life gets in the way, and some guests can be put off by restricted arrival dates. Offering flexibility will make your property stand out to those looking for a last-minute getaway if you offer short breaks.


  • Reach a wider audience – Short breaks in the UK are on the rise, and holidaymakers are increasingly seeking weekend breaks to avoid booking time off work. Short breaks put your property in front of more potential guests, increasing occupancy rates.


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