North Wales

North Wales

North Wales attracts visitors for a variety of reasons. The beautiful scenery in mountainous Snowdonia, the coastline where there are exciting options like climbing, hiking, riding horses, golf, sailing, walking through the woods, biking and its  attractive historic towns and villages.

Some people are drawn to North Wales for steam railways that still offer daily runs. Snowdonia is widely known as a retreat for walkers but the many coastal paths of Anglesey are also very popular and lest we forget, the numerous golf courses challenging every handicapper

For history buffs, there are a number of old abbeys and monasteries like Aberconwy, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1189. Visitors who revel in exploring castles will definitely enjoy Castle Dinas Bran. There are over a dozen ancient fortresses in North Wales, but Dinas Bran, on a hill above Llangollen, has been tied to the legends of King Arthur as one of the many hiding places of the Holy Grail.

North Wales is full of other ancient sites like Druids' Circle and Circle 275. These are ancient stone circles near Penmaenmawr, Gwynedd. There are also a few Roman sites scattered around the area like the two forts at Caersws, Montgomeryshire. They were used as lodging for Rome's Legions during the first invasion of Wales.

Whether you are into extreme sports, more relaxing activities, or exploring the history of an area, you can find it all in North Wales.

For those travellers who have already explored the traditional sites of the United Kingdom in England or Scotland, Wales is a great alternative. Wales is famous for its fantastic scenery, history and culture. Wales has put a particular importance on preserving its environment by designating areas of land as National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These areas include the Brecon Beacons Park,famous for its mountain range, the Black Mountains and the coastline of the Isle of Anglesey. In addition to the scenery, Wales also celebrates a variety of cultural events throughout the year. These hav varying themes including the Guardian Hay Festival, supported by the Guardian UK publication as an annual book festival. There is also the annual Dylan Thomas Festival for lovers of his writing. Welsh culture is also derived from the language, which the majority of its residents still speak in addition to English today, Thus, the National Eisteddfod is very important event that occurs every year. In addition to the scenery and cultural events the cities are also very interesting and provide lots of things to do. In addition to Cardiff, the capital, there are other fine cities: Bangor,known for its university and Caernarfon, home to the Caernarfon Castle.

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

Why choose Oriel?

About Oriel

Backed by a row of stately trees, the Oriel Country Hotel & Spa is situated in lovely grounds and not to far from the A55.

First Class Facilities!

Four star hotel, 39 en-suite bedrooms, award winning terrace restaurant, bar, meeting and conference rooms, gardens.

High Quality Restaurant

Terrace Restaurant offers international cuisine, specialising in Welsh Produce and vegetables, year-round, from our own market-garden.

Fitness & Pamper!

Swimming pool, gym and health spa.


An Exceptional Hotel

What Other Visitors Experienced

About The Oriel Hotel

The Oriel Hotel is a 4 star; family run hotel located just a short stroll from the city of St Asaph. Located in the heart of North Wales we are able to cater for weddings and private functions to the highest standards. The Oriel Hotel is also the perfect place for that weekend getaway with its fine dining restaurant experience, swimming pool and spa or simply to explore the scenic North Wales countryside.

Nearby are a number of interesting historical sites, such as St Asaph Cathedral, the World Heritage Site at Conwy, Bodelwyddan and Llandudno with its Victorian promenade. Just a short drive away, Snowdonia beckons you to experience the beauty of the Welsh Mountains.

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About the North Wales surrounding area

Oriel Hotel building history

Oriel Hotel building accessibility

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As a family run business, the personal touch is no more apparent than on your special day with us. Michelle, Oriel's wedding director, creates the perfect wedding around your needs and requirements.

Your Wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life. The meticulous level of detail and pre planning that goes into creating this special day has been perfected by The Wedding Team at The Oriel combined knowledge of over 100 years within the wedding industry.

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Functions at The Oriel Hotel are held on a frequent basis due to the available range in room size and garden available. We also accommodate specific dining requirements such as summer BBQ’s or Buffets. Functions can be as formal or informal as required again depending on personal preference, taste, budget and foremost function style & type.

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Oriel offers the necessary ingredients for a successful conference or meeting. Modern facilities, attentive service, refreshing cuisine.

  • Modern conference rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Latest Equipment
  • Natural Conference Day Light
  • Health foods for dynamic results

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We are North Wales premier Wedding Venu!