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top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

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January 3, 2024 · 15 MIN READ

Are you planning a trip to Plas Isaf Lodge Retreat this year?

If so, then this blog will be a handy guide for you to read through. Whether you’ve been to North Wales or even to Plas Isaf before or not the below information will give you a great insight into the local area around the resort. From things to do, places to go to eat and the closest shops for all the essentials. Make sure you have a read through this blog before you set off and keep it to hand during your stay. If you have any other questions head over to our

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what to do before checking in?

You will be able to check into your accommodation from 4pm at the resort but make sure you head over to North Wales before then and fill your day with fun. Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is just a 18-minute drive away from the resort and makes a great family day out. Explore the 70 acres of woodland and learn about the 2000 years of history as you make your way around. There is so much to see from the museum to the mill, the abbey, and the rail line you will be able to spend a day here before you head over to the resort.

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what are the top things in the area?

Staying at Plas Isaf provides you with the perfect base for exploring the local area and having fun. But if you are new to the area, you may not know the best places to go, so we’ve done all the research for you and put a list below.

1. Chester Zoo

33 min drive from resort

Chester Zoo - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

Known for being one of the largest zoos in the UK with around 80 different species of animals, Chester Zoo is the perfect day out for all. As you make your way around the zoo you can learn all about each animal like the Asian Elephants, Black Rhino, Giraffe, Tiger and more. There are various talks on throughout the day too with the experienced zookeepers. And when it comes to food and drink you can head over to The Oakfield restaurant, June’s Food Court, Bembe Kitchen or the various kiosks dotted around the zoo.

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2. Loggerheads Country Park

20 min drive from resort

Loggerheads Country Park - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

Enjoy the North Wales countryside and visit Loggerheads Country Park during your stay. Located in the village of Loggerheads in Denbighshire, this large park has a wooded river valley with high cliffs and plenty of walking routes. So, whether you want to climb to the cliff tops and take in the views of the Clwydian Range or you are wanting to walk along the rivers edge of the River Alyn the choice is yours. There is also a café at the country park serving a range of hot and cold food and drink.

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3. Theatr Clwyd

20 min drive from resort

Theatr Clwyd - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

Theatr Clwyd is the biggest producing theatre in Wales and is located just a 20-minute drive away from Plas Isaf. They have plenty of things on throughout the year, so we recommend checking their website and booking tickets before you visit. Whether you are after some comedy, a panto, or a play there is something for everyone here. And with it being in Mold there are plenty of places nearby to enjoy a bite to eat before you head inside.

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4. SC2 Rhyl

26 min drive from resort

SC2 Rhyl - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

SC2 is a huge leisure complex in Rhyl which has an amazing waterpark that features both indoor and outdoor fun for all ages. From the outdoor splash pad to the indoor flume slides and plenty of pools for paddling, everyone will enjoy a trip here during your stay. As well as the waterpark there is an adventure soft play perfect for younger children and a ninja Tag course. And of course, you will need somewhere to refuel, there is a great selection of food outlets here from The Rainforest Diner, The Watering Hole, Adventure Play Café, The Snack Shack and The Terrace Bar so there is plenty of choice for all.

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5. Llyn Brenig

36 min drive from resort

Llyn Brenig - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

There is plenty for all to enjoy at Llyn Brenig as you explore over 2500 acres of forest, moorland and lakes. Whether you are just wanting to take in the scenery on a walk or hire a bike and cycle your way around. Take part in some water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, or sailing or just enjoy some fresh air and let the kids play in the adventure playground, the choice is yours. Llyn Brenig also has a Visitor Centre with a café and a gift shop.

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closest shops for essentials?

Each lodge at the resort is self-catering so it comes with a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook all your favourite meals together. So, it would be good to know about the closest shops for any essentials you may need during your stay.

where to eat out?

Since you are on holiday you will probably want to enjoy a meal out at least once during your trip and there are plenty of great places close to the resort. So, if you need somewhere to eat after a day out or want to enjoy not cooking the places listed below will be perfect.

places to eat - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

1. Indian Lounge

6 min drive from resort

The Indian Lounge is just down the road from the resort and is the perfect choice if you are wanting to enjoy a contemporary Indian restaurant. They offer a huge range of starters, sides, curries and more so there is plenty of choice for all, and if you are heading here on a Sunday, you can get 3 courses for £13.95 per person. Takeaway is also an option which means you can enjoy this delicious food from the comfort of your holiday lodge.

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2. Cross Foxes

6 min drive from resort

The Cross Foxes pub has an impressive history dating back to 1780, today it is a welcoming village inn serving all the best pub food. They serve food Thursday – Sunday each week and Sundays are for roast dinners only. So, whether you are after a classic pie, pizza or burgers there is plenty of choice fo all to enjoy. As well as their food they have various events on throughout the week so make sure you keep an eye on their website and social media to see what’s on.

3. The Dinorben Arms

6 min drive from resort

Located in the heart of Bodfari, a small village near Caerwys, The Dinorben Arms is a traditional pub serving a range of delicious food, cask ales and wine. With cosy corners perfect for a winters evening to a stunning terrace that is buzzing on warmer days it is a great choice for all to enjoy all year round. They use fresh ingredients to create their food and their menu changes often so you can always try something new and delicious each time you visit.

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4. The Crown Inn

7 min drive from resort

A quintessential 17th century coaching inn located in the village of Lixwm, The Crown Inn is the perfect stop for all the best pub food. Extremely popular with locals and visitors alike you can enjoy anything from chicken fillet to steak and ale pie to vegan burgers and sticky sausages. No matter what type of food you are fancying you will be able to find the perfect thing for you on the menu. And they also offer take out which means you can collect and take your food back to the resort to enjoy.

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5. The Plough Inn

13 min drive from resort

Enjoy the rustic, stone walled Plough Inn in St Asaph just a 13 minute drive away from the resort. They serve food all through the day so whether you are wanting some breakfast, lunch, or an evening meal it is a great choice for all, and on Sunday’s they offer a speciality roast. During the warmer months their outdoor huts are a great choice for outdoor dining or a drink in the sun. And they are a dog-friendly pub so the whole family can come along.

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best beaches in the area?

You can’t come to North Wales and not go to the beach! Although Plas Isaf is surrounded by the stunning North Wales countryside it is only a short drive to some of the amazing beaches on the coast. Have a read of the two closest to the resort below.

Talacre Beach

23 min drive from resort

Talacre Beach - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

Talacre Beach is home to the Point of Ayr Lighthouse which is a grade 2 listed lighthouse that dates back to 1776. It is a popular beach to visit by tourists and locals and has miles and miles of golden sands that are backed by huge sand dunes that you can explore. As well as the beach the village of Talacre has plenty from a bakery, pub, gift shop, arcades and more so you can spend the whole day here enjoying what Talacre Beach has to offer.

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Rhyl Beach

25 min drive from resort

Rhyl Beach - top tips when visiting Plas Isaf

Rhyl Beach is another long stretch of golden sand that makes a perfect beach day. The beach itself is popular for paddling, sunbathing, swimming and even donkey rides, the beach is backed by the promenade that follows the North Wales coast so you can start at one end of the beach and walk all the way into Rhyl if you wanted. And the town has plenty to do whilst your there with the many shops, cafes and pubs.

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