Two North Wales villages have been named among the best in Britain.

Britain's 30 greatest villages have been revealed in a list by The Telegraph featuring spots from all over the country including Pembrokeshire, Cumbria and Cornwall.

Introducing the list, the news outlet said: "Britain has no shortage of eye-catching villages, but a combination of good looks, convenience for day trippers and a few influential endorsements can be enough to turn what was once a peaceful retreat into an overtourism battleground inundated with selfie stick-wielding tourists from April till October.

"Fortunately, there are still plenty of beautiful but uncrowded British villages that do retain their authentic character, where medieval pubs and churches remain the beating heart of the community, and where welcoming shopkeepers stock treats from local producers."

The Leader: The Telegraph has revealed Britain's 30 greatest villages - see the full list below.The Telegraph has revealed Britain's 30 greatest villages - see the full list below. (Image: Getty Images)

Britain's 30 greatest villages

The greatest villages in Britain, according to The Telegraph, are:

  • Saltaire, West Yorkshire
  • Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire
  • Dent, Cumbria
  • Alnmouth, Northumberland
  • Cartmel, Cumbria
  • Mells, Somerset
  • Cranborne, Dorset
  • Lustleigh, Devon
  • Shaldon, Devon
  • Lizard, Cornwall
  • Laxfield, Suffolk
  • Great Massingham, Norfolk
  • Wing, Rutland
  • Ombersley, Worcestershire
  • Broadway, Worcestershire
  • Wootton, Oxfordshire
  • Alfriston, East Sussex
  • Ditchling, East Sussex
  • Bosham, West Sussex
  • Dedham, Essex
  • Chilham, Kent
  • Hambleden, Buckinghamshire
  • Sonning, Berkshire
  • Solva, Pembrokeshire
  • Laugharne, Carmarthenshire
  • Aberffraw, Anglesey
  • Beddgelert, Gwynedd
  • Tobermory, Isle of Mull
  • Inverie, Highland
  • St Monans, Fife

The North Wales villages named among Britain's best

Aberffraw and Beddgelert located in Anglesey and Gwynedd respectively were two of four Welsh villages named among the best in Britain.

Aberffraw, Anglesey

Aberffraw was described as a "dinky, sleepy" village located on Anglesey's southwest coast.

The Telegraph said: "Looking at dinky, sleepy Aberffraw on Anglesey’s southwest coast, you’d never guess it was the chief seat of the Princes of Gwynedd in the Middle Ages – a legacy still celebrated in its scallop-shaped biscuits.

"Nowadays, the village is a huddle of pretty stone and pastel-painted cottages peeking above the tidal waters of the River Ffraw. 

"With the first glimmer of sun, you’ll race with childlike joy over wind-whipped dunes to its gorgeous sweep of powdery sand, Traeth Mawr.

"Views stretch across the Irish Sea to the glowering mountains of Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula.

"If you fancy a slightly longer ramble, hook onto the coast path, which passes a Bronze Age burial cairn en route to the cove of Porth Cwyfan.

"Here medieval St Cwyfan’s Church sits on a rugged little island that gets completely cut off at high tide."

Aberffraw recommendations

If you're planning to visit Aberffraw and looking for somewhere to stay, The Telegraph recommends Capel Seion - a Grade II-listed converted chapel.

When it comes to the best place for food the news outlet suggested paying a visit to Oyster Catcher in nearby Rhosneigr, offering sustainably fished and farmed produce.

As for the best idea for a day out, head to the island’s southernmost tip and check out Traeth Llanddwyn - an "uplifting" three-and-a-half-mile beach, fringed by dune and Corsican pine.

From there you can walk out to Ynys Llanddwyn at low tide.

Beddgelert, Gwynedd

Beddgelert is located in the heart of "Snowdonia’s wildest mountains" and is described as a "heart-warming glimpse of a bygone era, with its sprinkling of stone cottages, humpback bridge, pubs with roaring fires and singing locals, and a highland railway puffing on by".

The Telegraph continues: "The village’s quirkiest feature is a statue of a famous hound.

"Myth has it Beddgelert (‘Gelert’s grave’) was named after Prince Llywelyn the Great’s dog, though in reality a local landlord made the whole thing up a couple of centuries ago to boost tourism.

"At any time of year, this is a cracking base for chucking on boots to hit trails wiggling up into gnarly mountains.

"Warm up with a four-hour circular walk, ticking off the high moors of Grib Ddu, glacial Llyn Dinas lake and the Aberglaslyn Pass, a narrow gorge where the boulder-smashing Glaslyn River thunders past cliffs and lichen-wisped forests."

Beddgelert recommendations

For somewhere to stay in Beddgelert, The Telegraph recommended Plas Tan y Graig - an "elegant Victorian house" with doubles available from £129.


If it's food you're after, the Saracens Head is the "ideal" spot to go where you can enjoy a pint of Faithful Gelert and pub grub faves. 

Children, muddy boots and dogs are all welcome. 

As for the best day out it has to be a visit to Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

The Telegraph also recommended a trip to the nearby Rhyd Ddu Path which it described as a "tremendously beautiful (and surprisingly quiet)" seven-mile walk up to a 1,085m summit.