This preserved county in North Wales is named after the river of Clwyd, which runs through the region. It has beaches aplenty on the Irish Sea and borders the English counties of Cheshire and Shropshire. Although often visited for its coastal towns, there is plenty more to see. Settled since prehistoric times this county is home to the World Heritage site Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is the largest in the UK. There are a number of stately homes to visit, and for garden lovers, a trip to this area would not be complete without a visit to Bodnant Gardens.