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PLACES TO VISIT

 
Snowdonia

Snowdonia, known in Welsh as Eryri (land of the eagles), is a land of high peaks, steep, plunging valleys and open moorland bounded on the west by the Lleyn Peninsula and the Cardigan Coast. Rocky mountains, glacial lakes, waterfalls and wilderness compete for attention.
 
Glynllifon Parc

Located 1-mile away, once described as Wales’ best kept secret is Parc Glynllifon. In fact, Glynllifon has been designated Historical Garden (grade 1) status as well as a site of Special Scientific Interest by CADW and the Countryside Council for Wales. Enjoy a leisurely walk through 70 acres of exotic trees and plants, imported and planted over a hundred and fifty years ago. Visit their craft and design workshops, gallery and shop and enjoy a snack at the Black Cat Cafe.

 
In addition Glynllifon is a land-based campus with residential facilities, situated on the Glynllifon Estate. It specialises in Agriculture, Land-based Engineering, Forestry & Countryside Management, Animal Care, Equine Studies, Horticulture and ILS provision.
 

 

Snowdonia National Park’s

840 square miles (1351 sq. km) stretches from the Conwy River in the north to Machynlleth in the south and eastwards to Bala.

 
It includes the mountain ranges of Tryfan, the Glyderau, the Moelwynion, Aran and Arennig, Cadair Idris and the most well known mountain, Snowdon, the highest peak south of the English border at 3560 ft. (1113m.)
 
Caernarfon
Caernarfon has everything for the visitor – craft shops, fine restaurants, a fun centre, a golf course and indoor swimming and sports facilities at the leisure centre.

Few towns in Britain can claim to be inhabited without a break since pre-Roman times, but the Royal Town of Caernarfon is just such a town. Dominated by King Edward I’s impressive medieval fortress, built to secure his foothold in Wales after the death of the last Prince of Wales. Caernarfon’s Royal connections go from ancient Celtic chieftains to the present day, with the investiture in 1969 of Prince Charles as the present Prince of Wales.
 
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways 
Two unique narrow gauge railways with a fascinating past and an even more exciting future.We have now reopened the final section of the long-lost railway link between Caernarfon and Porthmadog. Passengers can now travel from Caernarfon through to Blaenau Ffestiniog – some 40 miles of narrow-gauge steam. A great way to experience the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park in the most comfortable narrow gauge carriages in the world.
 
BANGOR
An historic university and cathedral city, lies at the eastern entrance of the Menai Strait. This ancient town began in 525AD with the building of a monastery. There’s an ornate Victorian pier-considered one of Wale’s finest, which provides a delightful countryside view.
 

Nearby Penrhyn Castle is a country house pretending to be a castle. It was built for the slate magnate Lord Penrhyn about 1834; yet still remains in-complete.

 
Encircled by Caernarfon, the Roman fort of Segontium-once the most western in the Empire-was occupied from 77Ad to c394AD. The foundations remain today in all their glory; a great few hours of exploration can be had by all.
 

Llanberis is a popular mountain centre in the National Park. It is flanked by two lakes, Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris.

 
The beautiful Llanberis Pass is a not-to-be-missed driving adventure, from Llanberis, take the rack and pinion rail road to the summit of Mt Snowdon. It’s a scenic wonder particularly on a clear day.
 
Snowdon Mountain Railway Majestic Snowdon dominates the glorious, ancient landscape of North Wales. At 3,560ft (1,085m) it is a true mountain and a place of legend – said to be the burial place of the giant ogre Rhita, vanquished by King Arthur.

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest railway company in the World still running trains, being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832. The railway was built as a gravity and horse drawn line to transport slate from the quarries in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog. As the slate industry flourished, so did the railway and the town of Porthmadog. Slates from Blaenau Ffestiniog were exported all over the globe – many in ships built in Porthmadog.

The Welsh Slate Museum is at nearby Pardarn Country Park. On view are the foundry, fitting shop, smithy, sawmill, carpenter’s shop, pattern loft and all the old machinery used to dress the slate. Most spectacular is the 50.5 ft (15.4m) diameter water wheel that provided the power in the workshops. Roofing slate was made here and exported world wide.
 
The Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre is located at the Old Stables in Betws-y-Coed, a popular resort.
 
There are many interesting bridges in the area. The iron Waterloo Bridge, built in 1815 by Thomas Telford, is inscribed “This arch was constructed in the same year the battle of Waterloo was fought”.
 
The famous Swallow Falls is an enchanting walkway throughout Llanberis for all the family; ending in a spectacular waterfall, not to be missed; especially at dusk or dawn. certainly a place to go and visit what ever the weather. 

To the south of the village is the Fairy Glen, a narrow gorge of the River Conwy.
 
Blaenau Ffestiniog, once the centre of the slate quarrying industry, is now a tourist attraction.
 
At the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Victorian mining conditions can be observed, and you can learn how slate was mined on the Miner’s Tramway tour or the Deep Underground tour.
 
Beddgelert, a wooded stone village located amid steep mountain slopes, lakes and wooded hillsides, was featured on a stamp in 1997 and won a Gold Award for villages in a Europe in Bloom competition. It’s a desirable location for exploring the Snowdon mountain range.
 
Sygun Copper Mine is a family attraction situated in the heart of the snowdonia national park.Winner of the Prince of Wales award for tourism, Sygun Copper Mine is one of the wonders of Wales – a remarkable and impressive example of how our precious industrial heritage can be reclaimed, restored and transformed into an outstanding attraction.
 
Bala Lake, the longest lake in Wales, is a popular watersports centre. A narrow-gauge railway skirts the southern shore. This town was, at one time, the centre of the Methodist Church movement.
 
Porthmadog was a 19th century terminus for shipping slate.
 
Nearby Black Rock Sands provide a beach playground. 
 
Portmeirion is a famous for its locally crafted pottery, renown worldwide, and a tourist walk into the famous Italian style village in Porthmadog.
 
Harlech Castle was made internationally famous by the song “Men of Harlech”. It is now a World Heritage site. Part of its appeal is the viewpoint it commands from its 200ft high crag over Cardigan Bay, the Lleyn peninsula and the mountains of Snowdonia.
 
The Lleyn Peninsula is an area of remote bays and cliffs, wildlife- inhabited islands and coastal resorts.
 
The largest coastal town is Pwlleheli with a long sandy beach and marina. It’s a popular holiday resort. The old town still hosts a market, and the harbour is filled with pleasure craft.
 
Nearby, in Aberech, is a large medieval church.
 
Aberdaron is the most westerly village on the Peninsula. It, too, has a sandy beach. Bardsey Island, two miles (3km) off the end of the peninsula, is an ancient place of pilgrimage.
 
 
The island of Anglesey is separated from the mainland by the fifteen-mile long Menai Strait, carved by glaciations during the Ice Age. The strait’s tidal currents can reach up to 8 knots (15 km/h) in the narrow region between the island and mainland. Many ferry and boat accidents occurred before the bridges were built.
 
Anglesey’s 125 miles (201 km) of coastline are a mix of rocky headlands, sandy bays and resort towns. The varied habitats of Anglesey mean that it abounds with birds, plants and other wildlife. Apart from the coastline, most of the island is agricultural or marshland. The entire island has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
 
The beaches at Newborough and Red Wharf Bay are particularly fine. At low tide, Red Wharf Bay’s sands encompass 10 square miles (25 sq. km), attracting waterfowl and wading birds.
 
Anglesey was the last stronghold of the Druids, who were finally eradicated here by the Roman conquerors around 63AD, and the island has been home to strange legends and myths ever since. It is riddled with standing stones and burial chambers. Cadw is the best source for the location of these ancient sites, with 14 on the Island under its care. One of particular note is Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber.
 
The seaside resort of Plas Newydd is home to beautiful Georgian buildings and Victorian terraces as well as black and white Tudor houses. Llywelyn the Great’s wife, Joan (daughter of King John), is buried in the parish church. 15th century pubs and an early 17th century Court House and Gaol add to the architectural diversity of the town. The Gaol is now a museum where visitors can see the terrors of prison life. The Museum of Childhood is a bit more uplifting.
 
Moated Beaumaris Castle, begun as part of Edward I’s defences to keep Wales subdued, was never finished. It is a World Heritage listed site.
 
Plas Newydd, (not to be confused with the house of the same name at Llangollen) home of the Marquis of Anglesey, is an 18th century house built by James Wyatt in both Classical and Gothic styles. It houses a massive mural painted by Rex Whistler and an exhibition about his work. It is two miles (3km) from the village of Llanfair PG, blessed with the longest place name in the world:
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which means “St. Mary’s Church by the white aspen over the whirlpool and St. Tysilio’s Church by the red cave”). It’s a 19th century name adopted for its tourist value, and not the original name of the village. Call it Llanfair PG.
 
The town of Holyhead, located on Holy Island, eight miles (13km) long and four miles (6km) wide, is separated from Anglesey by a sandy strait. It is the largest town on Anglesey and is a popular destination for sports and beach activities. Ferries go from here to Dublin, Ireland. Ancient hut circles are found on Holyhead Mountain.
 
At the town of Llangefni, the Oriel Ynys Mon Museum contains displays on Anglesey’s history, culture and environment.

Web links to places mentioned in this section:
ANGLESEY
 
BEAUMARIS
 
CAERNARFON
 
HARLECH
 
LLANFAIR PG 
 
LLEYN PENINSULA
 
HOLYHEAD
 
SNOWDONIA
 
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