Places to Visit
Welsh Highland & Ffestiniog Railways Phone: 01766 516024
The Welsh Highland Railway is the UK's longest heritage railway and runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. The Ffestiniog Railway is the world's oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Conwy Castle Conwy LL32 8AY Phone: 01492 592358
Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. In a word, exceptional. You can’t fault it, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns of Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB Phone: 01766 830306
The caverns are part of a living, working slate mine still being worked to this day by Greaves Welsh Slate - since 1836. Two unique underground tours tare offered, hat take you deep underground to explore the world of the Victorian slate miner. The temperature underground is an ambient 54F making the caverns ideal for a family day out - come rain or shine.
Plenty of all year surface facilities to enjoy - shop, cafe, slate workshop (with daily demonstrations) plus the Victorian Village (April-September) with its traditional tavern and old fashioned sweet shop.
Plas Mawr, High Street Conwy LL32 8DE Phone: 01492 580167
The Elizabethan era. A golden age? Think Renaissance and Shakespeare. Think Plas Mawr. An Elizabethan gem worth its weight in gold. The finest town house of its period in Britain.
Portmeirion Village & Gardens LL48 6ER Phone: 01766 772311
Portmeirion is a fairy tale Italianate village on the coast of Snowdonia with gardens, beaches, shops, restaurants and hotels open daily all year.
Caernarfon Castle LL55 2AY Phone: 01286 677617
A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less!
Criccieth Castle Castle Street, Criccieth LL52 0DP Phone 01766 522227
Criccieth Castle is a native Welsh castle situated on the headland between two beaches in Criccieth, Gwynedd, in North Wales, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay. It was built by Llywelyn the Great of the kingdom of Gwynedd but it was heavily modified following its capture by English forces of Edward I in the late 13th century.
Bodnant Gardens Bodnant Road, Tal-Y-Cafn, Conwy LL28 5RE · Phone: 01492 650460
Just a few other places nearby
Bodnant Gardens, Denbigh Castle, GreenWood Forest Park, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Pili Palas Nature World, Harlech Castle ,Conwy Castle, Beaumaris Castle, Rhuddlan Castle, Criccieth Castle, Dolwyddelan Castle, Plas Mawr, King Arthur's Labyrinth, Great Orme Tramway, y Hyll (The Ugly House), Anglesey Sea Zoo, Bounce Below ,(trampolines with a difference) Zipworld,
Bodnant Garden is a National Trust property near Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy, Wales, overlooking the Conwy Valley towards the Carneddau mountains. Founded in 1874 and developed by five generations of one family, it was gifted to the National Trust in 1949. The garden spans 80 acres of hillside and includes formal Italianate terraces, informal shrub borders stocked with plants from around the world, The Dell, a gorge garden, a number of notable trees and a waterfall. Since 2012, new areas have opened including the Winter Garden, Old Park Meadow, Yew Dell and The Far End, a riverside garden. Furnace Wood and Meadow opened in 2017. There are plans to open more new areas, including Heather Hill and Cae Poeth Meadow.ar…