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Eryri | Snowdonia

Mynyddoedd a Mr
Mountains and Coast

CAMBRIAN COASTLINE | LLYN PENINSULA | SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK

2014

GET GOING
Barmouth

Were famous for quite a few things.


Mountains, obviously. Not forgetting
our 200 miles of coastline.
But its the sheer variety of holiday
and short break experiences in
Snowdonia Mountains and Coast
that surprises. Even better, theyre all
within easy travelling distance of
each other.
You can get active in so many ways.
Ride some of the best mountain
biking trails on the planet. Enjoy
world-class walking on the Wales
Coast Path. Take a 100mph zip wire
ride or scale a waterfall (which
happens to be underground for added
excitement). Then have a bit of a
breather and catch the waves on a
Blue Flag beach.
You wont be short of places to visit
either. Our mountain villages and
towns arent just pretty to look at.
Places like Llanberis are packed with
attractions, and Betws-y-Coed is great
for shopping as well as sightseeing.
Camera-friendly harbours and
resorts are strung out along the coast.
Take a boat trip (look out for dolphins).
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Make a sandcastle (next to the real


thing on Harlech). Collect shells (on
Shell Island, where else?). Then jump
on a narrow-gauge railway and
head into the hills for the afternoon.
Wherever you go, youll find quality
too, so its little wonder that we have
so many satisfied customers who
return again and again.

Roger T
homas

Editor

Snowdonia Mountains and Coast


is more than it might seem. First
impressions turn into all kinds of
reasons to visit. Flip through these
pages and youll see what we mean.

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HERES WHAT YOULL FIND INSIDE:


02 Snowdonia National Park 16
Its big and beautiful. But did
you know its not just about
mountains?

04

Resorts, beaches and


coastline

Paths beside the sea and


alongside lakes. Paths for
everyone.

18

Almost 200 miles of seashore,


with squeaky clean sand and
salty harbours.

06

08 Food and local produce

32

Shopping and crafts


Snowdonia is an inspiring place
to be (ask any craftsperson).
The shoppings something
special too.

12

Festivals and events


Were busy throughout the
year with food fairs, folk
festivals and sporting events.
Race the Train anyone?

Find out why we dont believe


in food miles (or food thats
fast).

10

Attractions and places


to visit
All that scenery and
attractions too. Family fun
parks, little railways, castles,
underground adventures and
boat trips.

Culture and heritage


Language, music, people, places
and castles lots of them.

Walking and the Wales


Coast Path

34

Towns and villages


Where to go and what to see
in our six areas.
(*see below Splitting Snowdonia
Mountains and Coast into six)

46

Accommodation listing
Youll find your perfect place to
stay here.
(*see below Splitting Snowdonia
Mountains and Coast into six)

72

Waless holiday areas


A brief guide to other parts of
Wales.

73

Travel information
Were easy to get to and easy
to explore when you arrive.

74 Snowdonia Mountains
and Coast map

Pinpoint the places that


interest you.

75 Making the grade


A guide to accommodation
quality assurance.

Back cover
Tourist Information Centres
For local information on places to
visit, events, travel and
accommodation booking.

Activities and things to do


We cover the activities
alphabet, from abseiling to
zip-wire riding.

SPLITTING SNOWDONIA MOUNTAINS AND COAST INTO SIX


To help pinpoint the part of
Snowdonia Mountains and Coast
youre interested in weve split it into
six areas. In Around and About
(pages 3445) we describe each area
separately. This is followed by the
Accommodation Listing (pages
4671), presented as follows:

46 Cricieth, Porthmadog and


the Vale of Ffestiniog
51 Cardigan Bay
55 Southern Snowdonia
58 Conwy Valley and Hiraethog
63 Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis
and the Villages of Snowdonia
67 Llyn Peninsula

In the listings, each area has been


colour coded and each advertisement
has a grid reference which locates it
on the map on page 74. The pull-out
section at the back of this publication
will assist you with your selection
process.

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Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2014

SUMMIT SPECIAL

Snow
Sn
wd
do
on su
summ
mmit
itt

The Snowdonia National Park likes to live the high life. Its home to the
loftiest mountain in Wales and England Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh)
along with another 14 big peaks over 3,000ft. Keep counting, for
Snowdonia has a dizzying 90 summits in total.
But the mountainous heart of Southern
Britain isnt just about high places. There
are sheltered valleys too, like the lovely Vale
of Ffestiniog thick with ancient oakwoods.
And you really should make an effort to
discover the farmlands of the unexplored
Dysynni Valley, its green finger leading from
the sea to Bird Rock, a former sea-cliff now
marooned inland but still used as a nesting
ground by seabirds.

and cosy, cwtchy hidden corners (youll


understand what were getting at if you
know a little Welsh).

Quality + quantity.

Thats the thing


about North-west Wales. It bundles
together such a diverse range of landscapes
and seascapes, classic rocky mountains

Bird
Bi
d Roc
Ro k,
k, Dys
ysyn
y nii Vallle
yn
ley

Bird Rock is one of countless special


places. Some, like the Llanberis Pass, are
well known. The boulder-strewn pass was
famously used as a stomping ground by the
team that first conquered Mount Everest
(take a peek inside Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel to
see expedition memorabilia).
But did you know that the National Park
also embraces the wild heather moors of
a secret place called the Migneint above
Blaenau Ffestiniog? Or that Southern
Britains last true wildernesses, the
untrodden mountains of the Rhinogydd, are
to be found here? Or that the National Parks
boundaries stretch south from Snowdon all
the way to the doorstep of Machynlleth in
Mid Wales, taking in mist-shrouded Cader
Idris, the legendary Chair of Idris, where
after a night you awake either a madman or
poet or maybe not at all?

Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri

Coasting along. The biggest surprise


of all comes beside the sea. The National
Park has mile after mile of sublime coastline
where mountains meet sea in a memorable
encounter especially at places like
magical Shell Island (guess what its
famous for?), the vast beach at Harlech
and a string of beautiful estuaries along
the Cambrian Coast.

Talking of water...

Theres plenty
more of the wet stuff in rivers, lakes and
waterfalls. Balas Llyn Tegid is Waless largest
natural lake, nearly five miles long. And if
theres a lovelier lake than Llyn Gwynant,
scooped out below Snowdons foothills,
wed like to know.

Green for go.

Snowdonia helps you to


go the green way. Who needs a car when
the hop-on, hop-off Snowdon Sherpa
bus service runs on a properly joinedup network tailor-made for walkers and
sightseers? For railway fans theres the
scenic Cambrian Coast line. Get off at one
of the many Cambrian Trailways along the
way for a self-guided walk. All details are
on the Cambrian Lines website.

SNOWDONIA:
YOUR ONE-MINUTE GUIDE
Its a fact. The Snowdonia National Park
covers a whopping 823 square miles. Its the
largest National Park in Wales and thirdlargest in the UK. And dont forget even
though were concentrating on the Park on
these two pages, Snowdonia Mountains
and Coast also includes the Llyn Peninsula,
another protected area because of its
outstanding natural beauty.

Must do.

Walk or take the train to


the top of Snowdon. Youre 3,560ft up, so
amazing views are guaranteed (weather
permitting, of course). Its high and wild,
but that doesnt mean that you cant enjoy
a nice cuppa in the caf, courtesy of Hafod
Eryri visitor centre, the stunning window on
the world.

Caano
Cano
olf
lfan
fan
nO
Ogw
gwen
gw
en,, th
en
t e
neew ga
gate
teeway
tewa
waay buuilildi
ding
di
ngg

Cwm here.

At
Nant Ffrancon, call
into the innovative
new gateway
building to Cwm Idwal National Nature
Reserve and the Ogwen Valley, which
contains interactive interpretation of
its special surroundings

Stay safe.

Mountains are great to


look at but they can be dangerous
places. For safety advice on the move
visit www.nwmra.org or download the
latest app.

Hafod Eryri, Sno


nowd
wdon
on
n

Joined-up villages. Walking is what


Cam
Ca
mb
brriian
an coaast
stli
tline
lliinee

Ben Fogles Great Escape


When Im in need of a
challenging climb I head
for the rugged peaks of
Snowdonia. The classic walks
of the Snowdon massif or
the Carneddau are among
my favourites, but Im drawn
to quieter hills such as the
Rhinogydd when I need some
time out.

we do. Youll find trails old and new, miners


paths, drovers routes and fresh tracks
like the recently opened 4-mile route
between Beddgelert and Rhyd-Ddu. Be
amongst the first to walk it (you can catch
the Snowdon Sherpa bus or Welsh Highland
Railway back). Its multi-purpose too, open
to cyclists and horse riders.

Appiness.

The Enjoy Snowdonia


app is your mobile guide to the National
Park, with maps, walks, places to visit
and tourist information. Theres also a
Snowdonia/Eryri e-magazine you can
download. www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

Follow the sign of the buzzard.


The Taith Ardudwy Way, a
24-mile waymarked path
between Barmouth and
Llandecwyn, runs across the
Harlech Dome. Youll have
some of the oldest, toughest rocks in Wales
beneath your feet, and fabulous sea and
mountain views to feast the eyes.

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Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2014

ON THE BEACH

One minute youre up, up and away in the mountains. The next,
youre on the beach. Its no exaggeration to say that this is a part
of the world you can be on top of in the morning (Snowdon),
and have Saharan quantities of sand beneath your feet in the
afternoon (at Harlech or Black Rock Sands, Morfa Bychan).
Blac
Bl
ackk Ro
ac
Rock
ckk San
ands
ds,, Mo
ds
Morf
rfaa Byych
rf
chan
an

Naturally speaking. Heres a quick


reference guide. The bit of our coast that
sticks out like a crooked finger is the
Llyn Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty dotted with small
resorts. Further south, the mountainbacked Cambrian Coast falls within the
Snowdonia National Park.

Penmaenmawr
Llanfairfechan

Dinas Dinlle
Snowdon

Caernarfon Bay

Nefyn
Porth Oer

Morfa Bychan
Pwllheli

Abersoch
Aberdaron
Shell Island

Aber
Ab
eerrdy
dyfi
fi

Beside the sea. We have hundreds of


miles of coastline and all kinds of seaside,
sea-licious experiences, from the bucketand-spade variety to wild walks across
spectacular headlands.

Harlech

Barmouth/Abermaw
Cardigan Bay
Tywyn
Aberdyfi

Heres a run-down from north


to south:
Penmaenmawr long, sandy and
gently sloping beach popular with
families and sailors
Llanfairfechan another big sandy
beach at this small, family-friendly
seaside resort
Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon vast
beach with vast views, good for walking,
windsurfing and power kiting
Nefyn two miles of beach strung out on
a pair of horseshoe curves. Its gorgeous,
especially the charming National Trust
village of Porthdinllaen
Porth Oer, near Aberdaron perhaps
better known as Whistling Sands.
The granules really do squeak underfoot
Aberdaron furthest point west, an ideal
base for exploring the Llyn Coastal Path

Traethau ar arfordir

Abersoch a fashionable little resort


and watersports centre. Great for
families and for shopping, peoplewatching and eating out
Pwllheli South Beach (Marian-y-De)
south facing, sandy and almost three
miles long, backed by dunes
Morfa Bychan (Black Rock Sands)
spacious beach popular with families
and watersports enthusiasts

THE COASTLINE: YOUR ONE-MINUTE GUIDE


Slip sliding away.

Petiquette.

For information
on slipways, boat launching and marinas
contact the Gwynedd Maritime Unit
on 01758 704066. For harbours and
maritime information in the Conwy area
call 01492 596253.

There are over 35 beaches


along our 200 miles of coastline. Dogs are
allowed access to walk along the majority
of them. Sections of certain beaches have
Dog Exclusion Zones to manage their use
and keep them clean and safe. For the
latest information please contact Tourist
Information Centres (see back cover).

Harlech make sandcastles on the big


beach in the shadow of the real thing,
medieval Harlech Castle, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site
Shell Island, Llanbedr sand, dunes
and, of course, shells
Barmouth/Abermaw one of our most
popular resorts perched on the edge of
mountains and the scenic Mawddach
Estuary. Huge beach, snug harbour
and a good touring centre too
Tywyn big, west-facing sandy beach
and promenade with spectacular views
Aberdyfi gorgeous beach in a gorgeous
setting on the mouth of the Dyfi Estuary.

Visit our website (www.visitsnowdonia.


info) to download the latest apps, maps
and details of circular walks. Books and
guides are also available from our Tourist
Information Centres (see back cover
for details).

S, E

Bennar

S, D

Black Rock Sands

S, D

Cricieth

S, P, RP

Dinas Dinlle

P, S

Fairbourne

P, S

Harlech

S, D

Hells Mouth

P, S, C

Llanbedrog

Llandanwg

P, S, D

Llanfairfechan

RP, S, P

Nefyn

S, C, RP

Penmaenmawr

RP, S, P

Porthdinllaen

Pwllheli

S, D, P

Trefor

P, S

Tywyn

P, S

Whistling Sands

S, RP, C

Green Coast Award

Seaside Award

Blue Flag

Disabled Access

w d s Q

Dog Restrictions

Emergency Phone

Drinking Water

Craft Exclusion Zone

S, D

Barmouth

First Aid (*seasonal)

S, D

Abersoch

Camp Site

S, D, E

Abererch

Public Transport

Aberdyfi

Shop

P, S, C

Toilets

Type

Aberdaron

Parking

Beach

Slipway

Beach facilities guide


Surfing

Pathfinding.

Were proud to say that


our coastline accounts for almost a quarter
of the 870-mile Wales Coast Path. Opened
to great acclaim a few years back, the path
has quickly become a top attraction. Its
not just aimed at walkers. The Coast Path
website is full of information on beaches,
family activities and wildlife too. Download
the free app from www.walescoastpath.
gov.uk. Its also available from Keep Wales
Tidy at www.welshbeaches.org. This
website is a great source of information on
all things beachy in Wales, including the
Blue Flag, Green Coast and Seaside Awards
(see the beach chart opposite).

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Ab
soch
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Beach-type key: RP Rock Pools E Estuary S Sandy D Dunes P Pebble Beach C Cliffs
www.seasideawards.org.uk / www.blueflag.org / www.keepwalestidy.org

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Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2014

OUR STORY

Conwy
Conw
Co
nw
wy Ca
Cast
ast
stle
stle

Its a long one and quite exciting, we think. We wouldnt say that
its Horrible Histories, but its certainly enlightening and entertaining,
especially thanks to the new and imaginative ways we now tell it. So
here it is, a gripping saga that takes us from prehistoric stones to the
slate of the Industrial Revolution, with contributions from Romans,
princes, kings, priests and prophets along the way.
L yw
Ll
yweel
elyn
lyn
y the
the
he Great
G t, Conw
nw
wy

In the beginning... Our origins


and prehistory are summed up in places
like Dyffryn Ardudwys Neolithic Burial
Chamber. Is this the oldest stone structure
in Britain? Its certainly two for the price of
one a double burial chamber dating from
around 3500 BC.

When in Rome...

Naati
Nati
tion
onal
on
al Sla
al
late
ate
te Museu
usseu
e m,
m, LLla
llaanb
n er
eriss

EIN TREFTADAETH
OUR HERITAGE
Thats the name of the recently launched
project that presents the history and
heritage of North-west Wales off- and
on-line in a new and dynamic way, through
exhibitions, displays, interpretation and
visitor information. Heres a taster:

Think of Wales.
Thats as far west as the Romans got during
their conquest of Britain. You can still see
the outline of their large fort of Segontium,
on a hill above another celebrated military
stronghold in Caernarfon.

Welsh royalty.

The medieval Princes


of Gwynedd traced their royal line back to
ancient times. Their legacy, architectural
and cultural, can be found throughout
North-west Wales. Discover chapters of
their compelling story at places like Castelly-Bere, stronghold of Llywelyn the Great,
hidden in the mountains of Cader Idris.

King of the castle.

That was Edward


I, who built some of the greatest medieval
castles in the world. We have three
Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech, all World
Heritage Sites.

Sacred places.

Follow in the footsteps


of medieval pilgrims, visit holy wells and
shrines, seek out inspirational people
and places. Refresh the spirit at places
like Gwydir Uchaf Chapel, Llanrwst, its
plain exterior hiding a colourfully painted
interior of sun, moon, stars, clouds, cherubs
and doves. Uplifting.

The story of slate.

Its the industrial


story of North-west Wales, the place that
roofed the world in the 19th century. The
former slate capital of Blaenau Ffestiniog
is one of many locations with a rich
industrial heritage go underground at
Llechwedd Slate Caverns with its recently
enhanced Deep Mine tour.

Diwylliant a threftadaeth

HISTORY AND HERITAGE:


YOUR ONE-MINUTE GUIDE

Exhibition at Orie
Orrie
iell Pendeitsh, Caernarffon

Ein Treftadaeth Our Heritage.


Go to the website and visit information
hubs at:
*Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, *Caerhun
(south of Conwy) St Marys Church,
Caernarfon TIC Oriel Pendeitsh, *Clynnog
Fawr St Beunos Church, *Dolgellau TIC,
*Dyffryn Ardudwy Neolithic Burial Chamber,
*Llangybi St Cybis Well, *Penmaenmawr
New York Cottages, *Trawsfynydd Tomeny-Mur Fort
*= scheduled to open early 2014
www.snowdoniaheritage.info

Cadw. Meaning to

Wales and World War One. 2014

keep, its the name of


the Welsh Governments
historic environment
service, responsible for many historic sites
including major castles like Caernarfon and
Conwy. Download the latest version of its
app from the Apple or Google stores. Keep
up with Cadws news too. Scheduled to
open in summer 2014 is Harlech Castles
new visitor centre where youll be greeted
by a state-of-the-art interpretation of the
fortresss fiery 800-year history.

marks the 100th anniversary of the start of


WWI. North-west Wales has many historic
connections with this plaintive conflict.
Theres the story, for example, of poet and
shepherd Hedd Wyn (born Ellis Humphrey
Evans), killed in the Battle of Passchendaele
before he learnt that he had, under his
pseudonym of Fleur de Lis, won the
National Eisteddfod Chair in 1917 (known
ever since as Eisteddfod Y Gadair Ddu,
The Eisteddfod of the Black Chair). You
can visit Yr Ysgwrn, his farmhouse home,
by appointment (contact the Snowdonia
National Park on 01766 770274
or yrysgwrn@eryri-npa.gov.uk).

The National Museums of Wales


and National Trust. Llanberiss
National Slate Museum brings to life an
industry that, just like coal in the south, had
a massive local impact. The National Trust
cares for mansions and historic houses large
and small everything from Bangors neobaronial Penrhyn Castle to humble Ty Mawr
Wybrnant, Penmachno, home of Bishop
William Morgan, who first translated the
Bible into Welsh.

Princes of Gwynedd.
Youll find the information
hubs at:
Beddgelert TIC, Betws-y-Coed
TIC, Caernarfon TIC, Conwy
TIC, Craflwyn (National Trust property
near Beddgelert) and Cricieth Castle Visitor
Centre.
For more details see the free booklet and
website: www.princesofgwynedd.info

David Lloyd George led the Wartime


Coalition Government after 1916. Learn
more about this colourful, controversial
politician at the Lloyd George Museum,
Llanystumdwy.

Words and music.

The Welsh
language is part of the fabric of life here.
You can easily share in it too. Visit Nant
Gwrtheryrn Welsh Language and Heritage
Centre tucked away near Llithfaen on the
Llyn Peninsula to experience the spiritual
tug of place and culture. This lyrical
language of ours is music to the ears. And
for the written word theres Ty Newydd,
the National Writers Centre for Wales, at
Llanystumdwy.

Open Doors. Its free

St Beuno
euun
no
oss Chu
hurc
rcch
h,, C
Cly
lyynn
lynn
nogg Faw
awrr

entry time at heritage


attractions each September
when Open Doors takes
place at historic sites, museums, churches
and shrines throughout Snowdonia
Mountains and Coast.

Lloyyd Geeorge
Ll
orggee Mus
or
u eu
eum,
m Llaanyyst
m,
s um
u dw
dwyy

Big news from Bala and Bangor.


Bala will host the 2014 Urdd National
Eisteddfod (2631 May). Its one of
Europes largest cultural youth festivals,
celebrating the best talent in song, dance,
drama and design. And look out for the
opening of the Pontio centre in Bangor
(due to be completed in 2014), a major
new complex for theatre, film, music, circus,
dance and other innovative performing arts.

Festival of Archaeology.
Discover your inner
archaeologist, meet the
experts and have a go
yourself at the worlds
largest celebration of
archaeology, which takes
place nationwide 1227
July 2014.

Urdd
d Nattio
on
naal Ei
Eistted
e dfod
dfod
df
o

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Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2014

HOME GROWN
Conwy mussels and Welsh Black beef, Cardigan Bay seafood and
mountain lamb even those two classic French staples, cheese and
wine. Weve got the lot in North-west Wales, local produce thats fresh
and good, tempting and tasty. Whats more, we have the talent to use it
to the best advantage. Chefs and cooks throughout the region produce
dishes for every occasion, from fine dining with all the frills to family
meals out in friendly bistros and cafs.

Good food. We
arent the only ones
saying it. Were well
represented in the
2014 edition of the
best-selling Waitrose
Good Food Guide.
Abersoch: Porth
Tocyn Hotel. This redoubtable familyrun hotel has been a Guide stalwart for
57 years and counting. Its a smart choice
for days by the sea, but also cuts it as
a destination for those who appreciate
capably cooked Welsh ingredients.
Bangor: Blue Sky Caf. An amiable
daytime eatery housed in a former chapel.

Barmouth: Bistro Bermo. Fresh fish from


the nearby harbour crops up on the specials
board, while the regular menu keeps it
simple and honest.
Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, Tal-yCafn: Hayloft Restaurant. Definitely
the sort of place you would have on your
regular dinner-venue list if you lived locally.
I doubt you could get nearer to eating food
at source.
Conwy: Dawsons at the Castle Hotel.
Local ingredients get a big thumbs-up,
particularly lamb first, try Conwy mussels
(food miles: just 100 yards).
Cricieth: Tir a Mr. Bistro with
comforting local food that makes good
use of the bounty of land and sea.

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Fa
rmer
ers
er
s mar
s
a ke
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Dolgellau: Bwyty Mawddach.
Mediterranean flavours on a Snowdonia
family farm.
Dolgellau: Dylanwad Da. A veteran
provider of hospitality Dylan Rowlandss
food remains true to the spirit of generosity,
wholesome flavour and comfort.
Harlech: Castle Cottage. An
accomplished restaurant-with-rooms
(with) carefully considered cooking based
around well-sourced ingredients.
Llanberis: Bwytyr Copa/The Peak.
High-quality Welsh ingredients inspire
international dishes in the kitchen... (of this)
welcoming and unassuming restaurant.
Penmaenpool, near Dolgellau:
Penmaenuchaf Hall. Oak-panelled
opulence and modern menus are the
hallmarks of this long-standing Guide
stalwart (with) confident modern Welsh
cooking.
Pwllheli: Plas Bodegroes. A landmark
hotel with impressive food distinguished
by the proud and intelligent use of excellent
Welsh ingredients with outward-looking
flair.

Bwyd a chynnyrch lleol

FOODIE FACTS:
YOUR ONE-MINUTE GUIDE
foodnorthwales.co.uk

is a brand-new
one-stop website that spells out why North
Wales is one of the UKs top food tourism
destinations, with advice on the best places
to eat and drink and where to buy local
produce, plus recipes and all the latest food
news.
Dyyla
lanw
nwad
nw
ad Da,
ad
a, Dol
olge
gellllau
lau
au
inside and out, set within Caernarfons
medieval walls almost next-door to the
towns World Heritage castle. As youd
expect, there are oak beams, bags of
character and roaring open fires aplenty
and the foods pretty good too.

Bllack
aacck Bo
oy In
Inn,
n,, Caeern
n
narfon

Taste and Talent.

The Gwynedd
Taste and Talent Awards recognise the
people behind the food, drink, arts and
crafts scene in Gwynedd, from farmer to
brewer, potter to painter. 2014 winners
will be announced in January. For more
details go to www.facebook.com/
BlasDawnGwyneddTasteTalent

Hot from the kitchen.

Heres a
soupon of foodie news from Snowdonia.
Two of the best. Two of the finalists in
the National Tourism Awards Best Places
to Eat in Wales are local. Bryn Tyrch Inn,
Capel Curig, is all about freshness and
true taste. Its real food, real cooking says
Head Chef Simon Hough. Fresh and local
are also the guiding lights at Signatures
Restaurant, Conwy, where Executive
Chef Jimmy Williams and his team wow
diners with their contemporary cuisine.
And weve just heard that the winner in
the best large restaurant category is
Signatures. Well done, da iawn.
Top of the pubs. According to Which,
the Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon, is one of
the best 20 pubs in Wales. Its historic

Uncork a Chteau Snowdonia?


Why not? Pant Du Vineyard, on the slopes
of Dyffryn Nantlle, produces a red, white
and ros wine, plus cider and apple juice.
Its on the new Wine Trail Wales featuring
wines of exceptional quality. New for
2014, theyre also bottling their own
water. If youre happier with a pint in your
hand then look out for Purple Moose,
an award-winning local beer brewed in
Porthmadog.
The big shop. The Bodnant Welsh
Food Centre, opened in 2012, goes
from strength to strength. The new
6.5-million centre has shops selling
everything from local organic produce
to its own award-winning cheese, a
tearoom, restaurant and cookery school.
We say new, but in reality its based at
a sympathetically renovated old farm
complex in a splendid spot overlooking
the Vale of Conwy. Its also home to the
National Beekeeping Centre for Wales.
Opening up the larder. Bwtri y
Crochan The Larder is another shop
that, like Bodnant, opened in 2012 to
showcase some of the best food and
drink made in Wales. Many of its 450plus items come from even closer to
home, having been grown, reared or
produced just a few miles away. Along
with a caf, its based at the Corris
Craft Centre.

Look, its local.


Local produce markets
are held at:
Conwy: Wednesday (monthly, 9am1pm
at the RSPB Nature Reserve).
Ogwen: Second Saturday of
every month (10am2pm)
at Llys Dafydd, Bethesda;
from November to March at
Jerusalem Chapel, Bethesda.
Porthmadog: Last Saturday of every
month (9.30am2pm) at Y Ganolfan,
Harbour.
Pop-up places: Launched in 2013, the
Snowdonia Farmers Market will again be
visiting locations throughout the region in
2014. To find out where to join them go
to their Facebook page (www.facebook.
com/MarchnadEryriSnowdoniaMarket)
and follow them on Twitter @MarchnadEryri

Market forces.

Shop locally. Meet the


people. Buy fresh from the field. Check out
the provenance. Its all on a plate at our
farmers markets, farm shops, food festivals
and fairs. For more on real food from real
people go to www.fork2fork.org.uk or
contact our Tourist Information Centres
(see back page).

Market days. Barmouth: Thursday and


Sunday (summer only). Blaenau Ffestiniog:
Tuesday. Caernarfon: Saturday (all year)
and Monday (MaySeptember). Llanrwst:
Tuesday. Porthmadog: Friday. Pwllheli:
Wednesday. Tywyn: Monday (summer only).

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WHERE TO SHOP?

Youd be surprised. We mightnt go in for mega-sized out-of-town


shopping centres. Thats not really our style. But we do have everything
youll ever need all the familiar High Street names plus (and this is
where we come into our own) those smaller, specialist shops that retain
their individuality and personality. Sadly, theyre becoming a rare breed
in Britain, but were happy to report theyre alive and well wherever you
travel throughout Snowdonia Mountains and Coast.
Betw
Be
t stw
s-yy-Co
yCoed
Co
ed

winter. And where better, if youre a walker,


to buy those new boots, jacket and maps
you need? The good folk of Betws even lay
on late night shopping in December just
right for those unusual Christmas gifts.

The long and the short of it. Bangor

Baangor
B
nggor
o

Buzzing Betws.

Go to Betws-y-Coed on
any day of the year to see what we mean.
Its unique collection of independent shops
and galleries includes places selling outdoor
gear, crafts and gifts. Its a popular walking
centre. But people also come here just
to shop in spring, summer, autumn and

boasts the longest High Street in Wales,


so its no surprise that the town is a major
shopping destination. Its modern Deiniol
and Menai shopping centres add to the
appeal. Caernarfon is on the shopping map
too, especially thanks to the large, stylish
Celtica store at Doc Fictoria, stocked with
the best products from Wales and other
Celtic countries.
On a more intimate scale there are places
like Dolgellau, Bala, Pwllheli and Llanrwst
where shopping is a real pleasure in friendly,
family-run stores that have served their
local communities for decades.

One-off shopping. With such a wide


choice of characterful independent shops
its difficult to choose stand-out places. If
pushed, wed have to recommend a visit
to Porthmadog for at least two reasons.
Kerfoots, complete with its glass dome
and spiral staircase, is a fabulous, smallscale department store selling quality
homeware, clothing and luxury items. Its
North Waless answer to Harrods or John
Lewis. And if youre a fan of the late, great
John Peel youll want to make a pilgrimage
to Cob Records, the legendary shop known
to collectors of vinyl the world over.
Actually, make that three reasons.
The magical village Portmeirion is close
by its a true one-off with a charming
choice of shops, including, of course, a
Portmeirion Pottery outlet.

Siopa a chrefftau

11

SHOP AROUND:
YOUR ONE-MINUTE GUIDE
www.creativegwynedd.com
is your one-stop shop for all artsrelated news plus a comprehensive
directory of arts associations, centres
and individuals. For details of the
Helfa Gelf Arts Trail to studios and
workshops throughout North-west
Wales go to www.helfagelf.org

Eryri
Er
yri bran
yr
bran
br
ande
d d locall pr
de
p oducce
Port
Po
rtmeirrion

Tourist Information Centres.


Theyre not just places that tell you
about local events, attractions and
activities, or for booking quality
accommodation. Theyre also handy
for a spot of shopping, selling a wide
range of books, gifts, souvenirs and
local produce. See the back cover for
location details.

The art of slate.

Corr
Co
rrrris
is Craaft
ft C
Cen
entr
tree

Arty, crafty. Arts and crafts flourish here,


inspired by our dramatic land- and seascapes
and robust sense of place. Artists, sculptors,
metalworkers and potters display their work
in galleries large and small. There are mills at
Bryncir (near Porthmadog), Trefriw and Dinas
Mawddwy. Corris Craft Centre is an entire
village made up of individual craft workshops.
Youll also come across small workshops
scattered everywhere and individual spaces
like the IARD craft workshops at Parc

Llanbe
beri
rs

You cant miss


it. Slate is everywhere in Northwest Wales. It once roofed the
world. Nowadays, it has become a
medium for artistic expression
items carved from slate are in craft
shops everywhere. And when you
visit Blaenau Ffestiniog, the town of
slate, youll see how it has been used
artistically to create features that
enhance the townscape.

Glynllifon, near Caernarfon (theres also


a shop in Caernarfon) and Aber Uchaf,
Abersoch.
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, and the
Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, are two
of Waless leading art galleries. Gwynedd
Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor, stages
varied exhibitions of painting, photography
and sculpture. The latest addition to our
thriving arts scene is Dolgellaus Oriel Grug
Gallery.

Blae
Bl
a na
ae
nauu Ffes
Ffes
Ff
esti
tini
tini
ti
niog
ogg

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ACTIVITIES FOR ALL

Mawd
Ma
wd
dda
dach
ch Tra
railill, Dolg
Dolg
Do
lgel
ella
el
lau to B
lau
Bar
arrmout
mo
out
uh

Its our A-list. Were talking


Activities and Action. Theres
adrenaline too, of course. But
its not all wild white-knuckle
stuff. Snowdonia Mountains
and Coast is the UKs activities
capital for family-friendly outdoor
experiences. You name it, you can
go ahead and do it amongst our
mountains, along the coast and in
our rivers and lakes.

Mark Cavendish cycling


towards the finishing line

Ride and seek.

Britain has gone cycling


mad. Sir Brad, Sir Chris Hoy, Chris Froome,
Mark Cavendish and Waless very own
Geraint Thomas have inspired a new and
growing audience to get on their bikes. And
where better to do so than in Snowdonia?
Welsh-speaking Sir Dave Brailsford, the
brains behind Britains cycling supremacy,
hails from the village of Deiniolen near
Llanberis. He talks movingly of the millions
of times he has pedalled up the Llanberis
Pass and the fact that North Wales is
the one place I can go back and get this
massive sense of just being at ease with
myself and happy.

Muddy wheels welcome.

Stage Four of last years Tour of Britain


ended with Cavendish crossing the line
first at Llanberis. It wasnt that hard, he said
of the mountainous stage. See if you agree.
Its certainly easy to enjoy our surroundings.
We go out of our way to welcome cyclists
of all abilities, with a network of dedicated
cyclepaths and routes that are quiet or
completely traffic free and all superscenic. And if you do want to try to keep
up with Cav you can test your fitness on
cycling events like Etape Eryri
(www.alwaysaimhighevents.com).

Ffestiniog is also in on the act. Its new Antur


Stiniog mountain biking centre, based at
Llechwedd slate quarry, is wowing downhill
fans. Here are some of the glowing reviews
posted on www.ibikeride.com, a leading
MTB site.

Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is a


mountain biking superstar. Admittedly, we
have the terrain for it. But there are also
the facilities to match.
The sport was introduced to the UK, big
time, with the opening of the first manmade trails in the Coed y Brenin Forest Park
in the early 1990s. We havent looked back
since. CyB gets better and better. Its just
opened a 1.7m extension to its Visitor
Centre with a new bike shop, hire centre
and beginners bike skills course.

Downhill all the way. Blaenau

Amazing Antur! Never been anywhere


like it, some of the best trails in Wales
and around the UK, I would say maybe
top 15 in Europe! LEWIS BRADLEY
Fun, fun and more fun! A brilliant
addition to the N Wales mtb scene.
Super efficient and 4 fab trails to
enjoy. KATHG

Gweithgareddau a phethau iw gwneud

13

Go with the flow. Our rivers and lakes


are overflowing with aquatic action. Balas
Llyn Tegid the largest natural lake in
Wales is a major watersports centre. Its
close to the River Tryweryn, a torrent that
guarantees white water and white-knuckle
rafting thrills at the National White Water
Centre, where anyone who doesnt mind
getting wet can have a go. Try kayaking on
beautiful Llyn Gwynant near Beddgelert or
Llyn Padarn at Llanberis. Other watersports
lakes include Llyn Geirionydd hidden away
in the Gwydyr Forest, Llynnau Mymbyr near
Capel Curig, Llyn Trawsfynydd and Llyn
Brenig near Cerrigydrudion.
Trryf
yfan
faan
n, Og
Ogwe
wen Va
Valllleyy

Walk this way. For sandy coastal strolls Shore thing. Theres salt in our
and rocky mountain highs see page 16.

Climb every mountain.

Perhaps not.
It might take some time if you do. But you
can at least follow in the footsteps (and
handholds) of such legends as Sir Edmund
Hillary, Joe Brown and Don Whillans, all
of whom have been drawn to Snowdonias
crags, slabs and screes. And dont forget
the coast parts of the Llyn Peninsula,
for example, are lined with challenging
sea-cliffs.

veins along a 200-mile coastline packed


with sailing and watersports action.
Wakeboarding is a speciality at Abersoch,
while hardcore surfers head for Porth Neigwl
(its alternative name, Hells Mouth, might
give you an idea of what to expect). Standup paddleboarding the new big thing in
watersports is popular in a number of
venues, including Dinas Dinlle. Sailors can
choose between the sheltered Menai Strait
and the open waters of Cardigan Bay and
the Irish Sea, accessible from a string of
havens, harbours and marinas. Biggest of
all is Hafan Pwllheli, a world-class modern
marina with over 400 berths and excellent
onshore facilities at the gateway to some of
the best sailing waters in the UK.

Wakestock Festival, Pwllheli

Snow
Sn
owdo
do
on
niia Ridi
Ridi
Ri
ding
ding
ng Staabl
bles
es, Wa
es,
es
Waun
unfa
faawr
w

In the saddle.

For horse riders and


pony trekkers (absolute beginners and
experts equally welcomed) theres an
inspiring choice of bridlepaths and routes
along wooded valleys like the lovely Vale
of Ffestiniog and beaches such as those
along the sandy southern coast of the Llyn
Peninsula. One of our classics is a halfday trek through rugged terrain and open
mountains, with the highest peaks in Wales
and England on one side and the Irish Sea
on the other.

For more activities please see overleaf


Port
Po
rth
rt
h Ne
Neiig
igwl
wl

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ACTIVITIES FOR ALL

Ro
R
oyyaal St Dav
a idss, Ha
Harlech
h

Golf as it should be.

Glaslyn Ri
Rive
ver,r, Bed
ve
ddg
d el
eleerrt

Online. Theres fabulous sea angling from


our shores and deep sea boats (charters
are available almost everywhere). Game
fishermen make for our lakes and rivers
(for superb brown trout fishing you cant
beat Llyn Myngul in the mountains near
Abergynolwyn). Theres good coarse fishing
too at locations like Llyn Trawsfynydd
its a designated Eryri Centre of Excellence
with great facilities for anglers, including
a new visitor centre and jetty. For more
information on where to fish see our free
Fishing guide available as a download from
our website or by post.

Its the special brand of


Welsh golf, played on
friendly, accessible courses.
We have around 20,
including three of the UKs finest Royal
St Davids at Harlech, the classic links at
Aberdyfi, and iconic Nefyn, perched on
cliffs along the Llyn Peninsula. Legendary
course designer James Braid did some of his
best work in North Wales as youll discover
when you follow the new James Braid Golf
Trail, which links 10 of his courses.

All in one centres.

What if you want


to do a number of activities from one
centre? No problem when you book into
places like Plas Menai National Watersports
Centre near Caernarfon, or the famous Plas
y Brenin National Mountain Centre at Capel
Curig. Theyre just two of the many multiactivity providers youll find here.
I took 3 of my grandchildren to
Capel Curig rock climbing and
walking, they didnt want to go home.
And neither did I. KERRY LIVESEY

One big adventure.

Hovercrafting
anyone? Or how about a spot of skiing,
quad biking, paintballing, geocaching,
go-karting or archery? Theyre all covered
in our One Big Adventure guide see
the Activities your one-minute guide
section for details.

Do it, watch it.

Snowdonia Mountains
and Coast hosts all kinds of events
throughout the year. Wales Rally GB,
with its highly praised new home in
North Wales, promises to be even more
successful in 2014. There are triathlons
and mountain races too, sportives and
mountain biking challenges, sailing
competitions and walking festivals. Have a
go, or enjoy the spectacle as a spectator.
For full whats on details see the events
listing on page 32.

Baalaa Triiat
B
ah
hllon
n

Gweithgareddau a phethau iw gwneud

Co
C
oaasste
steeer
e iin
ng,
g PPor
orrth
o
rth
t di
d nllla
l en

ACTIVITIES:
YOUR ONE-MINUTE GUIDE
Cyclists Welcome.
Look out for this logo in our
accommodation listings.
The property will have special
features such as secure lockable areas for
bikes, drying facilities for wet clothes and
so on.

LLllyn Pad
daarrn, Lla
lanb
nber
nb
eris
riss

is a lovely ride that climbs (lazily for most of


the way) into the mountains from Bangor.
Its in the process of being extended all
the way to Bethesda and beyond, finishing
at the spectacular lake of Llyn Ogwen. You
can also walk this route, and sections are
suitable for wheelchairs.

Cycle Breaks Centres.

Dolgellau
and the Llyn Peninsula are two of Waless
dedicated locations. Take your pick from
over 10 signposted low-traffic routes
specially chosen for their access to some
of the best cycling challenges in our rural
landscapes.

Route and pathfinding.

Its easy.
Just dive into our network of easy-to-follow
waymarked cyclepaths. Its usually easy
riding too, ideal for families. Download full
details of seven traffic-free Recreational
Routes from the Cycling section of our
website. To give you a taster, Ln Las Ogwen

15

Penm
Pe
enm
nmac
achn
ch
hn
no
no

Making tracks. As well as Coed


y Brenin and Antur Stiniog in Blaenau
Ffestiniog, theres exciting mountain
biking in the Beddgelert, Dyfi, Gwydyr
and Penmachno forests (Penmachno, for
example, is a hidden gem, with a 19-mile
mixture of sweet singletrack and scenic
forest trails). And for purists who prefer
natural terrain theres off-road gold on the
grassy tracks, rocky trails and ancient paths
that lattice our hills and mountains.

Look and book.

Book
your Big Adventure now.
Our new easy-to-use Booking
Hub features over 20 activity
adventure tasters (canyoning,
high ropes, wild lake swimming, watersports,
gorge walking, etc). Its available at the
following Tourist Information Centres
(see back cover for contact details):
Barmouth, Beddgelert, Caernarfon,
Dolgellau, Porthmadog and Pwllheli.
Or call 01286 672232, 01341 280787
or 01766 512981. See more at
www.visitsnowdonia.info

Bala on YouTube. Bala and district has


produced a series of short videos on a range
of activities the outdoors, watersports,
walking and off-road driving. Watch them
on YouTube or www.visitbala.org

One Big Adventure. Thats the title


of our comprehensive activities guidebook.
Download a free copy now from our
website. Or if you prefer well pop one in
the post.

L
Ln
n La
Lass Ogwe
Oggwe
wen,
n, Ban
ango
ggo
or

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WALK THIS WAY

Wale
Wa
lees C
Co
oas
a t Pa
Path
th,, Nant
th
Nant
Na
n Gwr
wrth
t eyrn
th
eyrn
ey
n, Ll
L itthf
hfae
aeen

Were an amazing maze of walks. Go right to the top (of Snowdon, that is).
Or lie low amongst ancient oakwoods and sandy coastal paths. Walk for
miles and miles (over 90, actually) along the edge of Wales on the Llyn
Coastal Path. Or delve into the glades of beech, redwoods and Douglas
firs in the Coed y Brenin Forest Park on the gentle, mile-long
Cefndeuddwr Trail (theres a great view of Cader Idris along the route).

A walking superstar.

We honestly
cant count the number of paths, routes
and waymarked trails youll find here. They
add up to hundreds, maybe thousands, of
miles of walking. But we do know that one
the unique Wales Coast Path, which made
headlines the world over when it opened
a few years back has given us yet more
stars. Its 870 miles long and around 200
of those miles are here in Snowdonia, the
Llyn Peninsula and Cambrian Coast. We
dont expect you to walk them all in one go.
That would be greedy. Here are a few bitesized chunks to whet your appetite.

A erdy
Ab
d fi

The beautiful south. The 6 miles from


Cricieth to Porthmadog along the southern
shores of Llyn are packed with scenic and
historic interest. Start at medieval Cricieth
Castle then walk along Black Rock Sands
a huge beach backed by dunes to the
pretty little harbour of Borth-y-Gest. Then its
onwards along the lovely Glaslyn Estuary to
the heritage-rich harbour at Porthmadog,
where slate was exported worldwide.
www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

Best foot forward in Bala. Bala is a

Port
Po
rtthd
dinll
in
nlll aaeen
Northern exposure. This short
walk (around 3 miles), from Nefyn to
Porthdinllaen, is the ideal introduction to
north Llyns spectacular coast. Youll skirt
a perfect half-crescent of sand before
reaching the timeless little National Trust
village of Porthdinllaen. Rest your feet, soak
up the view, spot seals and stop off for a
pint at the Ty Coch Inn (the third best
beach bar in the world, incidentally,
according to a recent poll
conducted by the travel website
cheapflights.co.uk).

Walkers are Welcome kind of town. Its got


the lot three mountain ranges, the
largest natural lake in Wales, and friendly
accommodation where you can put your feet
up after a day exploring it all. Like the rest of
Snowdonia, you dont have to be a macho
mountain man to enjoy the Great Outdoors.
There are lots of easy, inviting family trails
too treasure hunts for the kids, an all-ability
lakeside path, scenic strolls and heritage trails
taking in town and country.
www.gobala.org

Baalaa
B

Llwybr Arfordir Cymru


Wales Coast Path
Mae Llwybr Arfordir Cymru syn 870 milltir o hyd
yn barod iw archwilio. Gan ymestyn or fn
rhwng Cymru a Lloegr yng nghyfniau Caer yn
CAERGYBI
HOLYHEAD
y gogledd, i Gas-gwent yn y de, dymar llwybr
arfordirol di-dor hiraf drwyr byd.
Ar hyd y Llwybr mae yna olygfeydd godidog,
o glogwyni uchel i draethau tywodlyd. Mae hefyd
yn cynnig sawl awyrgylch gwahanol, o ddinasoedd
mawr i borthladdoedd pysgota bychain.
Bydd y Llwybr yw apelio at ymwelwyr a thrigolion
NEFYN
lleol fel ei gilydd, gan helpu pawb i fwynhau
ffordd iachach o fyw trwy wneud mwy
ABERSOCH
o ymarfer corff. Ei nod hefyd yw dod
manteision economaidd i
ardaloedd arfordirol.
ABERDARON
Caiff y gwaith o greu a gwella Llwybr
Arfordir Cymru ei gydlynu gan y Cyfoeth
Naturiol Cymru ai ariannu gan Lywodraeth
Cymru, Cronfa Datblygu Rhanbarthol Ewrop
ac awdurdodau lleol arfordirol.

LLANDUDNO

RHYL
Y FFLINT
FLINT

BANGOR
CAERNARFON

CAER
CHESTER

PORTHMADOG
HARLECH
ABERMAW
BARMOUTH
ABERDYFI
ABERDOVEY

www.llwybrarfordircymru.gov.uk
ABERYSTWYTH

The 870 mile long Wales Coast Path is ready to be


explored. Stretching from the Welsh border near
Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south, it is
the longest continuous coast path in the world.

ABERAERON

The Path offers spectacular scenery from


soaring cliffs to sandy bays... and
ABERTEIFI
CARDIGAN
contrasting atmospheres from
big cities to tiny
ABERGWAUN
shing ports.
FISHGUARD

The Path is designed


to appeal to visitors
TY DDEWI
and local people
ST DAVIDS
CARMARTHEN
alike helping
PEMBROKE
everyone enjoy a
LLANELLI
healthy lifestyle by
ABERTAWE
SWANSEA
taking more exercise
DINBYCH-Y-PYSGOD
TENBY
and bringing economic
benets to coastal areas.
Work to create and improve the Wales Coast Path is
co-ordinated by Natural Resources Wales and funded
by the Welsh Government, the European Regional
Development Fund and the coastal
local authorities.
www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

PORTHCAWL

CAS-GWENT
CHEPSTOW
CASNEWYDD
NEWPORT
CAERDYDD
CARDIFF
YNYS Y BARRI
BARRY ISLAND
Photographs Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

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WHERE TO GO?

An easy question thats difficult to answer. Thats


because we have even more attractions, activities and
places to visit than mountain peaks over 150 at the
last count. To help you through the maze, on these next
few pages weve bunched some of the very best into
various categories everything from Little Railways
to Activities and Outdoors. So off you go...

LITTLE RAILWAYS
Corris Railway

So its dinky, its sweet but it


takes you on a railway ride
through the dunes to some pretty
big views of the Mawddach
Estuary and mountains beyond.
Why go? The ride in itself is
enough. But theres more. It
connects with the ferry across
the Mawddach to Barmouth.
www.fairbournerailway.com

In a nutshell. This 2ft 3ins


narrow-gauge line, dating from
the mid-19th century, was
originally built to haul slate. It
closed in 1948, but thanks to the
efforts of dedicated volunteers,
steam locos and a passenger
service were reintroduced in
2002. The 50-minute round trip
includes a guided tour of the lines
historic workshops and engine
shed.
Why go? Train buffs are in
heaven here. As well as the
nostalgic railway ride, they get to
visit the Corris Railway Museum.
www.corris.co.uk

Fairbourne Steam
Railway

In a nutshell. Its the smallest of


Waless narrow-gauge railways,
with a track width of only 12ins.

Ffestiniog and Welsh


Highland Railways,
Porthmadog and
Caernarfon

In a nutshell. Two separate


railways, little in gauge, large in
appeal. The 13-mile Ffestiniog
from Porthmadog to Blaenau
Ffestiniog now carries passengers,
not slate. Its one of Waless
best-loved Great Little Trains. The
Welsh Highland from Caernarfon
to Porthmadog travels through
some of North-west Waless most
breathtaking mountain scenery
and the show-stopping
Aberglaslyn Pass a whopping
25 miles from start to finish,
making it Britains longest
heritage railway.
Why go? Scenery and steam.
Put the two railways together
for a giant little ride of nearly
80 miles there and back.
www.festrail.co.uk

The Narrow-Gauge
Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn
Railway Museum, Tywyn

In a nutshell. Locomotives,
signalling equipment, old tickets,
wagons and wagonloads of
other railway memorabilia, over
1,000 artefacts in total. You name
it, youll find it at this unique
museum located at the Talyllyn
Railways Wharf Station. The
museum also tells the story of
local slate haulage, and the
national impact of narrow-gauge
lines throughout Britain.
Why go? Its a full-on narrowgauge experience. Visit the
museum, then hop on the Talyllyn
Railway to Abergynolwyn
(see separate entry).
www.ngrm.org.uk

Snowdon Mountain
Railway, Llanberis

In a nutshell. Mountaineering
made easy on a ride of over four
miles to the roof of Wales. Travel
along at 5mph on the only
rack-and-pinion railway in the UK.
Its without doubt one of the
most spectacular railway
journeys, says The Good Britain
Guide. When you get to the top,
call into the award-winning
summit visitor centre, Hafod Eryri
if its chilly outside snuggle up
in its warm Welsh-oak interior.
Why go? Every visitor to North
Wales should go to the top of
Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon. If you
want to walk but dont fancy the
uphill bit, buy a single ticket and
walk back down. Oh, and the
views are free.
www.snowdonrailway.co.uk

In a nutshell. The daddy of


them all. Talyllyn is the worlds
first preserved railway, running for
over seven miles from Cardigan
Bay through the smooth, green
mountains of the southern
Snowdonia National Park. Its easy
to see why this little train inspired
the stories of Thomas the Tank
Engine.
Why go? A strong steam
heritage. Friendly, enthusiastic
staff. Classic rural landscapes and
beguiling stopping-off places like
the waterfalls at Dolgoch.
Narrow-Gauge Railway Museum
at Tywyn (see separate entry).
www.talyllyn.co.uk

Welsh Highland Heritage


Railway, Porthmadog

In a nutshell. A short narrowgauge rail ride from Porthmadog


takes you to a Heritage Centre
and Engine Sheds, packed with
exhibits and displays on Northwest Waless railway and industrial
heritage. Theres also a second rail
ride this time on a miniature
railway with a tiny seven-inch
gauge.
Why go? Its a charming little
railway, run by passionate
volunteers. The Heritage Centre
has won awards for its hands-on
approach climb into engine
cabs, sit at the controls, watch a
video that shows you what its
like at 600 degrees inside a boiler.
www.whr.co.uk

Atyniadau a llefydd i ymweld nhw

ON THE WATER
Anglesey Boat Trips

Shearwater Luxury
Charter Cruises,
Pwllheli

demonstration hives to see bees


and beekeepers at work, then
sample some delicious food. The
views overlooking the River Conwy
are pretty good too.
www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk

Oriel Plas Glyn-yWeddw, Llanbedrog

In a nutshell. Scenic,
spectacular trips in six- and
eight-person RIB powerboats with
fully qualified, experienced pilots,
departing mainly from Dinorwic
Marina, Y Felinheli. Plus an
exciting Blast ride that runs from
Beaumaris and Menai Bridge.
Why go? Theyre great fun as
you whiz along the Menai Strait
to places like Beaumaris Castle,
Puffin Island and Llanddwyn
Island.
www.angleseyboattrips.com

RibRide Adventure
Boat Tours

In a nutshell. Shearwater is a
luxury catamaran purpose-built
exclusively for the company. It
cruises the beautiful waters of the
Llyn Peninsula from Hafan Pwllheli
Marina.
Why go? The company couldnt
have chosen a better base from
which to specialise in scenic
and nature cruises. Shearwater
takes you to seal and seabird
colonies, dolphin-friendly waters,
spectacular sea-cliffs and islands
like St Tudwals (off Abersoch)
and Ynysoedd Gwylan (off
Aberdaron).
www.shearwatercruises.com

ARTS, CRAFTS AND


SHOPPING
Bodnant Welsh Food,
Conwy Valley

In a nutshell. Youll ride a


state-of-the-art RIB along the
Menai Strait and across to
Anglesey with pick-up points at
Y Felinheli, Caernarfon, Menai
Bridge and Beaumaris. The boats
are quiet but powerful expect
to hit speeds of 50mph, but in
comfort. Private charters also
available.
Why go? The adrenaline rush, the
North Wales coasts stunning
scenery, local information youll get
en route and the professionalism of
a Visit Wales National Tourism
Award-winning company. Its one
of the top rated activities in North
Wales, guaranteed to put a smile on
your face.
www.ribride.co.uk

In a nutshell. Its one of Waless


leading art galleries (and certainly
the oldest), with permanent
displays and changing exhibitions
by artists from Wales and further
afield. The Grade II Star listed
house is a work of art in itself.
Dating from the mid-19th
century, its a prime example
of a Victorian Gothic mansion
(purpose built, incidentally, to
show art, so its keeping up the
good work). Recent additions to
the venue include a 12-acre
woodland with around two miles
of gentle walks, an outdoor
theatre, indoor film exhibition
space and 43-bay eco-friendly
car park.
Why go? For the art obviously
but also for the outdoor theatre,
concerts and craft fairs, woodland
walks, caf, picturesque setting
and self-catering accommodation.
www.oriel.org.uk

In a nutshell. The place to go


for shopping and eating. Bodnant,
opened in 2012, showcases the
very best Welsh artisan produce,
from veg to cheeses, mountain
lamb to tasty treats. The
beautifully converted 18thcentury Furnace Farm houses a
farm shop, tearoom, restaurant,
bakery, dairy, butchery, cooking
school and beekeeping centre.
Five-star accommodation is also
available.
Why go? Its a foodie heaven
for the whole family. Learn a new
skill in the cookery school, visit

Trefriw Woollen Mills

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In a nutshell. A well-known,
long-established woollen mill that
manufactures traditional Welsh
bedspreads, blankets, tweeds and
travelling rugs from raw wool
using vintage machinery. And it
all runs on water power from a
hydro-electric turbine.
Why go? Its a great place to buy
presents and mementos from the
well-stocked shop. You can also
see the looms and turbine, visit
the mill museum (April to
October) and watch handspinning demonstrations (June
to September). Theres also an
online shop.
www.t-w-m.co.uk

HERITAGE,
TRADITIONS AND
GREEN SNOWDONIA
Felin Uchaf,
Llyn Peninsula

In a nutshell. This innovative


education centre explores ways
of living and working in creative
partnership, with each other
and our environment.
Why go? In practical terms,
that means volunteering, training
and apprenticeship opportunities
in heritage conservation and
eco-construction. Courses in
hands-on skills like woodland
management and organic
gardening are also part of the
programme, together with
cultural events and activities.
Its a busy, fulfilling place green
and cultural tourism initiatives
include the Tir y Mr venture
(see separate entry overleaf).
www.felinuchaf.org

For more attractions and


activities see overleaf

www.ymweldageryri.info | www.visitsnowdonia.info

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Electric Mountain,
Llanberis

Plas yn Rhiw, Aberdaron Porth y Swnt, Aberdaron Tir y Mr, Llyn Peninsula

In a nutshell. Its a small,


perfectly formed Tudor/Georgian
manor house in the care of the
National Trust.
In a nutshell. You wont want to
miss this indoor attraction with a
difference. Elidir Mountain above
the lake is hollow, hiding the
largest pumped-storage hydroelectric power station in Europe.
Take an underground tour of an
awesome space that generates
green, clean power.
Why go? Its like a film-set for a
James Bond movie, vast chambers
and tunnels so big you can drive
a bus through them. Which is a
good job, since youll be on it.
www.electricmountain.co.uk

Why go? For the surroundings as


much as the house. Plas yn Rhiw
stands in a truly spectacular
spot on the tip of the Llyn
Peninsula, with far-reaching
views from Porth Neigwl across
Cardigan Bay (Porth Neigwls
English name, Hells Mouth, might
give you a clue to its savage
beauty). Even closer to home, Plas
yn Rhiws delightful ornamental
garden contains many flowering
trees and shrubs, with beds framed
by box hedges and grass paths. A
gem! www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
plas-yn-rhiw

Inigo Jones Slate Works, Porthmadog Maritime


Y Groeslon, near
Museum
Caernarfon

In a nutshell. Its a new National


Trust interpretation centre
(scheduled to open in March) on
the tip of the Llyn Peninsula.
Simply designed and taking its
inspiration from Aberdarons
architecture and maritime past, it
will act as a gateway to Llyns
many unique features and rich
cultural heritage.
Why go? The name almost
says it all. Porth y Swnt means
Gateway to the Sound, referring
to the stretch of water that
separates Aberdaron from Ynys
Enlli, Bardsey Island, the Isle
of 20,000 Saints. Its an echo
of the way in which the centre
will reveal the story of Llyn its
natural and human history, its
secret places and how this most
Welsh of areas attracted pilgrims
from far and wide.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/llynpeninsula

In a nutshell. A company
specialising in cultural, craft and
walking holidays. Theres no better
place for it Llyn is a beautiful,
heritage-rich peninsula whose
Welsh-speaking communities
retain a living connection with
Britains ancestral past.
Why go? This is grass-roots
tourism at its best. Tir y Mr
offers personal tours organised
by local people. Youll experience
local culture through music and
storytelling, see historic sites
and discover traditional Welsh
skills hands-on by trying them
for yourself. Walking holidays on
Llyns coastal path and ancient
pilgrims routes are also available.
www.tirymor.org

Ty Isaf, Beddgelert

Sygun Copper Mine,


near Beddgelert

In a nutshell. Theyve been


making slate products here for
over 150 years, starting with
school writing tablets. Todays
large product range includes
items for the home and garden
made from 500-million-year-old
local slate, the best in the world.
Why go? Its still a proper
workshop, not a museum. You can
explore the workshop at your own
pace on a self-guided tour and try
your hand at slate engraving and
calligraphy. Afterwards, browse in
the attractive, well-stocked shop.
www.inigojones.co.uk

In a nutshell. Porthmadogs
bustling harbour was even busier
150 years ago. Discover why at
this museum, which tells the story
of the ports shipbuilding and
slate exporting heyday.
Appropriately enough, its housed
in the quaysides last remaining
slate shed.
Why go? Seafaring and the sea
runs through Porthmadogs salty
veins. The museum tells you
why the ports Western Ocean
Yachts were renowned for their
combination of elegance and
seaworthiness. Round everything
off by hopping on board the
narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway
to trace the journey of slate from
mine to port. www.porthmadog
maritimemuseum.org.uk

In a nutshell. A remarkable
underground experience.
Abandoned in 1903 but now
reopened to visitors, Sygun tells
the story of Victorian miners.
Nowadays, its hard to believe
that such gritty industrial heritage
exists amongst so much natural
beauty.
Why go? Take a self-guided
tour of the old workings. See
stalactites and stalagmites as well
as copper ore veins containing
traces of silver and gold.
www.syguncoppermine.co.uk

In a nutshell. A charming little


cottage, low of beam and dark of
stone, in the heart of Beddgelert.
Its owned by the National Trust,
so youd expect it to be historic
and it certainly is. Grade II listed
and dating back to the 17th
century, its reputedly the oldest
building in the village.
Why go? Not just to have a quick
look inside but also because it has
returned to one of its early roles
as a shop though now it sells an
attractive range of local crafts,
gifts and produce and well as
National Trust items. Theres
local information too.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
snowdonia

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FAMILY FUN

King Arthurs Labyrinth,


Corris

Glasfryn Parc, near


Pwllheli

In a nutshell. Where to begin?


Think of an activity and theres a
good chance that you can do it
here. Go karts, quad bikes,
archery, fishing and ten-pin
bowling are just some of the
things on offer. Theres also a
state-of-the-art wakepark packed
with exciting features.
Why go? Its billed as North
Waless premier action and
activity centre. Enough said. Oh,
and theres an award-winning
farm shop and caf on site too.
www.glasfryn.co.uk

Anglesey Walking
Holidays

In a nutshell. Youre in a cave.


On a boat. You float past tableaux
and sound-and-light shows that
bring Celtic Britain and Arthurian
legend to life. Theres also the
occasional dragon not
forgetting the underground
waterfall.
Why go? Below ground is
just the half of it. Back on the
surface theres more legendary
storytelling together with
intriguing characters in Lost
Legends of the Stone Circle, plus
shopping at Corris Craft Centre.
And you can go underground for
the second time with Corris Mine
Explorers.
www.kingarthurslabyrinth.co.uk

GreenWood Forest Park, Yr Hwylfan/The Fun


Centre, Caernarfon
near Caernarfon

In a nutshell. This is one very


green attraction, winner of many
awards for its eco credentials. But
most of all, its fun for families,
with a mind-boggling range of
experiences and rides including
Tree-Top Towers, a Barefoot Trail,
Crocodile Maze, Forest Theatre
and the Green Dragon, the worlds
first eco-friendly people-powered
rollercoaster.
Why go? See if you can fit all
thats on offer into one day. Bet
you cant. www.greenwood
forestpark.co.uk

ACTIVITIES AND
OUTDOORS

In a nutshell. The name says it


all well almost. Its North-west
Waless biggest indoor adventure
play centre, with a huge range of
attractions and activities all under
one roof.
Why go? For the giant drop
slides, ball pools, maze, tubes,
climbing nets, play areas, mini
electric go karts, laser game
arena is that enough? And
adults can escape to the licensed
restaurant with patio area.
www.thefuncentre.co.uk

In a nutshell. Youll be in the


hands of local experts who pride
themselves on their tailor-made
holidays on the Anglesey Coast
Path. Guided and self-guided
walking tours are available (with
luggage transfers). Packages vary
from 3 to 14 nights, suitable for
novices and experienced walkers.
Day tours, cycling and customised
packages also available.
Why go? Angleseys 125-mile
coastline is an official Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty and
no one knows it better, every mile
of the way, than Anglesey Walking
Holidays.
www.angleseywalking
holidays.com

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go. Outdoor courses also available.


www.beaconclimbing.com

Climb Snowdon,
Llanberis

In a nutshell. It does what it


says. Climb Snowdon is a
professionally run Mountain
Leading service for groups
wishing to climb the highest
mountain in Wales and England
(dont worry, its more of a walk
than a climb). Its part of RAW
Adventures, a company that
offers a range of mountain
activities and adventures.
Why go? Based at the foot of
Snowdon, youll be with members of
the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team,
no less. Theyll take you to the top in
a safe, enjoyable way.
www.raw-adventures.co.uk
www.climb-snowdon.co.uk

Coed y Brenin Forest


Park, near Dolgellau

Beacon Climbing Centre,


Caernarfon

In a nutshell. Its a big indoor


centre with all kinds of challenges,
from a 56ft-high climbing wall to
something thats entirely
off-the-wall the worlds first
CrazyClimb, a wacky series of fun
climbing routes (including one
thats like shinning up a drainpipe).
Theres also a bouldering area and
caf.
Why go? For a great climbing
experience, whatever the weather.
There are taster sessions and
tuition for beginners, while
experienced climbers just have to
register and up, up and away they

In a nutshell. Coed y Brenin is the


ultimate all-action forest. Walkers
came first. Then and this is what
really put the forest on the map
mountain bikers arrived. Its now a
fully fledged activity centre, with an
attractive visitor centre, caf, bike
shop, childrens play areas, high-ropes
adventure, geocaching, facilities for
visitors with disabilities and miles
and miles of biking and walking trails
for everyone, from families to muddy
MB enthusiasts.
Why go? If youre into the outdoors
youd be daft not to. Theres
something to do for everyone.
www.forestry.gov.uk/
coedybrenin

For more attractions and


activities see overleaf

www.ymweldageryri.info | www.visitsnowdonia.info

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Fairbourne Golf Club

In a nutshell. This nine-hole par


3 course is challenging for
experienced golfers yet offers a
great day out for beginners too.
But dont be distracted by the
views they are gorgeous,
looking out across the stunning
Mawddach Estuary and the
mountains of southern
Snowdonia.
Why go? Links golf is a speciality
in Wales and so is something
called golf as it should be, which
is all about golf played in the true
spirit of the game on friendly
courses. Just about sums up
Fairbourne, really.
www.fairbournegolfclub.co.uk

Go Ape!, Coed y Brenin


Forest Park

Go Below Underground
Adventures, Conwy
Falls Caf, near
Betws-y-Coed

Why go? As they say in all the


best sports psychology books, you
really need to bring out your inner
ape (or is that chimp?). Whatever,
youll have a wonderfully woody
adventure in one of the UKs
loveliest forests.
www.goape.co.uk

Why go? The company is run by


afully qualified mountaineering
instructor and Mount Everest
climber, so youre in good
hands.Mountain adventures
and courses to suit all levels of
experience, tailor made for you.
www.snowdonia
walkingandclimbing.co.uk

Tree Top Adventure


(Betws-y-Coed) and
Zip World (Bethesda)
In a nutshell. Exhilarating
guided adventure trips into the
spectacular subterranean world of
an abandoned slate mine. Brave a
series of fun challenges as you
journey through cavernous
chambers and across forgotten
blue lakes. No experience
necessary, equipment provided.
Why go? Its mine exploring
with attitude. Youll be abseiling,
zip-lining, scrambling, boating
and climbing a waterfall all
beneath the surface. You can even
experience the ultimate descent
to the deepest point in Northwest Wales. Open in all weathers.
www.go-below.co.uk

PaintballWales.com,
Llanddeiniolen, near
Llanberis

In a nutshell. Youre climbing,


balancing, riding and clambering
high up in the trees, encountering
all manner of aerial challenges
including zip wires, Tarzan swings,
rope ladders and a variety of
obstacles. But with your safety
harness and by following the
correct procedures theres no fear
of falling.

Snowdonia Riding
Stables, Waunfawr,
near Caernarfon

In a nutshell. Its paintballing,


but possibly not as you might
know it. As well as the typical
woodland-based game (which has
been around for quite some time)
the company offers speed ball
tournament-style paintballing and
scenario-based games with
themes like Celtic Fort and
Haunted Graveyard.
Why go? Paintball Wales takes
the game to a new, inventive
level. And the tournament- and
scenario-style games are very
spectator-friendly too.
www.paintballwales.com

In a nutshell. Go riding and


trekking in the foothills of
Snowdonia through fabulous
mountain and coastal scenery.
Complete beginners and
competent riders are equally
welcome, with a choice of
everything from introductory
sessions to full-day treks deep
into the mountains.
Why go? Always wanted to
explore the hills on horseback?
Nows your chance, on rides
guided by experienced trek
leaders from this long-established
centre. Please pre-book.
www.snowdoniaridingstables.
co.uk

Snowdonia Walking and


Climbing, Bethesda

In a nutshell. A one-stop shop


for all kinds of mountain
experiences in North Wales
guided mountain walks,
scrambling and climbing as well as
courses in all aspects of
mountaineering. Learn to rock
climb and be taught about
mountain safety with an
experienced instructor.

In a nutshell. Two exciting


high-wire attractions. Tree Top is
a high-ropes adventure course
that gives you a big buzz without
the fear of falling. But are you up
for the challenge of the worlds
highest powerfan parachute
plummet and Sky Ride, Europes
highest giant swing? Zip World at
Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, is the
new kid on the block. It has
already made headlines for its
breathtaking 100mph zip wire
ride at over a mile its the
longest in Europe.
Why go? Tree Top is suitable for
almost everyone, from families
to fun-seeking groups. And find
out why Zip World, which only
opened last year, has become
an instant must do when in
Snowdonia Mountains and Coast.
www.ttadventure.co.uk
www.zipworld.co.uk

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WHAT MORE WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO?


gardens, a combination of South Seas
romance and Rain Forest fecundity. Sir
Clough also poured his unstoppable
imagination into nearby Plas Brondanws
gardens, Llanfrothen. Another village the
Centre for Alternative Technology near
Machynlleth is a living example of how we
can all adopt green technology and better
use the planets natural resources.

Centre
Ce
ntrree fo
nt
orr A
Alt
lltteerrnaati
tivee Tec
echn
hnol
hn
olog
ol
oggy
o

Be inspired. Youve come to the


right place for green spaces and green
experiences. Mind you, in the Conwy Valley
green is just one of the many shades at
technicolour Bodnant Garden. Its a
favourite with National Trust members (if
yellow is your colour come in late May/
early June for its famous Laburnum Arch).
Sir Clough-Williams Ellis wasnt just an
inspirational architect. His Italianate village
of Portmeirion also boasts amazing

Be serene as
well as green.
The Green Flag, the highest accolade for
parks and open spaces, flies over 800-acre
Padarn Country Park, Llanberis. As well as
soaking up some of the loveliest scenery in
North Wales youll find a nature reserve with
woodland- and water-based Sites of Special
Scientific Interest. The flag also waves
over Ynysmaengwyn Park near Tywyn,
restored estate grounds and woodland with
walks, a wealth of historic features and
superb views across southern Snowdonia.

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Llyn
yn Pad
darrn
n,, Lla
lanb
nberis

Be active.

Indoor and outdoor, any time


of the year wherever you stay, you wont
be far from one of our sports and leisure
centres. Many have indoor pools and most
have sports halls, squash and badminton
courts and outside sporting facilities (tennis
courts etc). Some also have climbing walls.
Arfon Leisure Centre (Caernarfon), Arfon
Tennis Centre (Caernarfon), Bangor Leisure
Centre, Bangor Swimming Pool, Bro Dysynni
Leisure Centre (Tywyn), Bro Ffestiniog
Sports Hall, Bro Ffestiniog Swimming Pool,
Dwyfor Leisure Centre (Pwllheli), Dyffryn
Conwy Leisure Centre (Llanrwst), Glan
Wnion Leisure Centre (Dolgellau), Glaslyn
Leisure Centre (Porthmadog), Hamdden
Harlech and Ardudwy Leisure Centre,
Llandudno Junction Leisure Centre, Llanrwst
Swimming Pool, Pavilion Leisure Centre
(Barmouth), Penllyn Leisure Centre (Bala),
Plas Ffrancon Leisure Centre (Bethesda) and
Plas Silyn Leisure Centre (Penygroes).

Be appy.

Download free apps from


APPrentis, a scheme that encourages
small businesses to make the most of new
technology.
www.visitsnowdonia.info/apps/
APPrentis

Be prepared.

Its easy to plan do-ityourself days out. Take a look at our website
for great itinerary ideas covering everything
from family fun days to activity breaks. If
you still cant find what youre looking for
and need fresh ideas please get in touch.
See the back cover for a full list of Tourist
Information Centres.
Bo
odn
d an
a t Gaard
deen
n

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3D

Snowdonia Riding Stables

Inigo Jones Slate Works

4D

Weirglodd Fawr, Waunfawr,


Caernarfon LL55 4PQ
T: 01286 650342
snowdonia.riding@btconnect.com
www.snowdoniaridingstables.co.uk
Renee Z Thomas

Y Groeslon, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL54 7UE
T: 01286 830242
F: 01286 831247
slate@inigojones.co.uk
www.inigojones.co.uk

See Snowdonia from the saddle, it's a different


world! Treat yourself to superb riding in
magnificent mountain scenery. Graded rides to
suit complete beginners to competent riders.
Established over 35 years, with a wealth of
experience. We are approved by the
British Horse Society and the Pony Club.

Self guided tour of works includes geological


historical calligraphy and letter cutting exhibitions.
Opportunity to try calligraphy and cutting on a
piece of slate that you get to keep as a souvenir.
Quality slate products and other Welsh gifts
available. Cafe on site and plenty of free parking.

Months open: 112; Days open: MonSun;


Hours open: 9.30am5pm

Months open:112; Days open: MonSun; Hours open: 9am5pm;


Adults 5; Children & Concessions 4.50; Family (2 adults + 2 children) 15.00

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Trefriw Woollen Mills


Main Road, Trefriw,
Conwy Valley LL27 0NQ
T: 01492 640462
info@t-w-m.co.uk
www.t-w-m.co.uk

4E
SYGUN
COPPER MINE

See the weaving and water turbine. Visit our shop


to purchase Welsh tapestry bedspreads, tweeds
and travel rugs woven on site plus garments,
accessories and soft furnishings in our fabrics.
Mill Museum (carding engines, spinning mules
etc.) and weavers garden can be viewed
April October (Monday Friday).

Months open: 212; Days open: Weaving: MonFri 10am1pm and 2pm5pm;
Hours open: Shop open all year MonSat 10am5pm (+ Sundays EasterOct)
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beacon

Award-winning company offering cycling


and walking packages on Anglesey and
the North Wales Coast Part of the Wales
Coast Path. Included: Accommodations,
transfers, maps, routes, 24h back up service.

Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NE.


Tel: 01766 890595
www.syguncoppermine.co.uk

Anglesey Boat Trips

and

Open all year


weekdays 10am-10pm
weekends 10am-8pm
www.beaconclimbing.com
Beacon Climbing Centre | Cibyn Estate | Caernarfon | LL55 2BD
40 High Street,
Menai Bridge LL59 5EF
T: 01248 716 335
info@seawake.co.uk
www.angleseyboattrips.com
Come and explore the beautiful coastline
of Anglesey and the Menai Strait on one of
our powerboat trips. We depart everyday
from Dinorwic Marina Felinheli mid-way
between Caernarfon and Bangor. Trips from
1 hour to 4 hours and from 20 to 150
per person. 01248 716 335.
www.angleseyboattrips.com

01758 612251
www.shearwatercruises.com

2D

3 Penrallt, Menai Bridge,


Anglesey LL59 5LP T: 01248 713611
info@angleseywalkingholidays.com
www.angleseywalkingholidays.com

climbing centre

Shearwater Coastal
Cruises

Anglesey Walking
Holidays

Months open:112; Days open: MonSun;


Hours open: 10am6pm

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Days open: MonSun
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Climb Snowdon (with RAW Adventures)

3D

Llys Awel, Nant Peris, Caernarfon LL55 4UE


T: 01286 872102
info@raw-adventures.co.uk
www.climb-snowdon.co.uk
Climb Snowdon! Local mountain activities
company organising guided walks for individuals,
groups, families, charities and corporate teams.
Experienced, qualified, local Mountain Leaders
will look after you. Summer and winter dates.
From 35 per person. Climb Snowdon is operated
by Kate and Ross Worthington from RAW
Adventures Mountain Activities Ltd.

Months open:112; Days open: MonSun; Hours open: 8am6pm.

3D

Yr Hwylfan/The Fun Centre


Bangor Street,
Caernarfon LL55 1AR
T: 01286 671911
info@thefuncentre.co.uk
www.thefuncentre.co.uk

The fun centre, 1400 sq ft of family fun all under


one roof. Including 25ft high drop slides, ball
pools, bridges, nets, tumble towers, spinning
steps, dark maze and much more... separate
under 5s play area. Laser Space Sport area.
Mini Go-Carts. Licensed family friendly restaurant,
museum and outside patio area.

Months open: 112; Days open: MonSun; Hours open: Variable

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Porthmadog Maritime Museum


Slate to the Sea
The fascinating story of the ships and
seafaring tradition of the area.
Find us at the harbour in Porthmadog.

Plasdy bychan hyfryd


or 17eg ganrif, mewn
gardd addurniadol
hardd, da golygfeydd
gwych dros Borth
Neigwl a Bae Ceredigion.

Activities for children


Open Daily (not Mondays and
Fridays out of season) 12pm to 4pm
For details visit our website

www.porthmadogmaritimemuseum.org.uk
Follow us on Facebook

Tir y Mr Holidays

6A

Rhoshirwaun, Aberdaron,
Pwllheli LL53 8HS
T: 01758 780280
jacquie@felinuchaf.org
www.tirymor.org
At Tir y Mr holidays we invite you to
discover our home the beautiful Llyn
peninsula. Discover our landscape and
heritage through personal tours organised
by local people. Discover our culture
through Welsh music and storytelling.
Discover traditional Welsh skills by
learning them for yourself.
Our accommodation is comfortable and
all meals are inclusive and provided by
an in house chef.

Felin Uchaf

6B

Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli LL53 8HS


Tel: 01758 780280
felinuchaf@tiscali.co.uk
www.felinuchaf.org
Visit our round houses, hand-raised
barns, organic garden and our new
eco-designed visitor centre, all in
beautiful surroundings. Built entirely by
volunteers, Felin Uchaf showcases that
sustainable living works.
Exciting activity schedule see website
for details.
Months open:112 From Easter 2014;
Days open: MonFri; Hours open:
10am4pm
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Months open:112

Plas yn Rhiw

Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre

Am ragor o wybodaeth / for more info:


www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-yn-rhiw

Small 17th
century manor
house nestled
in a delightful
ornamental
garden, with
spectacular
views over Hells
Mouth and
Cardigan Bay.
Llun / Image NT Images / Joe Cornish

Porth y Swnt
Yn Goleuo
diwylliant,
treftadaeth ac
am lchedd unigryw'r Lln.
Dewch i gael eich ysbrydoli ac i
archwilio mwy pwy a yr lle
fydd y siwrnen mynd a chi?
Am ragor o wybodaeth / for more info:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/llyn-peninsula

Shinning a light on Llns


unique culture, heritage
and environment.
Get inspired to explore
who knows where the
journey will take you?
Llun / Image NT Images / Joe Cornish

5B

Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7TT


T: 01758 740 763
enquiry@oriel.org.uk
www.oriel.org.uk
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw attracts over 130,000 people
annually to its exhibitions and packed programme
of arts and heritage events. A new open air
theatre along with over 3Km of walking trails in
the surroundinhg 12-acre Winllan woodland
makes a visit to Waless oldest art gallery a
must in 2014!

Months open: 212; Days open: MonSun MayOct,


closed Tuesdays OctMay; Hours open: 10am5pm

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Siop
T Isaf
Shop
Dewch i ymweld ag ein siop
unigryw yn ganol Beddgelert,
bwthyn hen asiwn or 17eg
ganrif llawn cymeriad a
chretau lleol prydferth.

Visit our unique shop at the


heart of Beddgelert, a quaint
17th century cottage
brimming with character and
beautiful local crafts.

Am ragor o wybodaeth / for more info:


www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowdonia

Llun / Image
NT Images

Fairbourne Golf Club

7E

Penrhyn Drive North, Fairbourne,


Gwynedd LL38 2DJ
T: 01341 250979
fairbournegolf@btinternet.com
www.fairbournegolfclub.co.uk
Enjoy our 9 hole par 3 course by the
sea surrounded by magnificent scenery.
Clubs and balls for hire. Enjoy a bite to
eat or drink in our licensed clubhouse.
9 hole fees (non members): Adults 5,
Children 3.

Months open: Course 112;


Club hire/Restaurant open: 49;
Hours open: Restaurant 10am4pm

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PAINTBALLWALES.COM

3D

Warrior Woods, Llanddeiniolen,


Gwynedd LL57 4EE
T: 01248 880088
M: 07557 340000
info@PaintballWales.com
www.PaintballWales.com
Top venue in North Wales for birthdays,
stag dos and outdoor family fun!
Excitement, adrenaline, adventure.
Best game zones, equipment and prices!
Play VIP style!..without the VIP price tag!!
Follow us on facebook.com/paintballwales.

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20% OFF PER*


at Coed-y-Brenin
Snowdonia

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Book WFF
or call 0845 094 875

Quote: SNO

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Minimum age: 10 years. Minim
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*Valid unil 30th Nov 2014, exclud

Electric Mountain Visitor Centre

3D

Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4UR


T: 01286 870636 F:01286 873002
info@electricmountain.co.uk
www.electricmountain.co.uk
Tours of the Dinorwig Power Station make for
a fascinating experience. An underground tour
inside Elidir Mountain is like a film set for a James
Bond movie. The vast chambers and tunnels so
big you can drive a bus through them, which is
a good job, since youll be on it!

Months open:112; Days open: Visitor centre open all year round. Tours operate
EasterEnd of October daily. All other times select days only; Hours open: Jan
May & SeptDec 10am4.30pm; JulAug & main school holidays 9.30am5.30pm.
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www.cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk
www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Parc Coedwig

Coed y Brenin
Forest Park
// Caffi yn defnyddio cynnyrch lleol,
gyda golygfeydd or goedwig
// Llogi a phrynu beiciau
// Maes chwarae antur
// Her ac antur i fyny
yn y coed
// Mynediad, llwybrau a
chyeusterau pob gallu
// Cyeusterau Cynadleddau
// 8 milltir ir gogledd o Ddolgellau
// Forest view caf
using local produce
// Bike hire and retail
// Adventure playground
// Challenge & adventure
up in the trees
// All ability access, walks & facilities
// Conference facilities
// 8 miles north of Dolgellau
Dolgefeiliau, Dolgellau LL40 2HZ
ffn / tel: 01341 440 747

www.forestry.gov.uk/coedybrenin

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8D

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum


Wharf Station, Neptune Road,
Tywyn LL36 9EY
T: 01656 710472
curator@ngrm.org.uk
www.ngrm.org.uk

Explore the world of the narrow gauge from


industrial steam locomotives to the charm of the
Irish rural railways. Learn about the Reverend
Awdry and his railway stories for children.
Should you wish you can take a ride on the
Worlds First Preserved Railway which runs
from our front door.

See webite for Railway Museum details. Admission: Free

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Welsh Highland Heritage Railway


The Station, Tremadog Road,
Porthmadog LL49 9HT
T: 01766 513402
info@whr.co.uk
www.whr.co.uk

Award-winning family orientated all weather


attraction packed with things to do and see
for children and adults alike. Ride on a historic
narrow gauge and miniature railway or go to the
interactive heritage centre where you can climb
on railway engines! Gift shop and period tea room.
Tickets valid all day.
Months open: April October; Days open: Daily 7 days a week;
Hours open: 9.30am 5pm; See website for timetable;
Adult 7.50, Child 3.75, Concession 6, Family 18.50

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Ride on Britains highest rack railway


in style and comfort in 2014.
Prices held
for 2014

Avoid disappointment and pre-book


your tickets

www.snowdonrailway.co.uk
Please check website for opening times and conditions.

Corris Railway & Museum

7F
Station Yard, Corris,
Machynlleth SY20 9SH
T: 01654 761303
enquiries@corris.co.uk
www.corris.co.uk
Steam gently down the beautiful Dulas Valley in
an observation carriage on our family friendly
railway. See interesting projects in the workshops,
then visit our free museum and shop. Ideal to
visit nearby Corris. A small railway with a big
ambition. We look forward to greeting you.

Months open: Easter October; Days open: selected;


Trains: hourly 11am4pm. Free admission to Museum and shop.
Fares for train ride. _

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Tywyn & the Talyllyn Railway

Check out the web cam


to see how the weather
is on the Tywyn coast.

www.tywynctc.co.uk
Tywyn is situated in Mid Wales on the
coast of Cardigan Bay. The Blue Flag
beach is ideal for all types of water
sports. The sea is teaming with marine
life and dolphins can often be seen
swimming a few metres off the beach.
Surrounded by stunning countryside
and abundant bird life the natural
beauty is breathtaking. The All Wales
Coastal Path runs through Tywyn with
the newly opened Pont Tonfanau
bridge completing the path.
The superbly restored Talyllyn Railway
steams in and out of Tywyn up the
valley to Nant Gwernol daily from
Easter to October with special trains
running at Christmas. There is the
award winning Narrow Gauge Railway
Museum and Kings restaurant at
Wharf station also make a visit to the
Talyllyn Railway an experience to
remember.

info@tywynctc.co.uk

www.talyllyn.co.uk
Tel: 01654 710472

Antur Stiniog
www.anturstiniog.com

Prysor Angling
Llyn Trawsfynydd Lake

Ymunwch ni ar un Antur Fawr

www.llyntraws.com

Join us for one Big Adventure


Coed y Brenin
www.forestry.gov.uk/
coedybrenin

www.ymweldageryri.info/unanturfawr
www.visitsnowdonia.info/onebigadventure

Yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth Chyngor Gwynedd. Partneriaeth


Twristiaeth Canolbarth Cymru, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru,
Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Cymdeithas Pysgota Prysor, Antur
Stiniog, Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri ar Awdurdod
Datgomisiynu Niwclear.

Glan Llyn
www.urdd.org/glan-llyn

Working in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Tourism


Partnership Mid Wales, Natural Resources Wales,
Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Prysor Angling Association,
Antur Stiniog, Snowdonia National Park Authority
and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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Conwy Valley Line


Explore the beautiful Conwy Valley by rail,
running south from Llandudno to Blaenau
Ffestiniog calling at picturesque towns
like Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed.
www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk
www.conwyvalleyrailway.co.uk

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WHATS HAPPENING 2014


Heres a run-down of some of the festivals and events taking place in
Snowdonia Mountains and Coast in 2014. For more details and an updated
events list visit our website or contact local Tourist Information Centres
(see back cover).
Please note: This list was compiled November 2013 and details may have changed, so
please check dates and times if youre planning to attend an event.

JANUARY

1921: Easter Activities, Conwy


www.conwytownevents.co.uk

2526: Winter Challenge Road Rally


www.northwalescarclub.co.uk

20: Easter Sunday Event, Caernarfon


(music, Victorian fair, local produce market)
01286 672232

FEBRUARY
282 March: Monster Record Breaking
Weekend in Bala
www.visitbala.org

MARCH
1: St Davids Day Celebrations,
Caernarfon (food, local produce market,
music & dance)
01286 672232
89: 420 Selectors Sailing
Championships, Pwllheli Sailing Club
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

21: Tywyn Fair


01654 767321
2627: Welsh Youth Championships,
Pwllheli Sailing Club
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk
27: Gran Fondo Conwy Cycle Sportive
www.alwaysaimhighevents.com

MAY
35: Craft Fair, Electric Mountain,
Llanberis
www.celticfayres.co.uk

1215: Bangor New Music Festival


www.bnmf.co.uk

35: Your Railway Adventure,


Ffestiniog Railway, Porthmadog
www.festrail.co.uk

2223: Dance & Arts Festival, Conwy


www.conwytownevents.co.uk

5: Sioe Nefyn Show


www.sioenefynshow.com

26: Conwy Seed Fair


www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk

10: Bala Challenge Charity Walk


www.abercelyn.co.uk

2730: Sci-Fi Weekender, Pwllheli


www.scifiweekender.com

1011: Living History Weekend, Conwy


www.conwytownevents.co.uk

2930: British Downhill Mountain Bike


Series, Blaenau Ffestiniog
www.anturstiniog.com

1518: Trefriw Walking Festival


07901 628367
www.trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk

APRIL
5: Mawddach Gold Rush Trial Race,
Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau
www.mawddachgoldrush.com
56: Knights and Princesses, Conwy
www.conwytownevents.co.uk
6: Snowdonia Half Marathon, Llanrwst
www.runwales.com
19: Ras y Moelwyn (The Moelwyn
Race), Blaenau Ffestiniog
www.anturstiniog.com

16-18: Rail Ale 10th-Anniversary Beer


Festival, Welsh Highland Railway,
Caernarfon
www.festrail.co.uk
1718: Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon,
Llanberis
www.snowdoniaslateman.com
18: Rowen Village Gardens Open Day
www.rowen.org.uk
23: Ffair Cricieth Fair
01766 512981
2427: Conwy Celtic Fayre
www.celticfayres.co.uk

25: Music on the Maes, Caernarfon


01286 672232
2631: Urdd National Eisteddfod, Bala
www.urdd.org
29: Jazz Train, Ffestiniog Railway,
Porthmadog
www.festrail.co.uk
31: Abersoch 10k
www.abersoch10k.com
301 June: All Wales Boat Show,
Conwy Marina
www.allwalesboatshow.com
311 June: Mawddach Paddlesports
Festival, Barmouth & Penmaenpool
www.paddlewales.com

JUNE
1: Great Strait Raft Run, Y Felinheli
www.greatstraitraftrun.co.uk
47: Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial
(various locations)
www.three-castles.co.uk
7: Three Peaks Yacht Race, Barmouth
www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk
8: Middle Distance Triathlon, Bala
www.wrecsamtri.org.uk
14: Etape Eryri The Snowdonia
Sportive, Caernarfon
www.etapeeryri.com
1415: Snowdonia Arts Festival,
Betws-y-Coed
www.snowdoniaartsfestival.org.uk
1422: Cricieth Festival
www.cricciethfestival.co.uk
21: Trail Marathon Wales,
Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau
www.trailmarathonwales.com
28: Barmouth Fun Day
01341 280787
2829: Pirate Festival, Conwy
www.conwypirates.co.uk
30: Ffair Cricieth Fair
01766 512981

JULY
29: Conwy Walking Week
01492 576012
46: Laser Masters UK Nationals 2014,
Pwllheli Sailing Club
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk
46: Wakestock, Abersoch & Pwllheli
www.wakestock.co.uk

Gwyliau a Digwyddiadau

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5: North Wales Agricultural Show,


Caernarfon
www.caernarfonshow.com

1516: Glass Butter Beach, Llanbedrog


(alternative sports plus music festival)
www.glassbutterbeach.com

2728: Laser Qualifier, Pwllheli Sailing


Club
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

56: Barmouth Country & Western


Festival
www.barmouthcountrymusicfestival.co.uk

16: Race the Train, Tywyn


www.racethetrain.com

OCTOBER

16: Sioe Wledig Llanrwst Rural Show


www.sioe-llanrwst-show.com

5: Snowman Triathlon, Capel Curig


www.snowmantri.com

2226: Craft Fair, Electric Mountain,


Llanberis
www.celticfayres.co.uk

1012: Victorian Weekend, Ffestiniog


Railway, Porthmadog
www.festrail.co.uk

23: Arthog Show


01341 280787

18: Bangor 10k


www.runwales.com

23: Beddgelert Dog Show


01766 512981

18: Cambrian Rally, Llandudno & the


Conwy Valley
www.cambrianrally.co.uk

1213: Barmouth Kite Festival


www.barrikiteflyers.com
1213: Drum House Ffest, Blaenau
Ffestiniog
www.anturstiniog.com
1722: Craft Fair, Electric Mountain,
Llanberis
www.celticfayres.co.uk
19: Cymru Trial Rally, Llangernyw
www.northwalescarclub.co.uk

23: Pennal Show


01341 280787

19: International Snowdon Race,


Llanberis
www.snowdonrace.co.uk

23: Sioe Dinas Mawddwy Show


01341 280787

1920: Living History Weekend, Conwy


www.conwytownevents.co.uk
1927: Gw yl Caernarfon Festival
www.caernarfononline.co.uk
2025: Dinghy Week, Abersoch
www.scyc.co.uk
2026: Conwy Classical Music Festival
www.conwyclassicalmusic.co.uk
2627: Pwllheli International Optimist
Regatta
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk
303 August: Conwy Celtic Fayre
www.celticfayres.co.uk
31: Jazz Train, Ffestiniog Railway,
Porthmadog
www.festrail.co.uk

AUGUST
28: Topper Nationals,
Pwllheli Sailing Club
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk
9: Eglwysbach Show
www.eglwysbachshow.co.uk
910: Fairies & Dragons Weekend,
Conwy
www.conwytownevents.co.uk
912: Abersoch Regatta
www.scyc.co.uk
915: Topper Worlds 2014, Pwllheli
Sailing Club
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk
917: Conwy River Festival
www.conwyriverfestival.org

24: Wild Wales Challenge, Bala


www.wildwaleschallenge.com

2526: Barmouth Motocross Weekend


www.wildenmxc.co.uk
2526: Gwledd Conwy Feast
www.conwyfeast.com

25: Caernarfon Past & Present


01286 672232

2931: Halloween Trains, Ffestiniog


Railway, Porthmadog
www.festrail.co.uk

27: Meirionnydd County Show, Bala


www.sioesir.co.uk

31: Halloween Event, Conwy


www.conwytownevents.co.uk

2831: Conwy Celtic Fayre


www.celticfayres.co.uk

31: Halloween Train, Welsh Highland


Railway, Caernarfon
www.festrail.co.uk

31: Open Water Swim, Abersoch


www.scyc.co.uk

SEPTEMBER
57: Festival No: 6, Portmeirion
www.festivalnumber6.com

NOVEMBER
7: Dylan Thomass Full Moon Walk,
Cricieth Castle
www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
89: Christmas Gift Fayre, Conwy
www.conwytownevents.co.uk

6: Cerrigydrudion Show
www.cerrigshow.co.uk
67: 29er Grand Prix, Pwllheli Sailing
Club
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk
67: Signing of Conwy Charter
Anniversary & Jester Weekend
www.conwytownevents.co.uk
613: Barmouth Arts Festival
www.barmouthartsfestival.co.uk
7: Bala Distance Triathlon
www.wrecsamtri.org.uk
1214: Super Power Steam, Welsh
Highland Railway, Caernarfon
www.festrail.co.uk

1316: Wales Rally GB (various venues


in North Wales)
www.walesrallygb.com

DECEMBER
6: Medieval Christmas Event, Conwy
www.conwymedievalchristmas.co.uk
67: Nadolig Betws-y-Coed Christmas
www.nadoligbetws.co.uk
6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21: Santa Trains,
Welsh Highland Railway, Caernarfon
www.festrail.co.uk

1321: Barmouth Walking Festival


www.barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk

13, 14, 20 & 21: Victorian Santa Trains,


Ffestiniog Railway, Porthmadog
www.festrail.co.uk

20: Brutal Triathlon, Llanberis


www.thebrutal.co.uk

14: Christmas Celebration, Caernarfon


01286 672232

www.ymweldageryri.info | www.visitsnowdonia.info

34 Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2014

AROUND AND ABOUT


To link in with the way weve organised the accommodation adverts starting on page 46
weve split Snowdonia Mountains and Coast into six areas. Heres an introduction to each.

CRICIETH, PORTHMADOG AND


THE VALE OF FFESTINIOG
Theres coast the southern shores of the Llyn Peninsula and the
hauntingly beautiful Dwyryd Estuary. And theres country lots of it,
including chunks of Snowdonia and the wooded Vale of Ffestiniog. So
youre not short of scenery. Its the same when it comes to attractions
and places to visit this part of Wales is especially rich in history,
heritage and culture.

BLAENAU FFESTINIOG
Former slate capital of the world with a
strange, compelling beauty, abundant in
cultural tourism. Screes of broken slate
tumble down steep-sided mountains,
mixing with Snowdonias natural grandeur.
Glimpse into Blaenaus unique history
at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, one of
Waless most successful tourist attractions
(its recently enhanced Deep Mine tour is
now more spectacular than ever). Town
centre improvements have revitalised
the shopping area, and words, sayings,

quarrying terms and local poetry have


been inscribed into the streetscape see
the excellent interpretive booklet available
locally or online at www.blaenauffestiniog.
org/poetry (you can also download a sound
file to your smartphone). Make a day of
it and travel here by the narrow-gauge
Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog. Bring
the bike: the new Antur Stiniog cycle tracks
including thrilling downhill trails attract
rave reviews. Theres more thrilling news.
April 2014 sees the opening of Zip World
Llechwedd, the worlds largest zip zone
which includes the UKs first underground
zip wire adventure park.

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BORTH-Y-GEST
Small, picturesque harbour village, the
seaside arm of nearby Porthmadog.
Beautiful estuary and mountain views. An
enticing introduction to Llyn. Morfa Bychan
and Black Rock Sands are nearby.

CRICIETH
Victorian charm comes to the seaside
with a medieval castle thrown in for
good measure. Cricieths two beaches are
separated by a headland fortress with a
fascinating, forceful history. The resort is
full of Victorian character and flowers.
Numerous restaurants and quality hotels,
many with dreamy views across Cardigan
Bay. Perfect spot for exploring Snowdonias
mountains and the Llyn Peninsula. Excellent
coarse fishing nearby at Bron Eifions sixacre lake. Princes of Gwynedd exhibition
in the castle.

Cricieth, Porthmadog a Dyffryn Ffestiniog

LLANYSTUMDWY
Small village near Cricieth, boyhood
home of David Lloyd George. Village has a
museum dedicated to one of the greatest
statesmen of the 20th century he
introduced the old-age pension, led the
country as Prime Minister during World War
One, and gave women the vote. Also home
to Ty Newydd National Writers Centre for
Wales. Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm/Animal
Park and Dragon Raiders Paintball both
close by.

the story of the towns rapid 19th-century


growth into a thriving slate exporting and
shipbuilding port for handsome threemasted schooners known as Western Ocean
Yachts. Porthmadogs best-loved landmark
is The Cob, a mile-long embankment
across the estuary that shaped the destiny
of the town. Porthmadog is a good base
for walkers and cyclists follow the Llyn
Coastal Path and Ln Ardudwy bike route.
The town itself is an attractive place to
explore on foot, especially since a bypass
has taken much of the traffic away from
the centre.

TRAWSFYNYDD

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anys
anys
y tu
tumd
dwy
wy

PORTHMADOG
Busy harbour town with a good range of
shops and attractions, including nearby
Portmeirion. You cant keep narrow-gauge
railway enthusiasts away. Porthmadog
is a major hub, with no less than three
lines the Ffestiniog (running to Blaenau
Ffestiniog), the shorter Welsh Highland
Heritage (with its excellent hands-on
railway museum) and the similarly named
but separate Welsh Highland (running all
the way to Caernarfon). Actually, there are
four, for the Welsh Highland Heritage also
has a tiny miniature line which uses coal
from its bigger brother broken down into
smaller lumps! Trains were not the only
mode of transport in Porthmadogs history
as an important hub based on the slate
industry. The towns Maritime Museum tells

Another well-located walking and cycling


base close to mountains and the trails in
the Coed y Brenin Forest Park. There are
waterbus boat trips on Llyn Trawsfynydd,
and a new building and jetty for users of the
lake and its surroundings, including anglers,
kayakers, cyclists, walkers and birdwatchers.
Visit Llys Ednowain Hostel and Heritage
Centre which gives a glimpse into local
culture and the Trawsfynydd of old. New
Ein Treftadaeth Our Heritage information
hub and Tomen-y-Mur Roman Fort. Yr
Ysgwrn, farmhouse home of poet Hedd
Wyn who died in World War One, open
by appointment (contact Snowdonia
National Park on 01766 770274 or
yrysgwrn@eryri-npa.gov.uk).

TREMADOG
Architecturally pleasing village with elegant,
spacious town square, created by 19thcentury entrepreneur William Madocks
(who also built The Cob at Porthmadog).
Birthplace of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of
Arabia). Good choice of places to eat locally.

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Snowdon
Blaenau
Ffestiniog
Tremadog 3 2
Cricieth
Porthmadog
4
Borth-y-Gest
Llanystumdwy 5

Trawsfynydd

Editors choice five top


attractions (there are
lots more)
1 Go big in Blaenau. The former
slate capital of Blaenau Ffestiniog
is reinventing itself. Theres a
remodelled town centre plus
spectacular new mountain
biking trails and Zip World with
underground adventure park (the
latter scheduled to open April
2014). And the past lives on at
Llechwedd Slate Caverns.
2 Explore all of Portmeirion.
Not just the architecture in this
dream village, but its equally
amazing grounds and gardens.
3 Railway mania. A trio of
attractions all in one place
Porthmadogs three heritage
railways.
4 Cricieth Castle. A monument to
medieval strife, with fascinating
Princes of Gwynedd exhibition.
5 On the beach. Plenty of choice
here, including vast Black Rock
Sands.
Youve read all about it now take a
look at and book your accommodation
(see pages 4650).

Link up
www.anturstiniog.com
www.blaenauffestiniog.org
www.icriccieth.co.uk
www.llanystumdwy.com
www.porthmadog.co.uk
www.trawsfynydd.com

Blaeena
Bl
nau Ff
Ffes
e ttiini
niogg

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CARDIGAN BAY
Along with the Llyn Peninsula, Cardigan Bay puts the coast into
Snowdonia Mountains and Coast. Mountains meet the sea all along this
lovely shoreline but most memorably at two outstandingly beautiful
estuaries, Mawddach and Dyfi. There are other highlights aplenty
Harlech Castle, picturesque Aberdyfi and little railways at Fairbourne
and Tywyn.

ABERDYFI
There are many compelling reasons to visit.
Its surely one of Britains prettiest little
seaside resorts. Located where the River
Dyfi meets the waters of Cardigan Bay,
its also a popular sailing and watersports
venue. Pastel-coloured terraces front a large
sandy beach and quaint old harbour. Golf
is also popular at Aberdyfis famous links
course, one of Waless finest. Local museum
is dedicated to the ports shipbuilding past.

ABERGYNOLWYN
Pretty, mountain-locked former slate village
at one end of the scenic narrow-gauge
Talyllyn Railway. Spectacular walking
country Cader Idris is close by, along with
the hamlet of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant made
famous by Mary Jones who walked barefoot

from here to Bala in 1800 to collect a Welsh


Bible. Gentle lakeside walks too, along
nearby Llyn Myngul. Just beyond the lake
visit Ystradgwyn Chapel Heritage Centre
(open twice weekly in summer). Cyclists
can follow the Ln Dysynni cycle route. In
the mountains explore Bird Rock and the
moody ruins of Castell-y-Bere.

Mawd
Ma
wd
dda
dach Estua
sttua
uary
ry
along the idyllic old rail route to Dolgellau.
Theres much to see in the town itself,
including the Sailors Institute located
around the harbour along with Ty Gwyns
shipwreck museum and Ty Crwn Round
House. Theres also a Lifeboat Museum.
Discover it all on the new town heritage
trail (leaflet available from the Tourist
Information Centre or go to
www.barmouthheritagetrail.org).

BARMOUTH/ABERMAW
Popular resort on the entrance to the
beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Pretty harbour
overlooked by the headland of Dinas Oleu,
birthplace of the National Trust. Lots to
see and do traditional seaside fun on the
promenade and in the small fairground, two
miles of superb sandy beach, good choice
of accommodation. Take a walk up into
the hills for panoramic views of sea and
mountains, or follow the Mawddach Trail

Caade
Cade
der Id
Idri
dri
riss

Bae Ceredigion

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Harlech

4
Llanbedr
Dyffryn Ardudwy

2
Barmouth
Cardigan Bay
Llwyngwril

5
Fairbourne

1
Abergynolwyn

Tywyn

3
Aberdyfi

Harl
Har
Ha
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DYFFRYN ARDUDWY
Traditional village well located for coast
and country. Prehistoric burial chamber
an important local site (its also an Ein
Treftadaeth Our Heritage information
hub). Inland, visit remote Llyn Cwm Bychan
and the mysterious Roman Steps that climb
up into the remote Rhinogydd mountains.

FAIRBOURNE
Seaside village on opposite side of the
Mawddach Estuary to Barmouth. Big
sandy beach. Take a ride on the Fairbourne
Railway, the smallest of Waless narrowgauge railways (with ferry link across the
estuary).

HARLECH
A must see little town, not just for the
views across the dunes but also for its
clifftop medieval castle, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Recent developments here
include a stunning new visitor centre,
opening summer 2014, with state-ofthe-art interpretation facilities. Royal St
Davids is one of Waless top golf courses.
Attractions include Theatr Harlech, craft
shops and excellent leisure centre with
indoor pool, caf and climbing wall over
30ft high, the most exciting in southern
Snowdonia. Taste Hufenfa Castells delicious
artisan ice cream. Visit Y Lasynys Fawr (just
off the B4573 north of Harlech), a historic
house dating from the 16th century and
home to 17th-/18th-century author Ellis
Wynne (for visiting details contact 01766
781395 beforehand).

LLANBEDR
Quaint village on the doorstep of Shell
Island (so-called for the variety of its shells).

Inland, explore the Rhinogydd, the last


true mountain wilderness left in Wales.
The Wild Side outdoor pursuits company
offers guided wild camping and walking
expeditions into the Rhinogydd. Visit the
nearby Chwarel Hn Llanfair Slate Caverns.

LLWYNGWRIL
Scenery and history come together here
ancient standing stones and remains of an
Iron Age hillfort can be seen in the slopes
above, and the village has a fascinating
Quaker past, with two sites on the Dolgellau
Quaker Trail. More religious heritage at
nearby Llangelynnin, at the medieval Church
of St Celynnin overlooking the sea. Good
local amenities with sheltered beach, shop,
pub with restaurant and railway station.
Close to beautiful Dysynni Valley, Bird Rock
and the mysterious Blue Lake. A great spot
for walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing,
surfing, relaxing, and touring many nearby
attractions.

TYWYN
Seaside resort and touring base. Attractions
include large sandy beach and narrowgauge Talyllyn Railway that travels deep
into the hills (theres a fascinating railway
museum here too). Many local beauty
spots Ynysmaengwyn Park, Dolgoch
Falls, Bird Rock, Llyn Myngul and Castell-yBere, atmospheric stronghold of the Welsh
princes. Magic Lantern Cinema, a charming
19th-century building that retains its
historic splendour, puts on an interesting
show in addition to mainstream and other
films theres music, comedy and poetry. The
towns quirky claims to fame also include
its mighty Tywyn Wurlitzer and Race the
Train, an annual fun event featured on
Countryfile.

Editors choice five top


attractions (there are
lots more)
1 Discover Castell-y-Bere. This
atmospheric ruin, hidden in the
hills, was the mountain stronghold
of the native Princes of Wales.
2 Ride the railway. Sit back and
enjoy the views on the mainline
Cambrian Coast Railway.
3 Ride another, smaller railway.
And also visit the Talyllyn Railways
excellent Narrow-Gauge Railway
Museum.
4 Harlech Castle. Its one of those
places you have to experience.
Medieval power in the raw, and
great views. Great new visitor
centre too (scheduled to open
summer 2014).
5 Bike it. Cycle along the old railway
line that runs along the southern
shores of the Mawddach Estuary.
Youve read all about it now take a
look at and book your accommodation
(see pages 5154).

Link up
www.aberdyfi.org
www.barmouth-wales.co.uk
www.secretsnowdonia.co.uk
www.visit-tywyn.co.uk

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SOUTHERN SNOWDONIA

Snowdonia has its own north/south divide. The south still has mountains
lots of them but they are greener and rounder than the norths rocky,
craggy highlands. Cader Idris dominates the scene, rearing its misty head
above Dolgellau, while further east the Aran, Arenigs and Berwyns rise
above Bala and Llyn Tegid, Waless largest natural lake. There are forests
too most famously, the Coed y Brenin Forest Park, known far and wide
for its world-class mountain biking.
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BALA

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Bala
la

A small town in the lake district of


Southern Snowdonia thats a big outdoor
centre, famous internationally for events
like white-water canoeing, swimming,
cycling and triathlons. But you dont need
to be an ironman to appreciate Bala.
Its outdoors scene has a broad appeal,
with a good choice of gentle as well as
adventurous activities. Much of the action
is centred on 4-mile-long Llyn Tegid,
the largest natural lake in Wales. Nearby
River Tryweryn is another major aquatic
asset, providing reliable white water, even
during the summer when many rivers are

low. Bala is one of the few Welsh towns


with Walkers are Welcome accreditation
(www.walkersarewelcome.org). Paths
include heritage and town trails and a walk
around the lake (you can also ride along its
southern shore on the narrow-gauge Bala
Lake Railway). Theres great cycling too,
with waymarked bike routes. Bala is steeped
in Welsh culture and history a plaque tells
the famous story of 16-year-old Mary Jones
who walked to Bala across the mountains
to collect a Welsh Bible in 1800. Such links
continue: the activity centre for the Urdd
Welsh League of Youth is located at nearby
Glan-llyn (where family groups can also
stay). Nearby Rhiwlas will be home to the

Deheudir Eryri
1

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Bala

2
Llanuwchllyn

4
Dolgellau
Dinas Mawddwy
Corris

5
Machynlleth

Bwlch y Groes

1 Ride the Tryweryn. Rush down


the white-water course. Get wet,
get high on adrenaline.

Urdd National Eisteddfod, one of Europes


largest youth festivals, when it visits
Meirionnydd 2631 May 2014.

2 Then relax. Sit back and admire


the gorgeous views from the Bala
Lake Railway.

CORRIS
Former slate village with a quaint,
unconventional beauty set within the
Dyfi Forest. Boasts a surprisingly rich vein
of local attractions, including the Centre
for Alternative Technology, King Arthurs
Labyrinth, Lost Legends of the Stone Circle
and Corris Craft Centre, along with the
narrow-gauge Corris Railway and Museum.
Underground tours with Corris Mine
Explorers, thrilling mountain biking in the
forest, excellent fishing at Llyn Myngul,
challenging walking on Cader Idris.

Corr
Co
rrrriss Crraaftt Cen
enttrre

DINAS MAWDDWY
Village in Alpine-style setting amongst
steep, forested hillsides. Large craft centre in
former woollen mill is a popular attraction.
The little village is an ideal touring centre
close to two famous mountain passes
Bwlch yr Oerddrws to the north-west, and
the even more spectacular Bwlch y Groes,
the highest pass in Wales, to the north-east.
Its also a good base for walking, fishing and
mountain biking, with challenging trails in
the nearby Dyfi Forest.

Editors choice five top


attractions (there are
lots more)

3 Bring the mountain bike. Or hire


one at Coed y Brenins excellent
visitor centre and explore the
woods.
Do
olggel
e laau

DOLGELLAU
A town thats going places. Its go-ahead
attitude is reflected in an ever-improving
range of local events and festivals, outdoor
activities and places to stay and eat. But
Dolgellaus natural resources remain its
number-one asset. The handsome, darkstoned market town is set beneath Cader
Idris, the legendary Chair of Idris, on
the approach to the beautiful Mawddach
Estuary. Call into the Quaker Heritage
Centre, and also the Ein Treftadaeth Our
Heritage information hub located in the
Tourist Information Centre. Dolgellau is
one of the handiest bases for exploring all
of Snowdonia Mountains and Coast but
dont miss the many local beauty spots
such as the aptly named Precipice Walk
and Mawddach Trail along the waterside
for 9 miles to Barmouth (theres a longer,
more mountainous Mawddach Way too).
Cycling and horse riding are also popular
locally Dolgellau is a specially chosen
Cycle Breaks centre with a fine range of
road and off-road routes. The Coed y Brenin
Forest Park is nearby, with mountain biking
trails for all abilities plus a host of other
outdoor attractions and facilities, including
downloadable MP3 audio trails.

4 Drive the Bwlch. Bwlch y Groes


is an unforgettable car trip over
the highest pass in Wales. Youll
need a head for heights and
good brakes.
5 Go green. See how its done at the
Centre for Alternative Technology,
the visionary village of the future.
Youve read all about it now take a
look at and book your accommodation
(see pages 5557).

Link up
www.corris.co.uk
www.discoverdolgellau.com
www.gobala.org
(activities and outdoor trails)
www.visitbala.org
(accommodation and more information)

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2014

CONWY VALLEY
AND HIRAETHOG

What a difference a few miles can make. The green, fertile Conwy Valley
is flanked on the west by thick forests and to the east by the heather
moors of Hiraethog (otherwise known as the Denbigh Moors), a huge
expanse of unexplored upland. All in all, its an area of great variety, with
the mountain village of Capel Curig at one end and the historic walled
town of Conwy on the other.
since Victorian times and the coming of the
railway. Many attractions, including railway
museum, golf course, high ropes adventure,
waymarked walks and famous Swallow
Falls. The town has an excellent Snowdonia
National Park Information Centre with
Princes of Gwynedd exhibition, and an
outstanding range of shops selling quality
crafts, clothing and outdoor gear. A host of
activities too, including climbing, mountain
biking and horse riding.

CAPEL CURIG
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Falls
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BETWS-Y-COED
Its one of those places that never closes,
even on a Sunday in deep and dark
December. How could it? Theres too much
demand. This bustling mountain resort,
the official gateway village to Snowdonia
in a beautiful location amongst woods
and riverbanks on the edge of the Gwydyr
Forest Park, has been consistently popular

Village close to all of Snowdonias classic


terrain, familiar to every self-respecting
climber and mountain walker. Local shops
sell mountaineering and outdoor wear.
Home of Plas y Brenin National Mountain
Centre, which offers courses and tuition in
outdoor activities for all abilities.

CERRIGYDRUDION
Village on the A5 at the southern gateway
to Hiraethog, with 2-acre fly fishing
lake and Waless largest go karting centre.
Nearby Llyn Brenig and the smaller Llyn
Alwen are reservoirs with plentiful leisure
facilities, including walking, cycling, fishing

Beetw
B
twss-ysy-Co
yC ed
Co
d
and sailing. Go first to Brenigs visitor centre
to get your bearings. For more cycling
and walking (plus horse riding) head for
the Clocaenog Forest. Along with the
nearby village of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr,
Cerrigydrudion is a good touring base for all
of North Wales.

CONWY
The walled town of Conwy and its darkstoned castle evoke an authentic medieval
atmosphere. Spectacular views from the
fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
and town walls down into the narrow
streets and across the estuary. Theres
history at almost every turn Elizabethan
Plas Mawr, Aberconwy House, Thomas
Telfords castellated suspension bridge,
quirky smallest house. Conwys Tourist
Information Centre has a flagship exhibition
that tells the story of the Princes of
Gwynedd with imaginative interactive
displays. Other attractions include river
cruises, art gallery and RSPB nature reserve
with visitor centre. Bodnant Garden, the
new Bodnant Welsh Food Centre and the
start of the Cambrian Way long-distance
path all nearby.

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DOLWYDDELAN
Mountain village set amongst craggy
landscapes close to Betws-y-Coed.
Dolwyddelan Castle, on the ridge above,
was a fortress of the native Princes of
Gwynedd.

LLANFAIRFECHAN
Mountain-backed seaside resort with a good
stretch of sandy beach. Activities include
windsurfing, golf, angling and croquet.
Birdwatching at Traeth Lafan Nature
Reserve. Good walking base, reflected in its
Walkers are Welcome accreditation ask
at Conwy Tourist Information Centre for
the Llanfairfechan Walks publication
describing five town and country routes,
or download Llanfairfechan Walks from
www.visitconwy.org.uk

LLANRWST
Handsome capital and historic market
town for the Vale of Conwy. Nearby Gwydir
Castle and Gwydir Uchaf Chapel reveal
more of the areas eventful past. Ask in
local shops for the circular walk leaflet or
download from www.visitconwy.org.uk.
There are superb woodland and upland
walks too. Llanrwst is bordered by the
popular Gwydyr Forest Park, a lovely area
latticed with numerous trails for all abilities.
These waymarked paths take in everything
from hidden mountain lakes to industrial
heritage, scenic viewpoints to local history
and the legend of Dafydd ap Siencyn, the
forests own Robin Hood (for details go to
the Llanrwst Tourist Information Point).

PENMACHNO
Mountain village beautifully located
amongst open countryside and forested
hills. Fascinating National Trust site nearby
Ty Mawr Wybrnant was the birthplace of
Bishop William Morgan whose translation
of the Bible into Welsh ensured the survival
of the language. Penmachno Forest has a
well-developed network of mountain biking
trails. Handy Penmachno and Dolwyddelan
Walks guide (including detailed maps)
available from Betws-y-Coed Tourist
Information Centre. Go Below Underground
Adventures based in Conwy Falls Caf offer
exciting trips into an abandoned mine.

Sandy beach, paddling pool, childrens


playground. Small museum recalls
Penmaenmawrs quarrying past (its also
an information hub for Ein Treftadaeth
Our Heritage). Good coast and country
walking locally, including the waymarked
quarrymans walk and scenic North Wales
Path.

Trefriw
Capel Curig

Llanrwst
Betws y Coed 5

PENTREFOELAS

Penmachno

Stagecoaches use to stop here on the main


route into North Wales, at a village well
located for exploring the Vale of Conwy and
Hiraethog. Todays travellers especially
chocoholics stop off at the Riverside
Chocolate House and Tearoom for delicious
hand-made goodies. Go north of the village
to see a copy of the Levelinus Stone, a tall
monument inscribed in Welsh and Latin
and given to the medieval Welsh leader
Llywelyn the Great by the Cistercian monks
of Aberconwy Abbey (the original is now
housed in the National Museum Wales in
Cardiff).

ROWEN
One of the prettiest little villages in Wales.
Attractive walks into the hills following the
Roman Road. Conwy Water Gardens (otters,
fishery, aquatic centre and reptile house)
nearby.

TREFRIW
The villages long-established woollen mill
produces distinctive Welsh tapestries and
tweeds. Llyn Crafnant, a fishing lake, and
Llyn Geirionydd, popular for watersports,
hide themselves away in the forested
hills above. Explore the villages idyllic
surroundings by following some of the
Trefriw Trails.

Editors choice five top


attractions (there are
lots more)
1 Go medieval. Climb the
battlements of Conwy castle then
walk its ring of town walls.
2 Go underground. Go below
Underground Adventures near
Betws-y-Coed takes you deep into
an abandoned slate mine.
3 Go shopping. The new Bodnant
Welsh Food Centre, showcasing
the very best local produce, is a
foodies heaven.
4 Go gardening. Then call into
beautiful Bodnant Garden, one of
the UKs finest.
5 Go walking. Or fishing, or cycling
or mountain biking at Llyn Brenig,
the mountain lake with lots of
leisure facilities.
Youve read all about it now take a
look at and book your accommodation
(see pages 5862).

Link up
www.betws-y-coed.co.uk
www.dolwyddelan.org
www.visitconwy.org.uk
www.hiraethog.org.uk

PENMAENMAWR
Holiday resort with attractive promenade
looking out across Conwy Bay to Anglesey.

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BANGOR, CAERNARFON,
LLANBERIS AND THE VILLAGES
OF SNOWDONIA

Mister Big in these parts is guess? Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon, the highest


mountain in Wales and England. But its by no means the only attraction.
There are mountain lakes and wooded valleys too, and a coastline of big
beaches and sheltered straits. Man-made places also make it into the big
league, especially world-famous Caernarfon Castle.
Caer
Ca
erna
narf
rfon
on

ABERGWYNGREGYN
Otherwise known simply as Aber. Scenic
village at approach to a beautiful wooded
valley and Aber Falls, the highest natural
waterfall in Wales. Traeth Lafan Coastal
Nature Reserve nearby.

BANGOR
Small but lively city and university town.
Bangor Cathedral has ancient roots this
religious site can be traced back to the 6th
century. Art and local artefacts on display
at Gwynedd Museum and Gallery, along
with an information hub for Ein Treftadaeth
Our Heritage. Lots of leisure facilities
including pool, Play Centre and pier, where
you can enjoy a favourite local treat of tea

and fresh scones. A good shopping scene


too (along whats reputed to be Waless
longest High Street), boosted by the
modern Deiniol and Menai centres. Look out
for news of the iconic new Pontio centre
(due to be completed in 2014), a site for the
creation of spectacular theatre productions,
film, music, circus, dance and other
innovative performing arts. And dont miss
dramatic Penrhyn Castle, the National Trust
mansion set in beautiful grounds on the
outskirts of town, and nearby GreenWood
Forest Park, a popular family attraction.

BEDDGELERT
Everyone loves Beddgelert and its
enviable location. The picturesque stonebuilt village is the ideal base for exploring all

the classic Snowdonia sights and beauty


spots Aberglaslyn Pass to the south,
Nant Gwynant to the east, Yr Wyddfa/
Snowdon to the north. Historic cottage of
Ty Isaf is now a National Trust shop selling
local crafts and produce. Nearby Rhyd
Ddu, connected by a new walking/cycling
path, is a great starting point for walking
up Yr Wyddfa. Or go underground at the
Sygun Copper Mine, also close by. National
Trusts Craflwyn Estate (an activity, special
interest and conference centre) is opposite
Sygun on the road to Nant Gwynant. Both
Craflwyn and the local tourist information
centre have exhibitions on the Princes of
Gwynedd. The village is one of the stop-off
points on the extended Welsh Highland
Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.

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Abergwyngregyn
Bangor
Bethesda

3
Caernarfon 5
Llanberis
1 2
Dinas Dinlle
Snowdon

Llan
Ll
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Pass
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BETHESDA
Former slate quarrying village on doorstep
of the dramatic Nant Ffrancon Pass, Ogwen
Falls and some of North Waless wildest
mountain scenery. On the Ln Las Ogwen
cycle and walking path look out for the
display boards en route that interpret the
areas local heritage. Caban near Gerlan is
a hostel catering for outdoor enthusiasts.
Exciting new Zip World attraction in
Penrhyn Quarry opened last year. In Nant
Ffrancon theres a new gateway building
to Cwm Idwal and the Ogwen Valley, with
interactive interpretation and refreshments.

centre). The Caernarfon Record Office has


archives of Gwynedd (documents, images,
maps and newspapers) stretching back 400
years. Caer Gors at nearby Rhosgadfan was
home of Kate Roberts, one of Waless most
celebrated writers.

DINAS DINLLE
Seaside village with vast, sandy, awardwinning beach and views that seem to go
on forever. Attractive promenade and play
areas. Home of Airworld Aviation Museum
and Caernarfon Airport and Helicentre. Big,
beautiful Glynllifon Country Park close by.

CAERNARFON

LLANBERIS

Gwynedds county town, home to Waless


most famous castle, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Mighty Caernarfon Castle
commands the lions share of attention,
but the towns narrow streets and stylishly
redeveloped waterfront also merit a visit.
The castle, built in the 13th century by
Edward I as a royal palace and military
fortress, was at the core of a medieval
walled town. The Romans left their mark
too 1,000 years earlier they constructed
their fort of Segontium on the hill above
(its foundations still exist). The story of
the town is told in an exhibition at Oriel
Pendeitsh, part of the Ein Treftadaeth Our
Heritage project (theres also a Princes
of Gwynedd information hub). Other
attractions include Welsh Highland Railway
(which runs for 25 miles to Porthmadog),
Hwylfan Fun Centre, Redline Indoor
Karting, scenic Ln Eifion recreational cycle
route and RIB rides along Menai Strait.
Waterside Doc Fictoria is home to Galeri
(contemporary arts complex with theatre
and cinema) and Celtica (art and crafts

Where to start? Llanberis is packed with


enough attractions to keep visitors busy
for weeks. But first, theres the lakeside
location at the foot of Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon.
When youre tired of walking beside the
water which you wont be take a ride on
two narrow-gauge lines, the Llanberis Lake
Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway.
The latter climbs almost to the doorstep of
the stunning Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre. Lots
to see and do in lakeside Padarn Country
Park. The National Slate Museum recalls
Snowdonias rich industrial heritage, Electric
Mountain invites you into its awesome
high-tech underground world, while
Dolbadarn Castle takes you back a thousand
years to the time of the native Welsh
princes. If that isnt enough there are craft
shops and watersports too, though most
outdoor fans come for the walking. Follow
the self-guided Llanberis Heritage Trails
taking you to fascinating places around
the village.

Beddgelert

Editors choice five top


attractions (there are
lots more)
1 Coast to coast. Thats what
you get when you ride the Welsh
Highland Railway from Caernarfon
on the north coast to Porthmadog.
With stunning mountain views all
along the way.
2 Caernarfon Castle. A predictable
choice, yes, but never boring. Its
the ultimate medieval fortress,
with soaring towers, narrow
passageways, massive walls and
battlements.
3 Ride a zip wire. Not any old zip
wire, mind, but Europes longest at
Zip World, Bethesda, Waless most
exciting new attraction.
4 Pack a picnic. And enjoy it on
a riverside ramble in the lovely
mountain village of Beddgelert.
5 See slate. And the way in which it
was turned into roofing materials
at the National Slate Museum,
Llanberis. The historic workshops
here look just like they did when
the last shift clocked off.
Youve read all about it now take a
look at and book your accommodation
(see pages 6366).

Link up
www.beddgelerttourism.com
www.visitcaernarfon.com
www.llanberis.org

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LLYN PENINSULA

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Its Snowdons arm, a wildly beautiful peninsula that wraps you in just
as strong an embrace as the peak of Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon itself. Llyns
mixture of culture and heritage, traditional farmsteads and little ports,
cliffs and bays, beaches and sea-cliffs is quite unlike anything else
youll find in Wales or elsewhere, for that matter. Little wonder, then,
that the coast is a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk
along parts of the all-Wales Coast Path, and look out for the local events
that celebrate Llyns tasty food scene and unique maritime heritage
and culture.

ABERDARON
Lands end at its most idyllic. This fishing
village was the last stop for pilgrims on the
way to Ynys Enlli, now a National Nature
Reserve renowned internationally for its
birdlife. Celebrated poet RS Thomas lived
in a cottage within the beautiful grounds of
Plas yn Rhiw, a small National Trust manor
house. Call into the National Trusts new
interpretation centre, Porth y Swnt, for

an insight into Llyns unique landscapes,


seascapes and rich cultural heritage
(scheduled to open spring 2014). And
be prepared to get blown away by the
awesome coastal views from Mynydd
Mawr headland.

ABERSOCH
Popular and very fashionable seaside
resort and sailing/watersports centre,
with fine beaches and sheltered harbour.
Busy programme of sailing events plus
Wakestock, Europes largest wakeboard
music festival (held in July). Busy bistro life
too, plus a good choice of accommodation
and attractions including pony trekking,
boat trips and crafts centre. Abersoch
is also a base for six circular walks
ranging from under a mile to over nine
miles. For further details visit the local
Tourist Information Centre managed by
volunteers.

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Llithfaen

Nefyn
Pwllheli

Llanbedrog
Abersoch

Aberdaron

Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island

Editors choice five top


attractions (there are
lots more)
PPw
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heli
heli

LLANBEDROG
Charming little seaside village with superb
beach and possibly the most famous
certainly the most photogenic line of
beach huts in Wales. Home to Oriel Plas
Glyn-y-Weddw, a leading arts centre and
gallery. Well located for walking one local
favourite is the path to the headland for
a close-up view of the strange Tin Man
figurehead. Shooting school, golf club and
driving range nearby.

not for the faint hearted its like playing


off the deck of an aircraft carrier. For
walkers, the village is an ideal base midway
along Llyns north coast path.

PORTHDINLLAEN
How perfect can you get? Not much more
than Porthdinllaen, a much-photographed
coastal hamlet with quaint houses and
waterfront inn set above a beautiful
half-moon of sands. Village and beach are
owned by the National Trust access on
foot only.

PWLLHELI

Llan
Ll
lan
a beedrog
drog
dr
og

LLITHFAEN
Village set in a landscape full of interest.
On the Yr Eifl mountains theres Trer Ceiri,
an astonishingly well-preserved Neolithic
village occupied until about 2,000 years
ago. Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language
and Heritage Centre, is nearby.

NEFYN
Popular north coast seaside village with
harbour, Maritime Museum and graceful
crescent of sand leading to picturesque
Porthdinllaen. Its headland golf course is

Llyns capital fills many roles seaside


resort with fine beach, busy market town
with art galleries and very popular sailing
and watersports centre with one of the
best modern marinas in the UK. Hafan
Pwllheli gives access to the inviting sailing
waters of Cardigan Bay and the Irish
Sea. See the wildlife seals, seabirds and
dolphins on coastal cruises (contact the
Tourist Information Centre for details).
Neuadd Dwyfor stages a wide range of
entertainments including films, touring
company productions, opera, drama and
ballet. Good shopping with an interesting
range of smaller shops and be sure to
call into the multi-award-winning Eurospar,
famous for its local produce. Excellent
leisure centre to keep the kids entertained,
along with activity-packed Glasfryn Parc.
Scenic, challenging golf a mix of parkland
and links at one of North Waless top
courses. Penarth Fawr medieval house
nearby.

1 Walk the coast path. Anywhere


really you choose, its all good. If
its Porth Oer you might get squeaky
feet the beach is otherwise known
as Whistling Sands.
2 The Isle of 20,000 Saints. Ynys
Enlli/Bardsey Island has a special
aura. Follow the pilgrims and take a
boat trip from Aberdaron.
3 Family fun. You cant beat Glasfryn
Parc its packed with activities and
entertainment.
4 Take a cultural journey. Make
that two. Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh
Language and Heritage Centre
reveals more about this special
peninsula. And the National Trusts
newly opened Porth y Swnt
interpretation centre at Aberdaron
is a gateway to Llyns unique
landscapes, seascapes and rich
cultural heritage.
5 Play 19 holes. Enjoy a testing
game of golf at Nefyn, followed by
a pint at the famed Ty Coch Inn,
Porthdinllaen. Perfect.
Youve read all about it now take a look
at and book your accommodation (see
pages 6771).

Link up
www.abersochandllyn.co.uk
www.aberdaronlink.co.uk
www.pwllheli.org.uk

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Cricieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog

Bryn Elltyd
Eco Guest House

4E

Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog


LL41 3TW T: 01766 831356
info@ecoguesthouse.co.uk
www.ecoguesthouse.co.uk
Eco UK Considerate Hotelier Award Winner.
100% Carbon Neutral renewable electricity
and heating, sauna, Wi-Fi, cooking,
electric car charger. Central Snowdonia
in fold of Ffestiniog railway. Walk, climb,
cave, fish, ramble from door, home-baked
bread.

Plas Tan y Bwlch

Occupying a superb position overlooking


the Vale of Ffestiniog, Plas Tan y Bwlch
is the ideal place to relax, unwind,
and learn a little about the Snowdonia
National Park.

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Guest House

Guest Accommodation

r6; A6; Open 112; B&B pp 3248;


2 night B&Bpp: 7696; Weekly: B&B pp
239396; F } C Z % k ]

r35; A28; Open 112;


B&B pp 3242

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Maentwrog,
Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU
T: 01766 772600
plas@eryri-npa.gov.uk
www.plastanybwlch.com

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Cae Du
Manod, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 4BB
T: 01766 830847 M: 07909 880994
info@caedu.co.uk
www.caedu.co.uk
Arfona Rowlands Price

Caernarfon Road, Criccieth LL52 0AP


T: 01766 522257 info@bronrhiwhotel.co.uk
www.bronrhiwhotel.co.uk
Claire Woodhouse & Sin Williams
Beautiful Victorian guesthouse with en-suite rooms.
Outstanding breakfasts made with the finest
produce. Only minutes away from Criccieth Castle,
beaches and excellent restaurants. We are the ideal
place to base yourself for the Llyn Peninsula and
Snowdonia. Non-smoking, no children under 10
and free Wi-Fi. AA Highly Commended.

Arfona and Idris welcome you to their picturesque


16th century former farmhouse. Centrally located,
magnificent mountain setting, stunning panoramic
views, warm friendly atmosphere, mature garden
and ponds. Ideal base for exploring the wonders
of our Snowdonia or just simply relax.

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Bed & Breakfast

Guest Accommodation

r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 2936


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Bron Rhiw

r9; A9; Open 410; B&B pp 3739; Weekly: B&B pp 259

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Caerwylan Hotel

Beach Bank, Criccieth LL52 0HW


T: 01766 522547 F: 01248 800100
info@caerwylan.com www.caerwylan.com

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Hotel

r24; A24; Open 212; B&B pp 5273;


Short Break: 2 night B&B pp: 103145;
Weekly: B&B pp 337482
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The Caerwylan Hotel probably enjoys


some of the best coastal views in
North Wales.
We are the ideal base to explore
Snowdonia or the many beaches, steam
railways, castles and attractions in this
beautiful and relaxing corner of Wales.
For walkers The Caerwylan is situated
on the Wales Coast Path.
Unwind in one of our contemporary
en-suite bedrooms. Our sea facing
Executive Bedrooms offer space and
luxury, making them perfect for that
special occasion.
After a day of exploring let our Chefs
prepare you a relaxing dinner in our

stylish Tonnau Restaurant. Most of our


food is sourced from local suppliers.
Our contemporary bar serves a range
of local beers plus the traditional lagers,
spirits and a varied selection of wines.
From the magnificent sea-facing lounge
we serve morning coffee, light lunches
and afternoon teas. During the summer
months we also serve light lunches
and afternoon teas in our garden.
Treat yourself to a break at the
Caerwylan in 2014. See
www.caerwylan.com for more
information and online booking.
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Award 2012 & 2013.

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Porthmadog Road, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0HP

Mrs Dorothy Pryce

david.pryce@btinternet.com

01766 522396
www.henfaes.com
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Guest House

OPEN 4 10 B&B: 38pp DB&B: 49pp WEEKLY DB&B: 300pp


5D

Min Y Gaer Guest House

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Porthmadog Road,
Criccieth LL52 OHP
T: 01766 522151
info@minygaer.co.uk
www.minygaer.co.uk
Tim Davis

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5E

Wenallt Guest House


Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6PW
T/F: 01766 770321
i.hartill@btinternet.com
www.wenalltguesthouse.co.uk
Sarah & Ian Hartill

Friendly family run licensed guest house. Many


rooms with views of Cardigan Bay and Criccieth
Castle. Two minutes from excellent local restaurants
and beach. An ideal base for touring Snowdonia.
Well behaved pets welcome. All rooms have TV,
DVD, tea and coffee making facilities. Private
parking for up to 12 cars.

Guest House

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Welcoming B&B near Portmeirion; Steam Railway


Magazines Best B&B for Ffestiniog Railway
(station nearby). Spacious en-suite double, twin
and single rooms all have comfortable seating, TVs,
tea/coffee, period features. Delicious traditional or
vegetarian breakfasts (extensive menu). Views over
Penrhyndeudraeth, estuary and mountains.
Ideal touring base. Quality accommodation at
excellent value.

Guest House

r10; A10; Open 310; B&B pp 4055;


2 night B&B pp: 4064; Weekly: B&B pp 260322

r4; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 29.5036;


Short Break: 2 night B&B pp: 65; Weekly: B&B pp 206.50

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The Abereistedd

5D

Cefn Uchaf Guesthouse

West Parade, Criccieth LL52 0EN


T: 01766 522710
info@abereistedd.co.uk
www.abereistedd.co.uk
Brian Gifford

Garndolbenmaen, Porthmadog LL51 9PJ


T: 01766 530239
enquiries@cefnuchaf.co.uk
www.cefnuchaf.com
Malcolm & Kath Severn

Enjoy unrivalled sea and mountain views from


our seafront position. Relax in the lounge with
a drink from our well stocked bar, and hopefully
spot a dolphin or two! Enjoy fine food and good
company. Ideal location for country or coastal
pursuits, or just relax in comfort. Private parking
available, free Wi-Fi.

A warm welcome awaits you at our family run


guesthouse. Enjoy the quiet location and relaxed
friendly atmosphere. Set in open countryside and
ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia and the
Llyn Peninsula. Comfortable en-suite rooms and
guest lounge. Delicious breakfasts and home
cooked evening meals using local produce.

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Guest Accommodation

Guest House

r12; A12; Open 410; B&B pp 3539;


Short Break: 2 night D B&B: 110118; Weekly: D B&B pp 381.50409.50

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Royal Sportsman Hotel

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Hotel

High Street, Criccieth LL52 0BS


T: 0208 769 3252
randwthomas@02.co.uk

131 High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9HB


T: 01766 512015 F: 01766 512490
enquiries@royalsportsman.co.uk
www.royalsportsman.co.uk
Porthmadogs Premier Hotel. Porthmadogs only
quality hotel, one of top three AA 3+hotels in North
Wales, with 2 AA rosettes for food, in the 2012 Good
Food Guide, 2013 TripAdvisor award for Excellence
4* quality rating and included in the AAs Britains
Best Hotel Guide. Home from home, centrally located,
independently managed hotel with family atmosphere;
babies and children of all ages welcome as are pets in
designated rooms. 28 en-suite bedrooms, refurbished
in 2013, luxury toiletries, extensive hospitality tray,
hairdryers and flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and parking.

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Two top floors of a three storey victorian house


conveniently situated in the High Street. Two
minutes from shops and restaurants. Five minutes
from beaches, castle, playground, mini-golf
and bowls. Fully equipped, very well furnished.
Central heating, double glazing. Spacious garden
overlooking fields at rear, with BBQ and outdoor
furniture.

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Self-Catering

r28; A28; Open 112; B&B pp 4553; Short Break: 2 night B&B: 4553;
2 night D B&B: 80320; Weekly B&B: 315364 D B&B: 567 F } C C

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Wenydd House

Delightful hideaway
cottages in a good
location for exploring
Snowdonia and the
Lleyn Peninsula.

Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth,
Nr Porthmadog LL48 6EF
T/F: 01766 771542
wenyddbandb@btinternet.com
Jean & Colin Rockingham

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5D

Gaerwen Town House

Enjoy warm, friendly, award-winning hospitality


in a modern house in attractive gardens close to
Portmeirion and Ffestiniog Railway. Quiet location
with mountain and estuary views. Comfortable,
well-appointed, fully ensuite bedrooms. Secure
private parking. Free Wi-Fi. Famous for superb,
extensive menu breakfasts. Ring for more details
and special offers.

Bed & Breakfast

www.rhos-cottages.co.uk

RHOS

cottages@rhos.freeserve.co.uk

~ Country ~
Cottages

0776 986 4642 or 01758 720047


OPEN ALL YEAR
Sleep 1-7 (+ cot)
Weekly from 320 - 1200
Off Season / Winter Breaks
from 70 nightly

CRICCIETH

r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 2832.50;


Weekly: B&B pp 175195
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Old Mill Farmhouse


Fron Oleu Farm, Trawsfynydd LL41 4UN
T: 01766 540397
stay@oldmillfarmhouse.co.uk
www.oldmillfarmhouse.co.uk

6 Marine Terrace, Criccieth LL52 0EF


T: 01766 523061 M: 07765 506860
sueandrews57@gmail.com
www.seasidecriccieth.co.uk
Sue Andrews

Comfortable, attractive, converted farm buildings


set around a courtyard; each room en-suite with its
own front door. Late arrivals no problem! Excellent
garden railway in beautiful garden overlooking
lake and mountains. Friendly llamas, free-ranging
chickens. Great area for photographers, walkers,
cyclists, tourists. Pet friendly. Close to Coed-yBrenin bike trails.

Spacious 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom seafront property


on 3 floors in a south-facing 4-storey Victorian
Terrace. The lounge/dining room and 3 bedrooms
have panoramic views over Cardigan Bay (watch
the dolphins!), Criccieth Castle and West Beach.
Station, shops, beach, playground, restaurants,
bowling, mini golf, tennis, castle all within 5
minutes walk.
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Self-Catering

Farmhouse

Open 112; Sleeps 210; Weekly: per unit 2801120;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 250600

r7; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 2940; Weekly: B&B pp 193256


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Fferm Gaerwen Farm

2 London Road,
Garndolbenmaen LL51 9NZ
T: 01766 522257
info@lavendercottagesnowdonia.co.uk
www.lavendercottagesnowdonia.co.uk
Claire Woodhouse & Sin Williams

A warm welcome awaits you at our traditional


Welsh farmhouse or modernised cottage. Clean,
well equipped and comfortably furnished providing
a homely atmosphere. Centrally located to explore
beaches, mountains and lakes, or relax in the
garden enjoying stunning views of Snowdonia,
unwinding in the tranquillity of rural life. Brochure
available.

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 27; Weekly: per unit 150480;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 120180
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Lavender Cottage

Gaerwen, Ynys, Criccieth LL52 0NU


T: 01766 810324
gaerwen@btopenworld.com
www.gaerwenfarmcottages.co.uk
Mrs Mary Williams

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Seaside Criccieth

A superior five star non-smoking cottage.


It is the perfect place to stay in total comfort. Bed
linen, towels and electricity included. Inglenook
fireplace with wood burner. Sit in the beautiful
garden with a glass of wine and watch the superb
sunsets. No pets or children under ten.
AA 5 star accommodation.
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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 3; Weekly: per unit 390465;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 210

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Melin Llecheiddior
Garndolbenmaen LL51 9EZ
T: 01766 530 635
elen@whevans.freeserve.co.uk
www.cottages-in-snowdonia.co.uk
Mrs E. Evans

Situated near the river Dwyfach; within easy reach


of sea and mountains. One double room and one
twin-bedded room. Sun lounge, bathroom with
shower, toilet upstairs and downstairs. Lounge
with colour TV, kitchen fully equipped, microwave.
Children welcome. Cot and highchair available.
Pets welcome on request. Pub and restaurant
within walking distance.

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Self-Catering

Open 311; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit 200350;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 105120

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Plas Blaenddol,
Llan Ffestiniog LL41 4PH
T: 01766 762406
bookings@plasblaenddol.co.uk
www.plasblaenddol.co.uk Diane Lea
Stunning manor house with beautiful
Gardens and woodlands in the centre of
Snowdonia National Park. Stay in the west
wing (Old Bell house) and/or the south
wing (Lake House).
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Pump Cottage, 8 Glyn


Terrace, Borth-y-Gest

Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog LL49 9UD


T: 01619 284961 M: 07748 446058
Enquiries: Anne Keating, Borthwen,
14 Sunny Bank Road, Bowdon,
Cheshire WA14 3PW
noel.keating@hotmail.co.uk
Good centre for Snowdonia. Ideal for
walking and sailing. Near harbour and
beach. Full central heating, microwave
and patio. Well equipped. Open fire.

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 210; Weekly:


per unit 5251440; Short Break:
3 nights per unit: 315864

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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 4; Weekly: from


250510; Short Breaks: 4 nights
min: 5060 per night

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Gellilydan Cottage

3 Gellilydan Terrace, Gellilydan, Nr Maentwrog


LL41 4EE T: 01773 746480 M: 07769 838483
judith.osborne@w3z.co.uk
www.gellilydan-cottage.webs.com
Beautiful Grade II listed, beamed, character cottage.
Pretty, quiet village. Sunny garden, private parking.
Carefully renovated and furnished. Between sea
and mountains. Central for Harlech, Portmadog,
Portmeirion, sandy beaches. Wonderful for walking
and wildlife enthusiasts, all from the doorstep.
Please ring for colour brochure and guests
comments 01773 746480 or 07769 838483.

Dwyfach Cottages

30 Dublin Street, Tremadog,


Porthmadog LL49 9RH
T: 01766 512553
johnjulieo@aol.com
www.tynewydd-accommodation.co.uk
John and Julie Otty
Two flats in the village of Tremadog,
one mile from Porthmadog. A good base
for exploring the area by car or bus. The
village has two good pubs for food.

Pen-Y-Bryn, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6SX


T: 01766 810208 info@dwyfach.co.uk
www.dwyfach.co.uk Mrs S. Edwards

Open 49; Sleeps 4;


Weekly: per unit 280320

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Relax or dine in Bwthyns new


conservatory while taking in spectacular
views. Idyllic country location.
En-suite bedrooms, enclosed garden.
Also house in Criccieth near beach.
Sleeps 6, price to 795.
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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 4;


Weekly: per unit 255425;

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Self-Catering

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Self-Catering

The Bobbing Boats

Ty Newydd Holiday Flats 5D

Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly:


per unit 195525; Short Break:
3 nights per unit: 95250

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Mur Clwt Lloer

Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog LL49 9TR


Enquiries: Mrs E Everitt
5 Lower End, Swaffham Prior,
Cambridge CB25 0HT
T: 01638 742974

Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6NQ


T: 01766 810236
mur@talk21.com
www.mur-clwt-lloer-farm.co.uk
Mrs Sin T. Hughes

This pretty terrace cottage overlooks Borth-y-Gests


quiet harbour, and enjoys wonderful open mountain
views across the tidal estuary. The rooms are light
and pleasantly furnished and there is a sunny
garden. Ideal for sandy beaches, sailing and local
walking as well as exploring Snowdonia and Llyn.
Caf in village.

Get away from it all at our working dairy farm.


The recently refurbished farmhouse wing is clean,
comfortable and well equipped. It's centrally
located for touring beaches in Llyn Peninsula or
the mountains in Snowdonia. Affording panoramic
views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. Walled
garden has provision for outdoor entertainment.
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Self-Catering

Open 310; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 280550

Open 112; Sleeps 15; Weekly: per unit 225550;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 120180

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Cricieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog


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Parc Wernol

Chwilog Fawr, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6SW


T: 01766 810506
catherine@wernol.co.uk
www.wernol.co.uk
Peaceful and quiet family run park with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and
Snowdonia. Conveniently situated between Pwllheli and Porthmadog and within
3 miles of numerous beaches. Ideal for marina, various golf courses, horse riding
and cycle route. Free coarse fishing lake and lovely country walks. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom
cottages. 2 & 3 bedroom caravans and chalets. Wi-Fi.

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Holiday Park

Open 31; Statics: 70; Statics for hire: 3; Static Weekly: 250575; Self-Catering:
Open 112; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 225775; Short Breaks: POA;

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Find
places to stay,
things to do,
events and
festivals

Blue Flag Beach Mountain Walks Barmouth Bridge Fresh Sea Air
The Mawddach Trail Old Town Barmouth and the Harbour Cambrian Coast Railway
Barmouth Tourist Information Centre, The Railway Station, Barmouth Tel. 01341 280 787

Abermaw

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Barmouth Walking Festival
13 22 September 2014
www.barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk
Bryn Melyn Guest House 7E

Llwyndu Farmhouse

Panorama Road, Barmouth LL42 1DQ


T: 01341 280556 info@brynmelyn.co.uk
www.brynmelyn.co.uk
David and Heather Brown
Relaxing 4 star Guest House with
spectacular setting above the Mawddach
Estuary in the popular seaside town of
Barmouth. All rooms en-suite. Lounge/bar.
Evening meals by arrangement.
Unwind, relax, re-charge.

Llanaber, Barmouth LL421RR


T: 01341 280144
intouch@llwyndu-farmhouse.co.uk
www.llwyndu-farmhouse.co.uk
Paula Thompson
Rustic boutique hotel in Snowdonia,
stunning views, charming ensuite rooms,
imaginative food and fine wines amongst
inglenooks, oak and great character. Come
and relax away from it all. Peter and Paula.

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Guest House

Guest Accommodation

r8; A8; Open 112; B&B pp


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38.7547.50; Weekly: B&B pp
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pp 5266; 2 night D B&Bpp:
160178

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Big Adventure
Our new easy-to use
Booking Hub features
over 20 activity
adventure tasters
(canyoning, high ropes,
wild lake swimming,
watersports, gorge
walking, etc).
Call 01286 672232,
01341 280787 or
01766 512981.

www.visitsnowdonia.info

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Country House Hotel

7E

Morwendon House

6E

Morwendon House, Llanaber,


Barmouth LL42 1RR
T: 01341 280566 M: 07092 197785
info@morwendon-house.co.uk
www.morwendon-house.co.uk
Geoff and Teresa Challenor
Quality accommodation in beautifully
maintained house overlooking Cardigan
Bay. Evening meals available, AA awards
for dinner and breakfast. Off road private
car parking. No children under 12 years,
no pets. All rooms en-suite. Ideally
situated for exploring Snowdonia and
the Mawddach Estuary. Railway halt
200 yards.
r6; A6; Open 112;
B&B pp 52.50-55

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Cardigan Bay
6D

Pentre Mawr Farm

6E

Pandy

Dyffryn Ardudwy LL44 2ES


T: 01341 247413
www.pentre-mawr.co.uk
Mrs Susan Owen

Talybont, Barmouth LL43 2AD


T: 01341 242626
holidays@rowenpark.com
www.rowenpark.com/pandy
Mr & Mrs J.L.Williams

Relax in the peace and quiet of this


working farm centrally situated between
Barmouth and Harlech. Inglenook fireplaces,
spacious ensuite bedrooms and a homely
atmosphere. Village shops, pubs. Cambrian
Coast Railway station and beach all within
easy level walking distance. Ample parking.
Pets welcome. No children under 12. Camping
available 200yds from Dyffryn Beach.
Phone Sue Owen for colour brochure.

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A former fulling mill, Pandy has been completely


renovated and refurbished to a very high standard.
Finished and furnished throughout in oak.
Four bedrooms, all en-suite, lounge containing
woodburner, fully fitted kitchen, double oven,
double fridge, dishwasher etc. Central heated
throughout. Washing machine, tumble dryer
and freezer in utility room.
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Farmhouse

Self-Catering

r3; A3; Open 110; B&B pp 32.5035;


2 night B&B pp: 65; Weekly: B&B pp 210
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Friog, Fairbourne LL38 2NX


T: 01341 250644
stay@einionhouse.co.uk
www.einionhouse.co.uk
Alvin Pereira
Near Barmouth and Dolgellau. 100%
recommended. Sea views, beach nearby.
Walks blue lake, Wales Coastal Path,
Mawddach Trail, Barmouth Bridge, Cader
Idris, steam railways, pony trekking,
cycling, castles. See website.

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Snowdonia
Mountains
and Coast DVD
Call 01286 679217 to
order a copy or view
and download online.

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Guest House

r6; A6; Open 112; B&B pp


3040; 2 night B&Bpp: 70;
Weekly: B&B pp 210
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Einion House B&B

Open 311; Sleeps 27; Weekly: per unit 6301150

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Fairlawns Bungalow
Fairbourne
T: 01341 514136 or 0844 5897891
enquiry@fairbournebungalows.co.uk
www.fairbournebungalows.co.uk

Bungalow in Fairbourne, close to beach.


Sleeps four adults and two children. Fairbourne
is a small seaside village with a long sandy
beach, mountain views, golf course and narrow
gauge steam railway. Ideal for seaside and
mountain walking holidays. Located in beautiful
Southern Snowdonia. TV's "Railway Walks"
Mawddach trail nearby.
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Open 112; Sleeps 4 adults and 2 children; Weekly: per unit 395625

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Graig Wen

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Clyd Fan

Arthog, Dolgellau LL39 1BQ


T: 01341 250482
hello@graigwen.co.uk
www.graigwen.co.uk
Sarah and John

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3 Bron-y-Graig, Harlech LL46 2SR


T: 01619 240181 M: 07867 935728
celial@btinternet.com
Celia L Stewart
Clyd Fan is in the centre of Harlech, where you
can visit Harlech Castle, restaurants and shops
within walking distance. There is a bus stop
outside bungalow that can take you to the Railway
Station/Royal St Davids Golf Course, and sandy
beaches.Conservatory/patio area, large enclosed
rear garden that benefits from full sunshine.

Converted Victorian Slate cutting mill in


exceptional location overlooking Mawddach
Estuary in Snowdonia National Park. Direct access
to waterside cycle/walking trail linking Barmouth
and Dolgellau. Walks to pubs, waterfalls and
mountains from door. Four spacious 2 bedroom
houses plus yurts. Sandy beaches and shops
within 5 minutes drive.
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Self-Catering

Self-Catering

Open 112 (except November); Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 250750;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 200300

Open 112; Sleeps 6/7; Weekly: per unit 350775

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Egryn
Tal y Bont, Barmouth LL43 2BZ
T: 0844 800 2070
cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowdonia
Mae Egryn yn dy neuadd ganoloesol gradd II
rhestredig hardd iawn yn eistedd rhwng
Abermaw a Harlech, perffaith am deithiau
cerdded a thraethau.
Egryn is a beautifully restored grade II listed
medieval hall house nestled between Barmouth
and Harlech, perfect for walks and beaches.
Awaiting grading
Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 9+cot; Weekly: per unit 7951995;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 5571397

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Plas Gwynfryn

6D

Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2NY


T: 01341 241363
enquiries@plasgwynfryn.co.uk
www.plasgwynfryn.co.uk
Caroline Evans
Large country house rental. Colourful,
sculptured gardens, luxurious guest
bedrooms and a unique setting create an
unforgettable escape. Catering available.
Pub walking distance. Licensed for
wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Riverside Bungalow

3 Riverside Bungalow,
Llanbedr LL45 2NW
T: 07871 196280
chris-garbett@live.co.uk
www.holidaycottagellanbedr.co.uk
Chris Garbett
Within earshot of the River Artro in
the village of Llanbedr. Snowdonia
National Park and Cambrian Coast are
on the doorstep. The rugged Rhinogydd
Mountains are also close by.

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Self-Catering

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 14; Weekly: per unit


13762988; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
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Open 112; Sleeps 4;


Weekly: per unit 230520;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 180360
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Cardigan Bay
Pensarn Farm Cottage

6D

Pensarn Farm,
Llanbedr LL45 2HS
T: 01341 241285
www.pensarncottage.co.uk
Beti W. Jones
Modernised farm cottage with open
views, within easy reach of beach,
mountains, country walks, cycling paths
and golf course. Near buses and trains.
Full central heating. Private garden.
Warm welcome.

Llwyngwril Gallery Luxury 7E


Holiday Accommodation

Hendre Mynach Touring Caravan & Camping Park

Premier Park 100 metres from safe sandy beach,


20 mins walk along promenade to Barmouth
centre. All modern amenities, with on-site shop
and off-licence. Level sites, hard standings and
grass pitches. Disabled room. Excellent base for
walking, cycling. Public transport nearby. Special
offers available spring and autumn. See our
website or phone for details.

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Self-Catering

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 25; Weekly: per unit


230400; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
130160 F } C Z ] *
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Touring & Camping Park

Open 31; Statics:1; Statics for hire:1; Pitches: Touring 60, Tents 180;
Static Weekly: 250500; Touring Daily 1435.

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The Tin House

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Open 112; Sleeps 45; Weekly: per


unit 500750; Short Break:
3 nights per unit: 425500
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Talybont, Barmouth LL43 2AD


T: 01341 242626
holidays@rowenpark.com
www.rowenpark.com
A small, quiet family park situated in a tree-lined
meadow beside a small mountain stream. Path to
the beach, and a short stroll to Talybont village.
Excellent, very well equipped 2 and 3 bedroomed
caravans and lodges containing all the usual
modern facilities. Shop and launderette on site.
Free brochure.

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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 45; Weekly:


per unit 390495; Short Break:
3 nights per unit: 270360
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Open 112; Sleeps 14;


Weekly: per unit 190640;
Short Break: per unit: 160300
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Open 411; Statics: 35; Statics for hire: 22


Static Weekly: 250760; Short Breaks: 125280

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Hendy Farm Holidays

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Touring & Camping Park

r3; A2; Open 4-10; B&B pp 3545; Short Break: 2 night B&B pp: 7090;
Weekly B&B pp 210280 Self Catering: Open 1-12; Sleeps 26; Weekly per unit
190750; Short Break: 3 night per unit: 130360

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Small, quiet park ideal for family, beach or activity


holiday. Children love the tree swings and canoeing
on the lake. Self catering caravans, camping with
campfires or glamping bell tents available. Located
between Harlech and Barmouth three miles from
castle and beaches. Climb Snowdon, Rhinog
mountains or walk the coastal path.

Holiday Park

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Dinas, Llanbedr LL45 2PH


T: 01341 241585
post@hideaway-in-the-hills.com
www.hideaway-in-the-hills.com
Einir Pritchard

Boasting magnificent coastal views Hendre Coed


offers quality accommodation at an affordable
price. Facilities include quality licensed restaurant
serving local produce, bar with real fire, games
room, outside childrens play equipment, laundrette,
large green and outdoor swimming pool. 1.25 miles
from Barmouth. Short and long breaks available.
Phone for free brochure.

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5 star family park on the Mid Wales coast 2


miles north of Barmouth, with magnificent views
over Cardigan Bay and just a short walk from
miles of beautiful sandy beach. Fully serviced
pitches. Wi-Fi available. Family pods with TV.
Special offers throughout year. Open Christmas
period. Seasonal pitches available.

Dinas Caravan Park Camping and Glamping

Llanaber, Barmouth LL42 1AJ


T: 01341 280597
enquiry@hendrecoedisaf.co.uk
www.hendrecoedisaf.co.uk

Open 75; Statics: 91; Statics for hire: 25; Static Daily: 45115;
Static Weekly: 275765

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Open 31; Pitches: Touring 70, Tents 30; Family Pods 8; Touring Daily 18 34;
Touring Weekly 126238; Camping Daily 12 30; Camping Weekly 84210;

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Llanaber, Barmouth LL42 1RR


T: 01341 280999
F: 01341 280740
enquiries@trawsdir.co.uk
www.barmouthholidays.co.uk
www.trawsdir.co.uk
Matthew Harris & Rhian Williams

Relax on working farm peacefully situated


between sea and mountains. Own halt for
Talyllyn Railway. Enjoy one of our 5 star
cottages which are available all year or B&B
in the main house from Easter to October.
Half a mile from Tywyn.
Farmhouse

Trawsdir Touring Caravans and Camping Park

Hendy Farm, Tywyn LL36 9RU


T: 01654 710457 F: 01654 710457
jones@farmline.com
www.hendyfarmholidays.co.uk
Anne Lloyd-Jones

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Rowen Caravan Park

Plas Edwards, Tywyn,


Gwynedd LL36 0DA
T: 01296 425389 M: 0787 9867 463
keith.sweetman@tesco.net
www.beachsidehouse.co.uk
Mr Keith Sweetman
Beach-side house. Direct access to
sandy beach. Unobstructed views of
Cardigan Bay. Dolphins seen from house.
Quiet, comfortable two bedroom house.
Central heating so ideal for winter walking.
Short breaks available.

Ffordd y Coleg, Llwyngwril LL37 2UZ


T: 01341 250884
debbieashton@uwclub.net
www.thetinhouse.com
Debbie Ashton
Quirky and fun, ideal for young families
or couples. Situated on Wales Coastal
Path. Comfortable, well equipped, ideal
base for relaxation and exploring this
stunning area.

7E

Llanaber Road, Barmouth LL42 1YR


T: 01341 280262 F: 01341 280586
info@hendremynach.co.uk
www.hendremynach.co.uk
Andrew Paganuzzi

Llwyngwril LL37 2JQ


T: 01341 250884
debbieashton@uwclub.net
Debbie Ashton
Myfanwy and Mihangel. Two luxurious
units you will not want to leave. Well
equipped, ideal base for relaxation and
exploring this beautiful area.

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Open 112; Statics: 8; Statics for hire: 4; Pitches: Tents 30;


Touring Daily 15; Static Weekly: 245499; Short Breaks: 2 people for 2 nights from 70
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Cardigan Bay

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Ynysymaengwyn Caravan Park


The Lodge, Tywyn LL36 9RY
T: 01654 710684
rita@ynysy.co.uk
www.ynysy.co.uk
Mrs Rita Blunden

Gwerniago Pennal,
Machynlleth SY20 9JX
T: 01654 791227
contact@gwerniago.co.uk
www.gwerniago.co.uk
Mair Jones
Ideal base for the coast, Snowdonia
and Mid Wales. Near RSPB Ynyshir and
Dovey Osprey Project. Fantastic views,
interesting wildlife. Free modern facilities.
Parking by tent and campfires permitted.

This Local Authority owned site is ideally located


with a relaxing atmosphere throughout. Even in
the busy months the community environment is
refreshing. Ideal base for walkers, climbers,
fishing, surfing. Whilst the site is modern and
fully equipped, it still retains charm and beauty.
Green Flag Award 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14.

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Touring & Camping Park

www.visitsnowdonia.info

Open 310; Statics:1; Statics for hire:1;


Pitches: Touring 12, Tents 20; Static Daily:
5060; Touring Daily 1518; Static
Weekly: 285360; Touring Weekly 105
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Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

Open 112; Statics:115; Pitches: Touring 20, Tents 60; Touring Daily 1226;
Touring Weekly: 72156; Short Breaks: Mid week 3 nights 3 for 2 (out of season)

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Pal Hall
Pal Estate, Llandderfel,
Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7PS
T: 01678 530285
enquiries@palehall.co.uk
www.palehall.co.uk

One of the finest buildings in Wales, stunning


interiors and exquisite features include the boudoir
with hand painted ceiling, magnificent entrance hall
and galleried staircase. One of the most notable
guests was Queen Victoria, her original bath and
bed are still in use. Finest cuisine served, guests
can sample life in the grand manner. Licensed for
civil weddings. Ideal for conferences & house parties.

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Country House Hotel

r17; A17; Open 112; B&B pp 62.50105;

2 night D B&Bpp: 177.50260; Weekly D B&B pp: 577.50875

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Afon Rhaiadr Country House


Dolgellau LL40 2AH
T: 01341 450777
afonrhaiadr@hotmail.co.uk
www.afonrhaiadr.co.uk

Luxury Boutique B&B. Romantic candle-lit dining,


log fires and award-winning chef proprietor. Stylish
dcor, chandeliers and antiques. Luxury bathrooms,
bedding and robes. Set in idyllic gardens with
woodland, stream and waterfalls. Ample parking.
Located at the foot of Cader Idris, Coed-y-Brenin
and coast. A walkers and activities paradise. Also
exclusive use for small groups. Afternoon tea on
the lawn in summer.

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Guest Accommodation

r5; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 3575; 2 night B&B D pp:


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Bryn Tegid Country House

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Staylittle B&B

Bryn Tegid, Bala LL23 7YG


T: 01678 521645
info@bryntegid.co.uk
www.bryntegid.co.uk
Rosina Jones

Pencefn Road, Dolgellau LL40 2YP


T: 01341 423380
staylittlefarm@yahoo.co.uk
www.staylittlefarm.co.uk
Dawn Jones

Bryn Tegid Country House is a very attractive


1840 Grade II listed house set in 9 acres of
beautiful lawns and gardens overlooking Bala
Lake. One mile from Bala. The area is wonderful
for walking, cycling and waterports and in
Snowdonia Park. Rosina enjoys showing off the
pony and hens to children. Family room included.

Farmhouse accommodation with views


of Cader Idris range and five minutes
walk downhill to town centre. All rooms
en-suite with TV/DVD and tea tray.
Self-catering unit also available. Sleeps 4.

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r3; A3; Open 211; B&B pp 80120;


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T: 01678 521782
katrinalesaux@hotmail.co.uk
www.bryniau-golau.co.uk
Katrina Le Saux
Award-winning B&B situated in Snowdonia National
Park. Beautiful Victorian house with stunning views
over Bala Lake. Luxurious accommodation; three
rooms all en-suite. Two with four poster beds.
Fabulous food; home-baked bread and cakes,
home produced honey, best marmalade in Wales!
Dinners Fridays and Sundays by arrangement,
licenced premises.
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Bed & Breafast

r3; A3; Open 211; B&B pp 5055


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Snowdonia
on a budget
For information on special
offers, places to visit, free
attractions and things to
do contact our Tourist
Information Centres
(see back cover for details).

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Tourist
Information
Centre

r3; A3; Open 111; B&B pp 30


32.50; 2 night B&B pppn: 27.50;
Weekly: B&B pppn 25;

Guest House

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View of Cader Idris from Dwy Olwyn

Coed-y-Fronallt,
Talsarnau,
Harlech
Dolgellau
LL47 6TSLL40 2YG
T: 01766
01341 780742
422822 F: 01766 781199
deborah@gwrachynys.co.uk
dwy_olwyn@hotmail.co.uk
www.gwrachynys.co.uk
www.dwyolwyn.co.uk
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6F

Heulwen Guest House


Llanfachreth, Dolgellau,
Gwynedd LL40 2EB
T: 01341 423085
heulwenguesthouse@hotmail.com
www.heulwen.co.uk
Heulwen & Andy Watts

A warm welcome awaits you at Heulwen.


A comfortable and spacious house with panoramic
views from all rooms and south facing patio.
Bedrooms have TV/DVD, clock/radio and beverage
facilities. Ample off-road parking. Bike wash and
storage. Ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia
and mid Wales. Close to Coed-y-Brenin Mountain
Bike centre.

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Guest House

r3; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 3336; Weekly: B&B pp 224238

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Ivy House
Finsbury Square, Dolgellau LL40 1RF
T: 01341 422535
info@ivyhouse-dolgellau.co.uk
www.ivyhouse-dolgellau.co.uk
Mr Duncan Bamford
A country town guest house offering
a welcoming atmosphere and a good home
cooked breakfast (traditional or vegetarian).
All bedrooms have digital TV, hairdryer and a
beverage tray. Dolgellau is a splendid touring
centre. Safe storage for bikes. Wi-fi available.
Single and weekly rates available on request.
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Guest House

r6; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 32.5037.50

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Maes Mawr
Llanelltyd, Dolgellau LL40 2HF
T: 01341 440762
sue@maes-mawr.co.uk
www.maes-mawr.co.uk
Sue Ashe & Chris Carswell

Llanfor, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7DU


T: 01678 520036 M: 07896 634483
cysgodycoed@gmail.com
www.cysgod-y-coed.co.uk
Mel Williams
Escape, relax and enjoy your stay at
Cysgod y Coed B&B or Cysgod Bach
Cottages for 2. Contemporary and fully
equipped. Hot tub, storage for bikes, boats
and muddy boots. Great for peaceful break.

Chris and Sue invite you to share their 17th


century former farmhouse situated in 32 acres
of outstanding natural beauty. Stunning location
above the Mawddach River overlooking Cader
Idris to explore Snowdonia. Fantastic views,
large gardens, tasty home cooking, abundant
wildlife, warm welcome. Our secret paradise,
once seen never forgotten.

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Its paradise! Honestly! 18th century farmhouse.


5 star AA Guest Accommodation of the Year
award winner. Offers superb mountain views,
peace, tranquillity and seclusion. Explore the
Cader Idris mountain and its lakes. AA Best
Breakfast award winner. Celebrating 28 years of
5 star accommodation, run by Olwen the owner.
AA 2012 friendliest B&B finalist.

r3; A3; Open 211; B&B pp 4042


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299499; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
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Hen Hafod Nr Bala, Fedwr Gog Nr Maerdy & Maesmor Bala

Tyddynmawr, Cader Road, Islawrdref,


Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 1TL
T: 01341 422331
olwynevans@btconnect.com
www.wales-guesthouse.co.uk
Olwen Evans

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Bryniau, Brithdir LL40 2TY


T: 07710 155689
bookings@tynantcottage.com
www.tynantcottage.com
Greville Seddon
Scandinavian style log cottage in
a beautiful and quiet setting. Open plan
garden, stream and pond. Fully equipped
cosy accommodation with wood-burning
stove for year round enjoyment. Special
offers available.

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit


210490; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
210300; F } Z ( A %

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Tyddynmawr Farmhouse

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Cysgod y Coed

c/o Penisarmynydd, Maerdy,


Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0NP
T: 01490 460448 M: 07890 225907
www.balacottages.co.uk
G. Owen
Hen Hafod is a 17th century detached
farmhouse situated 1 mile from Bala. Fedwr
Gog cottage is only 2 miles from the main A5
road towards Betws-y-Coed. Idyllic properties
full of charm and character. Maesmor is on the
outskirts of Bala, the bedroom overlooks the
lake. Pets welcome. Short breaks available.
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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 28; Weekly: per unit 150490;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 80200

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5G

Hendwr Scandinavian Lodges

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Or'Eira
Llanfachreth, Dolgellau LL40 2DH
T: 01384 370143
info@oreira.co.uk
www.oreira.co.uk
Chris Gladwin

Llandrillo, Nr Bala
T: 01490 440210
johnhendwr@btinternet.com
www.welshholidaylodges.co.uk
On the banks of a gently meandering stream
in the beautiful upper Dee Valley. Pine lodges
comprise 3 bedrooms, open plan kitchen lounge,
bathroom, Sky TV. Walk or cycle from your lodge
into the Berwyns, stroll along country lanes.
Fish the Dee, try white-water rafting or
visit Snowdonias sandy beaches, castles
and little trains of Wales.

Or'Eira is a spacious, comfortable house in


beautiful countryside. Downstairs there is a
big kitchen / breakfast room, sitting room and
conservatory. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, 2 twin
and 2 double with 2 en-suite and 1 family
bathroom. Ideal for walking and cycling (close to
Coed-y-Brenin). Easy access to the coast.

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Self-Catering

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Self-Catering

Open 310; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 220470;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 165275

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Pen Cefn Cottage Holidays

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Nant-y-Nodyn

Sarnau, Bala LL23 7LG


T: 01678 530 481 M: 07768 506640
pencefncottages@hotmail.co.uk
www.pencefn.com
Gary Thomas

Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth,


Powys SY20 9AG
T: 01650 531330
elwyn@nantynodyn.fsnet.co.uk
www.nantynodyn.co.uk
Elwyn & Megan Jones

Whether your preference is a leisurely or


energetic holiday, our beautiful cottages set in
five acres of magnificent countryside offer the
perfect location. Each cottage is fully equipped,
comfortable and clean with a secluded garden.
Join us and be sure of a warm welcome with all
the comforts of home.
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Self-Catering

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 205593;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 139178 (Winter season)

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cottages provide pure luxury and character with
blazing fires and Welsh blankets on sumptuous
beds. The sheltered gardens are perfect for
relaxing following long walks on beaches or
climbing the nearby mountains. Breathe in the air,
then retire to your beautiful cottage.

Open 112; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 300920;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit from 240

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4F

Craig-y-Dderwen The Riverside Hotel


Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AS
T: 01690 710293 F: 01690 710362
info@snowdoniahotel.com
www.snowdoniahotel.com

Built in Victorian times amidst the dramatic


scenery of Snowdonia National Park, this elegant
4 star Country House Hotel makes the most of
its tranquil position within 16 acres of grounds
on the banks of the river Conwy. The hotel offers
an award winning restaurant and 18 newly
refurbished rooms and suites.
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r18; A18; Open 212; B&B pp 60115


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The Ferns Guesthouse


Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AN
T: 01690 710587
ferns@betws-y-coed.co.uk
www.ferns-guesthouse.co.uk
Mark & Sarah Jones
You'll find a warm welcome and friendly service
here at The Ferns. We are ideally located within
easy stroll of Betws-y-Coeds restaurants, bars,
shops, railway station and Snowdon Sherpa
bus-stop. Delicious breakfasts, en-suite rooms,
parking, free Wi-Fi. A great base for exploring
Snowdonia and North Wales.
++++
Guest House

r7; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 3543


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Afon View

3F

Garth Dderwen

Holyhead Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 OAN
T: 01690 710 726
welcome@afon-view.co.uk
www.afon-view.co.uk
Mike & Barbara Williams

Vicarage Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AD
T: 01690 710491
welcome@garth-dderwen.co.uk
www.garth-dderwen.co.uk
Mrs F. Morris

AA 4 star (Top 10%). Village location with parking


and bike storage. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere
with comfortable, en-suite bedrooms all with
lovely views, free Wi-Fi and generous hospitality
tray. Excellent choice of breakfasts available.
Cosy lounge with a real fire. You can view and
book the rooms online via our website.

Victorian Guest House located in quiet village


centre position, private parking, lounge, traditional
breakfast, Wi-Fi, drying facilities, bike storage,
online booking available. Close to local amenities,
walks, fishing, golf. Centrally situated for touring
Snowdonia and North Wales. Special diets
catered for. A warm welcome awaits.
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r7; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 37.5055;

r6; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 27.5040


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Bryn Bella Guest House

Glan Aber Hotel

3F

Ln Muriau, Llanrwst Road,


Betws-y-Coed LL24 0HD
T: 01690 710627
welcome@bryn-bella.co.uk
www.bryn-bella.co.uk

Holyhead Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AB
T: 01690 710325
reception@glanaberhotel.co.uk
www.hotelsinsnowdonia.com

A warm welcome awaits you at award-winning,


eco-friendly Bryn Bella. Enjoy spectacular views
of Betws-y-Coed and the surrounding area.
All rooms equipped to the highest standard for
your comfort and pleasure. Highly commended
by the AA, we are in the top 10% of places in
Snowdonia.

Three star centrally located hotel with


25 bedrooms all en-suite and recently
refurbished, own private car park. Public
bar serving local real ale and homemade
cooked food open til late.
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r5; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 4045

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3F

Glyntwrog House

Walkers and cyclists welcome

Betws-y-Coed LL24 0SG


T: 01690 710 930 F: 01690 733749
welcome@glyntwrogsnowdonia.co.uk
www.glyntwrogsnowdonia.co.uk
Janet & Ian Poole

Walking and cycling enthusiasts should look out


for this sign, which includes the boot and
wheel symbols. Some properties qualify for
both symbols, others just the one.

A beautiful Victorian house nestling in five acres


of woodland. Enjoying spectacular views of the
Conwy Valley. You can be assured of the warmest
of welcomes and exceptional service from your
hosts Janet and Ian Poole. Within easy strolling
distance of Betws-y-Coed centre. All rooms
beautifully appointed with en-suite facilities.
Wi-Fi throughout.

The symbols are displayed by properties that


have undertaken to provide features which
walkers and cyclists always find welcome.
They include drying facilities for wet clothes and
boots, secure lockable areas for bikes, adequate
storage space for rucksacks and packed lunches.

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Guest House

r5; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 32.5042

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3F

Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed,


Conwy LL24 0AN
T: 01690 710335
welcome@mount-garmon.co.uk
www.mount-garmon.co.uk
Petra Wing

++++

Elegant Victorian guest house in the centre of


Betws-y-Coed. Ideal base for adventures or relaxing
in the picturesque Snowdonia National Park. Rooms
extremely clean and comfortable, with en-suite
facilities. Wide choice of delicious breakfasts.
Private car park. Secure bike storage. Drying
facilities. Free Wi-Fi. Fluent German spoken.
More information on website.

Guest House

r6; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 3542


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The Park Hill / Gwesty Bryn Parc


Llanrwst Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0HD
T: 01690 710540 F: 0872 1116197
welcome@park-hill.co.uk
www.park-hill.co.uk
J. Buis
Our Home is your Castle. Family run. Ideally
situated. Breathtaking views. Renowned for
its informality, service and its teddy bears.
Indoor heated swimming pool with sauna free
and exclusively for our guests, open 24h/day.
Secluded car park. Golf course and village
within 6 minutes walking distance.
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Guest House

r8; A8; Open 112; B&B pp 3356; Weekly: B&B pp 225390


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Royal Oak Hotel


Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AY
T: 01690 710219
F: 01690 710603
royaloakmail@btinternet.com
www.royaloakhotel.net
The gateway to Snowdonia is right
on the doorstep of this former
Victorian coaching inn, which nestles
at the foot of wooded hillside in the
heart of the picturesque village.

and all rooms have flat screen


TVs. The award-winning Llugwy
River Restaurant offers modern
Welsh cooking using local seasonal
produce.

Rooms have been designed to


incorporate contemporary luxury
with the heritage and historical feel
of the hotel, with rich fabrics, local
art and stylish furnishings. Deluxe
rooms feature sleigh beds, four
posters or feature bathrooms.

Alternative dining options are the


relaxed modern Grill Bar, serving
the finest Welsh produce or the
Stables Bar which has a rather
special atmosphere with its regular
music nights, plenty of cask ales and
alfresco dining.

Guests benefit from complimentary


membership of the nearby Stations
Health & Beauty Complex with
pool, gym, sauna, steam rooms
and treatments suite. Free Wi-Fi
is available throughout the hotel

The perfect base for exploring all


of Snowdonia's wonders... look no
further... it's all here!

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r27; A27; Open 112; B&B per room 115200;

Short Break: 2 night D B&B pp: 200400


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4F

Stables Lodge

Holyhead Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AR
T: 01690 710411 F: 01690 710986
reservations@waterloo-hotel.info
www.waterloo-hotel.info

Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AY


T: 01690 710711 F:01690 710603
royaloakmail@btopenworld.com
www.stableslodge.net
All rooms are decorated to a high standard
and offer tea & coffee making facilities,
colour remote TVs with over 50 Freeview
channels and 25 radio stations, ipod/
MP3 docking stations, double glazing and
central heating. All rooms are situated
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r18; A18; Open 112; Per room, per night: 7890

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Swallow Falls Complex


Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 ODW
T: 01690 710796 F: 01690 710191
swallowfall@btconnect.com
www.swallowfallshotel.co.uk
Peter Jones

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Extensive menu dominated by locally


sourced produce at the recently
refurbished Bridge Restaurant. Guests
enjoy full use of our leisure facilities
indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi,
sauna, steam room and fully equipped
gym. Free Wi-Fi is also available
throughout.

The ideal base to explore and discover


the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia's
beautiful countryside and coast. Situated
on the grounds of the hotel our modern,
spacious lodge style rooms come
complete with own parking space and
once inside offer tea/coffee making
facilities, flat screen TV and safe.
Rooms also availiable in main hotel.

on one floor with easy access lift. Other


amenities include disabled facilities, bike
storage, bike wash and drying room.
The Stables Bar next door offers a wide
selection of meals and cask ales, alfresco
dining and hosts regular music nights.

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BEST WESTERN Waterloo Hotel

Situated just outside Betws-y-Coed opposite


Wales most beautiful waterfall, Swallow Falls
Complex has a wide range of accommodation
to suit all tastes. The hotel offers 16 en-suite
bedrooms, a 76-bed hostel plus camp-site
with shower block and toilets. Other facilities
include bars, restaurant, coffee shop, landscaped
gardens and childrens play area, 5-a-side
football, basketball and table tennis.

Elen's Castle Hotel


and Restaurant

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4F

Dolwyddelan, Conwy LL25 0EJ


T: 01690 750207
stay@hotelinsnowdonia.co.uk
www.hotelinsnowdonia.co.uk
Mrs Helen Hardy
Fantastic 18th Century coaching inn.
Friendly, cosy, informal, great value.
Award-winning restaurant. Bar meals.
All rooms ensuite. Free Wi-Fi. Stunning
views. Few minutes walk to 12th Century
castle. Recommended.
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Caerlyr Hall
Conway Old Road,
Penmaenmawr, Conwy LL34 6SW
T: 01492 623518 F: 01492 622070
www.caerlyrhall.co.uk
Mr and Mrs Warner
Charming country house set in natural
amphitheatre with sea and mountain views. All
rooms en-suite and centrally heated. Excellent
cuisine, fine wines and characterful bar. Non
Smoking. Ideal for walkers, golfers, and historic
building enthusiasts. Children welcome. Pets by
arrangement. Ample parking.
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Guest Accommodation

r8; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 3742;


Short Break: 2 night D B&B: 104114; Weekly: B&B pp 217252

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3F

Trefriw Tourism Association


Crafnant Lake Trefriw

3F

Ty Newydd Guest House


Conwy Road, Trefriw LL27 0JH
T: 01492 641210
tynewyddtrefriw@aol.com
www.tynewyddtrefriw.co.uk
Lillian Jones

Trefriw between Betws-y-Coed & Conwy


Gateway to the North Wales Lakes
Set in the glorious Snowdonia National Park, this
friendly village is a world away from the crowds
and commercialism of the larger resorts. It offers a
wide choice of accommodation, places to eat and
two real village pubs, but keeps its atmosphere
of peace and tranquillity...a place to forget the
pressures of modern life. Trefriws Woollen Mill
is a popular place to visit.
Discover our wonderful scenic walks by visiting
www.trefriwtrails.org.uk

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Located in pretty village centre within Snowdonia


National Park, 4 miles from A5 at Betws-y-Coed,
9 miles from A55 at Conwy. Nearby friendly
pubs/restaurants. Easy access to all North Wales
attractions, lakes, walks, mountains, coastal towns,
Bodnant Gardens, castles, golf, horse riding,
mountain zoo, woollen mills and much more.
Lil and Allan welcome you.

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Guest House

For Trefriw village brochure T: 01492 640013


Or visit us at: www.4snowdoniaholidays.co.uk

r4; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 30; 2 night B&B pp: 60;
Weekly: B&B pp 175195

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Crafnant Guest House


Trefriw, Conwy LL27 0JH
T: 01492 640809
crafnanthouse@btinternet.com
www.trefriw.co.uk
Jan and Mike Bertenshaw

Coedfa Cottages

3F

Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0SG


T: 01824 704855
glennevans2@mac.com
www.cottage-snowdonia.co.uk
Victorian Gentleman's residence with
adjoining charming workers cottage.
Stands high on sunny side of valley offering
breathtaking views. Full of charm and
originality enjoying 3/4 acre garden and
woodland. Plenty of parking and village
walking distance. Use of spa facilities at
Waterloo Hotel which is a short walk.

Whether youve discovered the mountain lakes


which nestle above our village conquered
Snowdon or strolled around the stunning Conwy
Valley then rest assured of the comfort and
warm welcome of Crafnant House beautifully
appointed former Victorian farmhouse, an
excellent central base, with traditional pubs and
exceptional food on the doorstep.

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Open 112; Coedfa Bach Sleeps 4; Weekly:


per unit 300708; Coedfa House Sleeps 8;
Weekly: per unit 6501841
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Garreg Lwyd Cottage


3 Erskine Terrace, Conwy LL32 8BS
T: 07742 900367
tjmountain@yahoo.com
www.stayconwy.com
Tom Mountain
Cosy two bedroom artisan cottage in a quiet
cul-de-sac, inside the UNESCO World Heritage
town of Conwy, with its 13th century castle
and walls, nearby Snowdonia National Park.
This comfortable cottage is fully equipped and
modernised, centrally heated, parking at front
door. Full pictures and details on website.
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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit 260510;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 200

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Trefriw, Nr Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL27 0JP
T: 01492 640592
enquiries@princes-arms.co.uk
www.princes-arms.co.uk
Picturesque National Park location central
to Snowdonias mountains and coast with
beautiful lakes and forests around us.
Delightful en-suite bedrooms, king size
beds with memory foam mattresses and
Egyptian cotton sheets. Fantastic views
across the river Conwy. All have colour TV,
free Wi-Fi throughout hotel, tea/coffee,

Llannerch Goch Luxury


Cottages
hairdryer. Laundry facilities with drying
room. Ample private hotel car parking. Our
award-winning restaurant highlights our
expertise in country cuisine with friendly
attentive service complementing the dining
experience. Log fires and cosy lounge bar
to round off the perfect day in Snowdonia.

Capel Garmon, Betws-y-Coed,


Conwy, Snowdonia LL26 0RL
T: 01690 710261 stay@betwsycoed.co.uk
www.betwsycoed.co.uk
3 luxury cottages with king-size en-suite
bedrooms in contemporary or traditional
style. 2 miles from picturesque village of
Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park.
Stunning views of the Snowdonia Mountain
range. Free Wi-Fi connection.

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Hotel

Self Catering

r9; A9; Open 112; B&B pp 4047.50;


Short Break: 2 night B&B pp 8090; 2 night D B&B pp 130150;
Weekly: B&B pp 280300; D B&B pp 455490

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Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly:


per unit 340795; Short Break:
3 nights per unit: 230360
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The Old Forge


Pen y Graig, Llanbedr y Cennin,
Conwy LL32 8JD
T: 01492 660663
h.fudge@btinternet.com
www.oldforge-cottage.co.uk
Roberta Fudge
A comfortable, well-furnished, cosy
cottage in the beautiful Conwy Valley.
Ideal for peaceful, relaxing breaks or
for enjoying the glories and history of
Snowdonia and the coast.
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Self-Catering

Open 31; Sleeps 2;


Weekly: per unit 280460;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 160190

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Bodnant Caravan Park

Nebo Road, Llanrwst, Conwy Valley LL26 0SD


T: 01492 640248
info@bodnant-caravan-park.co.uk
www.bodnant-caravan-park.co.uk
Mrs Ermin Kerry-Jenkins
Small select site for touring caravans,
motorcaravans, tents and 2 holiday caravans,
bordered by trees and a stream. Many years winner
of Wales in Bloom, landscaped with shrubs, flower
beds and old farm machinery. Set in our beautiful
Conwy Valley, an ideal base for exploring the
mountains, lakes and coast of North Wales.
Multi-service & hard standing/grass caravan pitches.
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Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

Open 110; Pitches: Touring 34, Tents 14; Statics for hire: 2; Touring daily 18.5019.50;
Tent 14.5015.50; Self catering holiday caravans weekly 255360

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Garden Hotel

3D

Bron Menai Guest House

1 High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ


T: 01248 362189 F: 01248 371328
reception@gardenhotel.co.uk
www.gardenhotel.co.uk
Mr Andrew Lui

North Road, Caernarfon LL55 1BA


T: 01286 675589
enquiries@bronmenai.co.uk
www.bronmenai.co.uk
Mrs V Ashcroft

The Hotel is situated on the High Street, close


to Bangor railway station, with 10 en-suite
bedrooms and delicious freshly-prepared
food and fine wines served every day in a
warm welcoming atmosphere. Saint Deiniol's
Cathedral, University and Penrhyn Castle all
within walking distance makes us an ideal
place to stay.

Caernarfon, the centre of north Wales. Visit Mount


Snowdon, slate/copper mines. Llyn Peninsula, Isle
of Anglesey. Climbing, walking, sailing, golf, fishing.
Explore the castle, take a train ride on the Welsh
Highland Railway to Porthmadog. A five minute
walk to the town centre for a variety of eating
establishments.

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Brynhyfryd
St Davids Road, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL55 1EL
T: 01286 673840 M: 07775 627299
eroyle369@btinternet.com
Mrs Eunice Diana Royle

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A tastefully furnished Victorian town house


with views over the Menai Straits. Bright and
pleasant en-suite bedrooms, one with private
roof garden. Close to castle and town centre.
Ideal location for mountains, lakes and beaches.
A warm welcome awaits you in this family run
guest house. Alarmed storage for motorbikes
and cycles.

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Guest House

www.conferencebangor.co.uk

r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 3032.50

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Tanronnen Inn

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Celtic Royal Hotel

Beddgelert LL55 4YB


T: 01766 890347 F: 01766 890606
tanbedd@12freeukisp.co.uk
www.tanronnen.co.uk
Mr A Hughes
Located in the centre of the village, which is
situated at the head of the magnificent Glaslyn
Pass in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
All rooms furbished to the highest standard.
Family rooms available, TV in bedrooms.
Mastercard, Visa, Eurocheque, Switch, Delta
accepted. Robinsons traditional draught beers.
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r7; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 5055;


2 night B&B pp: 100120; Weekly: B&B pp 330500
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Plas Dinas Country House


Bontnewydd, Caernarfon LL54 7YF
T: 01286 830214
info@plasdinas.co.uk
www.plasdinas.co.uk

The hosts offer friendly and attentive service at


their Gold Award winning luxury country house.
The historic building has nine individually designed
rooms with free Wi-Fi, great views, Molton Brown
toiletries and other little touches. Evening meals
availiable. Trip Advisor Excellence Award winner.
Close to tourist attractions including Snowdon.

Bangor Street, Caernarfon LL55 1AY


T: 01286 674477 F: 01286 674139
reservations@celtic-royal.co.uk
www.celtic-royal.co.uk
This deluxe hotel offers 110 luxurious
en-suite bedrooms, fine dining, art deco
bar, stylish conference facilities hosting
300 delegates. 1600 sq feet dance floor,
leisure club with 16 mtr pool. Situated
in the historical town of Caernarfon
by the Snowdonia National Park, near

Welsh Castles, gardens, golf courses and


beaches. Easy access to Bangor Station,
Holyhead Ferry Port and Manchester
and Liverpool Airports. Special overnight
packages available.

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Seiont Manor Hotel

3D

The Royal Victoria Hotel

3D

Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY


T: 01286 870253 F: 01286 870149
enquiries@theroyalvictoria.co.uk
www.theroyalvictoria.co.uk
Mr Steve Lee

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Llanrug, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL55 2AQ
T: 01286 673366 F: 01286 672840
seiontmanor@handpicked.co.uk
www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/seiontmanor
Situated in 150 acres of mature farmland,
Seiont Manor offers a traditional country house
hotel. The bedrooms are the very essence of
comfort. Dining options include the awardwinning restaurant or the brasserie offers
a more relaxed dining experiece. For relaxing
our swimming pool, sauna and fitness rooms
are perfect.

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r28; A28; Open 112; B&B pp 5595;


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Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3AD
T: 01248 670147
jane@tymawrfarm.co.uk
www.tymawrfarm.co.uk
Jane Llewelyn Pierce

Comfortable well appointed farmhouse with


uninterrupted views of Snowdon. Centrally situated
between Caernarfon and the mountain range.
Fully centrally heated with log fires in two lounges,
a separate panelled dining room ideal for that
relaxing holiday. Evening meals optional. All rooms
en-suite and very spacious with beverage tray and
freeview TV. Brochure available on request.
Free Wi-Fi available.

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High Street, Llanberis LL55 4HA


T: 01286 872400
erwfair@fsmail.net
www.erwfair.com
Martin Ross

Seion, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3AE


T: 01248 670489 F: 01248 671772
enquiries@tynrhos.co.uk
www.tynrhos.co.uk
Stephen and Hilary Murphy

Lovely, elegant 19th century Welsh stone


house. Comfortable, friendly, informal relaxation
for families, couples and groups. Excellent
breakfast, packed lunches, free parking. Lounge
and drying facilities. Colour TV, tea & coffee
facilities in all rooms. A splendid centrally located
venue for all wanting to enjoy the beautiful
Snowdonia mountain scenery, whether touring,
walking, climbing or cycling. Free Wi-Fi.

Beautiful Country House set in idyllic gardens and


stunning scenery. Close to Snowdon mountain.
Superb cuisine and select wine list. Individually
styled bedrooms with luxury bedding, towels and
robes. Relaxing/romantic breaks. Exclusive use
and select groups also welcome. Open for
afternoon teas, lunch and dinner.

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Glyn Afon Guest House

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Guest Accommodation

r17; A17; Open 112; B&B pp 47.5082.50;


2 night D B&B pppn: 80115

r8; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 2535

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r106; A106; Open 112; B&B pp 3374;


Short Break: 2 night D B&B: 68209

r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 3235; 2 night B&Bpp: 6470

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The hotel is set in 30 acres of gardens and woodland, cradled between lakes
Padarn and Peris, and dwarfed by mount Snowdon. The location is simply
breathtaking, with two restaurants, two bars and comfortable en-suite rooms.
An ideal base for exploring North Wales. Five minutes walk to Llanberis village.

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Rhiwiau Guesthouse

72 High Street, Llanberis LL55 4HA


T: 01286 872528
info@glyn-afon.co.uk
www.glyn-afon.co.uk
Barry and Sue Kendrick

Off Ffordd Gwyllt,


Llanfairfechan LL33 OEH
T: 01248 681143
rhiwiau@aol.com
www.rhiwiau.co.uk
Ruth Carrington

Graded Bed & Breakfast accommodation in


Llanberis, the gateway to Snowdonia. Ten minutes
walk to the base of mount Snowdon, the Welsh
Slate Museum and scuba diving in Vivian Quarry.
Llyn Padarn and Padarn Country Park 100 metres
from the door. Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula,
thirty minutes drive.

Family run guesthouse with 4 en-suite


rooms. Cosy sitting rooms and a terrace
with panoramic views of mountains and sea.
Evening meals, enjoy home cooking, drinks
licence. Situated 600 feet up in a secluded
valley but only 5 minutes from the main A55.
Private parking.

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Bron Meirion Cottage


Bron Meirion, Nantmor, Beddgelert LL55 4YG
T: 01248 450690
tony@hirst-hafod.co.uk
www.hirst-hafod.co.uk
Tony Hirst

Charming spacious cottage in picturesque hamlet


of Nantmor above Glaslyn Valley. Close to Welsh
Highland Railway. Walk Snowdonia hills from
doorstep. Beddgelert 1.5 miles, Porthmadog
7 miles, beach 9 miles. Pine kitchen with rayburn,
dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave. Lounge and
study with beamed ceilings, woodburner. Bedlinen
and towels provided.
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Dinas Farm Holidays

3D

Dinas Farm, Dinas LL54 5UB


T: 01286 830537
rhian@dinasfarm.co.uk
www.dinasfarm.co.uk
Rhian Williams
Spacious, clean, comfortable farmhouse
wing with beautiful countryside and
coastal views. Ideally located between
the mountains and coast of Snowdonia.
So much to see and do for everyone.

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Self-Catering

Open 311; Sleeps 26;


Weekly: per unit 250690;
Short Break: 3 nights: price on enquiry.
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Short Break: 3 nights per unit: from 200300

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Bryn Bras Castle

Distinctively appointed, comfortable apartments, for


2 persons, within unique Grade II* Listed Regency
Castle. Extensive garden/grounds with views midst
magnificient Snowdonian countryside. Centrally
located. Truly relaxing tranquility ideal for couples.
No children. Good restaurants/pubs nearby. Open
all year, flexible start/depart days, as preferred,
for weeks/short breaks.
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Glan-y-Bala, Llanberis,
Caernarfon LL55 4TY
T: 01286 871097
enquiries@glanybala.com
www.glanybala.com
Mrs S. Handler
Breathtaking views! Two quality self-catering
accommodation in victorian country house plus
beamed cottage and featured slate fireplace.
7 acres of private woodland. Bed linen, towels,
electricity, central heating included. Beautiful
terraces, barbecue, drying room, cycle store with
ample parking.

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Self-Catering

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 210;


Weekly: per unit 3221210; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 176828

Fully inclusive rents (inc. breakfast cereals and much more...) Weekly from 600.
Special romantic breaks. Short breaks e.g. 2 people for 2 nights from 250.

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Llanrug, Caernarfon LL55 4RE


T/F: 01286 870210
holidays@brynbrascastle.co.uk
www.brynbrascastle.co.uk
Mrs Marita Gray-Parry

Self-Catering

Nant Gwynant, Beddgelert,


Caernarfon LL55 4NW T: 01299 832077
info@snowdoniaholidays.com
www.snowdoniaholidays.com
Mr & Mrs R. Gready
Cosy detatched ancient longhouse by river,
looking straight at Snowdon south ridge,
beautiful surrounding mountains, spectacular
waterfalls. Explore numerous local attractions;
enjoy wonderful walking straight from cottage.
Fuel, bedding, towels included. Two comfortable
bedrooms. Large garden. Parking. Children and
pets welcome. Cot, washing machine, drier,
dishwasher, microwave. Many games, books,
CDs, DVDs, Wi-Fi.

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Hafoty Farm Cottages


Rhostryfan, Caernarfon LL54 7PH
T: 01286 830144
info@hafoty.com
www.hafoty.com
Elaine Moss

Nestled in a peaceful rural location between the


spectacular Snowdonia National Park and the
tranquil Caernarfon Bay, with glorious views from
our cottages, along with a wealth of beaches,
mountains and history to explore. Our six
picturesque cottages range from characterful,
traditional cottages to stylish, modern barn
conversions.

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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 14 + cot;


Weekly: per unit 295595; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 190255

Open 31; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 215440;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 140355

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Trosgol Fach

Coed Gelert, Beddgelert,


Caernarfon LL55 4YQ
T: 01766 890 880
glaslyn.leisure@ukgateway.net
www.snowdonia-cottages.net

Deiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3LU


T: 01286 872478
mail@trosgol.co.uk
www.trosgol.co.uk
Paul Dicken

Five high quality, modern cottages in village centre


with private parking. Fully equipped, including
dishwasher, en-suite facilities, utility/drying room
and garden with patio. Gas central heating,
electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cottages
command views of Glaslyn Valley and surrounding
mountains. Ideal for active or relaxing breaks with
friends or family.

Trosgol Fach, a 175 year-old cottage is a quiet,


comfortable retreat for two with stunning views
of Snowdonia's mountains. The cottage has
Freesat-TV, DVD, and free Wi-Fi access. Sunny
patio facing mountains and attractive garden.
Near Llanberis, perfect for walkers or just relaxing.
See video on www.bit.ly/Trosgol_Fach

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 16; Weekly: per unit 385910;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 250600
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Self-Catering

Open 48; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit 375395;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 195

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Ty Mawr Farm Cottages

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Cae Berllan Cottages


Cae Berllan, Tyn Lon, Llandwrog,
Caernarfon LL54 5SN
T: 01286 830818
anncaeberllan@aol.com
www.caeberllan.co.uk
Ann Marie Owen

Three stone cottages all with modern


conveniences, garden areas and separate
childrens play areas. Ideal location for visiting
North Wales. Cottages are large with ample
space for everyone. Ideal for people with reduced
mobility. Three acre orchard for children to play.
Ideal for cyclists, walkers and large families.

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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 214; Weekly: per unit 195625;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 110190

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Ty Mawr Farm, Llanddeiniolen,
Caernarfon LL55 3AD T: 01248 670147
M: 07989 621987 jane@tymawrfarm.co.uk
www.tymawrfarm.co.uk
Jane Llewelyn Pierce

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Beddgelert Cottages
Snowdonia Tourist Services,
Porthmadog LL49 9PG
T: 01766 513829 F:01766 513837
office@sts-holidays.co.uk
www.sts-holidays.co.uk

A choice of 4 charming spacious cottages set


in a private courtyard on a working farm 4 miles
from Snowdon. Ample parking. Very central to
Caernarfon, Anglesey and Lleyn Peninsula. All
cottages with wood-burners and central heating.
100 acres to walk about. Reduction for couples.
Brochure available upon request. Free Wi-Fi
available.

We have a selection of riverside cottages in


Beddgelert and surrounding villages. Accommodate
26 persons and pets. All have been inspected by
the Visit Wales inspector. Some have fishing rights.
Visit our website for full descriptions, photos, virtual
tours, access statements and customer feedback.
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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 28; Weekly: per unit 252


972; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 204780

Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 250750;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 150400

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Caernarfon Bay Holiday Park


Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL54 5TW
T: 01286 830492
info@caernarfonbay.com
www.caernarfonbay.com
Chloe Ellis
The perfect peaceful holiday retreat with
panoramic views and unspoilt countryside.
Caernarfon Bay is the ideal base for you.
50 yards from blue flag award winning beach.
A small, quiet park offering top quality 2-3
bedroom holiday bungalows and caravans with
gardens and parking. Shop & caf on site.
80% of our visitors return. Pets welcome.

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Open 112; Statics: 17; Statics for hire: 4; Static Daily: 4570;
Static Weekly: 170450; Short breaks available min 3 nights.

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Plas-y-Bryn Chalet Park


Bontnewydd, Caernarfon LL54 7YE
T: 01286 672811
info@plasybryn.co.uk
www.plasybryn.co.uk
Mr and Mrs Livingston
This small park is situated two miles from the
historic town of Caernarfon. Set into a walled
garden it offers safety, seclusion and beautiful
views of Snowdonia. Village pub and shops
nearby. Choice of caravans or pine lodge
availiable for hire or purchase with two or three
bedrooms available on request.
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Holiday Park

Open 312; Statics:18; Statics for hire:9; Static Daily: 50; Static Weekly: 225650;
Short Breaks: 3 nights 135340

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Gwesty Ty Newydd

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The Old Rectory

Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8BE


T: 01758 760207
gwestytynewydd@btconnect.com
www.gwesty-tynewydd.co.uk
Iain Roberts

The Old Rectory, Boduan, Pwllheli LL53 6DT


T: 01758 721519
theashcrofts@theoldrectory.net
www.theoldrectory.net
Gary & Lindsay Ashcroft

Four star Inn situated on the shores of Aberdaron


Bay. Fantastic views and a guaranteed warm
welcome all year round. En-suite rooms with
sea views. Disabled room available with a lift to
all floors. Dine in the restaurant, enjoying meals
cooked with fresh locally produced ingredients.

A beautiful Georgian house set in three acres


of grounds. Centrally situated between Pwllheli
and Nefyn with great access to all areas of the
Peninsula. Close to marina, beaches, golf courses
and pubs/restaurants. Ample parking. Locally
sourced food. All tasteful en-suite rooms feature
fine linens, toiletries, tea tray, TV. Self-catering
cottage also available. Dog kennel and run for
visiting dogs.

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r11; A11; Open 112; B&B pp 6570 single occupancy;

Bed & Breakfast

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Nant Gwrtheyrn
Llithfaen, Pwllheli LL53 6NL
T: 01758 750334 F: 01758 750335
post@nantgwrtheyrn.org
www.nantgwrtheyrn.org
Mair Saunders

Large multi-purpose function room for up to 300.


4+ accommodation cottages. Contact us for
information on:
Welsh courses Weddings Conferences
Meetings Events Heritage Centre
Exhibitions Guided Tours Caf
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Self-Catering Group Accommodation

r31; A31; Open 112; B&B pp 5566; Self Catering: Sleeps 26; Weekly:
per unit 300975; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 190560. Welsh Language
& Heritage Centre and gift shop; Open: JanDec, 7 days (10am5pm) Free entry.

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Graeanfryn Farm

Gwyliau Fferm Crugeran Farm Holidays

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Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli LL53 6YQ


T: 01758 720455 M: 07711 540999
jan@graeanfrynfarm.co.uk
www.graeanfrynfarm.co.uk
Jan Harrison
All bedrooms are luxuriously appointed each with
tea & coffee making facilities and hairdryer, with
outstanding country views. Guests have their own
lounge, separate Breakfast Room and free Wi-Fi.
Ideal for business and holiday visitors alike.
Fabulous breakfast with eggs from our own girls.
Garden patio with chess and croquet.
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r4; A1; Open 112; B&B pp 37.5057.50


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Hendre Barns
Hendre Penprys, Pentre Uchaf,
Pwllheli LL53 8EZ
T: 01758 750505
enquiries@hendre-barns.co.uk
www.hendre-barns.co.uk

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Centrally located on the Llyn Peninsula with


views of Yr Eifl and Snowdonia. Our luxury
rooms have private entrances and level access
throughout. Facilities include whirlpool baths,
walk-in showers, egyptian cotton bedding,
Freeview TV/DVD, free Wi-Fi, comfortable
seating, tea and coffee facilities. Near
Portmeirion, steam railways, coastal walking
and beaches.

Bed & Breakfast

r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 3037.50;


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Crugeran, Sarn Meyllteyrn,


Pwllheli LL53 8DT
T: 01758 730375 post@crugeran.com
www.crugeran.com
Rhian Parry
An exciting and exceptional new
development of two large cottages to sleep
10 and 14, with saunas, steam-showers,
granite top high-spec kitchens and more.
Deri Lleyn and Gadlas are less than a mile
away from our other 3 cottages sleeping
7, 5 and 4 here at the working farm
Crugeran. Surrounded by glorious

countryside. Enjoy quality time with friends


or family, relax in the whirlpool-type baths
after walking the Lleyn/Llyn Coastal Path,
or bouncing on our trampolines. Our
guests return. Searching for that feel good
factor its here! Welcome Croeso.

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Open 112; Sleeps 124; Weekly: per unit 2201800;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 1501100

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Tyddyn Difyr

5B

Carrog Farm Cottages

Llanengan, Abersoch, Pwllheli LL53 7LG


T: 01286 831184
enq@tyndon.co.uk
www.tyddyndifyr.co.uk
Elisabeth Evans
Spacious, well-equipped cottage overlooking Porth
Neigwl (Hells Mouth Bay). Beach 300 yards with
private access. Sitting room opening onto patio
and large lawn. Three bedrooms, sleeps five.
Beautiful coastal walks on doorstep. Surfing,
cycling routes, golfing, bird watching. Abersoch
2 miles. Cleanliness guaranteed. Short breaks.
No pets. No smoking. Croeso.

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Self-Catering

Open 310; Sleeps 25; Weekly: per unit 250650;


Short Break: 3 nights from: 150

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Cottages

5C

7 Mersey Street

5D

Ln Goed, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6NX


T: 01766 810259
enquiries@cefncoedholidays.co.uk
www.cefncoedholidays.co.uk
Julie Hughes

Borth-y-Gest, Nr Porthmadog LL49 9UB


T: 01952 462177 M: 07971 955614
kind286@btinternet.com
www.cottage-borth-y-gest.com
Contact: Patricia Kind, Holly Cottage,
Church Lane, Sheriffhales, Shropshire
TF11 8RD

Enjoy a peaceful holiday in one of our three


19th century cottages, fully equipped,
enclosed gardens. Panoramic views of
Cardigan Bay coast and mountains. Ideal
base to explore Snowdonia.

Cosy Cottage, near harbour, beach, shop


and restaurant. Ideal for walking, sailing and
golfing. Central for touring Snowdonia.
Full central heating, all modern amenities.
Regret no pets.

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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 116; Weekly: per


unit 280800; Short Break: 3 nights
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Looking for a family holiday, romantic short


break, a walking holiday with friends or a
large family get together? Look no further!
Three luxury converted barns sleeping 4,
6 and 8, in beautiful countryside with sea
views. Ideally located for exploring the
peninsula's sandy beaches, coastal walks,
golf courses, horse riding, boat trips etc.

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 218; Weekly: per unit 250870; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
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Beautiful location, excellent views to sea, beach


and Snowdonia. Convenient for all areas. 19th
century converted stone cottage with low beams.
Extremely comfortable and cosy. One double
bedroom and one twin bedded room. Fully fitted
kitchen and bathroom. Brochure on request. Short
breaks available out of season. Parking for 2 cars.

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Bron Rg

Pen-y-Bryn, Goleu, Llanbedrog,


Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7RE
T: 01758 740741
brookes28@btinternet.com
www.abersoch.co.uk/ybwthyn
Mrs P J Brookes

Self-Catering

Well-equipped kitchens, underfloor heating,


Nintendo Wii, Wi-Fi, patio areas, large
garden and washing/dryer facilities, Pets
accepted. Towels provided. Welcome
hamper with homemade Bara Brith on
arrival. Just relax!

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Open 112; Sleeps 4;


Weekly: per unit from 220500;
Short Break: 3 nights min 50 per night
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Carrog, Llangwnadl, Pwllheli LL53 8NL


T/F: 01758 730670
carolgwilym@fsmail.net
www.carrogfarm.co.uk
Mrs Carol Thomas

Mynytho, Pwllheli LL53 7PS


T: 01286 830144
info@hafoty.com
www.hafoty.com
Elaine Moss

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Bron Rg is a lovely traditional farmhouse


conversion in a peaceful, rural setting. The
cottage is set in enclosed lawned gardens with
a fabulous patio and large barbecue, enjoying
pleasant country views. The charming village
of Abersoch, just a short drive away, offers
magnificent beaches, gorgeous restaurants and
superb shopping.

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 300500;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 200300

Open 31; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit 340440;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 170355

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Dwynant
Dwynant Dinas, Pwllheli LL53 85P
T: 01758 770606
Ann Jones

Immaculate Country Cottage is located


in peaceful countryside in the very heart
of Llyn Peninsula. Seaside resorts Morfa
Nefyn, Nefyn, Abersoch, 15 minutes drive.
Peace tranquility ideal! Firm favourite
with returning guests. Ideal for cyclists
and walkers.
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Bryn Crin

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Garreg Lwyd Farm


Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli LL53 8UR
T: 01758 720684 or 07771 677449
www.garreglwydfarm.co.uk

Edern, Pwllheli LL53 8YY


T: 01758 720435
annwen@nefyncountrycottage.co.uk
www.nefyncountrycottage.co.uk
Mrs Annwen Jones

Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing holiday in our


renovated farmhouse near beautiful Llyn coast.
Ideally situated for mountain, coastal and country
walks. 5 minutes by car from beaches, shops,
golf, riding and fishing. Extremely comfortable
& well-equipped comprising: 3 bedrooms;
bathroom; lounge; kitchen/dining. Large garden
and parking space. Central heating optional.

Relax and enjoy a peaceful break in this


well-appointed cottage. Views of hills and open
countryside. Ideal base to explore the Lleyn
Peninsula. Enjoy beaches, walks, cycling. Near
to golf course and costal path. Ample parking for
cars, boats etc. Storage available. Ideal for families,
couples or friends.
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Self-Catering

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 56; Weekly: per unit 300640;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 180

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traffic and stunning
mountain views with
our Llyn Peninsula
and Dolgellau cycle
breaks packs.

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Brynhyfryd

Open 112; Sleeps 24;


Weekly: per unit from 275;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: from 125
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5C

Broom Hall Road, Abererch,


Pwllheli LL53 6PN
T: 01758 612805
barrie@gorwel.info
www.gorwel.info
B. Grayson
Attractive stone cottage. Stunning elevated
sea views. Very comfortable. Modern
kitchen. Luxury bathroom. Four bedrooms
one en-suite. Large car park, 2 patios,
large garden. Electricity & linen included.
Heating, TV & DVD
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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 28;


Weekly: per unit 6501100;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 450
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T: 01758 613501
regandavid@pwll.ndo.co.uk
www.brynhyfryd.org.uk
Brynhyfryd, built by William Jones, a
successful shipbuilder, in c1842, stands in
well-kept grounds over looking the harbour
and marina, with views over Cardian Bay to
the mountains of mid-Wales. Shops, pubs,
beaches and the sailing club are within ten
minutes walk.
We welcome guests into Bwthyn (two
bedrooms) a cottage within our grounds
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and Brynbach (one bedroom) a selfcontained garden flat within our house.
Within our grounds we provide table tennis,
badminton, croquet, a barbecue grill and
garden furniture.

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Self-Catering

Open 410; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 250495

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Gwynfryn Farm Holidays Ltd

5C

Rhosgyll Fawr Cottages


Rhosgyll Fawr, Chwilog,
Pwllheli LL53 6TQ
T: 01766 810832
stay@rhosgyllfawr.co.uk
www.rhosgyllfawr.co.uk
Adrian and Rachel Jackson

Tranquil 25 acre lake and woodland nature reserve


with two cosy detached cottages alongside owners
home, each with private garden. Nestled between
majestic mountains of Snowdonia and unspoilt
coastline of Llyn Peninsula. Ideal place to unwind or
as a base for walking, cycling and exploring area.
Under new ownership for 2014.

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Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 280550;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 180340

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Sea Front Holiday Flats


Gwynfryn Farm, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 5UF
T: 01758 612536 gwynfrynfarm@btconnect.com
www.gwynfrynfarm.co.uk Sharon Rees Ellis
Gwynfryn is an organic dairy farm on
the outskirts of Pwllheli in the heart of
the Lleyn Peninsula. Old farm buildings
have been converted into cosy quality
cottages sleeping between 28. All the
comforts of home with Wi-Fi connection
in each unit. For those rainy days we
have a heated indoor pool, sauna,

jacuzzi, fitness room, and for the more


energetic a tennis court, indoor/outdoor
play area, trampoline and tractors. From
May until the end of August a weekly
BBQ is arranged giving mum a well
deserved night off. Don't book a holiday,
book an experience, much more than
self-catering!

5C

4 West End Parade,


Pwllheli LL53 5PN
T: 01614 454218 M: 07780 703235
info@seafrontflats.co.uk
www.seafrontflats.co.uk
Mrs C. Woski
Sea front holiday flats overlooking beautiful
beach. 50 yards from beach. Well equipped.
Spacious. All flats with fantastic sea view. Studio
and 3 bedrooms flats. Close to golf course,
marina & leisure centre. 10 minutes walk to
town. Ideal for sailing, fishing and walking.
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Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 28; Weekly: per unit 2251350;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 180480

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Hendre Barns: Delfryn

Open 112; Sleeps 25; Weekly: per unit


165440; Short Break: 3 nights per
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Pwllheli LL53 8EZ
T: 01758 750505
enquiries@hendre-barns.co.uk
www.hendre-barns.co.uk
Emma Rees

Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli LL53 8HY


T: 01758 780 318
meillionyddbach@tiscali.co.uk
www.meillionydd.co.uk
Mrs Lowri Thomas
A tastefully semi-detached 4 star barn conversion
for 2 (plus 1 child). 3 miles from the picturesque
village of Aberdaron. Cosy, comfortable and warm.
Open plan with a mix of modern and antique
furnishings. Log burner for those cosy nights in after
a special day of walking the coastal path. Explore
the sandy beaches and the countryside and have a
restful night in the king size bed. Croeso cynnes.

Centrally located on the Llyn Peninsula with


stunning views, Delfryn offers open plan living with
level access throughout. Two king bedrooms (one
en-suite), one twin. Vaulted ceilings with exposed
beams, wood-burner, Freeview TV/DVD, Wi-Fi.
Private decking with barbecue. Dogs welcome.
Linen and towels inclusive. Near Portmeirion,
steam railways and beaches.

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Self-Catering

Self-Catering

Open 112; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 250800;


Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 175420

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Open 112; Sleeps 12; Weekly: per unit 280380

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Llyn Peninsula Farm Holidays


gwynedd@llawrdref.co.uk
www.happyhols.com

Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli LL53 8HY


T: 01758 780 318
meillionyddbach@tiscali.co.uk
www.meillionydd.co.uk
Mrs Lowri Thomas

For free colour brochure contact:


Annie gwynedd@llawrdref.co.uk
T: 01758 712570

Relax, unwind in a tastefully furnished


accommodation. Near the picturesque village of
Aberdaron. Ideally situated for coastal and country
walks. Numerous sandy beaches to explore.
Oil CH and electricity inclusive. Free linen, towels.
Log burner for those cosy nights in. Special rates
for 12 persons. Also barn conversion sleeping 2.
Croeso cynnes.

Owner booking cuts cost.


Come stay with us on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula,
area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy:
panoramic views boat trips walking
golfing surfing pony trekking
Yes! all pastimes are catered for on the Lleyn.
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Self-Catering

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Tyn-y-Mur Touring & Camping Park


Lon Garmon, Abersoch, Pwllheli LL53 7UL
T: 01758 712328
info@tyn-y-mur.co.uk
www.tyn-y-mur.co.uk

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The nearest Camping and Touring Park to the


renowned village of Abersoch, a short stroll
away, with its beautiful beaches. Elevated park
with excellent panoramic views of Snowdonia,
Cambrian Mountains, Hells Mouth and Bardsey
Island. The nearest shop is just 5 minutes walk
away in the tiny picturesque village of Llangian.

View from the park

Graeanfryn Farm

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5B

Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli LL53 6YQ


T: 01758 720455 M: 07711 540999
jan@campingnorthwales.co.uk
www.campingnorthwales.co.uk
Jan Harrison
Outstanding country views. Level grass,
BBQ, picnic area. 1 mile from sandy
beaches. Pub with food and play area
500 yds. Shop mile. New toilets and
landscaping. Fresh eggs. Friendly
family site.
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Touring & Camping Park

Available at our TICs, see


back cover for details.

Open 1 Mar 31 Oct; Pitches: Touring 40, Tents 40; Touring Daily 18 25
We accept seasonal tourers.

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INTRODUCING WALESS HOLIDAY AREAS

For FREE copies of any THREE Holiday Area brochures please tick the appropriate boxes and
send to: Visit Wales, Freepost CF1550, Dept R04, PO Box 1, Cardiff CF24 2XN

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Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is one of


the Holiday Areas within Wales. Each area
has its own distinct character.
The Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey offers unparalleled beauty, amazing adventures,
serious solitude and a warm welcome. Easily accessible,
this unique island, with its coastline, varied beaches and
historical towns make it a superb base for all the family.
Those that have visited need not be told. They just
return t: +44 (0) 1248 713177 e: anglesey@nwtic.com
www.visitanglesey.co.uk
www.facebook.com/visitanglesey
Llandudno and Colwyn Bay
Vibrant Llandudno, the Victorian seaside gem with a
history that goes back to the Bronze Age. World Heritage
Conwy with its rich maritime past. Waterfront adventure
in Colwyn Bay. Year-round breaks, filled with family fun,
good food, great walking, world-class theatre and a full
calendar of exciting events. All within easy reach of
Snowdonia. t: +44 (0)1492 577577
e: llandudnotic@conwy.gov.uk www.visitllandudno.org.uk
www.facebook.com/visitingllandudno
www.twitter.com/visit_llandudno
North-East Wales
Less than 20 minutes from Chester, were just a short
journey from the North West and the West Midlands.
Theres everything from the bustling shops and cultural
events of Wrexham to the culinary delights of the Mold
Food and Drink Festival and the world-famous Llangollen
International Eisteddfod. The area includes Rhyl, one
of the best recognised British seaside resorts and the
Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty. We even have an 11-mile long World
Heritage Site the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
and you can also walk the ancient Offas Dyke Path
running through Chirk out to the coast at Prestatyn.
t: +44 (0) 1978 292015 e: tourism@wrexham.gov.uk
t: +44 (0) 1745 355068 e: rhyltic@denbighshire.gov.uk
www.northeastwales.co.uk
Mid Wales My Way
Featuring the Brecon Beacons National Park, Dyfi
Biosphere, Cambrian Mountains, Lake Vrynwy and the
Berwyns and Offas Country. Magnificent walks two
national trails, waterfalls and many other breathtaking
walks besides. Muddy Wheels cycling on- and off-road.
A great track record four years with the Tour of Britain,
home to the Dyfi Enduro and Beacons Beast. Family
traffic-fee routes to extreme mountain biking await.
Year-round events from Hay Literary to Machynlleth
Comedy, from Green Man to the Royal Welsh and
Winter Shows, celebrating our agricultural heritage. Stay
in magnificent mansions or wacky wigwams. All topped
off with mouthwatering cuisine, local whiskies and
marvellous wines. Thats Mid Wales My Way!
t: +44 (0)1874 622485 e: tourism@powys.gov.uk
www.midwalesmyway.com

The Isle of Anglesey


Llandudno & Colwyn Bay
North-East Wales
Ceredigion Cardigan Bay & the Cambrian
Mountains
Carmarthenshire Carmarthen Bay
Swansea Bay, Mumbles, Gower, Afan & the
Vale of Neath

The Valleys Heart & Soul of Wales


Cardiff Capital of Wales
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside
NB. Mid Wales, Pembrokeshire and WyeValley/
Vale of Usk do not produce brochures please
see websites.

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Ceredigion Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian
Mountains
Discover the landscape, villages and harbours that
inspired Dylan Thomas and delve into Waless history
at Cardigan Castle. Walk gentle or challenging sections
of Ceredigions coast path from a promenade stroll
at Aberystwyth to hillfort climbs at Llangrannog. Spot
dolphins and birds; enjoy family fun at award-winning
beaches and all sorts of events; relax and savour
Cardigan Bay seafood to Cambrian Mountain lamb.
t: +44 (0)1970 612125 e: brochure@ceredigion.gov.uk
www.discoverceredigion.co.uk
facebook: discoverceredigion twitter: @visitceredigion
Pembrokeshire Britains Only Coastal
National Park
Rated by National Geographic magazine experts as
the second-best coastline in the world. With 186 miles
(299km) of magnificent and varied coastline and over 50
beaches, theres plenty of space for everyone. Choose
between lively Tenby and Saundersfoot or peaceful St
Davids and Newport. Perfect for outdoor activities or
just relaxing. www.visitpembrokeshire.com
Carmarthenshire Carmarthen Bay
The last place that Dylan Thomas called home and the
best place to be to celebrate and capture his centenary
celebrations in 2014. Carmarthenshire stretches from
Carmarthen Bay in the south to the western Brecon
Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains in the north, with
wondrous gardens, awe-inspiring castles, Waless longest
beach, market towns brimming with local produce and
chic shopping. t: +44 (0)1267 231557
e: marketing@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
www.discovercarmarthenshire.com
Swansea Bay Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the
Vale of Neath
Discover Dylan Thomas in Waless Waterfront City,
birthplace of our poetic hero and playwright. Be a part
of his centenary celebrations throughout 2014. Spend
some time in the UKs first Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty. Unwind on award-winning beaches and explore
unspoilt countryside. Bring your board, bike and boots
and enjoy watersports, cycling and walking.
t: +44 (0)1792 468321 e: tourism@swansea.gov.uk
www.visitswanseabay.com

The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales


World-class mountain biking and other activities on, over
and under landscapes that are never short on drama. Proud
communities bursting to tell you their stories about Waless
largest castle, a World Heritage Site, craft beers and ciders
and an intriguing cast of heroes from the mythological
past to the contemporary music scene. You havent visited
Wales until youve been to the Valleys the Heart and Soul
of Wales.
t: +44 (0)29 2088 0011 e: contactus@thevalleys.co.uk
www.thevalleys.co.uk
Cardiff, Capital of Wales
The capital of Wales has unique attractions, top-class
entertainment, a wide range of accommodation to suit
all needs and quality shopping with a difference. Cardiff
Castle, the Millennium Stadium, National Museum Cardiff,
the Wales Millennium Centre and famous Doctor Who
Experience combined with Cardiff Bay offer indoor and
outdoor entertainment for everyone all year round.
t: +44 (0)29 2087 3573 e: visitor@cardiff.gov.uk
www.visitcardiff.com
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside
The dramatic Heritage Coast and popular resorts of
Barry Island and Porthcawl are fringed by lovely Vale and
Bridgend countryside and green hills. Discover the special
character of an area steeped in history and its close to
Cardiff, Waless cosmopolitan capital.
t: +44 (0)1446 704867 t: +44 (0)1656 815338
e: tourism@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
e: tourism@bridgend.gov.uk www.visitthevale.com
www.bridgendbites.com
The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
Fantastic scenery and high-quality food and drink from
the Brecon Beacons National Park to the Wye Valley Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore castles, Roman
towns and beautiful gardens; then take in award-winning
vineyards, bustling market towns and great local pubs. With
the renowned Newport and Abergavenny Food Festivals,
celebrated restaurants and artisan producers, discover why
were the Food Capital of Wales.
t: +44 (0)1291 623772 e: tourism@monmouthshire.gov.uk
www.visitwyevalley.com

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL...

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Wales is the UKs activity capital. Find out


more with the help of these FREE actionpacked guides and take a look at the
websites.

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Fishing Wales

Golf Wales

Fishing. With endless coastline and countless rivers and


lakes its no wonder Wales is an anglers paradise.
www.fishing.visitwales.com

Golf Wales. The secrets out! More and more players are
discovering and thoroughly enjoying Golf as it should be
in Wales. www.golfasitshouldbe.com

Gwybodaeth am deithio

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TRAVEL INFORMATION
Access couldnt be easier. Snowdonia
Mountains and Coast is only a few hours
away from most of the UKs main population
centres, with excellent road, rail and coach
links. Airport delays, red-eyed flight times and
those pile -em-in packages have well and
truly taken the shine off international travel.
There are no such worries here were so
close youll arrive before you know it.

Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate


regular and high-speed services to Holyhead
from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. For southern
Snowdonia, ferry services into Fishguard and
Pembroke Dock are a handy alternative.

By train

Irish Ferries T: 08717 300400


www.irishferries.com

Direct train services take you to the


popular North Wales coastal destinations
from most parts of Britain, with inland
connections via the Conwy Valley Line
(www.conwyvalleyrailway.co.uk) which
runs through the Snowdonia National Park
to Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Services from the Midlands through
Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with
the Cambrian Coast Railway. T: 08457
484950, www.thecambrianline.co.uk
Train tickets are available from Barmouth
Tourist Information Centre. Useful websites
include:
www.thetrainline.com
www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk
www.nationalrail.co.uk
www.thecambrianline.co.uk
www.traveline-cymru.info
www.conwy.gov.uk/cvr

By coach
National Express services run to Llandudno,
Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Pwllheli
from London and Manchester. Express
Motors and Lloyds Coaches operate
the service from South Wales to Dolgellau,
Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Bangor as part of
the TrawsCymru network.

surrounding area and further afield.


www.nationalcyclenetwork.org.uk

By sea

Stena Line T: 08705 707070


www.stenaline.co.uk

By air
Transfers from the international gateways of
Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham
take less than two hours. An air route
between Cardiff Airport and Anglesey
Airport takes just over an hour
(T: 0871 200 0440, www.manx2.com).

Snowdonia
Mountains
and Coast
Swansea

The Explore Wales Pass is just what it


says one ticket that gives you unlimited
access to all of Waless mainline train
services and almost every bus service.
T: 0845 6061 660
www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/
ExploreWalesPass
North Wales Rover tickets allow travel for
one day on buses and trains. For details of
zones and prices:
T: 0870 608 2618
www.taith.gov.uk/travel-options/northwales-rover

Anglesey Airport T: 01407 878056


Caernarfon Airport T: 01286 830800

Travel details

Manchester Airport T: 08712 710711


www.manchesterairport.co.uk
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
T: 0871 521 8484
www.liverpooljohnlennonairport.com

T: 0871 200 2233


www.traveline-cymru.info
www.gwynedd.gov.uk/publictransport

Birmingham Airport T: 0844 576 6000


www.bhx.co.uk

Journey times by car

Local services

Birmingham Porthmadog: 2hrs 46min

The Snowdon Sherpa is the superconvenient bus service for Snowdonia and its
attractions, with some routes on open-top
buses. Whether you are walking or sightseeing,
take the green option, leave your car behind,
sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Aberystwyth Caernarfon: 1hr 47min


Bristol Barmouth: 3hrs 46min
Cardiff Bangor: 4hrs 16min
Fishguard Bangor: 3hrs 24min
Fishguard Dolgellau: 2hrs 11min
Holyhead Bangor: 32min
London Betws-y-Coed: 4hrs 37min

By car

Manchester Caernarfon: 2hrs 2min

Theres quick, straightforward access from


the North West along the M56 and A55.
Motorway links with the Midlands are good
too, and the same roads the M6, M5 and
M1 also bring North Wales within easy
reach of the South of England. For a scenic
option from the Midlands, take the A5
through the heart of Snowdonia.

Swansea Porthmadog: 3hrs 25min

By bike
Its easy to use pedal power to come to
beautiful, bike-friendly Snowdonia Mountains
and Coast by following the National Cycle
Network. Quiet, traffic-calmed and trafficfree routes give good access from the

The Sherpa service is part of the


Snowdonia Green Key initiative which
helps people enjoy the National Park in a
sustainable way. Green Key is making it easier
to see Snowdonia without a car by
promoting the sensible management of car
parking, with convenient interchanges with
public transport at places like Betws-y-Coed,
Llanberis, Nant Peris and Capel Curig.
www.snowdoniagreenkey.co.uk

Glasgow Bangor: 5hrs


Aberdeen Caernarfon: 7hrs 57min
Edinburgh Porthmadog: 5hrs 55min
Newcastle Barmouth: 4hrs 51min
Local distances
Aberdaron Betws-y-Coed: 1hr 43min
Aberdovey Caernarfon: 1hr 41min
Bangor Dolgellau: 1hr 17min
Dolgellau Caernarfon: 1hr 3min
Tywyn Pwllheli: 1hr 36min
Journey times supplied by: www.theaa.com

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Conwy
Morfa

Tal-y-cafn

Llanhangel
Glyn Myfyr
Nantmor

Llangwm

Cricieth
Llandderfel

Porthmadog
Morfa Bychan

Llaniestyn
Porth Iago
Porth Oer/
Whistling Sands

Park

SNOWDONIA
ERYRI

Llyn Myngul

Talyllyn

This map splits Snowdonia into six colour-coded areas, corresponding


with the way we have divided the list of advertisers:
CRICIETH,
PORTHMADOG
AND THE
VALE OF
FFESTINIOG
46-50

CARDIGAN BAY
5154

Symbols key

Car parking facilities


Ground floor bedroom
Liquor/table licence, licensed club/bar
Pets accepted by arrangement

V
t

May be booked through Travel Agent


Weekend/Midweek/Short breaks available
TV in bedroom/unit
En-suite
Tea/coffee
Telephone in room/unit
Credit cards accepted
Cot available
Highchair available

SOUTHERN
SNOWDONIA
5557

CONWY VALLEY
AND HIRAETHOG
5862

Baby sitting/listening service

] Totally non smoking establishment


Areas provided for smokers

Special diets catered for


Lift
Welsh spoken

Public transport nearby


Caf/restaurant on site
Foodshop/mobile foodshop on site
Swimming pool on site
Garden
Working farm
Coach parties welcome
WiFi access

BANGOR, CAERNARFON,
LLANBERIS AND THE
VILLAGES OF
SNOWDONIA
6366

LLYN PENINSULA
6771

Accommodation bookable through


Tourist Information Centre

s
t

Charge for fuel/gas

v
i

Washing machine on site


Electric points for touring caravans
Showers
Bed linen available
Bed linen available for hire
Gas available
Chemical toilet
Access improved for mobility impaired people
Access improved for visually impaired people
Access improved for hearing impaired people

Or radd orau Canllaw i Sicrwydd Ansawdd

MAKING THE GRADE A GUIDE TO


QUALITY ASSURANCE
All the accommodation featured in this
publication has been independently assessed
so you can make your choice in confidence,
knowing that each place to stay has been
given a rating according to the quality and
facilities on offer. These ratings mean that
you can be sure of standards and choose the
accommodation thats just right for you.
Visit Wales/AA are the only checking
agents in Wales, checking out over 5,000
places.
STARS are your guide to quality. The
Star Quality Grading Schemes apply to
all types of accommodation: Serviced
hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast,
farm accommodation, hostel/hostel type
accommodation. Self-catering cottages and
apartments and caravan holiday home and
touring/camping parks
All accommodation grades are based on a set
of common quality standards agreed by Visit
Wales, Visit England, Visit Scotland and the
AA. The star ratings reflect the facilities and
overall quality of the experience.

What do our star ratings mean?


Accommodation operators are graded
between one and five stars (with five stars
being the highest) based on the overall quality
of the experience and the facilities available.
Accommodation differs in style and therefore
different rating schemes apply to different
types and styles of business. To help you make
your choice, each star-rated business will also
be given a designator to describe the style of
accommodation you can expect.

Serviced accommodation
Establishment name
(Colour header panel
indicates the type of
accommodation)

Self-catering
How many people the property
can sleep
Caravan and camping parks
How many caravans on site and
for hire and how many pitches
available for touring caravans
and tents

+++++
Guest House

Number of bedrooms and


en-suite, months open, prices
and short breaks information
Facilities symbols. A full
explanation of these
symbols is on page 74

Many lower star rated accommodations may


still offer high quality but do not meet all of
the facility and service expectations for the
higher star ratings. It is particularly important
not to compare Guest Accommodation ratings
against Hotel ratings as different criteria are
used when assessing.

All Visit Wales graded properties have an


Access Statement. This statement tells visitors
in a clear, accurate and honest way how the
property can meet their particular needs.
Three symbols have been introduced to help
visitors with physical impairments find the
Access Statements of most relevance to them.
Accommodation providers have selected
the one symbol which best describes the
improvements they have made to their
properties. Look out for these symbols:

Access improved for mobility impaired people

v Access improved for visually impaired people


i Access improved for hearing impaired people

The advice is to always check with an


establishment before booking to check that
the accommodation offers the services and
facilities that meet your needs they will be
only too pleased to help.

Please note

Also look out for that extra-special


property that has been awarded Visit
Waless Gold Award, given for
exceptional standards of hospitality,
comfort and food in serviced accommodation.

All gradings and awards were correct at


the time of going to press. Occasionally, it
may not have been possible to undertake a
grading. This situation is clearly identified
by Awaiting Grading appearing within the
advertisement/entry.

Occasionally, it has not been possible to visit


the accommodation prior to publication. In
these instances, the property is marked as
Awaiting Grading.

Grading assessments are on-going and


improvements made by establishments may
have resulted in a revision since publication.
Please check when booking.

Some accommodation operators


have chosen not to be star rated, but
they have been checked out to
ensure that they provide an
acceptable level of services and
facilities appropriate to their type of business.
They are identified as either Verified of
Listed.

Further information on gradings and


awards is available from Visit Wales,
Welsh Assembly Government, Rhodfa
Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion SY23 3UR
t: 0845 010 8020
e: quality.tourism@wales.gsi.gov.uk
www.wales.gov.uk/tourism

A Warm Welsh Welcome

Any problems?
In the unfortunate event that you do
encounter problems with your chosen
accommodation, please refer to
www.wales.gov.uk/tourism for further
guidance.

Look out for this sign as these


places have achieved a Croeso
Award in recognition of their exceptional
Warm Welsh Welcome.

Self-catering accommodation
4F
Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0PU
T: 01690 760410 F: 01690 760410
stay@penmachnohall.co.uk
www.penmachnohall.co.uk
Lauraine and Simon Awdry
AA Award 2010/11: 5-star Highly Commended
guest accommodation, with separate luxury
2-bedroomed self-catering cottage. Originally a
Victorian rectory, Penmachno Hall offers panoramic
views, en-suites with roll-top baths, award-winning
food, fine wines and winter open fires. The interiordesigned coach house has jacuzzi bath, power
shower, free-sat and internet. Virtual tours at
www.penmachnohall.co.uk

r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 4047.50 (based on 2 night stay)


2 nights; Evening meals: Welsh suppers, TueFri, 1517.50 pp; 5-course
dinners Sat only: 3537.50; Self-Catering: Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit
350650; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 262.50337.50

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Accommodating visitors with


disabilities

Does a lower star rating equal


less quality?

Penmachno Hall

Serviced
The number of rooms and
how many are en-suite

75

* I y I s

Caravan and camping


Map reference
Establishment address

This descriptive text is


supplied by the owners
of the property and
may include facilities
on offer both at the
accommodation and
the surrounding area
Visit Wales grading

Symbols that appear


here are for awards
gained by the accommodation or extra
facilities on offer

The prices given here depend on the


type of accommodation and will give
an indication of the minimum and
maximum prices you will be expected
to pay these should always be
checked with the owners at time
of booking
Serviced accommodation:
All prices are per person, based on 2
people sharing a double or twin room
Daily rate with B&B
Short break B&B 2 nights with B&B
DB&B 2 Nights with Dinner, B&B
Per week B&B 7 nights with B&B
DB&B 7 nights with Dinner, B&B
Self-catering accommodation:
Per week 7 nights, per unit
(not per person)
Short break 3 nights, per unit
(not per person)
Caravan and camping park
accommodation:
Daily rate, per unit or pitch
Per week 7 nights, per unit or pitch
Short breaks will be indicated
in the adverts descriptive text

www.ymweldageryri.info | www.visitsnowdonia.info

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES


CANOLFANNAU CROESO
Make the most of your stay by using
our Tourist Information Centre
network and free Wi-Fi at some
locations. Staff will be delighted to
assist you with:
booking accommodation in
advance or whilst here
providing details of places to
visit, things to see and do
places to eat
routes and itinerary planning
purchasing train tickets
(at Barmouth TIC only)
National Express tickets
information and tickets for local
and national events, activities
and boat trips
Maps, guides, books and local
produce are also for sale at the TICs.

Llanberis*
Electric Mountain, Llanberis
LL55 4UR
T: 01286 870765 Free Wi-Fi
llanberis.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Y Bala*
Pensarn Road, Bala LL23 7SR
T: 01678 521021 Free Wi-Fi
bala.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Snowdonia National Park

Barmouth/Abermaw
Station Road, Barmouth
LL42 1LU
T: 01341 280787 Free Wi-Fi
barmouth.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Beddgelert
T: 01766 890615

Caernarfon
Oriel Pendeitsh, Castle Street,
Caernarfon LL55 1SE
T: 01286 672232 Free Wi-Fi
caernarfon.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Llandudno
Library Building, Mostyn Street,
Llandudno LL30 2RP
T: 01492 577577
llandudnotic@conwy.gov.uk
Porthmadog
High Street, Porthmadog
LL49 9LP
T: 01766 512981 Free Wi-Fi
porthmadog.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk
Pwllheli*
T: 01758 613000
pwllheli.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

Aberdyfi**
T: 01654 767321

Betws-y-Coed
T: 01690 710426
Dolgellau
T: 01341 422888
Harlech**
T: 01766 780658
* open seasonally (AprilSeptember)
** open seasonally (AprilOctober)

Conwy
Muriau Buildings,
Rose Hill Street, Conwy LL32 8LD
T: 01492 577566
conwytic@conwy.gov.uk

www.visitsnowdonia.info
tourism@gwynedd.gov.uk
T: 01341 281485
(24 hour messaging service)

Scan our QR code with


an App on your phone
to view our website.

Tourist Information Points


Abergynolwyn, Y Ganolfan, LL36 9YF
Abersoch, The Vestry, High Street,
LL53 7DS T: 01758 712929
Bangor, Gwynedd Museum and Art
Gallery, Gwynedd Road, LL57 1DT
Blaenau Ffestiniog, 45 High Street, LL41 3AA
Corris, Corris Craft Centre, SY20 9RF
Cricieth, Post Office, LL52 0BU
Tywyn, Library, Neptune Road, LL36 9HA

Gwynedd Digital Tourist


Information Points
Caban, Brynrefail LL55 3NR
Fitzpatricks Caf, Bethesda LL57 3AY
Gwesty Ty Newydd, Aberdaron LL53 8BE
Inigo Jones, Groeslon LL54 7UE
Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
LL53 7TT
Parc Padarn, Llanberis LL55 4TY
Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn LL36 9EY
Yr Hen Bost, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AA
Caffi Tegid Cafe, Penllyn Leisure Centre,
Y Bala LL23 7SR

Conwy Digital Tourist


Information Points
Glasdir, Station Road, Llanrwst LL26 0DF
Opposite car park, Pentrefoelas LL24 0LE
Spar, Church Street, Dolwyddelan LL25 0NZ
Tree Top Adventure, A470, Betws-y-Coed
LL24 0HA
Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre, Llyn Brenig,
Cerrigydrudion LL21 9TT

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