Gwynedd Things to Do

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Gwynedd Things to Do

  • Roman Camp

    Bangor Things to Do

    The name ‘Roman Camp’ is somewhat deceiving, in that there is no evidence of a settlement existing there in Roman Times. Archaeological findings tell us that it was in fact the Normans that first settled there. It is believed that Hugh D'Avranches, Earl of Chester, built the fort at the beginning of the 12th Century. Its design is consistent with...

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  • Snowdonia - Eryri

    The mountains of Snowdonia are among the most ancient rocks on earth, with the region covering 840 sq. miles of northwest Wales. Snowdonia is an area of small market towns and a large number of castles (although some are only ruins). For the very fit and active there are nine mapped trails up Snowdon and Cader Idris all graded as hard mountain...

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  • Llanberis

    Llanberis in Snowdonia National Park is a major tourist attraction, from here one can catch a train up the highest mountain in England and Wales or if fit, walk along the many routes to the summit at over three thousand feet high. Must see sights include: the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle, the churches of St Peria and St Padarn, the Snowden Mountain...

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  • Conwy

    Conwy is a market town and popular tourist destination on the north coast of Wales; it is the classic walled town, with its circuit of walls stretching over three quarters of a mile and consisting of 22 towers. Must see sights and attractions include: Conwy Castle, Conwy Suspension Bridge, Plas Mawr (an Elizabethan House) and the Smallest House in...

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  • Caernarfon

    Caernarfon is a royal town, port and the county town of Gwynedd, the town is located on the eastern shore of the Menai Straits and opposite the Isle of Anglesey. Partly due to the Castle Caernarfon has flourished, leading to its status as a major tourist centre with a thriving harbour and marina. The status of Royal Borough was granted by the Queen...

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  • Llandudno

    Llandudno is Wales's largest resort and is located between the Great and Little Ormes having two beaches, the award winning North Shore and the West Shore with its sand dunes. The town has a traditional Victorian and Edwardian elegance, despite its modern attractions. Must see attractions include: Llandudno Pier, the Happy Valley Gardens, and...

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  • Lligwy burial chamber

    A lot of ancient sites have hardly been touched by CADW but this site is well looked after with information plaques and the whole site surrounded with a fence. The capstone of this burial chamber is truly huge and believed to weigh 25 ton; over 3000 years ago when the stone was put in place it must have taken some shifting up a ramp to its present...

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  • Rhoscolyn burial chamber

    Right next to Borthwen Beach in Rhoscolyn and only a short drunken stagger from the White Eagle pub is Rhoscolyn burial chamber. Some beleive that this is just a folly. It is rather an impressive fake but does some how look too symmetrical!

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  • Din Dryfol burial chamber

    Is reached down a path past a farmhouse and through a couple of styles. The stones are sign posted from the road but being rural Ynys Mon there is no direct route here and took a bit of patient driving down country lanes to reach the site. The site consists of 2 tall narrow parallel standing stones set apart from the burial chamber itself.

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  • Llandegfan standing stone

    Not sure what this standing stone is called but I was always remember I at as the stone in the bull’s field. As all of a sudden the herd of bulls that you might be able to see in the photo near the hedge all of a sudden decided to charge. I don’t think my brogues will ever move as quick again as I ran out of the field and hurdled the gate. A shame...

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  • Barclodiad Y Gwares burial chamber

    Around about the same time as the pyramids and stone henge were being built, the people living on the Isle of Anglesey near the seaside town of Rhosneigr were building this rather impressive burial chamber.Sadly this site has suffered from graffiti and vandalism and because of this entrance is restricted to times when the site is supervised. On the...

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  • Penrhos-Feilw standing stones

    Prehistoric proof that football was invented in Wales about 2000 BC. Well they do look like goalposts don't they? These lovely goalpost-like stones standing about 3m apart have lovely views of Snowdon in one direction and the near-by Holyhead mountain in the other. I cycled the short distance from Treaarddur Bay to see these stones and you can see...

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  • Ty Newydd burial chamber

    One of the many burial chambers on the island of Anglesey. This beauty is near the village Llanfaelog which tself is not far from Rhosneigr. The burial chamber is signposted from the road, just jump over the rocky style into the field where you wil see the stones in the corner of the field. An Os map will make life easier finding the stones. You...

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  • Sunsets

    This is just another excuse to upload another photo of a spectacular sunset. Trearddur Bay faces directly west into the Irish sea so this was a daily site during my stay.

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  • Snowdon (Llanberis Path)

    The Llanberis path is the easiest, longest and the most popular of the five well-beaten paths up Snowdon, It is about 5 miles from base to summit and is well graded, it more or less follows the railway track from Llanberis.The path starts in Llanberis and from the station of the Mountain railway pass the front and right down a short road to a small...

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  • Dolbadarn Castle

    Dolbadarn Castle at Llanberis dates to the 13th century but sadly only the keep remains in solid condition but it is thought by many to be one of the finest of Wales's ' native-built castles said ro have been Built by the mighty Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) sometime before 1230.The castles history did not die with Llywelyn the Great in...

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  • Bangor Cathedral

    Bangor Cathedral is one of the earliest monastic settlements in all of the UK. being founded by St. Deiniol in the year 525 (more than 70 years before Canterbury); when Deiniol was consecrated Bishop in 546 his church became a Cathedral, the Cathedral is the only institution in Bangor that has persisted through the changing scenes of national and...

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  • Bangor

    Bangor means in Welsh a wattled fence for such a fence surrounded the monastic community that once lived here, The origins of the city date back to the founding of Bangor Cathedral by the Celtic saint Deiniol in the early 6th century AD. The present cathedral is a somewhat more recent building and has been extensively modified throughout the...

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  • Snowdon Mountain Railway

    For those who don't want or can't walk (or Climb) up Snowdon there is always the Option of the train.It was in 1869 that a new branch line of the London and North Western Railway opened bringing people from Caernarfon to Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon then the only way to reach the summit was to walk or take a donkey ride, A proposition was then...

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  • Segontium Roman Fort

    Segontium Roman Fort saw active service between AD77 and AD395, it was originally built in wood but was gradually rebuilt using stone from from around AD140. In it's heyday, garrisoned by the 20th Augustan Legion and surrounded by a shanty town which would have been inhabited by traders and and by the familys of the soldiers it would have...

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  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon (Carnarvon in English) is certainly the most famous of the Many Castles of Wales; Begun in 1283 on the site of what was first a Roman fort and then a Norman motte and bailey castle built by 'Hugh of Avranches' sometime around 1090. The original motte was incorporated into the Edwardian castle, but was sadly destroyed around 1870. King...

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  • Dolbadarn Castle

    Dolbadarn castle was set at the foot of Snowdon to control the entrance to the Llanberis Pass and the routes towards Caernarfon and the coast. It has a commanding position overlooking 2 placid lakes, Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn. The only significant part of the castle remaining above ground is the cylindrical great keep. From the top of the tower it...

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  • Bwlch Llanberis

    At the Snowdonia National Park between Capel Curig and Nant Peris the A4086 takes you to the Pass of Llanberis (Bwlch Llanberis), between the mountain ranges of Glyder Fawr and Snowdon. The area is very popular among climbers as many beautiful crags (like Dinas Y Gromlech, Carreg Wastad and Clogwyn Y Grochan) are easily accessible right from the...

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  • Traeth Penllech

    This really is one of the Lleyn's finest beaches. Miles of sandy coves backed by cliffs and grassy slopes with absolutely no facilities. Glorious!! Be aware that at high tide there is very little left of the beach so be careful to be close to the path and not cut off in a small cove.To access this beach you have to use foot power which means the...

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  • Caernarfon Air Museum

    We visited here one rainy day in October and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.There are lots of aeroplane displays that you can climb on and even sit in the cockpits. Many of the exhibits were WW2 orientated which I found fascinating. I remember their was a briefing room where you could listen to the commander briefing the flying squads on their...

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  • Aberdaron

    I have to admit we haven't spent too much time in Aberdaron, usually arriving in the pouring rain and rushing out to have a quick squint at the village and beach.It's a pretty, popular holiday village with a magnificent sandy beach, situated on the western tip of the Lleyn on the mouth of the river Daron. A 17thc. stone bridge straddles the river...

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  • Woodland & Waterfall walk

    The Coed y Brenin Forest, is best known for its mountain biking trails but if you don't have wheels and prefer to walk we found this easy walk with a spectacular half way point about 8 miles north of Dolgellau. The path is virtually laid gravel and fairly level. You can do the loop which is only a couple of miles and there is a convenient free car...

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  • Dolgellau - go for a coffee when it...

    You are spoilt for choice in seeking shelter from the rain when you're in Dolgellau. There are very many coffee shops and cafés to sample but this one, only opened this year, is slightly different because it has retained the atmosphere of its previous owner, T.H.Roberts, the local hardware shop. Along one main wall are the little shelves that...

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  • LLanbedrog

    Llanbedrog is a very small village on the road between Pwellhi and Abersoch. The beach here is less crowded than most and has that 'off the beaten track' feel. Good sand with a beach cafe nearby. If you get fed up of the beach, go for walk on the headland nearby for great views over to PWhelli on one side and Abersoch on the other. The Oriel...

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  • Visit Morfa Nefyn

    To reach the beach at Morfa Nefyn, park at the signposted cart park and set off on a 15 minute walk either via the beach or through the golf links course to the small former fishing village. There is one pub there that serves food and hot drinks as well as the great sand to chill on. I think that this is a great beach and with that added remoteness...

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  • Tremadog Bay

    Tremadog Bay is an offshoot of Cardigan Bay, flanked by the Llŷn Peninsula in the North and Snowdonia National Park in the East. We visited the bay on a sunny day and the view was simply stunning. The water was glinting in the sunshine, there was a gentle breeze coming from the sea and there were many lovely, sandy beaches. Unfortunately it...

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  • Try Tryfan & Bristly Ridge

    Tryfan Mountain, part of the Glyder Traverse, provides a reasonably challenging walk and climb particularly towards the top. The last 50 metres or so you need to be pulling yourself up onto the rocks. There are two standing stone features at top called Adam and Eve. They provide a good marker to head for. Once at the top you get fantastic views...

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  • Walk the Precipice Walk

    About 2miles out from Dolgellau there is the Precipice Walk so called because for half of the 4 mile walk you will follow the contours of the valley ovelooking Dolgellau and further on down to the Mawddach Estuary. It's an easy walk for most of the way because its pretty much on the same level. There are a few stiles to climb over and a couple of...

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  • Cycling the Mawddach Trail

    You can hire bikes in Dolgellau and then cycle down along the Mawddach estuary to Barmouth without too much effort in a day. The round trip is about 22 miles I think. It's all on the flat because the cycle trail follows the old route of the disused railway and takes you right along the edge of the estuary. If you're keen on wildlife this is a...

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  • Climb up Cadair Idris

    Starting from the free car park off the the BB4405, close to its junction with the A487 near Tal-y-llyn lake the walk takes you up through woodland before opening up onto more open hillside. The Llyn Cau, a still and evocative lake devoid of any obvious vegetation and surrounded by the steep sides of the Cwm is a good picnic spot. You can easily...

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  • Conwy Castle

    Although access by road will take you through very narrow streets and alongside the castle, the best way to approach Conwy is on foot. The 8 massive drum towers dwarf those who dare to come close to this impressive fortress. The misty mountains stretching away into the distance make a wonderful backdrop. Planned both as a residence and fortress by...

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  • Dolwyddelan Castle

    The importance of Dolwyddelan Castle lies not in its buildings, but in the role it played in the early Welsh struggle against English supremacy. It was built in 1170 by Iorwerth Trwydwn to guard the ancient route from Merionnydd to the Vale of Conwy, but its most famous inhabitant was his son, Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, better known as Llywelyn the...

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  • Harlech Castle

    What I knew before coming to Harlech was that their castle is one of the 4 major fortresses of Northern Wales; what I learned after arriving was that it's simply one of the most beautiful castles that I have ever seen! Perched on a bold, rocky outcrop at the head of the Treath Bach estuary, Harlech Castle is visible from miles away. The middle ward...

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  • Criccieth Castle

    The history of Criccieth castle is deeply entwined in the medieval conflict between Wales and England. Built as a stronghold of the Welsh princes between 1230 and 1240 by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great), Criccieth has later (in 1283) been taken by the forces of the English king Edward I. Under English governance the castle had been...

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  • Caernarfon Castle: Tywysogion Cymru

    Northern Wales is renowned for its mighty castles. Standing supreme is the quartet of Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech. Still the great castle of Caernarfon is probably the most famous of the four.Begun in 1283 by Edward I as the definite chapter in his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon was constructed serving various purposes: being a military...

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  • Power Stations

    Two of the most enjoyable days of a recent to Snowdonia and Anglesey, I spent visiting two power stations, which is odd considering my green credentials. However, the first was Dinorwic Hydroelectric Power Station, right in the heart of the mountains, just across the llyn from Llanberis. The visit to the 'Electric Mountain' museum, and a tour of...

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  • Caernarfon Castle

    This has got to be the most famous, as well as impressive castle in the whole of Wales.Edward 1 commisioned the building of the castle as a symbol of power and ab strong foothold in Wales in the 13thc and took 37 years to complete!! Well worth the effort, I would say.....In modern history, known for the investiture of H.R.H. Prince Charles as...

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  • Llanberis Slate Museum

    One wet day we decided to spend some money and take a look at the Slate Museum in Llanberis.I won't go into detail about this place as it's all on the website listed on this page. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience here, especially seeing how people lived in those days. After we had seen all the buildings, we had a walk to the quarry pool...

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  • Towyn Beach

    A real beaut of a beach with excellent sand, which has the whistling element like Porth Oer. Cliffs and rocks at both ends which split the beach up into smaller coves, as the tide comes in.I seem to remember there is a slipway here and there were a few boats about. We spent many an hour beach fishing, catching very little. Towyn really has...

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  • Criccieth Castle

    A landmark castle situated on a headland, between Criccieth's two beaches, in Tremadog Bay. It was bult in the early 13thc. for Llewlyn the Great, in a strategic position above the village, having the natural defences of the sea, cliffs and earthworks. Because of it's position, the castle withstood sieges by being able to receive supplies from the...

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