Bala Travel Guide

  • Yes, it's still raining!
    Yes, it's still raining!
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  • Our Lady of Fatima Church
    Our Lady of Fatima Church
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  • Outside the church building
    Outside the church building
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Bala Things to Do

  • Site of Norman Castle

    Again, during our walk from Bala train Station to the town centre, Vicki pointed out this place of interest - an old Oak Tree and flag sit on the mound that was the site of an old defence castle, dating back to Norman times.We could see it from the road, but got a better view after turning the corner onto the Bala to Dolgellau road after the old...

  • Site of Bala Eisteddfod

    On our way to Bala town from the train station, Vicki pointed out this circle of stones behind a chain fence.These mark the site of the Bala Eisteddfod , which was held in 1967. the stones were placed here in 1966 as a sort of advertisement of the following years event.We'd already crossed the road, so didn't get a closer look.The latest Eisteddfod...

  • Follow the 'Town Trail'

    Vicki had done this trail previously, and pointed out some of the sites and facts that she'd remembered. I'm afraid that the rain deterred us from straying too far, but there may well be a chance some other time.You can collect a map and short guide to the Town Trail, from The Bala Tourist Information Office, which is located at:Penllyn Leisure...

  • Check out the notices in this shop...

    Wandering around Bala, Vicki pointed out this shop window with its plethora of notices/adverts. Closer inspection revealed that these were 'a dig' at local competitors such as the Co-Op and Spar, or against Chinese produced tin openers, 'Imported water' and one against milk that isn't Proper Welsh Milk because the 'author' states that the milk...

  • Our Lady Of Fatima - Parish Church

    Bala, like many Welsh towns, has its fair share of chapels and churches - It always appears to me, that there is at least one place of worship for each public House! These are typically stone constructions, with towers and steeples visible from a distance. On the High Street is a church that might be passed by, un-noticed. Our Lady Of Fatima is...

  • Hire a Boat

    Bala adventure and Watersports Centre is situated at the Northern end of the Lake. From here you can hire Kayaks, pedal boats, rowing boats and windsurfs although if these activities seem too strenuous you can book yourself on a boat trip around the lake. The Watersports Centre also run a series of taster courses and organised activities such as...

  • The Mound - Tomen Y Bala

    Tomen Y Bala is the remains of a Norman Castle mound or 'Motte'. It is now a well tended garden in which you can walk the circular path to the top and admire the great views of the town. There is a fantastic Oak tree growing out of the top of the Mound together with a flagpole flying the Welsh flag of course! You will also find an information board...

  • Capel Tegid

    Capel Tegid is situated just off the main Street of Bala. It was build in 1866 of Fron stone which was quarried from caverns still visible today at Craig Y Fron. The Chapel seats 1,000 people. The Statue in front of the Chapel is that of Thomas Charles (1755-1804). Thomas Charles was a Methodist minister, writer, publisher and a pioneer of the...

  • Follow the waymarked trails to the Hills

    Bala has many public footpaths which are signposted with yellow arrows. It is always a good idea to have an OS map with you if you are not familiar with the area or just walk part of the way so you don't get lost. From the Bala Steam railway Station, if you walk over the footbridge this will lead you to a ladder type style, if you cross this and...

  • Walk along the shores of the Lake

    From the Bala Watersports Centre there is a lovely little path which will take you alongside the lake where you'll find some beautiful wild flowers and trees which grow there. A ten minute stroll through this lovely area will take you to a main road where you'll find a series of benches overlooking the lake. If you're feeling energetic, carry on...

  • Visit the Tourist Information Centre

    The Tourist Information Centre is situated on the A494 at the Northern end of Bala Lake just before the town Centre. It has a good selection of leaflets and brochures to let you know what's in the area and an exhibition on Welsh Male voice Choirs. I was especially impressed with the wide range of merchandise sold in the shop, there was a good...

  • Watch the sun go down

    There is a lovely little parking area at the Northern end of the lake which is a popular place in the daytime for picnics; in the evening you can park up and watch the sun disappear over the beautiful hills surrounding Bala.

  • Look out for old signs

    At Llanuwchllyn train station and also at the stop at Bala you will notice lots of antique metal signs on the walls, advertising goods which may bring back a memory or two!

  • Relax on the shores of Lake Bala

    At Llangower there is a lovely little pebble beach area where you can dip your toes in to Lake Bala, have a swim or just sit on the shores and admire the scenery. The Bala Steam Railway stops here, an ideal opportunity for a picnic if the weather's fine.

  • Signal Box

    At Llanuwchllyn Station you can explore the original Great Western Railways signal box. This is an un-manned working signal box with a sign above the levers asking visitors not to touch.... a bit trusting if you ask me!!


Bala Hotels

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  • White Lion Royal Hotel

    HIGH STREET, Bala, Merionethshire, LL23 7AE, GB

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Bala Lake Hotel

    I would not reccomend this hotel at all!! It was unprofessional, the owner had a terrible attitude...


Bala Restaurants

  • Pub lunch!

    During our journey to Dolgammedd Camp Site, it has become tradition, for Gilly and I to stop of en route for a quick bite, drink and leg stretch. This time (August 2012) we got as far as Bala, before stopping. If the rare sighting of a parking spot on Bala High Street hadn't magically happened, then we might have had to wait until the camp site...

  • The Oldest established cafe in Bala

    The building, dates back to 1855, and was previously owned by a Mr Evans, and was a newspaper shop at the beginning of the 20th Century. In the mid 1800's it was a chemists shop.It was established as a cafe, serving food to the local farmers, and those visiting on Market Day, but during WW2, due to rationing of food and petrol, it served as a bike...

  • Good Cheap Menu!

    Possibly not the most elegant restaurant in Bala - actually, possibly the most down-trodden place - but on a wet afternoon on our way to Dolgellau for the annual North Wales Camping VT Meet, we stopped in Bala to pick up some last provisions and wanted somewhere to have a light lunch. We had managed to find a parking space immediately outside The...


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    Steam Train To and From Bala

    by suvanki Updated Aug 24, 2013

    The Bala Lake Railway runs alongside Lake Bala (LLyn Tegid) between Llanuwchllyn and just outside the town of Bala. This was once part of the Barmouth to Ruabon railway line, until Lord Beeching decreed that this along with other lines was to close. Llanuwchllyn station closed to passengers on the 18th January 1965, but re-opened in 1972

    So,on one grey and rainy August afternoon, Vicki, Gilly and I caught the train at Llanuwchllyn. The station here has been attractively restored, and is complete with signal box and a cafe/gift shop. Free toilets too! (if You're doing the 1 hour return journey, without visiting Bala, be aware that there are no facillities at Bala Station, apart from an open shelter)

    The cafe serves hot and cold drinks/snacks/cakes etc.
    Post cards, guide books, souvenirs of Wales and train items are available at the gift shop.

    Five carriages (two open - ie No glass windows), pulled by a steam engine wind their way to Bala, with a short stop at Llangower. (Pentrepiod is a request stop). The carriages are fairly basic, but adequate for this journey.
    For £30 you can travel on the foot plate, otherwise it is £9.50 Adult return (£6.50 single) See website for other fares/offers etc

    Our Train - Maid Marian Sign to The Station Timetables etc On the Train Admiring the greyness of Lake Bala
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Bala Shopping

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  • An Aladdin's Cave!

    This is more than just a Post Office, as it is also a well stocked shop to purchase souvenirs/ gifts, outdoor gear, wet suits, fishing nets, gadgets, watches etc etc as well as post cards and stamps of course! We visited on the Saturday afternoon, when the actual Post Office Counter had closed (12.30 on Saturday, 17.30 Mon- Friday - opens 0900...

  • best cakes and pies and bread ever!!!

    The shop has been in Bala for a long time, but has lately been taken over and completely dusted down, by Feline and Adam, a young local couple. Apart from being a general grocery store and mini-mart, Feline bakes all the delicious bread on the premises,and Adam makes wonderful pies. Adams Mum Christine also bakes the most mouth-watering cakes....

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    Gorsedd Y Beirdd Stones

    by Myfanwe Written Aug 31, 2009

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    These stones were erected in 1966 for the proclamation of the National Eisteddfodd held at Y Bala for the first time in 1967.

    The National Eisteddfod is a cultural festival which lasts for eight days at the beginning of August every year.

    Normally, it attracts over 170,000 visitors and some 8,000 competitors. It is, in fact, the largest popular festival of competitive music making (including composition) and poetry and prose writing in Europe.

    The stones can be found next to the Car Park at the top end (Nth) end of the town.

    The stone circle from Tomen Y Bala
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