The pick of Snowdonia

Snowdonia
Above: A traditional Welsh farmstead is dwarfed by the mountains of Snowdonia

Sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and glorious estuaries. Here is our pick of places to visit during your trip to Snowdonia

Snowdonia
Above: A traditional Welsh farmstead is dwarfed by the mountains of Snowdonia

Aberdaron and the Llŷn peninsula

A charming fishermen’s village with limewashed cottages and spectacular light which has drawn artists as well as thousands of pilgrims journeying to Bardsey Island where legend has it 20,000 saints are buried. www.aberdaronlink.co.uk

Portmeirion

Experience this unique Italianate village, set on a rocky peninsula in Tremadog Bay. It was the setting for the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner.

Conwy Castle

This magnificent castle was built in just four years by Edward I, and its spectacular battlements have wonderful views over sea and mountains. Tel: (01492) 592358; www.conwy.com and www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Harlech Castle

Edward I’s spectacular castle has panoramic views over sea and mountains, and imposing battlements visible for miles around. Tel: (01766) 780552; www.harlech.com and www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Llanberis Lake Railway

See spectacular Snowdonia from a narrow-gauge steam train, with a five-mile return trip past Dolbadarn Castle and to the glorious Lake Padarn. Tel: (01286) 870549; www.lake-railway.co.uk

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Explore the underground world of the Victorian slate miner, and there’s a Victorian village including  bank, sweet shop and tavern. Tel: (01766) 830306; www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk

Plas Mawr

The finest surviving Elizabethan townhouse anywhere in Britain, and an architectural gem. Tel: (01492) 580167; www.conwy.com/plasmawr and www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Sir Clough’s own garden

Just a few miles away, at his ancestral home, Plas Brondanw, has wonderful topiary and sweeping views. Tel: (01743) 241181; www.brondanw.org

Snowdon Mountain Railway

A breathtaking journey to the spectacular new visitor centre on Mount Snowdon, where trains have chugged their way to the summit since Queen Victoria’s day. Tel: 0844 493 8120; www.snowdonrailway.co.uk

 

 

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