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Visitor attractions and information - Aberdovey

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Attractions Talyllyn Railway Company, Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9EY. Tel: 01654 710472. The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. The line runs for seven and a quarter miles (11.8 km) through the beautiful Fathew valley. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol. www.talyllyn.co.uk. About 5 miles north of Aberdovey.

Tywyn Talyllyn railway

Attractions Senedd-Dy Owain Glyndwr Heritage/Visitor Centre, Parliament House, Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth, SY20 8EE. Tel: 01654 702827. Interpretive and brass-rubbing centre. Souvenirs, colourful display of photographs, notes, models and books depicting Welsh history in the Middle Ages and the story of Owain Glyndwr's rebellion. About 8 miles northeast of Aberdovey.

Senedd-Dy Owain Glyndwr Heritage/Visitor Centre

Attractions Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ. Tel: 01654 705950. Europe’s leading eco-centre and set in beautiful countryside, the Centre is a unique visitor attraction with seven acres of interactive displays to inspire and entertain visitors of all ages. Ride the water-cliff railway, relax in our tranquil tropical organic gardens, enjoy our free holiday activities for kids and step inside Britain’s greenest building with gift shop and information centre. Open all year round, seven days a week. An amazing feat of engineering, and unique in Europe, the cliff railway is an ecologically sound way of transporting visitors between the car park, which is at valley floor level, and the centre itself which is in an old slate quarry, 180ft above. About 10 miles northeast of Aberdovey.

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth

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Visitor attractions and information - Anglesey

Attractions Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ. Tel: 01248 714795. Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views over the Menai Srait to Snowdonia. One of the UK's finest mansion house settings with the largest collection of Rex Whistler works. Large gardens, woodland walks and a marine walk along the Menai Straits. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. On the Isle of Anglesey.

Plas Newydd

Attractions South Stack Cliffs, Nearest town: Holyhead, Anglesey Tel: 01407 764973. The South Stack RSPB reserve comprises of two large areas of heathland, offshore stacks and caves and two blocks of farmland. A wide variety of birds and other flora and fauna can be seen, with the best time to visit being spring and summer. Opening times - The RSPB reserve is open year round; Ellins Tower, the RSPB visitor centre, is open from Easter to mid-September. On the Isle of Anglesey.

 South Stack Cliffs

AttractionsBeaumaris Castle, Anglesey. Tel: 01248 810361. Beaumaris is the great unfinished masterpiece. Started in 1295, it was the last of the massive Edwardian fortresses of the 13th century to be built in North Wales, but money ran out before the fortifications reached reached their full height. It is still regarded as the finest Welsh castle. It is the most technically perfect castle in Britain, with a symmetrical concentric "walls within walls" design that was state-of-the-art for the 13th century. www.beaumaris.com. On the Isle of Anglesey.

Beaumaris Castle

Attractions Henblas Country Park, Bodorgan, Isle of Anglesey LL62 5DL. Tel: 01407 840440. This country park is situated in the heart of Anglesey and offers families an insight into the workings of a farm. There are sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to help feed lambs at Easter. There is also falconry, a duck display and stable block and both indoor and outdoor children's play areas.. On the Isle of Anglesey.

Henblas Country Park

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Visitor attractions and information - Bala

Attractions Bala Lake Railway, Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd Tel: 01678 540666. The 2ft gauge line offers a delightful 9 mile return journey along Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), through the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. Location: On the outskirts of Bala.

Bala Lake

Attractions Cymmer Abbey, near Dolgellau. Cymmer Abbey was founded in 1198. The buildings were never completed and of the church, only the nave was ever built. The situation is typically Cistercian, in a remote valley with fast-flowing streams. Today the site is in the care of the Welsh Historic Monuments. Remains of the church and of the cloister layout can be viewed by the public. About 13 miles southwest of Bala.

Cymmer Abbey

Attractions Pistyll Rhaeadr, Tel: 01691 780392. Situated in the Berwyn mountains, Pistyll Rhaeadr is 240 ft (74 metres) tall, the highest waterfall in Wales & England. It is found in a remote location in Powys, near Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, and is definitely the hardest of the Seven Wonders to reach. Hundreds of people visit the imposing falls every year, there is a coffee and gift shop and a campsite nearby.  www.pistyllrhaeadr.co.uk. About 15 miles east of Bala, reached off the B4580 from Bala to Oswestry road.

Pistyll Rhaeadr

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Visitor attractions and information - Bangor

Attractions Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN. Tel: 01248 353084. 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds. Magnificent views over Snowdonia, a unique furniture collection and the best private art collection, in context, in Wales. Large gardens and grounds with formal Victorian walled garden, Dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 2 miles northeast of Bangor.

Penrhyn Castle

Attractions Cochwillan Old Hall, Tal-y-Bont, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 3AZ. Tel: 01248 355 853. The hall is considered one of the best examples of a Welsh medieval estate centre and it survives almost unaltered. The most striking feature of the late 15th century hall house is the roof of three bays, divided by trusses of hammer-beam type. The moulded hammer-beams have embattled crests and plain ends with pinholes in them; as these probably originally carried carved heads or heraldic shields, new shields have been fitted to harmonize with the ancestry of the old families of Cochwillan. About 3 miles east of Bangor.

Cochwillan Old Hall

Attractions Segontium Roman fort and museum, Llanbeblig Road, Caernarfon LL55 2LN. Tel : 01286 675625. The Segontium Roman fort was an auxiliary fort built by the Romans when they spread their conquest of Britain into Wales, and dates back to 77 AD.The museum tells the story of the conquest and occupation of Wales and contains fine examples of the finds excavated from the Segontium site. www.nmgw.ac.uk. About 8 miles southwest of Bangor.

Segontium Roman fort and museum

Attractions The Llanberis Lake Railway, Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL55 4TY. Tel: 01286 870549. The Llanberis Lake Railway offers unrivalled views of the mountains of Snowdonia from viewpoints quite inaccessible by road, all for a modest price. Starting at Gilfach Ddu station in the Padarn Country Park, the trip begins with a ride on the recently opened extension up to Llanberis Village, passing the Welsh Slate Museum and historic Dolbadarn Castle on the way. www.lake-railway.co.uk. About 8 miles south of Bangor.

The Llanberis Lake Railway

Attractions Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY. Since 1896, the Snowdon Mountain Railway has been making it easy to claim this mountain peak as one of your lifetime achievements. In a tremendously ambitious feat of engineering, and uniquely in Britain, a rack and pinion railway was built which rises to within 66ft of the summit of the highest mountain in England and Wales. www.snowdonrailway.co.uk. About 9 miles south of Bangor.

Snowdon Mountain Railway

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Visitor attractions and information - Barmouth

Attractions RNLI Boathouse, The Promenade, Barmouth, Gwynedd LL42 1NF. The Visitor Centre contains a pictorial history of Barmouth Lifeboat Station plus some artefacts pertaining to the lifeboats. There are also some pictures of Barmouth in Victorian times. A viewing gallery for Barmouth's Mersey class lifeboat has been installed. The Visitor Centre also houses the RNLI souvenir and gift shop. Location: In the centre of Barmouth.

RNLI Boathouse

Attractions Harlech Castle, Harlech Tel: 01766 780552. Harlech Castle is built on a rocky outcrop, gazing out over the land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia. The English monarch Edward1 built it in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role. A long siege here during the Wars of the Roses inspired the stirring song "Men of Harlech". About 10 miles north of Barmouth.

Harlech Castle

Attractions Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Railway, Beach Road, Fairbourne, Gwynedd LL38 2EX. Tel: 01341 250362. The Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway extends two and a half miles between Fairbourne Village and Penrhyn Point where it connects with a ferry which takes passengers across the Afon Mawddach to Barmouth. Four Steam Engines operate passenger services along the 12 ¼ inch Gauge track. www.fairbournerailway.com. Location: On the outskirts of Barmouth.

Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Railway

Attractions Cymmer Abbey, near Dolgellau. Cymmer Abbey was founded in 1198. The buildings were never completed and of the church, only the nave was ever built. The situation is typically Cistercian, in a remote valley with fast-flowing streams. Today the site is in the care of the Welsh Historic Monuments. Remains of the church and of the cloister layout can be viewed by the public. About 9 miles northeast of Barmouth.

Cymmer Abbey

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Visitor attractions and information - Beaumaris

Attractions Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ. Tel: 01248 714795. Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views over the Menai Srait to Snowdonia. One of the UK's finest mansion house settings with the largest collection of Rex Whistler works. Large gardens, woodland walks and a marine walk along the Menai Straits. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 6 miles southwest of Beaumaris.

 Plas Newydd

Attractions South Stack Cliffs, Nearest town: Holyhead, Anglesey Tel: 01407 764973. The South Stack RSPB reserve comprises of two large areas of heathland, offshore stacks and caves and two blocks of farmland. A wide variety of birds and other flora and fauna can be seen, with the best time to visit being spring and summer. Opening times - The RSPB reserve is open year round; Ellins Tower, the RSPB visitor centre, is open from Easter to mid-September. About 22 miles west of Beaumaris.

South Stack Cliffs

AttractionsBeaumaris Castle, Anglesey. Tel: 01248 810361. Beaumaris is the great unfinished masterpiece. Started in 1295, it was the last of the massive Edwardian fortresses of the 13th century to be built in North Wales, but money ran out before the fortifications reached reached their full height. It is still regarded as the finest Welsh castle. It is the most technically perfect castle in Britain, with a symmetrical concentric "walls within walls" design that was state-of-the-art for the 13th century. www.beaumaris.com. Location: In the centre of Beaumaris.

Beaumaris Castle

Attractions Henblas Country Park, Bodorgan, Isle of Anglesey LL62 5DL. Tel: 01407 840440. This country park is situated in the heart of Anglesey and offers families an insight into the workings of a farm. There are sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to help feed lambs at Easter. There is also falconry, a duck display and stable block and both indoor and outdoor children's play areas.. About 10 miles west of Beaumaris.

Henblas Country Park

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Visitor attractions and information - Bethesda

Attractions Plas Ffrancon Leisure Centre, Ffordd Newydd Coetmor, Bethesda, Gwynedd, LL57 3DT. Tel: 01248 601515. Fitness Room, Sports Hall, Squash courts, All-weather outdoor pitch. Location: On the outskirts of Bethesda.

Bethesda Leisure Centre

Attractions Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN. Tel: 01248 353084. 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds. Magnificent views over Snowdonia, a unique furniture collection and the best private art collection, in context, in Wales. Large gardens and grounds with formal Victorian walled garden, Dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles north of Bethesda.

Penrhyn Castle

Attractions Theatr Gwynedd, Ffordd Deiniol, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2TL. Tel: 01248 351707. Theatr Gwynedd is also a Cinema and shows a varied programme of films. Bar area. www.theatrgwynedd.co.uk. About 5 miles north of Bethesda.

Theatr Gwynedd Bangor

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Visitor attractions and information - Betws-y-coed

Conwy Valley Railway Museum,

AttractionsConwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-y-coed, Conwy Tel: 01690 710568. See the 1/4 full size 'Britannia', signalling, train layouts, working models. Also train rides, model shop, Buffet Coach Cafe. The Conwy Valley line at 27 miles long offers one of the most beautiful rail experiences in Britain. www.conwyrailwaymuseum.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Betws-y-coed.

Betws-y-coed railway

Attractions The Conwy Valley line, part of the National Rail Network, runs alongside one of the great rivers of Wales, the Conwy and continues along the banks of the turbulent river Lledr after its confluence with the Conwy at Betws-y-Coed. The Conwy Valley line at 27 miles long offers one of the most beautiful rail experiences in Britain. www.conwyvalleyrailway.co.uk. The line passes through Betws-y-coed.

The Conwy Valley line

Attractions Ty Mawr Wybrnant, Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL25 0HJ. Tel: 01690 760213. A traditional stone-built upland 16th-century farmhouse, Ty Mawr Wybrnant was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan (1545-1604), the first translator of the entire Bible into Welsh. The house has been restored to its probable 16th-17th century appearance. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Ian Shaw). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles south of Betws-y-coed.

Ty Mawr Wybrnant

AttractionsLlechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB. Tel: 01766 830 306. Former miners take visitors underground into the slate quarry. The "Miners’ Tramway" is a guided tour along a route which dates back to 1846, through impressive caverns where mining techniques are explained. To reach the "Deep Mine", visitors travel on the steepest funicular railway in Great Britain. There, 10 son et lumière tableaux depict the social life of a slate miner and his family. www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk. About 10 miles south of Betws-y-coed.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Ffestiniog Railway

AttractionsBlaenau Ffestiniog Railway, LL41 3ES. Tel: 01766 516000. Little steam-hauled narrow- gauge trains run a 13 1/2 mile main line in miniature from the coastline at Porthmadog into the mountains at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Blaenau Ffestiniog offers: Car Park, Toilets, Disabled toilets, Disabled Access, Public Telephones, Souvenir & Gift Shop. Joint station with Network Rail. About 10 miles south of Betws-y-coed.

Ffestiniog Railway Station

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Visitor attractions and information - Caernarfon

AttractionsCaernarfon Castle, Caernarfon Tel: 01286 67761. Caernarfon is possibly the most striking medieval monument in Wales, with its scale and commanding presence. Its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and colour-banded walls were designed to echo Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome. Begun in 1283, its symbolic status was emphasized when Edward's son , the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle was the setting for the Investiture of HRH Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. Location: In the centre of Caernarfon.

Caernarfon Castle

Attractions Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN. Tel: 01248 353084. 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds. Magnificent views over Snowdonia, a unique furniture collection and the best private art collection, in context, in Wales. Large gardens and grounds with formal Victorian walled garden, Dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 9 miles northeast of Caernarfon.

Penrhyn Castle

Attractions Cochwillan Old Hall, Tal-y-Bont, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 3AZ. Tel: 01248 355 853. The hall is considered one of the best examples of a Welsh medieval estate centre and it survives almost unaltered. The most striking feature of the late 15th century hall house is the roof of three bays, divided by trusses of hammer-beam type. The moulded hammer-beams have embattled crests and plain ends with pinholes in them; as these probably originally carried carved heads or heraldic shields, new shields have been fitted to harmonize with the ancestry of the old families of Cochwillan. About 9 miles northeast of Caernarfon.

Cochwillan Old Hall

Attractions Segontium Roman fort and museum, Llanbeblig Road, Caernarfon LL55 2LN. Tel : 01286 675625. The Segontium Roman fort was an auxiliary fort built by the Romans when they spread their conquest of Britain into Wales, and dates back to 77 AD.The museum tells the story of the conquest and occupation of Wales and contains fine examples of the finds excavated from the Segontium site. www.nmgw.ac.uk. Location: In the centre of Caernarfon.

Segontium Roman fort and museum

Attractions The Llanberis Lake Railway, Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL55 4TY. Tel: 01286 870549. The Llanberis Lake Railway offers unrivalled views of the mountains of Snowdonia from viewpoints quite inaccessible by road, all for a modest price. Starting at Gilfach Ddu station in the Padarn Country Park, the trip begins with a ride on the recently opened extension up to Llanberis Village, passing the Welsh Slate Museum and historic Dolbadarn Castle on the way. www.lake-railway.co.uk. About 6 miles east of Caernarfon.

The Llanberis Lake Railway

Attractions ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN (VISITOR CENTRE) LLANBERIS, Dinorwig Power Station, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY. Tel: 01286 870166. Set against a magnificent backdrop of the towering mountains and the magnificent scenery of Snowdonia, Electric Mountain is First Hydro Company's Visitor centre in Llanberis. Its split level layout contains a gift shop and café and is the starting point for the tour of Dinorwig Power Station. www.fhc.co.uk. About 6 miles east of Caernarfon.

 ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN (VISITOR CENTRE) LLANBERIS

Attractions National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY. Tel: 01286 870630. The National Slate Museum at Llanberis invested a £1.6 million lottery grant into bringing back to life the inheritance of the north Wales slate industry, which roofed the industrial revolution. The Museum building is sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. About 8 miles east of Caernarfon.

National Slate Museum

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Visitor attractions and information - Dolgellau

Attractions Cymmer Abbey, near Dolgellau. Cymmer Abbey was founded in 1198. The buildings were never completed and of the church, only the nave was ever built. The situation is typically Cistercian, in a remote valley with fast-flowing streams. Today the site is in the care of the Welsh Historic Monuments. Remains of the church and of the cloister layout can be viewed by the public. About 2 miles north of Dolgellau.

Cymmer Abbey

Attractions Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Railway, Beach Road, Fairbourne, Gwynedd LL38 2EX. Tel: 01341 250362. The Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway extends two and a half miles between Fairbourne Village and Penrhyn Point where it connects with a ferry which takes passengers across the Afon Mawddach to Barmouth. Four Steam Engines operate passenger services along the 12 ¼ inch Gauge track. www.fairbournerailway.com. About 9 miles southwest of Dolgellau.

Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Railway

Attractions Talyllyn Railway Company, Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9EY. Tel: 01654 710472. The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. The line runs for seven and a quarter miles (11.8 km) through the beautiful Fathew valley. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol. www.talyllyn.co.uk. About 10 miles southwest of Dolgellau.

Tywyn Talyllyn railway

Attractions Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ. Tel: 01654 705950. Europe’s leading eco-centre and set in beautiful countryside, the Centre is a unique visitor attraction with seven acres of interactive displays to inspire and entertain visitors of all ages. Ride the water-cliff railway, relax in our tranquil tropical organic gardens, enjoy our free holiday activities for kids and step inside Britain’s greenest building with gift shop and information centre. Open all year round, seven days a week. An amazing feat of engineering, and unique in Europe, the cliff railway is an ecologically sound way of transporting visitors between the car park, which is at valley floor level, and the centre itself which is in an old slate quarry, 180ft above. About 10 miles south of Dolgellau.

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth

King Arthur's Craft Centre

Attractions King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF. Underground tours. Pottery, Jewellery Studio - Celtic and Contemporary Jewellery, Leather, Candle Studio, Bumblebee Quilting, Café, Glass, Glassware, Furniture, Wooden items. About 9 miles south of Dolgellau.

King Arthur's Labyrinth

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Visitor attractions and information - Harlech

Attractions Harlech Castle, Harlech Tel: 01766 780552. Harlech Castle is built on a rocky outcrop, gazing out over the land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia. The English monarch Edward1 built it in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role. A long siege here during the Wars of the Roses inspired the stirring song "Men of Harlech". Location: In the centre of Harlech.

Harlech Castle

Attractions Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Railway, Beach Road, Fairbourne, Gwynedd LL38 2EX. Tel: 01341 250362. The Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway extends two and a half miles between Fairbourne Village and Penrhyn Point where it connects with a ferry which takes passengers across the Afon Mawddach to Barmouth. Four Steam Engines operate passenger services along the 12 ¼ inch Gauge track. www.fairbournerailway.com. About 10 miles south of Harlech.

Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Railway

Attractions Llanfair Slate Caverns, Harlech, Gwynedd. The entry to this old but important slate mine is through the main tunnel, under the twin arches of the crypt and into the lofty cathedral cavern. The tunnels and caverns are all man made and over a 100 years old (the miners had only candles for lighting). The slate in this mine is among the oldest in the world, and many industrial towns of Britain and Ireland have the original roofs of Llanfair slate. As you emerge from the caverns, you face the breath-taking view of Cardigan Bay, from the Preseli mountains in the south to the Lleyn peninsular in the north. www.llanfairslatecaverns.co.uk. On the outskirts of Harlech.

Llanfair Slate Caverns

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Visitor attractions and information - Holyhead

Attractions Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ. Tel: 01248 714795. Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views over the Menai Srait to Snowdonia. One of the UK's finest mansion house settings with the largest collection of Rex Whistler works. Large gardens, woodland walks and a marine walk along the Menai Straits. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 18 miles east of Holyhead.

Plas Newydd

Attractions South Stack Cliffs, Nearest town: Holyhead, Anglesey Tel: 01407 764973. The South Stack RSPB reserve comprises of two large areas of heathland, offshore stacks and caves and two blocks of farmland. A wide variety of birds and other flora and fauna can be seen, with the best time to visit being spring and summer. Opening times - The RSPB reserve is open year round; Ellins Tower, the RSPB visitor centre, is open from Easter to mid-September.About 2 miles west of Holyhead.

South Stack Cliffs

AttractionsBeaumaris Castle, Anglesey. Tel: 01248 810361. Beaumaris is the great unfinished masterpiece. Started in 1295, it was the last of the massive Edwardian fortresses of the 13th century to be built in North Wales, but money ran out before the fortifications reached reached their full height. It is still regarded as the finest Welsh castle. It is the most technically perfect castle in Britain, with a symmetrical concentric "walls within walls" design that was state-of-the-art for the 13th century. www.beaumaris.com. About 20 miles east of Holyhead.

Beaumaris Castle

Attractions Henblas Country Park, Bodorgan, Isle of Anglesey LL62 5DL. Tel: 01407 840440. This country park is situated in the heart of Anglesey and offers families an insight into the workings of a farm. There are sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to help feed lambs at Easter. There is also falconry, a duck display and stable block and both indoor and outdoor children's play areas.. About 14 miles east of Holyhead.

Henblas Country Park

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Visitor attractions and information - Llanberis

Attractions Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN. Tel: 01248 353084. 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds. Magnificent views over Snowdonia, a unique furniture collection and the best private art collection, in context, in Wales. Large gardens and grounds with formal Victorian walled garden, Dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 8 miles north of Llanberis.

Penrhyn Castle

Attractions Cochwillan Old Hall, Tal-y-Bont, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 3AZ. Tel: 01248 355 853. The hall is considered one of the best examples of a Welsh medieval estate centre and it survives almost unaltered. The most striking feature of the late 15th century hall house is the roof of three bays, divided by trusses of hammer-beam type. The moulded hammer-beams have embattled crests and plain ends with pinholes in them; as these probably originally carried carved heads or heraldic shields, new shields have been fitted to harmonize with the ancestry of the old families of Cochwillan. About 8 miles north of Llanberis.

Cochwillan Old Hall

Attractions Segontium Roman fort and museum, Llanbeblig Road, Caernarfon LL55 2LN. Tel : 01286 675625. The Segontium Roman fort was an auxiliary fort built by the Romans when they spread their conquest of Britain into Wales, and dates back to 77 AD.The museum tells the story of the conquest and occupation of Wales and contains fine examples of the finds excavated from the Segontium site. www.nmgw.ac.uk. About 7 miles west of Llanberis.

Segontium Roman fort and museum

Attractions The Llanberis Lake Railway, Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL55 4TY. Tel: 01286 870549. The Llanberis Lake Railway offers unrivalled views of the mountains of Snowdonia from viewpoints quite inaccessible by road, all for a modest price. Starting at Gilfach Ddu station in the Padarn Country Park, the trip begins with a ride on the recently opened extension up to Llanberis Village, passing the Welsh Slate Museum and historic Dolbadarn Castle on the way. www.lake-railway.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Llanberis.

The Llanberis Lake Railway

Attractions ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN (VISITOR CENTRE) LLANBERIS, Dinorwig Power Station, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY. Tel: 01286 870166. Set against a magnificent backdrop of the towering mountains and the magnificent scenery of Snowdonia, Electric Mountain is First Hydro Company's Visitor centre in Llanberis. Its split level layout contains a gift shop and café and is the starting point for the tour of Dinorwig Power Station. www.fhc.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Llanberis.

ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN (VISITOR CENTRE) LLANBERIS

Attractions National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY. Tel: 01286 870630. The National Slate Museum at Llanberis invested a £1.6 million lottery grant into bringing back to life the inheritance of the north Wales slate industry, which roofed the industrial revolution. The Museum building is sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. Location: On the outskirts of Llanberis.

National Slate Museum

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Visitor attractions and information - Llangefni

Attractions Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ. Tel: 01248 714795. Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views over the Menai Srait to Snowdonia. One of the UK's finest mansion house settings with the largest collection of Rex Whistler works. Large gardens, woodland walks and a marine walk along the Menai Straits. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Nick Meers). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 6 miles east of Llangefni.

Plas Newydd

Attractions South Stack Cliffs, Nearest town: Holyhead, Anglesey Tel: 01407 764973. The South Stack RSPB reserve comprises of two large areas of heathland, offshore stacks and caves and two blocks of farmland. A wide variety of birds and other flora and fauna can be seen, with the best time to visit being spring and summer. Opening times - The RSPB reserve is open year round; Ellins Tower, the RSPB visitor centre, is open from Easter to mid-September. About 14 miles west of Llangefni.

South Stack Cliffs

AttractionsBeaumaris Castle, Anglesey. Tel: 01248 810361. Beaumaris is the great unfinished masterpiece. Started in 1295, it was the last of the massive Edwardian fortresses of the 13th century to be built in North Wales, but money ran out before the fortifications reached reached their full height. It is still regarded as the finest Welsh castle. It is the most technically perfect castle in Britain, with a symmetrical concentric "walls within walls" design that was state-of-the-art for the 13th century. www.beaumaris.com. About 10 miles east of Llangefni.

Beaumaris Castle

Attractions Henblas Country Park, Bodorgan, Isle of Anglesey LL62 5DL. Tel: 01407 840440. This country park is situated in the heart of Anglesey and offers families an insight into the workings of a farm. There are sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to help feed lambs at Easter. There is also falconry, a duck display and stable block and both indoor and outdoor children's play areas.. About 2 miles south of Llangefni.

Henblas Country Park

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Visitor attractions and information - Llanrwst

AttractionsConwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-y-coed, Conwy Tel: 01690 710568. See the 1/4 full size 'Britannia', signalling, train layouts, working models. Also train rides, model shop, Buffet Coach Cafe. The Conwy Valley line at 27 miles long offers one of the most beautiful rail experiences in Britain. www.conwyrailwaymuseum.co.uk. About 3 miles south of Llanrwst.

Betws-y-coed railway

Attractions The Conwy Valley line, part of the National Rail Network, runs alongside one of the great rivers of Wales, the Conwy and continues along the banks of the turbulent river Lledr after its confluence with the Conwy at Betws-y-Coed. The Conwy Valley line at 27 miles long offers one of the most beautiful rail experiences in Britain. www.conwyvalleyrailway.co.uk. The line passes through Llanrwst.

The Conwy Valley line

Attractions Ty Mawr Wybrnant, Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL25 0HJ. Tel: 01690 760213. A traditional stone-built upland 16th-century farmhouse, Ty Mawr Wybrnant was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan (1545-1604), the first translator of the entire Bible into Welsh. The house has been restored to its probable 16th-17th century appearance. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 7 miles south of Llanrwst

 Ty Mawr Wybrnant

AttractionsLlechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB. Tel: 01766 830 306. Former miners take visitors underground into the slate quarry. The "Miners’ Tramway" is a guided tour along a route which dates back to 1846, through impressive caverns where mining techniques are explained. To reach the "Deep Mine", visitors travel on the steepest funicular railway in Great Britain. There, 10 son et lumière tableaux depict the social life of a slate miner and his family. www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk. About 14 miles south of Llanrwst

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Attractions Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE. Tel: 01492 650460. The world-famous garden is noted for its botanical collections. Situated above the river Conwy with stunning views across Snowdonia, it features huge Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 7 miles north of Llanrwst.

Bodnant Garden

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Visitor attractions and information - Porthmadog

AttractionsPortmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6ET- Tel: 01766 770000. This unique Italianate seaside village was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925-72, and made famous by TV series "The Prisoner". It is surrounded by the lovely Gwyllt woodland gardens containing rare Himalayan flowering trees and other exotics. About 3 miles east of Porthmadog.

Portmeirion

Ffestiniog Railway

AttractionsFfestiniog Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog Tel: 01766 512340. Little steam-hauled narrow- gauge trains run a 13 1/2 mile main line in miniature from the coastline at Porthmadog into the mountains at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Location: On the outskirts of Porthmadog.

Ffestiniog Railway Station

Attractions The Lloyd George Museum, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0SH - Tel: 01766 522071. Discover the life and times of David Lloyd George in the Museum and Highgate, his boyhood home. Highgate has been recreated as it was when Lloyd George lived there between 1864-1880 as well as his uncle's shoemaking workshop. You can also enjoy the Victorian cottage garden. About 6 miles west of Porthmadog.

Lloyd George Museum

Attractions Brynkir Woollen Factory, Golan, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd LL51 9YU. Tel: 01766 530236. A long-established full working woollen mill with shop, where visitors can view the entire manufacturing process from raw wool to the finished product. About 4 miles north of Porthmadog.

Brynkir Woollen Factory

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Visitor attractions and information - Pwllheli

Attractions Penarth Fawr Medieval House, Chwilog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 6PR - Tel: 01766 810880. Penarth Fawr is a unique example of the home of the Welsh gentry of the 15th century. Built as a hall-house with local stones and timber in the 1450s. Restored in 1937 it now displays a wealth of original features. About 3 miles northeast of Pwllheli.

Attractions BODVEL HALL ADVENTURE PARK, near Pwllheli. Tel: 01758 613733. A visit to Bodvel Hall means a fun day out for the family, with an Animal Farmyard, Birds of Prey, Golf Putting, Kiddies Indoor Play Area, Horseshoe Quoits, Quad Track, Natyre Walks, Fishing, Riverside Coffee-shop and a Picnic Area. . About 3 miles west of Pwllheli.

Attractions The Lloyd George Museum, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0SH - Tel: 01766 522071. Discover the life and times of David Lloyd George in the Museum and Highgate, his boyhood home. Highgate has been recreated as it was when Lloyd George lived there between 1864-1880 as well as his uncle's shoemaking workshop. You can also enjoy the Victorian cottage garden. About 8 miles east of Pwllheli.

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Visitor attractions and information - Tywyn

Attractions Talyllyn Railway Company, Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9EY. Tel: 01654 710472. The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. The line runs for seven and a quarter miles (11.8 km) through the beautiful Fathew valley. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol. www.talyllyn.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Tywyn.

Tywyn Talyllyn railway

Attractions Senedd-Dy Owain Glyndwr Heritage/Visitor Centre, Parliament House, Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth, SY20 8EE. Tel: 01654 702827. Interpretive and brass-rubbing centre. Souvenirs, colourful display of photographs, notes, models and books depicting Welsh history in the Middle Ages and the story of Owain Glyndwr's rebellion. About 9 miles northeast of Tywyn.

Senedd-Dy Owain Glyndwr Heritage/Visitor Centre

Attractions Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ. Tel: 01654 705950. Europe’s leading eco-centre and set in beautiful countryside, the Centre is a unique visitor attraction with seven acres of interactive displays to inspire and entertain visitors of all ages. Ride the water-cliff railway, relax in our tranquil tropical organic gardens, enjoy our free holiday activities for kids and step inside Britain’s greenest building with gift shop and information centre. Open all year round, seven days a week. An amazing feat of engineering, and unique in Europe, the cliff railway is an ecologically sound way of transporting visitors between the car park, which is at valley floor level, and the centre itself which is in an old slate quarry, 180ft above. About 12 miles northeast of Tywyn.

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth

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