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Gwynedd City Guide

The historic kingdom and modern-day county of Gwynedd is one of Wales’ largest and richest regions. Situated in the northernmost part of Wales and covering most of the Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd is comprised largely of natural surrounds, such as the Llŷn Peninsula – considered to be one of the most unspoiled regions in the UK.

However, Gwynedd offers much more than beautiful landscapes, and is also home to many towns and villages. Between them, these offer great shopping, fantastic culture and some truly unforgettable places to stay. Visit Gwynedd and you’ll soon see why this is one of Wales’ most popular tourist destinations.

Get Outdoors in Gwynedd 

If you love outdoor activities then Gwynedd is for you. Break some waves with some unbeatable surfing on the coast in Abersoch or Borth, try out twitching in one of Gwynedd’s RSPB reserves near Conwy or Lake Vrnwy, or just head out horse-riding in the countryside. Why not even attempt to conquer Mount Snowdon? This dramatic peak is the highest in Wales and is the namesake for Snowdonia National Park.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns 

From the peak of Snowdon to the caverns beneath it, you’ll find the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog make an unforgettable visit. This slate mine boasts the steepest cable railway in Britain, and makes for a thrilling ride into the darkest depths of these impressive caverns. The chambers are mind-blowing for their size alone, and you will learn all about the historic Welsh mining industry.

Llŷn Peninsula 

Reaching out like a great arm into the cool, crashing waters of the Irish Sea, the Llŷn Peninsula is over 30 miles long and is one of the least densely populated areas of Wales. Its isolation is a factor in why two thirds of the locals here speak Welsh, making this a wonderful place to visit for a remote break that will expose you to the essence of preserved Welsh countryside, culture and coast.

Heritage in Gwynedd 

There are medieval fortifications throughout Wales, but those in Gwynedd are no mere ruins. The castles here are some of the best preserved in Wales, drawing the past into the present day with incredible clarity. You’ll find wonderful examples in towns and villages such as Harlech, Conwy and Penrhyn, but the jewel in the crown has to be Caernarfon Castle. This medieval fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site is a gargantuan construction of grey stone that will quite literally take your breath away.

Shopping in Gwynedd 

While you mightn’t expect an area known for its countryside to be a shopping hub, the shops in Gwynedd’s towns and villages are stuffed with character and charm. Find armour and swords as well as fresh local produce from small town farmers’ markets and stalls. With arts, crafts and pottery all available too, plus much more, you’ll find the perfect gift or souvenir in Gwynedd.

Enjoy Gwynedd 

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South Stack Coastal Retreats

South Stack Coastal Retreats

Tan Y Cytiau, Holyhead
4.2
of 5, from 53 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from South Stack Lighthouse and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Holyhead Maritime Museum. Holyhead Harbour is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) away.

£54
Prince Llewelyn Hotel

Prince Llewelyn Hotel

Smith Street, Caernarfon
2.4
of 5, from 71 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Gelert's Grave and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rhyd Ddu Path and Watkin Path. Moel Hebog and Mount Snowdon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£62
Black Boy Inn

Black Boy Inn

Northgate Street, Caernarfon
4.6
of 5, from 132 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£65
Celtic Royal Hotel

Celtic Royal Hotel

Bangor Street, Caernarfon
4.4
of 5, from 124 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£50
The Royal Victoria Hotel

The Royal Victoria Hotel

Llanberis, Caernarfon
3.8
of 5, from 305 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Llanberis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum. Miner's Track and Pyg Track are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£58
Gazelle Hotel

Gazelle Hotel

Glyn Garth, Menai Bridge
3.7
of 5, from 80 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Beaumaris Castle and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Menai Bridge. Bangor University and Penrhyn Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Château Rhianfa

Château Rhianfa

Beaumaris, Menai Bridge
4.2
of 5, from 36 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Cwm Cadnant guesthouse is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Menai Bridge and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Beaumaris Castle. Bangor University and Penrhyn Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£87
Seiont Manor Hotel

Seiont Manor Hotel

Llanrug Caernafon, Caernarfon
4.4
of 5, from 78 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the mountains, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Caernarfon Castle, National Slate Museum, and Dolbadurn Castle. Miner's Track and Pyg Track are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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