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Gwynedd

Known for Historical Buildings, Castles and Walking

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.

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

Get Outdoors in Gwynedd If you love outdoor activitiesthen Gwynedd is for you. Break some waves withsome unbeatable surfing on the coast in Abersochor Borth, try out twitching in one of Gwynedd’sRSPB reserves near Conwy or Lake Vrnwy, or just head out horse-riding in thecountryside. Why not even attempt to conquer Mount Snowdon?This dramatic peak is the highest in Wales and is the namesake for SnowdoniaNational Park.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns From the peak of Snowdonto the caverns beneath it, you’ll find the LlechweddSlate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog make an unforgettable visit. Thisslate mine boasts the steepest cable railway in Britain, and makes for athrilling ride into the darkest depths of these impressive caverns. Thechambers are mind-blowing for their size alone, and you will learn all aboutthe historic Welsh mining industry.

Llŷn Peninsula Reaching out like a great arm intothe cool, crashing waters of the Irish Sea, the Llŷn Peninsulais 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, makingthis a wonderful place to visit for a remote break that will expose you to theessence of preserved Welsh countryside, culture and coast.

Heritage in Gwynedd There are medieval fortificationsthroughout Wales, but those in Gwynedd are no mere ruins. The castles here aresome of the best preserved in Wales, drawing the past into the present day withincredible clarity. You’ll find wonderful examples in towns and villages suchas Harlech, Conwy and Penrhyn, but the jewel in the crown has to be CaernarfonCastle. This medieval fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site is a gargantuanconstruction of grey stone that will quite literally take your breath away.

Shopping in Gwynedd While you mightn’t expect an areaknown for its countryside to be a shopping hub, the shops in Gwynedd’stowns and villages are stuffed with character and charm. Find armour and swordsas 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 findthe perfect gift or souvenir in Gwynedd.

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Things to do in Gwynedd

Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don’t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.

Caernarfon Castle, located at the mouth of the River Seiont on the North Wales coast, is perhaps the most architecturally impressive and imposing of all the castles in Wales.

Beaumaris Castle is one of Wales' six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, despite never having been finished. The 700-year-old fortifications here were highly advanced for their time and still look formidable today, even when dwarfed by the mountainous backdrop of Snowdonia National Park.

The Menai Bridge connects the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales across the Menai Strait. The world-famous wrought iron suspension bridge offers stunning views over the Snowdonia mountain range to the west and Anglesey to the north.

Old lighthouses are wonderfully romantic spots, with their inspiring views, lonely locations, and a powerful proximity to the elements. Lighthouses don’t come much better than South Stack’s which has stood proud since 1809. Not far from Holyhead, the largest town on the island of Anglesey and, these days, a busy ferry port, the lighthouse assists the passage of ships on the Dublin–Holyhead–Liverpool sea route, which crosses some famously stormy seas.

The ruins of imposing Criccieth Castle are a superb example of a native castle. Built during the reign of Llywelyn the Great, one of the greatest Welsh statesmen of the Middle Age, these spectacular ruins, dramatically situated on the headland between two sandy beaches, tower over the blue waters of the bay. The castle looks down on the pretty seaside resort of Criccieth, and offers a vista from which to survey the North Cambrian Coast and the Llŷn Peninsula of North Wales.