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Have unforgettable adventures in beautiful North Wales
Welcome to North Wales or Croeso i Gogledd Cymru . With a stunning coastline, dramatic mountains, fantastic medieval castles and a rich industrial heritage, this action-packed rural region is a bastion of the Welsh language brimming with opportunities for adventurous types to enjoy walking, surfing, climbing, mountain-biking, birdwatching and water sports. Alternatively, holidaymakers can relax on beaches, ride regional railways or visit picture postcard villages. Wherever your hotel is, unspoilt scenery in the Snowdonia National Park is never far away. North Wales is well served by road and rail, including the breath-taking Cambrian Coast Line.
Marvel at wonderful scenery or get active
Spellbinding North Wales is dominated by short, fast-flowing rivers, lonesome lakes and Britain’s mightiest mountains outside Scotland. Whether you just want to absorb the beautiful landscape or enjoy outdoor pursuits, this rugged area won’t disappoint. The Snowdonia National Park, characterized by lush scenery, wild mountains and herds of sheep, has some of Britain’s wettest weather. It stretches from the River Dovey in the south to the River Conwy in the north and covers sparsely-populated countryside boasting rare plants and birds like ospreys. Its highest peak, Mount Snowdon, regularly attracts walkers and mountaineers and is Wales’s tallest at 1,085 metres. Other notable peaks in Snowdonia include imposing Cadair Idris to the south, the remote Rhinogydd range east of Harlech and rocky Tryfan, which is famed for its twin summit monoliths nicknamed Adam and Eve, or Siôn a Siân in Welsh.
Besides walking and climbing, outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy numerous activities in North Wales, no matter where their hotel is. Thrill-seekers can hurtle down white-knuckle zip lines at Zip World. Sites include the slate quarry at Penrhyn, which boasts the world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line, and Llechwedd Slate Caverns near Blaenau Ffestiniog, which has a four-person zip line. Mountain-biking devotees can test themselves on scenic woodland trails in the Rhinogydd foothills at Coed-y-Brenin forest north of Dolgellau. Even surfers are catered for at Surf Snowdonia in Dolgarrog between Betws-y-Coed and Conwy. Framed by an unrivalled mountainous backdrop, it boasts a custom-built inland wave pool. Canoeists will love gorgeous Bala Lake, Wales’s largest natural lake. Nearby is the National White Water Centre, a magnet for white-water rafting and kayaking.
Let the train take the strain
Whether climbing mountains or visiting the beach, travellers often harness the railways of North Wales. The Cambrian Coast Line connects Dovey Junction, near Machynlleth, and Pwllheli on the remote Llŷn Peninsula, which is a Welsh language stronghold. It hugs the Cardigan Bay coast and is one of Britain’s most scenic mainlines. It calls at seaside resorts including family-friendly Aberdovey with its pretty harbour, charming Criccieth with its ruined medieval castle overlooking the Irish Sea and bustling Barmouth with its sandy beaches on the stunning River Mawddach estuary, which William Wordsworth described as “glorious”. Meanwhile, the northern coast mainline serves popular resorts like Colwyn Bay and Llandudno with its attractive Victorian promenade. For ferry connections to Ireland, trains continue to Holyhead via beautiful Anglesey island, which boasts the tongue-twisting village with Europe’s longest place name; Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantisiliogogogoch. Helpfully for non-Welsh speakers, its railway station displays a phonetic pronunciation guide.
Rail enthusiasts can also ride on North Wales’s historic narrow gauge steam railways. These preserved heritage lines turned popular tourist attractions were built to link isolated mines with coastal ports and mainline junctions during the Industrial Revolution. One of the best-known is the Talyllyn Railway between Tywyn on Cardigan Bay and slate quarries near the base of Cadair Idris. Opened in 1866, it runs for roughly seven miles and became the world’s first heritage railway to be preserved by volunteers, who rescued it from closure in 1951. At Porthmadog, visitors can ride the restored Welsh Highland Railway, which heads to Caernarfon via Snowdonia mountain passes, or take the famous Ffestiniog Railway for about 13 miles to Blaenau Ffestiniog. At remote Dduallt station, this line features a rare spiral loop designed to overcome a sharp incline. Meanwhile, the Snowdon Mountain Railway carries passengers effortlessly from Llanberis to the mountain’s summit.
Explore World Heritage Sites
North Wales features two World Heritage Sites. Near Wrexham, travellers with a head for heights can cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on foot or by narrow boat. This aesthetically-pleasing marvel of civil engineering built by Thomas Telford carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee and was completed in 1805. Standing 38 metres tall, it’s Britain’s tallest and longest aqueduct. It features on the Offa’s Dyke Path, taking walkers along the Welsh border to Prestatyn on the northern coast.
In Gwynedd, history buffs can step back in time at superb castles, which collectively form the region’s second World Heritage Site. These fortifications built for Edward I after England invaded Wales during the late 13th century are among the finest examples of military architecture in Europe. Highlights include Harlech Castle, perched atop a rocky outcrop, and wonderful Beaumaris Castle with its concentric defences and moat. The impressive castles and town walls at Conwy and Caernarfon are also listed.
Discover an Italian outpost
Portmeirion, near Porthmadog, is an Italian-style village famed for its pottery. Built by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, this tourist attraction strung around a handsome plaza overlooks the River Dwyryd estuary. Despite its North Wales location, it oozes Mediterranean atmosphere, and many of its buildings offer hotel accommodation. Paying visitors are also welcome to walk around and enjoy its tearooms, grab an ice cream or purchase the distinctive Portmeirion pottery sold in its souvenir shops.
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Hotel Pebble House Llandudno
Just a pebble's throw from the beach...our recently renovated, family-run Bed and Breakfast is open for its fifth season in 2019. Pebble House is an elegant, Grade II listed Victorian property that offers panoramic views of Llandudno Bay. Our modern and welcoming B&B is situated right on the seafront. Just out of the hustle and bustle of town, guests can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the prom towards Llandudno's Great Orme and its fantastic Pier. We offer contemporary and comfortable accommodation ranging from single, twin and double rooms, as well as a king & deluxe king sea view room. All have stunning en-suite bathrooms, wall mounted LED TVs, free WIFI, toiletries and hospitality trays. Included in your stay you can enjoy a traditionally cooked Welsh breakfast, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, as well as helping yourself to our chilled buffet. New for 2019 - Relax in our stunning sea view lounge complete with 60" 4K UHD TV. more
Hotel Llandudno Bay Hotel Llandudno
The 4 star Llandudno Bay HotelHotel is a relatively new arrival on the Llandudno hotel scene and enjoys a prominent Promenade location. En-suite rooms at the Llandudno Bay include colour television, tea and coffee maker, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron/board, safe and free Wi-Fi. Room service is available at all times. General amenities include a permanently manned front desk, lounge bar for guest relaxation and parking. Extensive meeting and function rooms are here to cater for business and leisure events. Breakfast choices are served in the dining room and there is an emphasis on fresh local ingredients in menus for later dining. Selections of wines, spirits and Welsh Ales ensure the popularity of the Woodhouse Bar. Llandudno’s North shore Beach is a 10 minute stroll from the hotel and the popular Swimming Centre and Bodafon Farm Park are both less than a mile away. more
Hotel The Queens Llandudno
The Queens is a family-run 3-star hotel in Llandudno. It is centrally situated on the Llandudno's Victorian Promenade and, as such, the hotel offers views over the Pier and the Bay. Also, it is very close to the shopping centre and the local theatre. The Queens offers private car parking, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, two ballrooms with a dancing for special events. In all 82 en suite bedrooms there is colour TV, a hospitality tray, tea/coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, and a telephone. All rooms are accessible by lift. For disabled, there is a ramp as well. The hotel is dog-friendly. Children under 5 stay free of charge. Those ones between 6-16 years stay for a half of the adult tariff. During August, all children stay and eat free of charge. Online booking is available. Rooms prices vary depending on their size and whether they have a seaside view. Reservations for special events can be arranged by a phone call. more
Hotel Britannia Hotel Llandudno
The Grand Hotel Llandudno is part of the Britannia chain of hotels and is a three star property which overlooks the promenade of Llandudno’s north shore. Both the train station and main bus station of the town are convenient for the hotel with them being 1.5 and 2km away respectively. The hotel has 162 guest rooms all of which are en-suite and some with sea views. Standard features of the guestrooms include televisions and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the rooms at the hotel have been adapted especially for disabled guests. Conference and meeting facilities are available at the hotel for up to 250 delegates and the hotel also arranges weddings, christenings and parties. The Premier dining room is open for breakfast and dinner where guests can enjoy their meals whilst enjoying the views over the Llandudno bay. The main restaurant serves up a buffet for guests and the Connaught bar serves lighter meals and drinks. The hotel also has a coffee shop which is open during the day. The Grand Ballroom has nightly entertainment and there is also a snooker room available for use by guests. more
Hotel St George's Hotel Llandudno
St George's is a four star hotel. This traditional Victorian white washed building was built as the first luxury hotel in Llandudno. With its ocean view location it offers 75 contemporary and fully-air conditioned bedrooms with comfortable linens, fully-equipped room amenities, free wireless internet access, ocean and countryside view rooms and a 24hr room service. There is a free of charge on-site car park. With its sea view terrace restaurant overlooking the coastal views of Llandudno Bay, St George's has gained its reputation for its cuisine and sparkling wines. St. George’s newest function venue, The Menai, has its own exclusive private terrace for events such as weddings, family gatherings, reunions, business meetings and private events. 5 conference rooms are available with business services. Located near Llandudno Promenade and only a short walking distance from the shopping area and town center, the hotel is perfectly situated in the coastal North Wales and near local attractions like the Great Orme, a short distance to Snowdonia or other nearby historic towns and villages. more
Hotel Elsinore Hotel Llandudno
A down-to-earth family-run hotel with sea views, Elsinore Hotel offers easy access to both the beach and Llandudno railway station. The majestic Snowdonia National Park is just a 30-minute drive away. Each room at this hotel offers en-suite facilities with complimentary toiletries. The rooms are simply furnished, with bedside tables, reading lights, TVs and a choice of firm or soft pillows. Tea and coffee-making facilities come as standard at this hotel. Selected rooms enjoy panoramic sea views. Ironing facilities are available at this property, as is a 24-hour front desk. Furthermore, the hotel staff are happy to help with baggage. Wi-Fi access is available, too. A full cooked breakfast served in the dining room is available each morning. The hotel is just two blocks from bustling Mostyn Street, where visitors can enjoy the food at Forte's Restaurant or Wildwood. The Great Orme Tramway and the Llandudno Cable Car are both within one kilometre of Elsinore Hotel, as is the Llandudno Pier. more
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