HANDPICKED COTTAGES IN SNOWDONIA & NORTH WALES

’Free’ Days Out in North Wales

Beaches

North Wales has a fantastic choice of beaches from Aberdaron to Aberdovey and Abersoch - play, sail, jump or swim, whatever takes your fancy. If you get tired of all the activity grab a stick and try giant Pictionary or Hangman.

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Beddgelert

Gelert the Hound, Beddgelert

Visit the very pretty village of Beddgelert in the heart of Snowdonia - and learn the sad sad story of 'Gelert' the faithful dog. Lots of walks, interesting shops and and tea rooms. The village was also home & inspiration to Alfred Edmeades Bestall MBE - illustrator of the Rupert Bear stories.

Gwydir

Gwydir Forest, Betws-y-Coed

Gwydyr Forest ranges across the hills on Snowdonia's eastern flank. High wooded ramparts rise steeply from the level pastures of the Conwy valley, enfolding Betws-y-Coed, and creating a dramatic setting for the town of Llanrwst and nearby Gwydyr castle. Lakes, forests and mountains plus woodland paths and the clear waters of the Conwy, Llugwy, Lledr and Machno rivers.

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Mount Snowdon

Mount Snowdon

At 3560ft Mount Snowdon dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park. The highest peak in Wales - stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views for a great day out. New visitor centre now open. Or if you don't fancy the walk let the Snowdon Mountain Railway do the work.

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National Slate Museum, Llanberis

National Slate Museum, Llanberis

The National Slate Museum is sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. Here you can travel into the past of an industry and a way of life that has chiselled itself into the very being of Wales. In 2005, the National Slate Museum scooped the Wales Tourist Board’s prestigious 'Sense of Place Award'. Free admission.

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Llangollen Canal

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Llangollen Canal

When Thomas Telford finished Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1805 it was the tallest canal boat crossing in the world. UNESCO has now made this masterpiece of civil engineering a World Heritage Site - along with 11 miles of canal including Chirk Aqueduct and the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.

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South Stack

South Stack Lighthouse & Bird Reserve

A working lighthouse off the West coast of Anglesey. Breathtaking sea views from the steep granite cliffs above the lighthouse and the rich diversity of wildlife in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - every summer 4000 birds visit the area, including puffins, and you could see the odd seal or dolphin. If not, watch the constant sea ferry traffic from Ireland to Holyhead and Liverpool.

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