Amateur historians from the Rhydymwyn Valley History Society also unearthed proof that the miles of tunnels also served as home to the developers of the first atomic bomb. Rhydymwyn tunnel tours will open to the public for the second time for five special tours in in April, May, June, July and September, Do you have a head for heights and nerves of steel?
If so, this might be something to put on your bucket list.
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Campers abseiling down to a ledge bed suspended up to ft off the ground on the side of a cliff where they spend the night. Although it may seem highly dangerous, Gaia Adventures have reassured us it is actually really safe. For more information visit Gaia Adventures. The intimate festival of music, arts and culture has been held at the quirky little village for the last six years. It takes its name from the cult s TV show The Prisoner which was filmed largely on location at the North Wales attraction with "Number 6", played by Patrick McGoohan, the main protagonist of the series.
You can't consider yourself a true North Walian - or a tourist - until you've taken in the scenery at the summit of the highest mountain in Wales.
The aqueduct itself was designed by Thomas Telford between and and stands feet above the River Dee. Set in acres of forest near Betws-y-Coed , the six-minute run takes visitors through the woods at speeds of up to 25mph. Based on a traditional Alpine toboggan, riders are whisked around on a half a mile rail run in a gravity-driven car. More and more people are opting for a natural approach to swimming today - by swimming in natural water basins. Here's our pick of some of North Wales' most beautiful wild swimming locations. With miles worth of path, covering cliff tops and sandy beaches, there are plenty of routes to choose from.
Dwynwen, a fourth Century princess who lived on Ynys Llanddwyn was unlucky in love, so she became a nun and prayed that true lovers have better luck than she did. She fell in love with a Prince called Maelon Dafodrill but her father had already arranged for her to marry someone else. Upset she could not marry her prince, she devoted her life to God and set up a convent on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey, which can still be seen today.
Tu Hwnt ir Bont, a year-old former courthouse nestled beside a 15th Century bridge in Llanrwst, Conwy. It becomes a popular tourist attraction during the Autumn not only for its idyllic setting, but because of its unusual transoformation.
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The traditional Welsh tearooms, which is known to serve a sacred scone recipe, becomes clad in Virginia Creeper, a five-leaved ivy. Marvel at the seabirds or take a tour of the lighthouse on the magical island, which is accessed via steps off the northwest coast of Anglesey. The lighthouse on the island - which once has has a starring role in the film, Take Down - was built in to warn ships of the treacherous rocks below.
Adrenaline junkies take in the stunning views out towards Anglesey, over to the Isle of Man on a clear day as they fly over the quarry lake - often reaching speeds well in excess of mph. Comedian Alan Carr was one of the latest household names who took on the zipline. The Chatty Man rode Velocity whilst he was filming a reality show with his husband Paul. If you dare to brave a night in one of the region's most haunted hotels encountering sinister shadows, strange noises, or perhaps a bump in the night, North Wales has plenty.
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Dating back to , former hunting lodge, the Bryntirion Inn, was recently named the most dog-friendly pub in the country. The quiet family pub nestled in the Llandderfel countryside, near Bala, is the first North Wales pub to clinch the accolade as part of the Dog-Friendly Pub Awards, run by dog-sitting platform DogBuddy last year. It has a comfortable bar area and a roaring log fire - making it a perfect place for your pet to relax. Go from Conwy harbour over the crashing waves past Penmaenmawr headland and up to the Puffin Island seal colony on Anglesey to get up close to local wildlife.
The Humber-type rib vessel sails close inshore to see colonies of Grey seals, the Cormorants aquatic birds and the famous puffins while watching out for porpoise. Reaching speeds of up to 25 knots about 27 miles per hour the Puffin Explorer which can sit up to 12 people at a time will then head back over the bay.
Rail enthusiasts will now be able to take in the best views of the UK at the top of Snowdon by travelling on the historic locomotive which is back in service for the first time since Real ale connoisseurs can enjoy over 50 real ales in seven different pubs around Conwy, and a micro-brewery, without worrying who is driving. The Conwy Real Ale Trail that runs twice a year and arrives every 45 minutes to each pub, running from 11am to 11pm.
This year, it will run on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, September Venues are to be announced. In Snowdonia National Park. The highest mountain in Wales. For incredible views at the summit, which span across the hilly landscape and as far as to Anglesey. A mouth-watering famous Welsh ice-creamery. The only public road, cable-hauled tramway in the UK - which made its debut in On the west coast. A romantic, Italian-style village in Gwynedd. It may be a tourist village and not exactly the most accurate representation of Welsh culture, but Portmeirion is incredibly unique.
Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between and , the Mediterranean-inspired, clifftop village has lush gardens, beautiful buildings and sandy beaches. Don't miss the pet dog cemetery where one rather eccentric past resident laid several of her furry friends to rest. Blaenau Ffestiniog. Extreme, subterranean bouncy-castling. The south of Anglesey island. A huge salt factory, whose products are world-renowned even Barack Obama's a fan. Pontcysyllte aqueduct walk on the way to Leyland. Snowdon peak walk, if we still have energy will visit Caernarfon or Porthmadog.
A note on Portmeirion , it is quite expensive to enter and so you might want to either give more time to your visit or give it a miss if you can't do that. Also, if it does rain heavily, then visit Swallow falls just outside Betws y Coed afterwards. Electric mountain - I don't think you can just pop in if the weather is bad, we went in the office the day before and booked for the following day on their computer, the staff can't do it for you for some reason. No offence to Holyhead but it's not really worth the trip to the furthest edge of Anglesey.
What is most scenic from conwy to Pen Y pass? Is it via Llanberies or Bethesda? Llanberies Llyn Padarn walk, slate museum ,. I don't know how to plan this day , if i walk snowdon on Day 2, i would like to visit Llanberies , Swallow falls, Pontcysyllte aqueduct on Day 3. I agree about Portmeirion. To get value from the visit you should spend a few hours there. We spent the whole afternoon there when we went. We also spent a morning at Llechwedd , so the same applies there as well.
If you focus Sunday ona scenic drive, and havign a look around some of the villages like Betws y Coed or Beddgelert , then I think you'll have a greater degree of flexibility than if you commit yourself to visiting paid attractions where you'll need to get your money's worth. It's up to you, though. There are lots of options! Llangollen is a pleasant town with a steam railway, but it might be very busy over Easter. You might also be able to do a canal cruise over the aqueduct itself. We did that a few years back, and very nice it was too.
Day one looks better now - get to Conwy as early as you can, as it will get busy. Your Snowdon climb will dominate the day and you probably wont do anything afterwards, except drive home, perhaps via Llandudno , if its on Sunday. On the other day, whichever it is, keep an open mind. There are lots of other walks. It might be good enough weather for a walk along a beach or a stretch of the coastal path. Or a circular drive might be the thing. You might just enjoy driving in the lanes and roads and between your hostel and Porthmadog.
Its all very scenic. Pen Y pas - Blaenau Ffestiniog half day.
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Pen Y pas - Swallow falls - betws y coed - Pontcysyllte aqueduct - Leyland. What is most scenic route from conwy to Pen Y pass on Day 1? Could you please suggest me on the route from portmeirion to Llanberies on Day 2?