Gwynedd can be found in north-west Wales and was named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd. Although one of the larger geographical areas in Wales, it is one of the least populated. More than half the population are Welsh speaking.
One of the main attractions in Gwynedd is the Snowdonia National Park, which sees more than 6 million visitors every year. Whilst Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 3.560 feet, tends to be the most popular, there are other mountains to see as well as plenty of scenery in the rest of the Park.
There are few places in the world, especially so close to home, that can offer mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, forests, castles and sandy beaches.
Obviously, Snowdon is likely to be high on the list of most visitor’s lists, but other popular places include: Lleyn AONB, a peninsula of land that juts out from the mainland, the mountain village of Beddgelert (overlooked by the Moel Hebog mountain), the beautiful coastal village of Aber Soch, the impressive Caernarfon Castle (built in the 13th century on the orders of King Edward I), Portmeirion (made famous by the 1960s TV series “The Prisoner”), Llanberis (a very popular destination that includes the National Slate Museum), Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway (originally built to transport slate, but now a popular railway journey that runs from Porthmadog on the coast to Blaenau Ffestiniog in the mountains.
There are approximately 60 restaurants in Gwynedd. The Tir-a-Mor Restaurant in Criccieth offers a modern, seafood and Welsh cuisine, and the Ty’n Rhos was awarded Restaurant of the Year by Taste of Wales, for its Welsh cuisine. There are of course many pubs, serving real ale.
Entertainment can be found at the Theatr Harlech which presents quality concerts and shows to suit all tastes, located close to Harlech Castle and including views of the Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available, including: Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Lodges, apartments and Hotels. There are more than 150 hotels listed in Gwynedd, which include the 4 star Montclare & Cumberland in Llandudno (near the beach) and the Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia, based at the foot of Mount Snowdon.
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