Gwynedd

Where is Gwynedd ?

Gwynedd is a Wales county sharing boundary with Conwy, Powys, Anglesey over the Menai Channel, Denbighshire, and Ceredigion across the Dyfi River. Gwynedd is host to the beautiful Llyn Peninsula and much of Snowdonia National Park. Bangor is the birthplace of University of Bangor.

The Origin

The county is named after Gwynedd’s ancient Welsh princedom, which vigorously defied the imperial demands of England’s Edward I in the late 13th century under the Llewellyns. The Normans could not reach the interior from their massive castles at Caernarfon and Conwy. Gwynedd therefore remains a center of Welsh identity, with a far greater percentage (two-thirds) of Welsh-speaking residents than every other county in the principality. In comparison to clusters at coastal beaches, the current scattered settlement trend is a dynamic result of succession patterns in the Welsh family homestead.

Getting into Gwynedd Via Airport

The nearest Gwynedd airport is Birmingham (BHX). There are however better ways to get to Gwynedd. Transport to Wales operates a train every four hours from Birmingham International to Machynlleth. Tickets cost $65 – $95 and it takes about 2h 35m to get there.

Weather and climate of Gwynedd

During the year, Gwynedd has hot summers, milder autumn with colder winter. Wales is wetter than Northern Ireland and Scotland during the year although it gets less rainy days than Northern Ireland. The rainfall, that is, appears to be more severe. Gwynedd is therefore drier every month aside from April, June and December, so rain days are less than in Scotland. During the year, sunlight average is higher than Northern Ireland’s, but smaller than nearby England’s. May is the sunniest month which has a total of 186.8 hours.

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

The Beaumaris and Harlech castles (mostly the work of the greatest military architect of the period, James of St George) and the fortified Caernarfon and Conwy complexes are situated in the former principality of Gwynedd, in north wales. Examples of the conquest and protection activities carried out during the reign of Edward I (1272–1307) and the military construction of the period are some exceptionally well-preserved temples.

curtain-walls

Curtain Walls

Gwynedd castles and fortifications are the best specimens of strategic construction in Europe from the late 13th century and early 14th century. Their building, began in 1283 and often impeded by Madog ap Llewelyn’s welsh uprisings in 1294, persisted in Caernarfon until 1330 and in Beaumaris in 1331. They have undergone only minimal restoration and provide a true repertoire of medieval architectural form in their pristine state: barbicans, drawbridges, fortified gates, chicanes, redoubts, dungeons, towers and walls of curtains.

royal-house

Royal House

After 1284 there were several Gwynedd-based rebellions of various degrees of effectiveness, several of them being headed by the distant leaders of the old royal family. The rebellions of Prince Madoc in 1294 and of Owain Lawgoch (Llywelyn's grand-nephew ap Gruffudd) between 1372 to 1378 in particular are most notable. The old royal house was purged because of this and any surviving members went into hiding. A final rebellion led by Owain Glyndr, a member of Powys' rival royal house, drew substantial support from within Gwynedd as well.

Medieval Architectural Form

The four castles of Beaumaris, Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and the associated fortified towns of Conwy and Caernarfon in Gwynedd, North Wales, are the finest specimens of military construction in Europe in the late 13th and early 14th centuries, as seen by their completeness, clean condition, proof of ordered domestic space and remarkable range of their medieval architecture.

Holiday in Gwynedd

national-park

National Park

Gwynedd has it all, from the Snowdonia National Park mountains to the coastline of north Wales. Located in wales' north-west coastline, gwynedd tourists will appreciate the picturesque and spectacular scenery that this location has to bring. Immerse yourself in the past that awaits you at gwynedd castles or delight in the culinary experience at the wakestock festival. Tourists particularly enjoy a visit to portmeirion's quaint Italianate village. Other gwynedd towns and villages include bangor, caernarfon, porthmadog, and harlech.

caernarfon-castle

Caernarfon castle

This enchanting county in north-east wales features spectacular cliffs, wild rivers, lush woodland and historic castles and monuments. This magical region of Gwynedd, Wales, encompassing most of Snowdonia National Park and the Llyn Peninsula is a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. There's enough to keep the entire family entertained, from exploring its breathtaking natural scenery on foot, to visiting landmarks such as the Ffestiniog railway and Caernarfon castle. Our selection of Gwynedd holiday cottages self-catering provides the best foundation for relaxing after making the most of the great outdoors.

Memorable Experience

Based on its comfort, spectacular sea views and excellent venue, this large self-catering house provides an unforgettable experience. Only a 5-minute stroll from the sandy blue flag beach at Barmouth, next to Snowdonia.

log-cabin

Log cabin

With a significant portion of this county covered by Snowdonia national park, obviously there is an abundance of nature, mountains, rivers, history and heritage. Whether you are looking to purchase or rent a holiday lodge or log cabin here, we have choices of parks that require dogs or lodges that have their own Wi-Fi and other possibilities, with hot tubs or wood burners.

Outstanding-natural-beauty

Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Llyn Peninsula, part of which is a Region of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is second in the chart. Pastimes of recreation include sailing, swimming, cycling, fishing and golf. Just a couple of the many things to do include a stroll along the coastal path; a picnic at the Porthdinllaen beachside pub; a nature ride to Bardsey island; or a wander through the beautiful gardens of Portmeirion.

llyn-peninsula

Llyn Peninsula

The Llyn Peninsula is second on the list, part of which is an Region of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Pastimes of recreation include sailing, swimming, cycling, fishing and golf. Just a couple of the many things to do include a stroll along the coastal path; a picnic at the porthdinllaen beachside pub; a nature ride to bardsey island; or a wander through the beautiful gardens of portmeirion.

Interesting Places to Visit in Gwynedd

Fitzcarraldo

Built by Andy Plant and commissioned by Walk the Plank in 1996, this curved 25-foot-high galvanized steel structure was designed to enhance the Fitzcarraldo, the ship it was once mounted on. This clock would erupt with whistles and foghorns when on the Fitzcarraldo. The crow's nest would rise and reveal more smoke and two goldfish spinning. Water squirted from their mouths as they accelerated higher, spiraling into the crowd. The clock is being refurbished, and is now off, so it's a sight to see.

Welsh-highland

Welsh Highland

The Welsh Highland Railway or Rheilffordd Eryri is a 25-mile (40.2 km) long, restored 597 mm narrow-gage railway in Gwynedd County, operating from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, passing through several popular tourist destinations including Beddgelert and Aberglaslyn Pass. It connects to the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway for short. In Porthmadog it is the last broad-gauge level rail crossing in the United Kingdom.

Coastal-path

Coastal Path

Outdoor Activity in Colwyn Bay, Colwyn Bay Game Information. A safe and enjoyable race along the coastal route across North Wales. The coastal path is set against an amazing natural backdrop of cliff tops and world-renowned beaches facing Anglesey. This paradise ride around the shore is a nice spot to be.

Trampoline-park-llechwedd-caverns

Trampoline Park, Llechwedd caverns

A subterranean park in an ancient slate mine. The Romans used this to create walls for their kingdom. The Llechwedd caverns in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog have been converted into an appropriately called bounce below trampoline play spot. Huge springy nets dangling underwater move tourists around the old mine to build a special bounce park on the surface. There are three levels of trampoline: one at 20 feet, one at 60 feet and the highest at 180 feet off the ground.

Coed-y-brenin

Coed y Brenin

Dolgellau is a stunning farmland surrounded by picturesque market area. All of the houses are of dark central slate. The town sits in South Snowdonia at the foot of the Cader Idris mountain range. Coed Y Brenin Forest is just a few miles north, famous for world class mountain bike trials. The walking trails are great and a great way to see the Beast's parts! A cycle can be rented from Brenin bikes on site on a glorious day out in Coed Y Brenin enjoying the road paths, very friendly service and very supportive, children can love themselves it is suggested for any visitor.

golden-sands

Golden Sands

Harlech Alfresco Seashores of the golden Sands of Harlech Beach are Four miles away and offer a truly beautiful spot for walking, beach combing, kite surfing and bathing, among others. Tucked away between the golden sands of Borth Beach and the rugged mountains of Snowdonia National Park, guests come from all over the world, including by helicopter to visit Ynyshir, which currently holds one Michelin star.

portmeirion-village

Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion Village is a miniature Italianate dream town, built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who bought the land as a "neglected paradise" in 1925. Williams-Ellis spent much of his time planning and creating his own remote, lavish Italian-influenced community. The architectural design differs from arts & crafts to romantic to baroque, finished in pastel hues, covering a bright pond and central lawn. Throughout his projects, Williams-Ellis combined historic remnants and parts of restored structures including several diverse models. Among other items, williams-ellis named the village his "house for falling houses" and all areas of his "light opera" approach to design are riddled with follies, statues and ornamental ponds. Portmeirion village became world-famous after it was used as the location for the marvelous British TV film show "the inmate" in the 1960s, and every year holds a weekend for prisoners. Visitors will visit the numerous village buildings for a day trip or spend overnight. Extensive reconstruction of the Castell Deudraeth mansion on the property was completed in 2001, and opened as a hotel and restaurant.

snowdon

Snowdon

The highest point in Wales at 3,560 feet tall, Snowdon is home to an exceptional scene on pleasant days, multiple Arthurian legends, and a gift shop nearly two centuries old. Snowdonia National Park's centerpiece in northern Wales, Snowdon attracts more than 300, 000 visitors every year to its peak. Visitors can easily ride from Llanberis station via Snowdon cliff cable line for about 4 miles or walk one of the seven major trails. The Llanberis track happens to be the simplest, but also the longest, trail at about 5 miles. The name of Snowdon in Welsh, Yr Wyddfa, means "the tumulus," and according to legend, a giant named Rhitta Gawr was buried there after being killed by King Arthur. On a pleasant day, travelers will hear their own stories from the peak as the view will hit the island of Man. Just note that although the sights are fantastic on a Cloudless day, fog is also popular. When you do not climb by train, or though you pursue a trail like the Miner's Trail, make sure that there is a chart or a compass which can be adequately used. There's also a mailbox in the top of the brasserie which validates letters and cards.

Ash dome

Around 1977, 22 ash saplings were planted in a ring by the artist David Nash. A decade ago, he had moved to north wales and lived in an old mining area. He arranged the trees in a circle and, as they grew, he used British hedge techniques to bend the trees into a unique collection. "Much of Ash Dome's argument was: Hands On!" he told Sculpture magazine, counter to the idea that people do not mess with nature. He also views it as a 21st century room, and he told Sculpture magazine that he and his wife were there when the last millennium turned to this one.

The Blue Lake

At Snowdonia National Park there is a secret pool, surrounded by high crags. A narrow path skirts the vertical cliffs on two sides of the lake at its foot. The lake is deeper than its height above sea level, according to local rumors. In reality, the lake is a slate quarry. The site is covered by a smattering of commercial archeology, left over from the early quarrying days of the area. Please notice the lake is privately held. Many that do want to travel do it at their own risk. Driving on the a493 from Dolgellau to fair Bourne, go 1/2 mile past the turn to fair Bourne before you see a phone box on the right. Switch into the path across from the park and phone center. Follow this footpath until it turns sharp left over a stile, then walk up the road until a footpath is signed off to your right. At this point bring straight on to a flat plateau field, on your left is the tunnel entrance to the shore.

Some Restaurant To Eat in Gwynedd

Bistro Bermo

Bistro Bermo is an intimate restaurant in the beautiful city of Barmouth where the sea meets the mountains. Both recipes are prepared fresh from scratch at the premises, using carefully chosen products that blend outstanding Welsh suppliers and manufacturers with the finest that the rest of the world has to sell. Bistro Bermo has a great dinner to give. The restaurant is a small enterprise, family owned. For the consumers, it is fine. For several years, the restaurant has been involved in catering and expressing a love for cooking. Jose Chef had been employed with the French business in Chester for a number of years, and was already a Head Chef at Willington Hall Hotel next to Tarpoley. He had been a Head Chef there for around 10 years before he began his job at Mill Hotel in Chester. They are experts in Spanish food, they stayed there seven years until they relocated to Barmouth.

Y sgwar

The restaurant opens seven days a week selling an early bird menu for three courses, great value at £20. Children are invited, and the great typical Sunday roast meal is available every Sunday with an option of roast beef and roast lamb. Even selling seafood and vegetarian alternatives. 1 Course £12. 50 2 Courses x £16. 50 And 3 courses £21. 00 Lunches served from Wednesday to Sunday, with snacks and meals. We have no issue with dietary demands!

Y meirionnydd

Y meirionnydd townhouse is a fantastic Dolgellau restaurant & lounge. The original old jailhouse in the county was skillfully turned into a modern, chic and cozy restaurant serving classic British dishes with a welsh twist, often utilizing local products. The bar on the ground floor is a perfect spot to chill and unwind with a beer or quick dinner. Booking is critical, please check opening times. Please note that they do not cater for children below the age of 8.

Salt marsh kitchen

Casual dinner bistro offering new seasonal food with an emphasis on consistency. The main focus of the menu is around seafood and welsh produce.

Indiana Cuisine

Genuine, Indian cuisine set in a seaside town, surrounded by mountains, is original and well thought-out. Remember the experience of being welcomed to a restaurant and not an Indian house.

Emergency Medical Services in Gwynedd

If there is a medical emergency, a critical or life-threatening problem, call 999 if there is an open wound that may need to be stitched/dressed, go directly to your nearest Emergency Department (A&E) or Minor Injury Unit (MIU), or call 999. Call NHS 111 Wales (currently available in the following health board areas – Hywel Dda, Powys, Aneurin Bevan and Swansea Bay – including Bridgend) not for medical emergencies.

So, Where and how can I Find the Best Accommodation in Gwynedd ?

One of the most trustworthy and popular Companies that makes it easier for visitors to have a great and enjoyable worldwide experience is booking.com. The service links millions of travelers effortlessly to unforgettable encounters, a range of transportation choices, and incredible places to stay from home to hotel, and more. As one of the growing travel marketplaces in the world for both proven brands and business people of all sizes. For your consideration, the following are top holiday lettings in Gwynedd.

FAQs

The 2020 listings of properties give a broad range of 2,110 holiday rentals across Gwynedd museum & art gallery. Find the perfect spot to live with your family and friends to explore the Gwynedd museum & art gallery area from the 89 condo and apartment rentals to 1,553 cabin rentals.

There’s nothing more fun than hanging with friends and family somewhere entirely different. House holiday homes are the perfect choice for big numbers of travelers here. Currently our worldwide database contains 383. Rental accommodations in the area that can accommodate large groups vary in prices that are quite friendly to the tourists.

The April to May shoulder season is the perfect time to visit wales as the flowers bloom, the Atlantic puffins take over skomer and the baby lambs wander the fields. Summer is the busiest season of the year with great weather but higher costs, so it is a smart idea to book early.

The April to May shoulder season is the perfect time to visit wales as the flowers bloom, the Atlantic puffins take over skomer and the baby lambs wander the fields. Summer is the busiest season of the year with great weather but higher costs, so it is a smart idea to book early.