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Hot Spots and Main Towns of Snowdonia
and North Wales

On this pageBala, Barmouth, Betws-y-Coed, Caernarfon, Conway, Ffestiniog, Llanberis, Llandudno, Llangollen, Porthmadog

Bala Lake

Bala – The town caters for its visitors, but retains its market town identity. The lake is the largest natural lake in Wales and has its own facilities for visitors and water sports enthusiasts. It is home of the Bala Lake Railway, 4.5-mile steam railway runs at the side of the lake giving wonderful views with the mountains behind

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view up the Merwdach estuary

Barmouth This is a brash, overtly tourist town, fun fair and hot dogs. It has a wide sandy beach and is a favourite with families and teenagers. Take a ferry across the estuary for a trip on the miniature railway at Fairbourne or walk across the wooden railway bridge to visit the RSPB nature reserve or walk cycle the Mawddach Trail

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Pont y Pair Bridge Betws-y-coed

Betws-y-coed – village is at the crossing point of the River Conwy, it retains its main line railway station but has a second next door a miniature railway. It has become a centre for day-trippers, walkers and on occasions motor cycle and car rallies. Renown for the near by Swallow Falls (picture is taken of the River Llugwy from Pont y Pair Bridge Betws-y-coed
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Caernarfon – The castle and walled town are a draw in themselves and are a World Heritage Site but the town has more to offer, cross the river from the castle dock and walk along the estuary for wonderful views and birdlife. click here to download a pdf town plan
interested in flying then check out the local air park
or how about The Welsh Highland Railway a narrow gauge railway running to Beddgelert and then on to Porthmadog
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view of Conway Castle

Conway – With its iconic castle Conway is a pretty, small, walled town situated on the Conway Estuary. Very photogenic, with the castle and town walls, the boats on the water and mountains in the distance.

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Ffestiniog– Blaenau Ffestiniog built of slate and on the working of slate, the reason for the building of Porthmadog as a port to send out this slate across the world and to transport it railways were built and today we have the Ffestiniog Railway the narrow gauge railway will take you up 700 feet from sea level and you can visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns

for more info see National Slate Museum and Llanberis Lake Railway

Snowdon Railway

Llanberis– The gateway to Snowdon, the town has developed to serve the tourists that flock here in the summer months to visit Snowdon, or perhaps the Electric Mountain. – also home to the National Slate Museum and Llanberis Lake Railway

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Llandudno Pier

Llandudno– This traditional seaside holiday town was purpose built as a resort and today still attracts huge numbers of visitors with its wide promenade, Pier, Happy Valley, Tram Ride or Sky Ride up the Great Orme and visit the copper mine. For those with small children the South Beach is sandy, sheltered a much used by the locals and there is a pleasant walk through the cliff gardens from the South side to the North side skirting the Great Orme.

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White water on the River Dee Llangollen

Llangollen – This historic market town has been a major crossing pint of the River Dee for centuries. The stone bridge is its self an attraction to view the turbulent waters of the river or perhaps those brave souls riding the white water in canoes and kayaks or even the antics of some of the hardy and foolhardy youth that in summer months jump from the bridge into the water below (not recommended). The town also boasts a fine Steam Railway and popular canal. High above the town stands a 13th century castle (ruin) – worth the climb on a clear day for the views. Llangollen is also home to the International Eisteddfod at the exhibition ground is the venue for many other activities and events during the year.

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Porthmadog – dominated on one side by ‘Moel y Gest’ and the Glaslyn estuary on the other – a harbour town with all the tourist services – also see Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and Morfa Bychan nature reserve and
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Bala, Barmouth, Betws-y-Coed, Caernarfon, Conway, Ffestiniog, Llanberis, Llandudno, Llangollen, Porthmadog


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