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Attractions Around Beddgelert
Beddgelert is the perfect base to enjoy all the riches that Snowdonia and North Wales have to offer.
This page is intended to give you a taste of the diversity of attractions and days out in the area.
Steam fans have flocked for North Wales for several decades, drawn by the restored narrow gauge railways that were connected with the slate quarrying industry and now carry thousands of tourists each year. The Welsh Highland Railway has a station halt in the centre of Beddgelert; and the Ffestiniog Railway, the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the Llanberis Lake Railway are all within easy driving distance.
Castles & Historical Buildings
Wales is a land of castles, and we have castles dating from several historical periods all within easy reach; Caernarfon Castle, Criccieth Castle, Dolbadarn Castle and Conwy Castle to name but a few. Four World Heritage Sites are in North Wales, the Castles of Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris (which also has a gaol you can visit) and Harlech.
There are a number of National Trust properties within easy reach, Plas Newydd on Anglesey and Penrhyn Castle at Bangor.
Bodnant Gardens make a wonderful family day out, whether you’re a keen gardener or not! Bodnant Gardens is especially worth visiting in the spring.
The Italianate village of Portmeirion deserves its own special mention. Famous the world over, this beautiful collection of unique building and gardens was built by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
Crafts & Culture
Beddgelert’s shops stock a good range of Welsh crafts and souvenirs; and further good craft shops are available in Caernarfon, Betws y Coed and Llanberis.
The Galeri and Venue Cymru theatres in Caernarfon and Llandudno respectively stage both English and Welsh productions.
For an exciting underground experience and a fascinating glimpse of the life of miners of old, why not visit the Sygun Copper Mines, only a mile outside of the village? And only a short drive away at Llanberis you can visit the National Slate Museum (which is on the same site as the Llanberis Lake Railway), one of Wales’ leading national museums and a great day out for all the family.
Not quite history being at the other end of the historical scale, but Llanberis is also home to the Electric Mountain tours of the pumped storage power station tours.
Portmadog and Anglesey are both within easy driving distance; and both offer beautiful sandy beaches. Black Rock Sands and Borth y Gest at Porthmadog and Newborough and Llandwyn Island on Anglesey. Both are perfect for a family day on the beach or for long beach walks.
Looking for something else to do? Why not try the Top 10 Attractions in North Wales web site?
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