Places to Visit

Here are 11 places we think you must visit while in the area

The Castles


North Wales is home to various Castles all of varying styles. The nearest Castle to Kingswood is in Criccieth however this castle is primarily ruins but well worth a visit to enjoy the view and also a game of hide and seek! Other castles nearby include Harlech (which can be seen from the cottage), Caernarfon, and if you want to venture over to Anglesey there is also Beaumaris Castle.

Beddgelert


Beddgelert is undoubtedly one of Snowdonia’s loveliest villages. A place of legend, culture and history; yet rich with activities, adventures and attractions. It is a beautiful place to visit and people leave Beddgelert with a lifetime of memories. The village, in keeping with its location in the Snowdonia National Park, is picturesque and unspoilt. Wooded vales, rocky slopes and mountain lakes fill the surrounding countryside.

Snowdon & Snowdonia


Snowdonia National Park is steeped in history and benefits from some of the most beautiful views in all of Britain. Snowdon itself is the highest mountain in England and Wales 1085m or 3560 ft also known by its local Welsh Language name Yr Wyddfa (The Tomb). Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors visit the mountain to enjoy its unique presence. You can reach the summit of Snowdon by either foot or train.

Porthmadog


A harbour town situated on the Glaslyn Estuary, Porthmadog is rich in maritime history. It has a number craft shops and restaurants. The town was named after W.A. Maddocks whose ambitious "Cob" embankment scheme led to the town's name, which translates as "Madog's Port". In times gone by, it was a vital, busy shipping port for the international slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The Beaches


The Llyn Peninsula is home to many outstanding beaches. With names such as Whistling Sands and Hell's Mouth you are sure the beaches are bound to be spectacular. The nearest beach is either Aberech/Glan-Y-Don (Pwllheli back) or South Beach (Pwllheli front). Each of these beaches are superb for families, however if you're looking for waves we suggest venturing to Hell's Mouth or Porth Ceiriad.

Portmeirion


Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. He hoped the village would make people to think about buildings in the landscape. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, and was "The Village" in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.

Abersoch


Abersoch is a little village with a lot to offer; a real mix of old and new, the village is at once both a peaceful retreat and a vibrant resort. Abersoch blends several of the more elite bars and restaurants with local shops and pubs. Boat trips around St Tudwal's Islands to see the seals and other wildlife are available from the village. Each year since Abersoch has been host to Wakestock, a wakeboarding event and festival.

Criccieth


The town is a traditional seaside resort, popular with families. Attractions include the ruins of Criccieth Castle, which have extensive views over the town and surrounding countryside. Nearby on Ffordd Castell is Cadwalader's Ice Cream Parlour, opened in 1927, whilst Stryd Fawr has several bistro style restaurants. In the centre lies Y Maes, part of the original medieval town common.

Llanystumdwy & Dwyfor River


Llanystumdwy is a small village in Eifionydd on the edge of the Llyn Peninsula. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty as the village is set on the banks of Afon Dwyfor (Dwyfor River). The banks of the river create a stunning walk with stop of points to dip your toes in the crystal waters. Also the village is where David Lloyd George, the former British Prime Minister, lived until he was 16.

Aberdaron


If you make it to Aberdaron you may feel like you're on the edge of the world. Aberdaron is a community and former fishing village at the western tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. It is sometimes referred to as the "Land's End of Wales". There are several quaint pubs and cafes which overlook the views of the sandy beach. If you want to see a traditional welsh village in all its glory we suggest taking a trip to Aberdaron.

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll is a large village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales, situated on the Menai Strait next to the Britannia Bridge and across the strait from Bangor. The main attraction of the village is the train station along with the James Pringle Weavers Visitor Centre. Inside the Visitor Centre a signpost points towards the far-away places that are home to the millions of visitors who have made the village an essential part of their Welsh holiday itinerary.