Snowdonia Mountains and coast have a great background in history and culture dating back to prehistoric time’s right through to the modern day. Proof of these historical eras can be seen in the breathtaking landscapes of the mountains, valleys and coastline of Snowdonia from the complex of Celtic forts, religious shrines, medieval castles and churches. The area is scattered with hundreds of prehistoric sites to visit.
One of the most famous is Tre’r Ceiri which stands for the Town of Giants. This settlement contains significant remains which were built 200 BC. After the Romans, other invaders include; the Vikings, Anglo Saxons and the Normans. Castles Dolbadarn and Dolwyddelan were built in tactical positions within the heartland of Snowdonia and Criccieth Castle is another beautiful example that sits on the peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay and towers above the town of Criccieth. There are plenty of places to visit the history and to grab a chance to sample the fantastic views of Snowdonia and its surroundings.
There are over 150 activities to keep you busy when in Snowdonia, so lots to add to your to-do list! Get in touch with nature and wildlife in Snowdonia. This can be seen at its very best at National Nature Reserves. Go to the top of Snowdon, the highest nature reserve in Wales, where you will capture birds of prey such as ravens and peregrine falcons flying around the cliffs. Look out for the Snowdon lily, which has had to evolve to cope with the extreme weather conditions. Take a stroll down the mountain to wander through beautiful woodlands decorated with alder, oak and wych elms.
Get on your bike and discover over 30 miles of scenic, traffic-free cycle routes along pretty woodlands, old railway lines and beautiful lakes. You can also walk most of the routes and certain sections are suitable for wheelchair users.
For thrill seekers, why not try out Zip World, the zip line capital of the world. Travel at speeds of up to 100mph on Europe’s longest zip wire, taking in the breathtaking scenery as you fly! If you would prefer something a little less exhilarating, head over to Bounce Below. Bounce Below is a huge combination of nets and giant trampolines, all underground in a vast slate cavern which is twice the size of St Paul’s cathedral! A truly off-the-wall experience!
Arts & Culture
Enrich your knowledge with a trip to one of the museums in this region. The Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery that hosts everything, from historical Roman finds to modern art and everything in between. It’s a great destination for an educational trip with the family.
Next is the Sir Henry Jones Museum. This museum celebrates the extraordinary life of Henry Jones, the son of a shoemaker, who then became a Professor of Moral Philosophy. Visit the childhood home, with the tiny kitchen and bedroom where Henry and his family lived and worked.
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