We arrived late, wind blowing and rain pouring and the cottage was so welcoming and cosy. Absolutely amazing scenery and walks. Devil's Bridge was amazing even though it was a bit of a cardiac hill! Weather was appalling which made the cottage even more cosy and welcoming. They say there is no place like home - we could quite easily make this ours.
One of the best in Wales and a great place to sit on a sunny summer's day. I've spent hours in there over the years, partly because it's where I come from and partly because I keep on going back.
Top of the Main Street - you can't miss it!
A tiny village in Snowdonia, easily accessible by train from the north of England with loads of charm and beautiful scenery. The area is dominated by outdoor activities, including mountainbiking, watersports and abseiling.
The centre of the village is dominated by a beautiful waterfall which runs under a high bridge into a deep pool - jump from the bridge if you're brave enough, but be warned; it's very, very cold in there...
Llanystumdwy is a beautiful Welsh village, with some splendid attractions. Set on the banks of the river Dwyfor, the wise people of Llanystumdwy have restored the boyhood home of David Lloyd George, next door to the compact and fascinating museum. The great man himself is buried alongside the river in a breathtaking setting. There are plenty of beaches, country and seaside walks here, and refreshments are available at the excellent pub - Tafarn y Plu -where you can sample a pint of Lloyd George beer. For a bit of variation, visit the national writers' centre,the rabbit farm - or Cricieth castle nearby. Also, the beaches in the area are tremendous.
More steam trains and castles than anywhere else in the UK. A distinct culture and language. Space. Few crowds and little traffic. Beautiful green scenery, coastline, mountains and water everywhere. A much more interesting and varied region than SW England.
If you are exploring or interested Anglesey then this is THE guide!
Excellent content, information and design - useful as well as a good read; with heaps of illustrations.
A B&B in a redundant Fog Signal Station and a place of splendid isolation on Holyhead Mountain. You are picked up at the base of the mounatin by Land Rover and taken on a hair raising ride until you reach the accommodation. Watch the sunset and the many seabirds and enjoy delicious home cooked food.
Abergele's an old market town on the north Wales coast. Gwrych castle is the most obvious landmark and the town's nestled between Tower Hill, Tan y Gopa and the sea at Pensarn. The town's most famous for being the home of the Mormons, Ralph Steadman and as the site of an attempted assassination of Prince Charles as he headed to Caernarfon for his investiture.
It's an amazing weekend getaway, the location is stunning with views over rolling fields and the sea, the local farm shops are amazing, on site there are showers bbqs, hammocks all for the amazing price of £15pp. I'd advise this place for families, couples and groups for parties etc.
The website is www.tipiwest.co.uk/index_uk.htm
and its location is situated on Hendre Farm, off the A487 down Llwyncoed Road between the villages of Blaenannerch and Blaenporth. From Cardiff follow M4 to Carmarthen. From there follow signs to Cardigan.
Part of a working (busy) stables with a lovely gingerbread looking house to stay in. Friendly (and eccentric) couple who run it with great breakfasts and it's only a short walk from the fantastic pub on Cresswell Quay. After that, head to Carew Castle (even more great views).
Fuzehill Farm, Narberth
Tel: 01834 891 480
The castle is one of the best in my experience in Wales, with a lot of it remaining intact. The size of it is relatively large (larger than Conwy). Well-kept gardens and great location on waterfront.
The town is nice, as it has a lot of historic buildings and friendly people. Good location for day visit and then explore nearby Bangor or Snowdonia.
The train journey to Harlech from Dyfi Junction is beautiful as is the car journey, either along the coast past Barmouth or inland and then over to the coast.
The castle is beautiful to look at from the beach or sea level but is not that spectacular from the inside. On a nice day the area between Barmouth and Porthmadog is lovely to experience.
The re-invention of England's great Victorian cities as laid-back, 'continental' style urban spaces has been a bit of a hit and miss affair: a couple of trams and a branch of Pret A Manger do not a cafe culture make. But there have been some notable successes in the re-branding of these former industrial titans that has been gathering pace from the 1980s and 90s onward. And nowhere is this exemplified better than in Birmingham's superb Symphony Hall.
It is unprepossessing from the outside (the bog standard 'post-modern' architecture, all atriums and shopping-mall sheen, betraying the fact that it shares its premises with the 'International Convention Centre') but the perception is transformed on entering the auditorium itself: a vast, arresting horse-shoe of red, silver and gold.
The acoustic in the hall is truly astonishing and is probably best experienced at an orchestral concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) who, post-Simon Rattle, are continuing to make great music under the less frizzy-haired but still highly dynamic directorship of Sakari Oramo.
The orchestra has adopted the highly civilised practice of giving midweek matinee repeats of their evening concerts. These are ideal for layabouts (like me), anyone at a loose end in Birmingham (difficult concept to grasp, I know); and, especially and splendidly, pensioners.
From my balcony seat eyrie the rows of white perms in the stalls below looked like the little knots on a candlewick dressing gown; and a slight but clearly discernible aroma of Murray Mints hung limpidly in the air.
A slight gripe is that, for these matinees, the blokes in the orchestra dress in ordinary business suits - as if they had just strolled in from the Heating and Ventilating Contractors (Midlands Branch) Annual Conference across the way. Obviously the full penguin suit is not really on for an afternoon gig so I'm not quite sure what the answer to this sartorial conundrum is. Something like a Seinfeldian 'puffy shirt' would get my vote.
Slate-top tabled, concrete-walled, shabby-chic gem of a bar, always filled with Londoners after a day's slog at work. Hard to find (probably why there's never any tourists), it's underground below a sailing shop on Shaftesbury avenue just past Neil St. Great for a post-shopping bevvie, or just to people-watch and soak up the chilled but funky atmosphere. A London must.
Nearest tube - Covent Garden, walk to the top of Neil St then turn right onto Shaftsbury Ave. It's downstairs about five doors down.
No trip to North Wales can be complete without ascending a peak. As walking up Snowdon in summer feels more like driving on the M25, try one of the Carneddau. On clear days you'll be rewarded with stunning views across the Menai Straits.
YHA, toilets and limited parking at the head of Llyn Ogwen, or take the green option with a Sherpa bus from Bangor.
Send your feedback or queries to email@example.com