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TRAVEL around North Wales
A map always comes in handy. There are many sources on the
Net but I have found some awful errors with maps having no relationship
to reality. One site which offers excellent UK maps is streetmap.co.uk
Our holidays in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 were in Llandudno, and there are a lot of
things to see and do, with plenty to explore. Unfortunately most of the relevant web sites fail to offer
Therefore, the pages below may fall below the standards I set for the other pages I link to, and will not be checked for dead links regularly. This page is more or less "as is" to help you investigate North Wales before you visit.
Helpful note- it is best to ignore the Welsh Tourist Board star gradings for accommodation- they have little resemblance to the comfort and quality you are likely to find. It looks as if they use a standard tick box form (fridge- tick) and an oddly balanced way of adding them all up. I disagree strongly with their ideas of welcome, comfort and quality!
Travel by bus was easy and remains economic but austerity cuts have reduced some services significantly. It is now much harder to explore the lovely Conway Valley by public transport. An Arriva bus day ticket in 2014 was five pounds. Not bad value. (In 2013 a ticket for all buses West of Llandudno including Ynys Mon was GBP 6.80).
| Ynys Mon busses | Fflint busses |
Great Orme Copper Mines
Conwy and Llandudno ||
4MB PDF Conwy bus timewables May 2018
We also had a short stay in one of the nicest bestest guest houses we have stayed in. Again I disagree with the Welsh Tourist Board gradings - this one, The Melbourne, Rhyl deserves five stars.
Whilst at Rhyl (Sun Centre- closed. Sky Tower- Closed. Land Train- not running. and so on...) we enjoyed a brief visit to the lovely
St Asaph with its friendly
St Asaph Cathedral. We enjoyed walking around Denbigh with its splendid castle.
Rhyl is mostly very run down, apart from the sea front, which has in the last decade been badly redeveloped (underground paddling pool?) with the sea invisible from the marine road, and not easy to get to from the marine walk, which is reached with difficulty due to a long prison like concrete wall... but we did not find Rhyl quite the ghetto that some web comments indicate. We did find a very nice Welsh shop, with Welsh books and music - Siop y Morfa, where we learned about a pleasant local walk...
We had a pleasant walk along the River Clwyd from Rhyl to Rhuddlan, where the church was closed, and the castle was closed. We did however climb the motte - Twthill Motte.
The CADW web site has been broken for many months so I have taken the link to them out- if you want to know when a CADW tourist attraction is open, you have to go there in person to ask (if there is anyone there to ask).
Wales National Museums
|| Trefriw Wells Spa once had a shop and a tourist trail but that all appears to have gone. No longer can you see the source of the iron rich water (currently sold in Waitrose as SPAtone).
Bodelwyddan Castle Denbighshire. |
| Beaumaris || Try a side trip to England- a train to Shrewsbury then to Ludlow, a splendid market town full of ancient buildings, you can climb the Church Tower and the Castle Keep. The castle is in private ownership but usually open - as is a nearly secret place, Castle Lodge - you won't find it in the tourist guide but it seems to be mostly open, has excellent panelled walls, and the owner may consider a worthwhile offer if you like it that much!
The Mabinogion is THE classic ancient Welsh collection of stories. 585k text file from Gutenberg.
The National Library of Wales has much to offer from its web site and is worth visiting- 90 minute guided tours are usually twice a week, for a fee, and MUST be prebooked by phone or on-line.
For the overseas Welsh communities, there are specific sections dealing with the Welsh in Ohio, USA with English summaries of some Welsh documents, and in Patagonia.
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