Within half an hour’s easy drive of Llanfairfechan, also easily reached by public transport, you will find attractions to suit all interests.
Conwy, Beaumaris and Caernarfon castles are all World Heritage Sites. Conwy is also one of the finest examples of a walled town in Europe.
Just 1 mile east of Bangor, Penrhyn Castle displays its ornately furnished state rooms, a locomotive museum and a doll museum while providing a range of activities from jazz concerts, art exhibitions, children’s fun days to archery displays.
Nearby Towns and Villages
Situated only two miles west of Llanfairfechan is the delightful village of Abergwyngregyn (Aber), famous for its magnificent 150ft waterfall – Aber Falls. The village is designated a Conservation Area reflecting the architectural and historic importance of many of its buildings.
The Falls can be easily reached through the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve, containing a small exhibition centre administered by the Countryside Council for Wales, or from The North Wales Path.
The walled town of Conwy, just ten minutes away, is famous for its 13th Century castle. Less known but equally fascinating are the CADW-restored Elizabethan town house, Plas Mawr, Thomas Telford’s Suspension Bridge, opened in 1826, and, dating from the 14th Century, Conwy’s oldest house Aberconwy House.
Llandudno and The Great Orme – Llandudno is known as the ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’ and combines a beautiful Victorian seaside resort with a modern shopping experience. The fascinating Great Orme offers 4,000 year old Bronze Age copper mines, a country park visitors centre and a Summit Complex as well as walking paths. You can drive up to the summit, or if you’re feeling energetic, walk. Or, for the more individual experience, you can take either a tram ride, or even a cable car!
Llanberis, with its mountain and lake railways, nestles at the foot of Snowdon and can be easily reached in thirty minutes by road.
Houses and Gardens
Plas Newydd, 2 miles south of the world famous village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Lanfair PG) on the Isle of Anglesey, commands magnificent views of the Menai Strait and the mountains of Snowdonia. It exhibits Rex Whistler’s largest painting and a Battle of Waterloo museum.
The National Trust’s Bodnant Garden covering 80 acres, is one of the finest gardens in Great Britain. Of special interest are its collections of magnolias, camelias and rhododendrons in the spring. Its Laburnum Arch attracts visitors nationwide as do its herbaceous borders, water features and autumn colour, including a stunningly colourful Acer grove.