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Gwynedd Visitor Travel Guide Page

We have compiled a travel and holiday information guide to help with your holiday stay in Gwynedd.

About Gwynedd

Coedydd Aber Nature Reserve Gwynedd

Gwynedd is the second largest county in Wales as it covers over 2,500km2. It rests on the north west coast of Wales and lies next to Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys and Ceredigion. It possesses the largest Welsh speaking population with over 76% of the population being fluent in Welsh.

Interestingly, Gwynedd is linked with some very famous names from around the world. T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, the opera singer Bryn Terfel, songwriter Duffy, DJ Sasha and Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy all hail from Gwynedd.

The Lleyn Peninsula is also a part of Gwynedd which stretches out into the Irish Sea and is mainly an area of designated natural beauty. There is a huge part of the Snowdonia National Park that is associated with Gwynedd. Mount Snowdon is 1,085 metres above sea level and boasts over 6 million visitors a year. It is the highest peak in Britain south of the Highlands.

The region is well known for its outdoor activities and the Snowdonia National Park offers a great variety of these. Portmeirion is a village on the coast by Anglesey that is designed to look like a Mediterranean resort. Caernarfon Castle is also a brilliant attraction to visit as it bears the scars of a lot of Welsh history, both good and bad.

Attractions & Heritage Sites within Gwynedd

1. Portmeirion - Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48

Portmeirion is a Welsh village designed to look like a Mediterranean retreat incorporating half ruined estates and castles.

2. Caernarfon Castle - Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 2AU

Caernarfon castle rises from its rock promontory almost one hundred feet over the River Seiont. Edward I built this magnificent castle in 1283 and modelled the architecture of Caernarfon Castle after citadels in Constantinople.

See Full List of Attractions & Heritage Sites in Gwynedd - With lots of information, pictures and contact information for each attraction.

Towns and Villages in Gwynedd

Gwynedd has some lovely towns and villages to explore, below is a list with a short summary and link to more information about it and pictures.

  • Aberdovey - was documented as being a small fishing haven having only a few houses in 1569... More...
  • Bala - is a picturesque lakeside community surrounded by mountains... More...
  • Bangor - Cathedral stands on the site of the original house of worship first constructed in 525 AD... More...
  • Barmouth - boasts miles of beachfront providing hours of sunbathing or strolling along the scenic bay area... More...
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog - was called the slate capital, having 25 quarries that provided the commodity to the rest of the world... More...
  • Caernarfon - Castle boasts some quite unique architecture, some believe, resembling the walls of Constantinople... More...
  • Dolgellau - became a serf village under the wealthy Welsh princes... More...
  • Harlech - Castle still stands majestically atop a hill as if part of the natural rock formation itself... More...
  • Llanbedr - can serve as a great introduction to Welsh village life... More...
  • Porthmadog - famous former residents include Thomas Edward Lawrence, more commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia... More...
  • Pwllheli - was the birthplace of the Welsh political party Plaid Cymru in 1925... More...
  • Tywyn - lies along Cardigan Bay on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park... More...
  • Y Felinheli - is a delightful coastal village offering a myriad of water sports... More...

Useful Contact Information for Gwynedd

Caernarfon Tourist Information Centre
Castle Street, Caernarfon, LL55 1ES
Tel No: 01286 672232

Bangor Tourist Information Centre
Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RE
Tel No: 01248 352786

Barmouth Tourist Information Centre
Station Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1LU
Tel No: 01341 280787

Dolgellau Tourist Information Centre
Eldon Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1PU
Tel No: 01341 422888

Harlech Tourist Information Centre
Llys y Graig, Harlech, LL46 2YE
Tel No: 01766 780658

Porthmadog Tourist Information Centre
High Street, Porthmadog, LL49 9LD
Tel No: 01766 512981

Tywyn Tourist Information Centre
High Street, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9AD
Tel No: 01654 710070