Out & About
The Ffestiniog Railway
The Ffestiniog Railway is the Oldest Independent Railway Company in the World. On our trains you can travel by steam through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Today the Company also operates trains on its sister railway, the Welsh Highland Railway, between Caernarfon and Rhyd Ddu – the halfway point of a major project to re-open the old line through to Porthmadog.
Llwychwydd Slate Caverns
The part of the mine, opened to the public in 1972 is today called Miners’ Underground Tramway. It is the oldest part of the mine from 1846 and completely at surface level. The tour starts in an original slate slabbing mill of 1852. The visitors board a train and ride into an tunnel, hauled by battery-electric locomotive.
‘Men of Harlech.’ The Welsh nation’s unofficial anthem, is loved by rugby fans and regimental bands throughout Wales and is said to describe the longest siege in British wartime history (1461-1468) which took place in harlech during the War of the Roses.
The Snowdonia Mountain Railway
The Snowdonia Mountain Railway rises 3,152 feet (961m), and covers a distance of 4.6 miles (7.4km) from the town of Llanberis to the summit station. Built by Messrs A H Holme & C W King of Liverpool, it took just over a year to complete opening on Easter Monday 1896, and is the only remaining public rack and pinion railway in Great Britain.
Clough Williams-Ellis built Portmeirion from 1925 to 1975 on his own private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. He wanted to show that ‘the development of a naturally beautiful site need not lead to its defilement’. His lifelong concern was with Architecture, Landscape Design, the protection of Rural Wales and Conservation generally, and he strove at Portmeirion to give his ideas physical expression.
Caernarfon Castle is possibly the most striking medieval monument in Wales. Its sheer scale and commanding presence set it apart from the rest and, to this day still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intentions of its builder; Edward I.
Criccieth Castle, standing on its headland between two beaches, is a prominent North Wales landmark. It is also a landmark historic site, one of those rare castles with a foot firmly in both camps and a true testament to the varying fortunes of war.