Llanrwst is a lovely little Welsh market town nestling on the banks of the river Conwy on the edge of Snowdonia. It's a traditional community which has managed to escape the creep of the chain stores and retains a range of independent shops and businesses and of course the market in the town centre which is held every Tuesday morning.
It is most famous for its bridge over the river. Pont Fawr is a narrow, three-arched stone bridge said to have been designed by Inigo Jones and built in 1636. The town is also famous for the famous tea rooms in the old courthouse now known as Tu Hwnt i'r Bont. Particularly spectacular when the covering of Virginia Creeper turns scarlet in the Fall, it's a lovely place for a leisurely summer lunch or a traditional cream tea.
Being so close to the mountains of Snowdonia, the town is the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring North Wales.
The famous Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno is a short drive away as is Conwy with its imposing castle. Llandudno also offers a good range of shops and restaurants along with a theatre and cinema complex. You can take the chair lift up the famous Great Orme and visit the world famous Bronze Age copper mines.
The walking centre of Betws y Coed is only a few miles away. This is a paradise for walkers and hikers with a good range of shops selling hiking equipment and supplies and some beautiful walks for all levels of fitness. For those who want more, Snowdon itself is within easy reach and with a choice of paths to the top offers a good variety of challenges (or you could just take the train up - we won't tell!)
For those who seek more adventure then there is ZipWorld to explore. Based over a number of sites, you can try high speed zip wires, underground trampolines and forest canopy walkways. More high adrenalin adventures can be found at Adventure Parc Snowdonia with a surf centre, aerial assault courses and the UK's only kicker slide.
If that sounds a bit too much like hard work then how about a trip on the Ffestiniog Railway? A trip behind a small steam locomotive through the very heart of Snowdonia to the seaside town of Porthmadog
So I hope I've been able to give you a flavour of what a holiday in North Wales can offer. You don't need to choose between mountains or the sea, we have both. The whole area is rich in history just waiting to be explored.
Bryn Ffynnon is just a mile out of the town of Llanrwst. Our elevated position allows some stunning views from the cottage across the mountain ranges and at the right time of year you will see the valleys full of "dragon breath". It is the ideal base for a holiday as our central position allows access to all of North Wales, Anglesey and day trips to the cities of Chester and Liverpool are perfectly possible.
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