Wales Journals

North Wales

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A travel journal to Wales by CarolineR-D

Welsh Mountain Zoo Photo, Llandudno, Wales More Photos
Quote: Our experiences in North Wales during August 2013.

The Alpine Coffee Shop

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Restaurant | "A gem of a coffee shop in Betws-y-Coed"

The Alpine Coffee Shop Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Located at the railway station of Betws-y-Coed, the Alpine Coffee Shop is a lovely place to stop off and relax after exploring Snowdonia.The place has a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere and an unusual décor that combines the earthy with the arty. Near to our table was an eye catching chandelier made from bottle tops and other ‘junk.’ The Alpine describes itself as a ‘palm oil free café’ and supports the work of the Orang-utan Foundation. The interest in the welfare of orang-utans is reflected in the ape-themed photographs and artwork on the walls, including a stunning gallery of paintings by Jacha Potgieter. An original painting can be bought in the unlikely event of you having £2,500 to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2013

The Alpine Coffee Shop
Station Road
Betws-y-Coed LL24 OAE
01690 710747

Conwy Castle

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Attraction | "An Impressive Castle"

Conwy Castle Photo, Conwy, Wales
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Situated 5 miles from Llandudno, this 13th century castle was built after the Conquest of Wales by King Edward I. The walled town of Conwy was created at the same time.This imposing castle stands on a rock above the Conwy Estuary, a striking spectacle. We enjoy visiting castles but, as my daughter put it, they have to be ‘proper’ castles, i.e. well-preserved structures that have rooms and towers. Without doubt, Conwy is a ‘proper’ castle. We were impressed by its vast size and grandeur and by the many different places to explore. You could have fantastic games of hide and seek at this castle! In fact, it is quite easy to get lost as there are eight towers, all of which look the same ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2013

Conwy Castle
Coast Road - A55
Conwy, Wales
44 1492 592358

Dyserth Waterfall

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Attraction | "An impressive waterfall"

Dyserth Waterfall Photo, Dyserth, Wales
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Dyserth Waterfall is located about half an hour’s drive from Llandudno. For the very reasonable entrance fee of 40p per person (payment was made via an honesty box) you will find a pleasant little picnic spot, a pretty waterfall and a woodland walk to explore.There are picnic benches on the grass by the entrance and a shallow stretch of river, which is clearly a popular paddling area for children. Unlike some waterfalls I have visited where you have to walk for a while before seeing the waterfall, you approach this one straightaway. The waterfall is tall enough to be quite an imposing sight, although I feel it would have looked more spectacular if there had been a build-up to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2013

Dyserth Waterfall

Dyserth, Wales
01745 570044

Welsh Mountain Zoo

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Attraction | "A great zoo in a scenic location"

Welsh Mountain Zoo Photo, Llandudno, Wales
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Located high above Colwyn Bay, offering some attractive mountain and coastal views, this is a very pleasant zoo. There are no silly gimmicks here like trains or sky rides around the park, just a straightforward conservation zoo which focuses – as it should – on the animals. I was pleased that it had avoided all the tacky trappings of zoos that also try to be theme parks. Although you may feel the selection of animals here is smaller than at some zoos, it is a very interesting selection nonetheless.The grounds are delightful, with lots of grassed areas, colourful flowerbeds and tall, shady trees. Even without the animals it would be a lovely place for a walk! The children’s woodland pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2013

Welsh Mountain Zoo
Colwyn Bay
Llandudno, Wales 28 5
44 (0)1492 532 9

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands

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Attraction | "An Italianate Village in Wales"

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands Photo, Portmeirion, Gwynedd
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Located in Gwynedd, North Wales, Portmeirion is an Italianate tourist village. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in order to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful area could be developed without being ruined. It is an eccentric mix of colourful architecture, statues, pools, towers and walkways surrounded by 70 acres of woodland and offering stunning views of the Snowdonia coastline.There is something a little surreal about Portmeirion. It feels as if you have entered a secret world and there is a randomness about its layout so you don’t know what you will find round the next corner. It is full of surprises and it evokes many different moods. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2013

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands
Coast of Snowdonia
Gwynedd, Wales