The Diocesan Centre, Cathedral Close
Bangor LL57 1RL
The site of the present building of Bangor Cathedral has been in use as a place of Christian worship since the 6th century. The cathedral is built on a low-lying and inconspicuous site, possibly so as not to attract the attention of Viking raiders from the sea.
Caernarfon LL55 2AY
With its seven polygonal towers (including the great Eagle Tower), two gatehouses, and walls of colour-banded stone, King Edward I intended the castle to be a royal residence and seat of government for north Wales. Begun in 1283 under the direction of Master James of St George, the King's mason-architect, and continuously in Crown possession since.
Criccieth LL52 0DP
Beguiling from afar, this castle is perched on a headland with the sea pounding below. Get close however and its gatehouse intimidates prospective attackers.
Dinorwic Quarry & Quarry Hospital
Llanberis LL55 4TY
Covering more than 700 acres, Dinorwic was one of the largest slate quarries in the world. One of its inclines has now been restored to pristine working condition. Since 1972 Dinorwic has been home to the National Slate Museum, Llanberis. The Vivian Slate Quarry is now home to a rock-climbing and diving centre, but visitors today may still see the huts or gwaliau (literally 'lairs') where blocks of slate were split and dressed. Another site of interest is the old Quarry Hospital, built in 1860 to offer quarrymen medical care. Now open to the public, it features a display of the innovative equipment used there, including amputation tools and an X-ray machine.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Porthmadog LL49 9NF
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.
Harlech LL46 2YH
Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia.
Penrhyn Castle - National Trust
Bangor LL57 4HN
This enormous neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. Built by Thomas Hopper between 1820 and 1845 for the wealthy Pennant family, who made their fortune from Jamaican sugar and Welsh slate, the castle is crammed with fascinating things such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria.
Plas yn Rhiw - National trust
Pwllheli LL53 8AB
The house was rescued from neglect and lovingly restored by the three Keating sisters, who bought it in 1938. The views from the grounds and gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most spectacular in Britain. The house is 16th-century with Georgian additions, and the garden contains many beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, with beds framed by box hedges and grass paths.
Quaker Heritage Centre
Ty Meirion, Sgwar Eldon Square
Dolgellau LL40 1PU
Discover the story of the Quaker community that once lived here and of the persecution which forced them to emigrate to Pennsylvania. Includes an audio visual presentation.
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
Welsh Highland Railway Ltd, Gelert's Farm Works, Madoc Street West
Porthmadog LL49 9DY
The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is a small, friendly railway where the train ride is just part of the experience. Our vintage train also stops at the sheds, where you can get off for a free guided, hands on tour.