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THE MOST ROMANTIC CASTLES OF SNOWDONIA

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on THE MOST ROMANTIC CASTLES OF SNOWDONIA

THE MOST ROMANTIC CASTLES OF SNOWDONIA

The never-ending rush is the keyword of the modern lifestyle. Everyone is trying to be super productive all the time, to accomplish a million tasks, win all the best job positions, earn more money and be irreplaceable. However, if you are in a rush all the time, you won’t notice that life will pass by very fast without any happy moments and before facing death you will remember only your office. It’s good to be carrier-oriented but you need to feel the joy and explore the world as well. Visiting historical places will help you to admire the moment, fell the flow of time in a different way and get a new perspective. Here we provide you a list of some romantic spots of Wales to enjoy a new taste of life during your next holidays.

Raglan Castle

Grey, dark and gloomy ruins surrounded by green hills with such a lovely and romantic aura that will attract you from the first sight – this is the best description of the Raglan Castle. The castle was built in the 15th century by Sir William ap Thomas, also known as the blue knight of Gwent and great noblemen of the Welsh history. His son Sir William Herbert, earl of Pembroke extended the castle and build a huge gatehouse. Therefore, the castle of Raglan became the greatest and biggest castle ever built by Welshmen and had a significant role in the history of Wales. Later, this castle had many owners of different noble families and survived hundreds of wars, fights, and reconstructions. However, only part of remains survived until these days but the Raglan Castle is still impressive and should be on the top of the must-visit list for every traveller.

Dunster Castle

The medieval castle with colourful flags on the roof, surrounded by hills and trees and lead by spooky stories will definitely give you the feeling that you are in a movie. The first wooden fort here was built in the early 11th century and at the beginning of the 12th century it was reconstructed into a stone castle. Since then, the castle was partially destroyed and rebuilt many times but still has its Gothic authenticity and a wonderful park with huge garden.

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle is one of the most famous Welsh castles. The castle was built in the 13th century and introduced a new style of defensive walls that had a revolutionary impact on the military architecture of the United Kingdom. Caerphilly was a safe and invincible forte as well as a graceful castle surrounded by cold lakes and parks. This castle is still important to the history of Welsh history and been used in such popular BBC shows as Merlin and Doctor Who.

The castle has its own ghost story of the Green Lady. The story tells about the Princess Alice of Angouleme who was unfaithful to her husband while having a secret love affair and died when her lover was executed. The story tells that her sad ghost is still haunting around the Caerphilly as she cannot rest in peace because of such a big sorrow.

Top 3 indoor activities for rainy days

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Top 3 indoor activities for rainy days

Southern Snowdonia is a perfect holiday destination as this place can amaze you with its picturesque landscape, great hiking trails, romantic coastline, and adventurous wildlife. However, the weather in Wales is difficult to forecast and rain can come out of nowhere. But if you think that rainy days can ruin your holidays then you are deeply wrong! There many great indoor attractions that you can visit until the rain stops and you will be able to enjoy your romantic dinner on a cliff. Choose your favorite spot from our TOP3.

1. Snowdon Mountain Railway

There is no surprise we start this list with the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway. Probably, you have already heard about the 100-year-old Snowdon Mountain Railway that is the highlight of the region but believe in us – it’s worth to try it. The gauge opened in 1896 is almost 7,5 km long and works despite the weather conditions. You can jump in the train consisted of old-fashioned steam locomotives and wooden carriages at the Llanberis station and reach the summit of Snowdon which is the highest point in Wales. The views along this route are nothing but wonderful and will give you a feeling like you would be acting in one of Harry Potter movies.

As this tourist attraction is very popular, it’s highly recommended to book your trip in advance. You can do it by phone or just visit the website. It is possible to choose between different trains, timetables and ticket prices. The best thing is you can take your dog to enjoy this ride but make sure you have informed the stuff before your trip.

2. The National Slate Museum

2. The National Slate Museum

The National Slate Museum

Don’t miss a chance to visit the National Slate Museum while waiting for your ride as it is situated in Llanberis as well. The place was established in the middle of the 19th century as the waterwheel and later the Victorian style workshops were built here. The Museum originally opened in 1972 and most of the exhibits were used as the working tools of quarrymen and engineers who worked at this place, so visiting this place would be a great education to kids and adults.  The entry is free, but you must make a reservation in advance. TIP: there is a cozy lunchroom where you can bring your own food, or you can order some hot dishes right there at the authentic café.

3. Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

If railway or machinery is not your cup of tea and you are looking for some romantic views and heroic stories, then the Harlech Castle located in the western part of the Snowdonia National Park is a must for you. This castle can be found in Welsh myth about the tragic heroine Branwen and her daughter Llyr. There is no surprise that Harlech Castle was mentioned in myths as it stands all grey and mystery surrounded by the small town, sea, and mountains. Honestly, the view from the rooftop is breathtaking so you are going to believe in any myths about it.

This castle was built around the year 1289 by King Edward I. It survived many wars and had a lot of different owners. Today, Harlech Castle is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and can be called a tourist magnet.

Charming Outdoor Events in Snowdonia

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Charming Outdoor Events in Snowdonia

South Snowdonia in Wales is a region that holds beauty and enriching experiences. A lavish view of mountainous hillside settings and wooded foothills set the scenic splendor the area is known for. Paths, trails and beaches let us explore the spirit of nature. Throughout South Snowdonia’s villages and towns, there is an enchanting culture to be found. Alongside the lush trees and garden ways, a breeze of inspiration fills the air. An emphasis on the arts and the articulation of expression is the whimsical way of life in this coastal side of Wales.

If you visit South Snowdonia, you will notice an emphasis on the outdoors. The itinerary of the varied seasons most often will include activities that are held under the open sky. It is a refreshing pace in comparison to the hustle and bustle of bigger cities. The communities come together for an array of events that are designed to enlighten the mind and create an ambiance that most of us dream of experiencing.

South Snowdonia In the Fresh Air

Snowdonia in early spring

Snowdonia in early spring

Wales holds a spectacular sense of their surroundings. Several events take place outdoors in parks and open-air theaters. Guests and residents look forward to the agenda of movies and performances. Musical tidings are noted throughout the year with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of musical diversity. From the classic sounds of jazz to the tales of folk, there is never a shortage of culture under the stars.

South Snowdonia in particular is visually stunning with a delightful sense of adventure. Aside from entertainment times and dates, there is a generous number of things to do along the Snowdonia communities. Using the vast imagery as their guide, you will see groups and individuals watching the wildlife that lives in the trees. There are many different bird species that can be seen flittering about. Linnets, Meadow Pipets and Peregrine Falcons are to name a few of the most common sightings. The pathways provide an intriguing tour of the region. Hiking, canoeing and sporting activities are revitalizing in the countryside.

Creative Snowdonia Settings

Snowdonia

Snowdonia

The seasons in Snowdonia capture the eye and captivate the imagination. Grandeur sceneries allow for expansive creative elements. Writers and poets are said to find their muse within the Snowdonia mountains and hills. Thomas Love Peacock is a famous resident of the region in the nineteenth Century. He was a novelist and poet who found the starry nights and voluminous sites eloquently inviting. When one does not have the penchant for writing their next literary success, they may choose to use the scape for photography sessions. The sheer beauty encapsulates the moments of nature that any level photographer can cherish. Amidst the day, Snowdonia is the perfect backdrop for a picnic lunch, a quick nosh or a glass of wine while you gaze at the wonders around you.

The Majestic Views of Snowdonia

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The Majestic Views of Snowdonia

Zen and tranquil moments enhance a holiday away from the usual day. When looking to escape the week, you will find solace in the majestic views of South Snowdonia in Wales. Scenic surroundings and charming places invite you to dream under the big blue sky. The blankets of fields and colorful flowers are paired with vast hillsides to explore. Whether you are traveling abroad or are a neighbor to Snowdonia, visiting the region will leave you feeling both rested and rejuvenated.

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Mythical Welsh Locations – Part 2

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Mythical Welsh Locations – Part 2

Dragons at Dinas Emrys

This story is the foundation of Wales’ identity, the one creature of legend that is omnipresent in the country – the red dragon. The tale is a story of King Vortigern who chose this place for a castle and instructed his men to begin building. As they piled the stones on top of each, time after time the walls and structures would fall to the ground, the earth underneath was unstable it seemed.

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Mythical Welsh Locations – Part 1

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Mythical Welsh Locations – Part 1

England on its own is miniscule compared to the many other countries on the globe, Wales attaches itself to this tiny speck of land and comes in even smaller. For such a minute place in the grand scheme of things, Wales is absolutely bountiful when it comes to folklore and Mythology. With a proud red dragon on the country’s flag, the welsh do not steer clear of the legends that have come to make up so much of the mystical fabric behind the place.

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Eat Here in Cardiff

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Eat Here in Cardiff

As you can expect the capital city of Wales has a lot going on. From big shows and events to jam packed shopping centers and tourists’ spots, you wont struggle for something to do here. But in the middle of all the activities, or at the end of a day running around from place to place, eventually you are going to get hungry. This is when you really need a guide, because Cardiff is saturated with eateries, some big chains you will know and other independent little numbers, which you wont. However if you put the following places in your itinerary you wont be left starved and confused, so here are some of Cardiff’s best places to eat at.

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Chasing the Afanc

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Chasing the Afanc

Of the many creatures that occupy the myths of Wales one in particular seems to be hard to pin down but easily just as difficult to forget – The Afanc. Today the stories told contain hard to track elements that would make any type of investigation difficult, and yet the legend of the creature has persisted through time, which can only mean that there is something solid in its legacy. Amateur monster hunters, lovers of fantasy creatures or even just anyone with an interest in the odd may want to tread in the footsteps of this monster, here is a quick guide of where to track it many years later.

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Must Try Welsh Foods – Part 2

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Must Try Welsh Foods – Part 2

Welsh Rarebit

This is the one that most people think about when asked to name a dish from Wales, mainly because the country is fond and proud of it. Though often confused by the name and miscommunication that of course implies rabbit, this doesn’t actually require any rabbit or hare at all. Many people look down on the dish which is often shunned as ‘glorified cheese on toast’, but there are actually many things added that separate it from just that. The cheese is often mixed with all manner of ingredients from mustard, to ale, to Worchester sauce, which dramatically change its flavour. This one is a must for travelers.

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Must Try Welsh Foods – Part 1

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Must Try Welsh Foods – Part 1

Wales is famous for many things, its intense rainy season, the wondrous green scenery, the head turning local accent, and even the handful of talented artists that have come from within its borders. But of all the things that make it famous or infamous (Dirty Sanchez anyone?) food doesn’t often reach the top of the list.

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