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Gwynedd is a county on the north west mainland of Wales. In the northern part of the county main areas include Bangor and Caernarfon while further south you will see the towns of Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Harlech. The county has a high penetration of Welsh speakers and has a rich cultural history. Music festivals such as Wakestock and Festival No6 attract large numbers to the area.

Weather Averages

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MARCH - MAY High 12.47°c Low 5.84°c Precipitation 0.08mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 18.07°c Low 12.5°c Precipitation 0.11mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 14.12°c Low 9.04°c Precipitation 0.17mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 8.42°c Low 3.45°c Precipitation 0.12mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Gwynedd

Gwynedd in north west Wales is situated north of Ceredigion and south of the Isle of Anglesey. The county encompasses the lovely Lleyn Peninsula and Cambrian coast, with attractive seaside resorts and award-winning beaches. Inland is Snowdonia National Park, with spectacular scenery and Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. Gwynedd is also home to Portmeirion, the Italianate village that was the setting for television's The Prisoner.

Llanberis

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A short distance inland is Llanberis, a popular base for walkers and climbers visiting Snowdonia. From Llanberis you can take a trip on Snowdon Mountain Railway, taking you to the Summit of Snowdon (3,3560 ft/1085m), and back. Padarn Country Park offers a great day out with walks, lakes and attractions including the National Slate Museum and Llanberis Lake Railway, one of the 'Great Little Trains of Wales'.

Caernarfon

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The ancient county town of Caernarfon has many interesting buildings such as Caernarfon Castle. Designated a World Heritage Site, it is home to the Museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. On a hill above the town is Segontium Roman Fort, dating back to AD77. Nearby is Plas Menai, the National Water Sports Centre on the Menai Strait.

Bangor

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Bangor is a University City and one of the oldest diocese in Britain. The town and Cathedral are dominated by Bangor Mountain, there are good shopping facilities, a Victorian pier, Museum and Art Gallery. To the east is Penrhyn Castle an extravagant example of 19th century neo-gothic architecture, with an intriguing interior. The tourist information centre can be found in the Town Hall, on the Menai Strait.

LOCAL CUISINE

Gwynedd has a strong farming tradition, famous for its lamb, beef and dairy cattle, not to mention its national vegetable, the leek. Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef's unique heritage has been recognised by the European Commission and have been awarded the coveted status of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). PGI puts Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef on a par with other excellent regional European products like Parma Ham.

GETTING HERE

There’s quick, straightforward access from the North West along the M56 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are good too, and the same roads – the M6, M5 and M1 – also bring Snowdonia Mountains and Coast within easy reach of the South of England.