Church of Saint
Cybi inside the Roman fort at
Slate Cavern at Blaenau is
a popular place to visit.
popular is the classic journey on the world famous, preserved, steam
narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway
(Rheilffordd Ffestiniog) with its unique Fairlie double engines.
The Ffestiniog Railway train, which connects with the 10:14 from
Llandudno leaves Blaenau Ffestiniog at 11:45 for Tan y Bwlch and
Porthmadog and there is ample
time to make the return trip. Ffestiniog trains
operate daily from Easter to the end of October and on certain days
during the winter - see the FR
In Llandudno RIDE THE TRAM
to the Summit of the Great
Orme (Y Gogarth).
North Wales is
provided with excellent
public bus services, including the following very frequent weekday
From Llandudno via Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay and Abergele to Rhyl (Ariva
12 - every
10 minutes -
but every half hour on Sundays);
Llandudno to Penmaenmawr,
Llanfairfechan and Bangor
(with its ancient Cathedral
of Saint Deiniol) (Arriva 5, X5 & X9 - four per hour).
to Port Dinorwic (Felinheli), Caernarfon
(Arriva 5, X5 - three per hour). Llandudno to Llangefni on Anglesey
(National Trust) in the Conwy
Llandudno to Conwy (eight
per hour) famous for Conwy
Castle and the Sychnant
Pass; Llandudno to Trefriw, Trefriw
Woollen Mill and Llanrwst
(two every hour); Llandudno to Bodnant
Garden (hourly); and Llandudno to Betws
y Coed (hourly).
direct to Pen y Pass (the easy gateway to Snowdonia) in the summer only
(see below). Llandudno direct to Corwen
and Llangollen at 10:05 with
three return buses. Express Motors also operate a service (X1)
via the Conwy
and Lledr Valleys to
Glan Conwy, Llanrwst, Betws-y-Coed, Dolwyddelan, Dolwyddelan Castle and
(65 minutes from Llandudno) on weekdays from Llandudno at 9:15 10:15
12:31 13:31 15:11 16:15 and 17:31.
triple arch bridge built by Inigo Jones over the River Conwy at Llanrwst
tickets (there are several different types, currently at about
per day) are sold on all the bus
services. The Arriva 'all day' ticket is valid on all Arriva bus
services but not other operator's services. The 'all
day' Gwynedd Red Rover ticket
£5.50 is valid on buses throughout North West Wales (including the
Sherpa services), but not
east of the Conwy Valley, regardless of operator - but
check out the details before you buy.
In Llandudno most
Street (see MAP)
and also pick up at Marks and Spencers and at North Western Gardens.
Ask at the Tourist Information Office in Llandudno Library
for a bus and train timetable book. There is often an Arriva Bus
Inspector on duty during the summer at the Gloddaeth Street (Palladium)
He will also supply timetables.
K1 - The
unique compound Garratt - the world's first - built 1909
now in regular service on the Welsh Highland Railway.
The Swallow Falls
Between Betws y
Coed and Capel Curig are the Swallow Falls
(Rhaeadr Ewynnol) pictured above. With the Sherpa bus service every
hour for most of the day, there is easy
opportunity to stop off for half an hour to view the falls or take
refreshment at the Swallow Falls Hotel on the route to and from Pen y
TO PEN Y PASS
Regular buses from
throughout the year) connect at Llanrwst or Betws y Coed with
‘Sherpa’ buses to Capel Curig, Pen y Gwryd and Pen y Pass. This
service is supplemented in high summer by a very convenient through bus
from Llandudno to Pen y Gwryd, Pen y Pass and back. The 9:00 bus from
Llandudno, in high summer, arrives Pen y Pass at about 10:20 and there is a good return
FROM PEN Y PASSFrom Pen y Pass (with its popular café) the walker has a choice of several famous mountain routes including two routes to the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa). Take the traditional PYG track to the summit or take the Miners track via Llyn Teyrn, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn (an easy walk as far as the lakes, and the only way to see these hidden Snowdonian lakes).
Or take a quiet
and leisurely walk down the
Pass via the Cromlech
boulders to Nant Peris (only three
perhaps a ploughman's lunch at the Vaynol Arms next to the ancient
of Saint Peris) or walk on along the shores of Llyn Peris to Llanberis. Walking down hill from Pen y Pass is quite
the best way to see this magnificent valley as view after view opens
you. From Pen y Pass with the steep
slopes of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) on the left, the Glyders on the right and
the side, its mostly a gentle down hill walk to Nant Peris and
time to pause and marvel at the grandeur of Snowdonia (Eryri) – yet you
far from a bus stop.
Click this link
for more places to visit Around Pen-y-Pass.
take the bus from Pen y
10:45 11:45 12:45 13:45 14:45 15:50 16:45 or 17:45 (even in winter -
more frequent in high summer), these
10 or 15 minutes to descend the Pass to Nant Peris (Park & Ride)
(four miles). The Snowdon Mountain Railway
frequent summer train service from Llanberis to the Summit of Snowdon. Other local attractions at Llanberis include
Country Park, ancient Dolbadarn
Castle, the Llanberis
the Welsh Slate Museum, and
the ‘Electric Mountain’. The latter offers
a visit to the world famous
hydro-electric (pumped storage) underground power station, now operated
First Hydro Subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy.
excellent return bus services. The
through bus to Llandudno leaves Pen y Pass at 16:45 arriving in
Llandudno at 18:00. Or return
from Llanberis to Llandudno via Caernarfon or Bangor.
Very Important. The above bus and train times are given as examples only. Please confirm actual times carefully before starting your journey. Free timetables are available from the Local Tourist Offices.
Traveline Cymru (phone 0871 200 22 33 ) provides
information on bus, coach & train
services throughout Wales & the U.K.
to Visit in and from Llandudno
Click to Visit Chester
The River at Chester
Visit Bodnant Garden in May
Visit Bodnant in September
The Conwy &
The Sychnant Pass