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Things to do in Betws y Coed
 

Our Top 6 Places to Cool off in a North Wales Heatwave

It’s that time of year again. The sun has got his hat on and we’re all starting to melt. Here’s our Top 6 Places to Cool off in a North Wales heatwave

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Rib Ride adventures
 

Rib Ride adventures

Fancy a wild ride on the world’s fastest RIB? Head to Anglesey and jump on board with Rib Ride Velocity. Boats leave from Menai Bridge all year round

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Explore Snowdonia’s outstanding mountain scenery by heritage railway
 

Explore Snowdonia’s outstanding mountain scenery by heritage railway

Explore Snowdonia’s outstanding mountain scenery by heritage railway. Steam trains and stunning landscape views are a match made in heaven

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Secret Mountains Series. Yr Eifl
 

Secret Mountains Series. Yr Eifl

A mountain with three summits and stunning, far-reaching sea views. Yr Eifl on the Llyn Peninsula is a must-do mountain for your next holiday in North Wales

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Top 5 boat trips in North Wales
 

Top 5 Boat Trips In North Wales

Wherever you are in North Wales, you’re never far from the call of the sea. Our Top 5 boat trips in North Wales will help you to explore our magnificent coast.

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Best Family Cycling Routes In Snowdonia
 

Best Family Cycling Routes In Snowdonia

North Wales has lots of traffic free, flat cycling routes. Through forests, around lakes and along rivers, we have it all. Best family cycling routes in Snowdonia.

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Welsh Ice Cream At Its Best
 

Welsh Ice Cream At Its Best

The rise of artisan ice cream makers means an offering of far more exciting and tantalising flavours. Here is Welsh Ice Cream at its best.

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Garden Centres Snowdonia Style
 

Top 5 Garden Centres In North Wales

People love our garden centres in North Wales. A wide variety of plants, gift shops full of local crafts and award-winning restaurants offring home cooked food. Here are the Top 5 Garden Centres in North Wales.

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Merry Christmas Nadolig Llawen
 

SHOP LOCAL FOR CHRISTMAS SNOWDONIA STYLE...

Supporting local businesses is always high up on my list of priorities and you might be surprised by how much ‘local sparkle’ you can add to your Christmas offering. To give you a nudge in the right direction, here is our low down on how to shop local for Christmas Snowdonia style…   EXPERIENCES Gifting someone an experience is great – the long lasting memories and serotonin high that comes with these far out weigh the quick dopamine rush from unwrapping a ‘material’ object. There is alot on offer in Snowdonia, so here are 5 of the best:   ZIP WORLDZip World offer 8 different types of activities from the longest zip line in the world, underground trampolines and a roller coaster in the forest. A great range of prices and something for all the family. MORE INFO SURF SNOWDONIA Surf Snowdonia is perfect for any budding surfing enthusiasts or those pro’s who want to see what the…

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Top 5 | Holiday Cottages For Cycling

There are plenty of cycling opportunities in North Wales, catering for all ages and abilities. From mountain biking trails, downhill trails and designated cycling paths, there is lots on offer and some of our cottages are really well located to enjoy these places. Here are our Top 5 | Holiday Cottages For Cycling.   HOLIDAY COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION NEAR ZIP WORLD | Y-GELLI NR: LON LAS OGWEN CYCLE PATH | BANGOR TO LAKE OGWEN Ysgubor y Gelli is a one bedroom holiday cottage accommodation near Snowdonia and 1 mile from the now famous Zip World. Located in a quiet village but within easy access to nearby mountains, coast, towns, attractions, and activities.   HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN COED Y BRENIN FOREST, NORTH WALES | MAES-Y-COED NR COED Y BRENIN | DOLGELLAU This wonderful Holiday cottage in Coed Y Brenin Forest, North Wales sits in a small clearing and is totally unique! The original brick built cottage has been…

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5 New Restaurants in North Wales
 

5 NEW RESTAURANTS IN NORTH WALES

Some great new restaurants have opened this year and incase you didn’t get to know about them yet, here are 5 new restaurants in North Wales we think are worth visiting:   PALE HALL | BALA The newly refurbished hotel and restaurant offers fine dining under head chef, Gareth Stevenson. There are 3 dining rooms; The Library, The Venice Room and the Henry Robertson Dining Room. There is a curfew on children in the dining room from 8.30pm. The experience is described as: “Exquisite food, finest fresh local seasonal produce. An exceptional culinary experience’.   DYLANS | LLANDUDNO Following the undisputed success of its restaurants in Menai Bridge and Criccieth, Dylans have opened in the Washington building, Llandudno. Great food, great atmosphere and beautiful buildings are their trade marks and they are all here. They specialise in seafood, but also offer pizza’s and burgers etc.   NORBAR | BARMOUTH Norbar, just outside Barmouth is a 3…

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NEW HOLIDAY COTTAGES | LLYN PENINSULA

The Pennarth Properties are two new holiday cottages to the Dioni family. Set within walking distance from Aberdesch beach on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula, one sleeps 4 and the other 2. You can rent both properties together, offering accomodation for upto 6.   ROMANTIC ONE BEDROOM COTTAGE WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE BEACH | FELIN-PENNARTH £300 – £590 SLEEPS 2 | FARM STAY | WIFI | NEAR BEACH | NEAR PUB Felin-Pennarth is a romantic one bedroom cottage walking distance from the beach. The elevated outside space, giving you seclusion and incredible views makes this a very unique property where you feel you have got away from it all.   FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGE WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE BEACH | COETSIWS-PENNARTH £380 – £750 SLEEPS 4 | FARM STAY | WIFI | NEAR BEACH | NEAR PUB Coetsiws-Penarth is a two bedroom farm holiday cottage walking distance from the beach. This lovely old stone outbuilding…

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Top 5 | Things To Do With Children Of All Ages In Snowdonia

One of the challenges of planning a trip with children that range in age is finding things that keep everyone happy and interested. With this in mind, here are my Top 5 | Things To Do With Children Of All Ages In Snowdonia: WALKING Climbing Snowdon or Cadr Idris are my personal favorites, the sense of achievement is second to none and the views are incredible. If you have much smaller ones in tow, the walks around Swallow Falls and upto Fairy Glen in Betws-Y-Coed are fantastic. ADVENTURE The Fforest Coaster is the most recent attraction under the Zip World umbrella that has recently opened to great response. Zip World has lots on offer, covering all ages; they really do provide something unique. ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN From an educational point of view, Electric Mountain is one of a kind. It is a hydroelectric power plant built inside a mountain; the tours of its history and how it…

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Criccieth beach and castle
 

SNOWDONIA INFORMATION PACK | CRICCIETH

Criccieth is known as “The Pearl Of Wales On The Shores Of Snowdonia”. Set around the castle, it’s a small town with beautiful beaches. Lots of walking and cycling paths allow you to fully immerse yourself in the Welsh countryside while Porthmadog and Pwllheli are just down the road. Here is our Snowdonia Information Pack | Criccieth

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THINGS TO DO IN LLANBERIS

Known as Snowdon’s village, Llanberis is situated at the foot of Snowdon. Sitting on the twin lakes of Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, the surrounding scenery is rugged and beautiful. Adventure activities are available near-by and the town has lovely cafes and restaurants. https://youtu.be/VNL4M0lVT3g ACTIVITIES NATIONAL SLATE MUSEUM A look back in history to the workings of the second largest slate quarry in the world. Guided tours show you how the quarry worked and what it would have been like to live and work in this Victorian slate quarry. ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN Is a hydroelectric power plant built inside a mountain. Opened in 1984 by Prince Charles, it is now a critical contributor to the energy supply for the UK. Take a tour and learn the history, how it came about and how it works – fascinating! SURF-LINES Offer great adventures days incorporating canoeing, kayaking, climbing and coasteering. You can pick from either one of their tailor-made…

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Snowdonia Style Adventure | Sailing

Sailing in the North Wales doesn’t get as much of the lime light as other adventure activities, but with all of our beautiful coastline and the abundance of lakes it’s a pretty good place to learn and a great activity for the whole family to get involved in. Here are our top 5 places you can learn to sail.   PLAS MENAI | CAERNARFON Located in-between Bangor and Caernarfon, Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales. They offer both beginner and intermediate sailing courses on the sheltered coastal waters of the Menai Strait. Under the guidance of their highly qualified instructors, all the courses are run to the guidelines of the RYA.   BALA SAILING CLUB | BALA Situated at the Bala sailing club on Llyn Tegid and surrounded by the Snowdonia mountains, this is a stunning place to learn to sail. They offer both level 1 and 2 RYA courses which take place…

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TOP 5 SNOWDONIA SEAFOOD DINING EXPERIENCES
 

Top 5 Snowdonia Seafood Dining Experiences

Being so close to the coast, we do seafood very well in Snowdonia and I’m not talking fish and chips. I’m talking about hidden gems of restaurants that offer incredible seafood in fantastic locations… here are our top 5 Snowdonia seafood dining experiences:   TWNTI SEAFOOD, PWLLHELI Based in-between Pwllheli and Abersoch, this converted barn, off the beaten track really does have a reputation for excellent seafood. It has been running for over 26 years and is a real favourite with those who know of it.   DYLANS, CRICCIETH Following on from its success in Menai Bridge, Dylans opened up their second location in the Maes-Y Mor on the beach fronton Criccieth. A fabulous environment with an extensive fish menu alongside pizza, burgers and pasta. They have a separate bar there too if you just fancy a drink overlooking the sea.   MARRAM GRASS, ANGLESEY Having received great reviews in the national press and Julia Bradbury…

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Top 5 Christmas Cottages
 

Top 5 Christmas Cottages

Christmas time is on its way and if you are looking to go away over the festive period, where better to go for that quintessential Christmas than Snowdonia; real log fires, lovely long walks in the mountains and by the sea followed by cosy afternoons either at a cafe or in a beautiful holiday cottage. We have lots of choice, so depending on whether you are looking to celebrate low key or with family and friends, Dioni has something to offer and here are our top 5 Christmas cottages: TY-NEWYDD SLEEPS 2 Ty Newydd is a romantic one bedroom holiday cottage in Bala North Wales. This simple yet elegant cottage provides self catering holiday accommodation for up to two people in a beautifully tranquil location. STABAL-IWRCH SLEEPS 4 This fantastic two bedroom barn conversion provides luxurious self catering accommodation on a welsh hill farm just outside Betws Y Coed in North Wales. The cottage is really…

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Things To Do In Snowdonia During Half Term
 

Things To Do In Snowdonia During Half Term

If you are here during half term, there are no end of things to do for kids entertainment. To help you make the most of your time, here is our list of things to do in Snowdonia during half term… 1: SNOWBOARDING / SKIING The Llandudno Ski Centre is great value for money and a really great afternoon out. Choose from skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or sno-tubing and they have an onsite restaurant in the style of an alpine cabin just to add to ambience! 2: CLIMB A MOUNTAIN We obviously have Snowdon in the mix, but you might want to consider something a little less full on with children in tow. Moelfre nr Barmouth, Moel Shabod in Capel Curig or Moel Eilio nr Snowdon are all good to venture up. 3: CASTLES There are over 600 castles in Wales and up here in the North we have some pretty spectacular ones. Even for those hard to…

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Holiday Diary - Holiday Cottage near Snowdon in Rhyd Ddu

“The cottage was absolutely beautiful. It was quiet but within easy reach of amenities. The cottage is very high spec, well decorated, furnished and just felt comfortable like a home from home, and the views are absolutely spectacular. I would really highly recommend it, as a good location to North Wales with a very relaxing atmosphere.” – Cathy McAllister, Ellesmere Port. When we arrived to this cosy little holiday cottage near Snowdon, we were so surprised that this was an old quarryman’s cottage, given the clean-cut and contemporary feel to the place. Still, it didn’t lose its character with its little inglenook and log burner. Once my partner and I had set our things down and unpacked a bit, one of the first things we did was light a fire (which was enough to heat the whole house). Another favourite part of the property had to be the little stream running at the bottom of the…

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