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  • Historical attractions in Snowdonia

    Snowdonia National Park in Northern Wales is not only one of the most picturesque regions in Europe, but also a great destinations for lovers of history.

    The beautiful natural landscape is the perfect backdrop for the dozens of historical attractions in Snowdonia. Between all the the hiking trails and nature walks it is easy to forget that the Snowdonia region is steeped in history.

    Some of the attractions seem as old as time, but there are also some sites of a more modern variety too. Here are some of the historical attractions in Snowdonia.

    Bachwen burial chamber at Clynnog Fawr

    photo by Eric Jone

    Bachwen burial chamber is not a burial chamber per se, but rather a dolmen, a huge prehistoric stone structure. It is a thin stone supported by four other stones, and it is located in a farmer’s field with views down to the sea, and over to the hills Yr Eifl with its hillfort Tre’r Ceiri.

    One of the most interesting features of the dolmen is that the upper stone is beautifully decorated with 110 cup-marks and 2 shallow grooves.

    Harlech Castle

    The picturesque town of Harlech is a great sight, but its old castle even more so. Harlech Castle looms over the town from its perch on a 200 foot tall rock. The castle was founded by King Edward I in 1283, and it was designed by one of the most famous architects at the time.

    The view from the castle’s battlements is amazing: you can see the town, the sea and the distant mountains.

    Tre’r Ceiri

    photo by Martin Bodman

    Tre’r Ceiri dates back to the British Iron Age, and it was built approximately in 100 BC. It is one of the most spectacular man-made monuments in the British Isles. The fort was built at 450 metres above sea on an exposed peak of Yr Eifl on the Ll?n Peninsula in Gwynedd, and its spectacular location doesn’t fail to attract throngs of visitors.


    photo by Eric Jones

    Segontium is one of the best preserved Roman ruins in Britain, and it is one of the few surviving vestiges of the Roman rule of the islands. The archaeological site is located at the outskirts of modern-day Caernarfon, and in addition to the ruins, there’s a museum showcasing the findings.

    Ty Hyll

    photo by John Aldersey-WilliamsTy Hyll, just outside Betws-y-Coed, is a cottage which, according to legend, was built in one night, by two outlaw brothers in the 15th century. The cottage is nicknamed the Ugly House, but it looks like a witch’s house in a fairy tale,  rather than ugly – in any case, it is definitely one of the most peculiar buildings in Wales.

    Portmeirion Village

    photo by indigogoat

    Portmeirion Village is one of the newest sites of interest in Snowdonia, built in the 1960’s, and used as a setting for a TV series from the sixties. The village is a combination of modern and medieval-inspired buildings, and curiously enough, it manages to look great.

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