In the second of our series of articles about using your Snowdonia Pass in different areas, we look at where you can use your Pass on the Llyn Peninsula.
With close to 50 visitor attractions, eateries, shops and accommodation providers offering great deals to Snowdonia Pass holders, it’s easy to feel spoilt for choice!
So we’ve split the region up into smaller chunks, to help you find a deal that’s close to where you live, work or visit as a holidaymaker.
The Llyn Peninsula is a rugged and extremely beautiful area of Snowdonia, consisting largely of a chain of extinct volcanoes. It’s a very rural area, edged with some of the region’s most beautiful beaches and hidden coves – but there are some wonderful towns and villages to explore too. If you’re visiting the area it’s worth taking a look around Pwllheli, Abersoch and our very own ‘Land’s End’, namely Aberdaron – the last stopover for ancient pilgrims on their way to the holy island of Bardsey.
But where can you use your Snowdonia Pass on the Llyn Peninsula? At the time of writing, there are five great deals to be enjoyed there.
Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery
Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery in Llanbedrog is Wales’ oldest art gallery. It’s situated in a wonderful Gothic mansion which wouldn’t look at all out of place in The Addams Family!
The mansion was actually purpose-built in 1856/57 to hold its owner’s art collection; the owner being the dowager Lady Elizabeth Love Jones-Parry of Madryn Estate.
Today the house is every bit as stunning to look at – inside and out – as it was when first built.
At Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery you can of course (and completely free of charge) admire the art and the architecture, as you would expect. But you can also enjoy all sorts of performances there, including workshops, lectures, plays and concerts. And when you’ve exhausted yourself doing all that (and admiring the amazing scenery outdoors), you can use your Snowdonia Pass to enjoy a discount of 10% in the cafe and craft shop.
No visit to the Llyn Peninsula would be complete without a visit to ‘the Nant’, as Nant Gwrtheyrn is affectionately known to locals. It’s free to visit, so do take advantage!
This former quarry village was taken under the wing of the local community when it fell to ruin after the downturn in quarrying activity. After massive investments of time and money the village is now THE place to go if you want to learn the ‘language of heaven’, as Welsh is known. You can attend a variety of different residential Welsh language courses, immersing yourself in the language as surely as you’ll immerse yourself in the Nant’s stunning yet serene location.
Equally mesmerising is the wealth of folk stories you’ll learn when you visit (whether as a day tripper or a resident student); the whole of North Wales is rich in history and mythology, and you’ll have a lot of fun attempting to separate the two!
With your Snowdonia Pass you’ll have access to a number of exclusive discounts, including food, drink, accommodation and retail. Please visit the Nant Gwrtheyrn ‘deal details’ page to find out more and see terms and conditions.
Glasfryn Parc is the Llyn Peninsula’s premier family attraction, and when you visit you’ll see why!
The first thing you’ll notice is the go-karts, whose throaty roar will greet you as you arrive. The track is long enough that after your three laps you’ll be absolutely exhilarated and ready for a cuppa and a bite to eat in the excellent and very reasonably-priced cafe.
After that, you can have a go at ten-pin bowling, or archery. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you could try quad biking, wakeboarding, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. Or how about some clay pigeon shooting or fishing?
There’s even a soft play area for tiny tots, so nobody in the family needs to feel left out.
And before you leave, don’t forget to visit the farm shop, where you can browse and buy a delicious range of foods, many of which have been produced on the Glasfryn estate.
Entry to the Parc is free – you just pay for the activities you want to take part in – so pop along for a visit next time you’re in the area. Your Snowdonia Pass gets you a discount of 10% off any activities before 10.30am, so get there nice and early – and remember to check the terms and conditions at Glasfryn Parc’s ‘deal details’ page before you visit.
Lloyd George Museum
A day out at the Lloyd George Museum is a lot of fun for the whole family – but it’s very educational too, so it offers the best of both worlds.
David Lloyd George was a Liberal politician in the early 20th century, whose many achievements included sweeping social reforms that improved the lives of the working classes. He was Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922, and is to date the only Welsh Prime Minister we’ve ever had, and the only Prime Minister for whom English was a second language.
Lloyd George grew up in Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth, and it is at his boyhood home that the museum that bears his name is now based. A visit to the museum includes learning about the great man himself, but also about life in Victorian times, including a Victorian schoolroom where visitors can dress up in period costume.
Your Snowdonia Pass entitles you to 50% off the Lloyd George Museum handbook – an excellent bargain, we’re sure you’ll agree!
Criccieth Castle really takes your breath away when you arrive in the sleepy little town at its feet. Perched atop a promontory that juts out into the sea, the castle may be a little shabbier than it was in its heyday, but it’s certainly lost none of its majesty.
Built by Llywelyn the Great – the greatest of the Princes of Gwynedd – the castle held a strategically important position. So important, the English and Welsh fought over it many times, the castle passing back and forth more often than a cold sore in a kissing booth! Eventually Edward I – boo, hiss – took the castle and made deadly ‘improvements’ to it, and this most Welsh of castles became an English stronghold.
A visit to Criccieth Castle today is far less dangerous than it was during those days, of course; but its battle scars are there for eternity to help remind visitors that this beautiful architecture served a deadly purpose.
Your Snowdonia Pass entitles you to a 10% discount, but terms apply, so please check the Criccieth Castle ‘deal details’ page before you visit.