The Area / Things to Do
North Wales boasts unbelievably stunning scenery from the top of the Snowdon Mountain range (3,560ft 1085m) which you can walk to on several tracks or ride to on the Snowdon Mountain Railway to view the magnificent centrepiece of the Snowdonia National Park from the summit. With breathtaking views of the neighbouring peaks, ancient woodlands and moorlands, down to the wooded valleys, still lakes and rushing rivers leading to a stunning coastline.
The shoreline varies from the gentle Victorian style seaside beach of Llandudno to the rocky crags at South stack in Holyhead, the Italianate village of Portmeirion to the bustling University City of Bangor. There are excellent water pursuits in the Menai Strait and the National Watersports Centre at Plas Menai, as well as white water rafting.
There are an incredible range of outdoor pursuits such as climbing, walking, horse riding, cycling, mountain biking, golfing, fishing and bird watching in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Special Areas for Conservation and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
But equally North Wales is home to some of the National Trust’s greatest treasures including Penrhyn castle, Plas Newydd and Bodnant Gardens; World Heritage Sites of Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech; and probably the greatest density of preserved railway including the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway .
The great feats of 19th Century Engineering of the iconic Britannia and Menai Suspension Bridges spanning the Menai Straits, Conwy Suspension Bridge and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct .
Tyddyn Sydney Bach just off junction 9 of the A55 is the ideal base for exploring and experiencing culture, history, industrial archaeology and the widest possible range of outdoor and leisure pursuits.
Bangor – Wales
Tyddyn Sydney Bach is located in the secluded grounds of a larger cottage in the village of Treborth, just on the outskirts of the University City of Bangor, between the internationally famous Britannia and Menai Bridges crossing to Anglesey. Treborth is as old as the Faenol Estate, which dates from Tudor times.
Treborth means a homestead and a ferry and was probably associated with one of the many ferries crossing the Straits. In the 19th century it became the site of one of the greatest works of engineering of the railway age and home to the hundreds of workers and their families.
Access to the Wales Coastal Path is 20 metres from Tyddyn Sydney Bach which can take you through Treborth Botanical Gardens to emerge by the side of the Menai Bridge. Five minutes walk from Tyddyn Sydney Bach takes you to one of the Britannia Bridge Lions and a little further on to some of the last relics of the original tubular bridge and its construction. Five minutes walk in the other direction takes you to the Treborth driving range and 9 hole golf course
Treborth is on the outskirts of the small but lively University City of Bangor with her restored Victorian Pier, Port Penrhyn and beautiful Cathedral where Deiniol founded his monastic community in 525 AD.
Bangor is a coastal university City with unique character and landscape which boasts its own mountain and panoramic views of the sea. Bangor Mountain is home to the St. Deiniol Golf Course designed by James Braid, the famous golf architect and Open Champion. The newly opened Pontio, Bangor University’s Arts and Innovation Centre, which houses performing areas, a theatre and cinema with ‘Y Caban’ a modern art structure by renowned Dutch artist Joep Van Lieshout in its grounds. In the City itself there are nature and heritage trails linking the City’s green spaces with its rich-architectural heritage. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool complete with diving boards and water slide, all-weather 5-a-side and grass playing fields, bowling green, bars, restaurants and a shopping street which is reputed to be the longest High Street in Wales,
Nearby the National Trust’s properties of Penrhyn castle, a Neo-Norman revival mansion, which has stunning views, a Victorian walled garden, collection of dolls and toys, steam engines and great master paintings and Plas Newydd with its collection of Whistler’s work where the fascinating and intriguing mural can be seen in the dining room should not be missed neither should the World Heritage Site of Edward 1 castles at Beaumaris, Caernarfon, and Conwy.
Bangor is twinned with Soest in Westphalia, Germany and enjoys frequent exchanges between Soest and Bangor Citizens.
Tyddyn Sydney Bach just off junction 9 of the A55 is the ideal base for exploring and experiencing culture, history, outdoor and leisure pursuits.