The Local Area
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.
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 at the National Watersports Centre at Plas Menai. Elsewhere on the Strait there is the opportunity for cruises, fishing trips and rib rides.
Snowdonia offers many amazing outdoor pursuits, including climbing, walking, horse riding, cycling, mountain biking, golfing, fishing and bird watching, as well as surfing and several of the worlds longest zip wires. All this in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Special Areas for Conservation and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
There are 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 pushed back the boundaries of knowledge and have influenced the worlds engineering ever since. Pontcysyllte is also the centre of the World Heritage site celebrating the canal age and remains the longest and highest aqueduct in Europe.
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. Tyddyn Sydney is as old as the Faenol Estate, which dates from Tudor times.
Located in Treborth, which means a homestead and a ferry, 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 both the turnpike and, within two decades, railway eras and home to the hundreds of workers and their families involved in these massive projects.
Access to the Wales Coastal Path passes within 100 metres of Tyddyn Sydney Bach and can take you to the east through Treborth Botanical Gardens to emerge by the side of the Menai Suspension Bridge or only five minutes away you come to one of the massive lions on Britannia Bridge and, a little further, the last relics of the original tubular bridge and its construction. Turning west, the coast path wanders through the grounds of Faenol. Treborth driving range and 9 hole golf course is a 5 minute walk away.
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.
There is also 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 in the city 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,
Bangor is twinned with Soest in Westphalia, Germany and enjoys frequent exchanges between Soest and Bangor Citizens.