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 in North West Wales.
The area boasts unbelievably stunning scenery from the top of the Snowdon Mountain range 3,560ft (1085m), with breathtaking views of the neighbouring peaks, to ancient woodlands and moorlands, on down to the wooded valleys, passing still lakes and rushing rivers, to the stunning coastline.
The shoreline varies from the gentle Victorian resort of Llandudno to rocky crags around Anglesey and the islands. The coast is punctuated by the World Heritage Site strongholds of Conwy and Caernarfon, the Italianate village of Portmeirion and 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 are opportunities 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, coasteering and several of the worlds longest zip wires. All this set in the National Park, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Special Areas for Conservation and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
There are great and iconic feats of 19th Century Engineering crossing the Menai Strait that include Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridges and Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge. North Wales is also home to other works by these great engineers, including the Conwy Bridges and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at Llangollen, which pushed the boundaries of knowledge and have influenced the engineering across the world 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 Britannia and Menai Bridges. Tyddyn Sydney 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 Strait. In the 19th century it became the site of one of the greatest works of engineering of both the turnpike era and, within two decades, the railway era, becoming 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, laid out by the redoubtable Paxton, to emerge by the side of the Menai Suspension Bridge. Joining the Coast Path you come to one of the massive lions on Britannia Bridge and 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 nine-hole golf course is a 5-minute walk away.
Treborth is on the outskirts of the small but lively University City of Bangor with the 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 recently 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 stands next to Pontio overlooking the city below. 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.