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Anglesey, Wales
Henllys Things To Do

Nearby is the formidable Beaumaris Castle, which was begun in 1295 but left unfinished. The last and largest of King Edward I's Welsh fortifications is now a World Heritage Site, and is a perfect example of a concentrically planned castle.

National Trust property Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens is the home of the Marquess of Anglesey. With spectacular views of Snowdonia, it's one of the UK's finest mansion house settings. Enjoy the largest collection of Rex Whistler works, followed by a woodland walk.

Visit the largest marine aquarium in Wales, Anglesey Sea Zoo

Regional wildlife and local tongue twisters

Anglesey Sea Zoo is Wales' largest marine aquarium, located on the shore of the Menai Strait. A great all-weather day out, the zoo carefully recreates the habitats of over 150 species found around Anglesey and the North Wales coastline.

If you arrive by train, you could arrange by appointment only to disembark at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-gogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysilio-gogogoch, which is the village with the longest name in the Britain.

Head to Penrhyn Castle, the 19th century 'fantasy castle' near Bangor

Explore North Wales' historical treasures

A short drive over the Menai Strait takes you into mainland North Wales and a veritable host of beautifully preserved historical properties.

Another National Trust gem is Penrhyn Castle near Bangor, which is a 19th-century 'fantasy castle' with notable furniture and art collections, as well as a Victorian walled garden and kitchens, museums and an adventure playground.

Heading east along the coast to Conwy, the Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House, built by Robert Wynn between 1576 and 1585 and almost entirely restored, is one of the best of its kind in the UK.

Also a World Heritage Site and built for King Edward I, Conwy Castle is perched upon a narrow rocky outcrop that perhaps influenced its distinctive shape. Constructed between 1283-87, it is an 'outstanding achievement of medieval military architecture'.

The National Trust's Bodnant Garden consists of two parts and is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK. Covering 80 acres, it's situated above the River Conwy and looks west across the valley towards Snowdonia.

Visit the 13th century castle build by King Edward I in Caernarfon

Built by royalty and Romans

Caernarfon, a short drive south west, is most famous for its 13th-century castle. It was built by King Edward I to be a royal residence and seat of government. His son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born at Caernarfon Castle in 1284. It was also the setting for HRH Prince Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.

The Segontium Fort, which dates back to 77 AD, is one of the most well-known Roman sites in Britain. Records show that it held a regiment of up to 1,000 soldiers until about 394 AD. The fort was strategic, controlling access to Anglesey and protecting the Welsh coast from Irish raiders.

Go for a walk in the beautiful and awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia, steam trains and stone keeps

The beautiful and awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park, with its magnificent scenery and walking opportunities, is a stone's throw from Henllys. And if you still want to enjoy the views but would prefer an easier way to the 3,560ft-high summit of Snowdon, why not take the Snowdon Mountain Railway?

Or enjoy stunning views of Snowdon from a lower level with the Llanberis Lake Railway and its narrow-gauge steam trains. Journey from Gilfach Ddu to Penllyn, passing 13th-century Dolbadarn Castle and Llanberis' twin lakes. The train runs through the Padarn Country Park, joining the 1845 slate railway route that follows the shores of Lake Padarn.

Dolwyddelan Castle in the heart of Snowdonia was remodelled by King Edward. It was originally built by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ('the Great') in the 13th century, and only a square stone keep remains now.

Travelling south through Snowdonia (to where the Llŷn Peninsula juts out from north Wales), you reach Portmeirion village and gardens. Created by visionary Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1960s, it became the setting for the cult television series 'The Prisoner'.

Take the family to the wonderful GreenWood Forest Park and enjoy the many rides

GreenWood Forest Park

A must for all families situated in a wooded valley in Snowdonia this wonderful Adventure Park promises you fun family days out whatever the weather.

Brave GreenWood's famous Green Dragon Roller coaster, the first and the only one of its kind in the world. This eco-coaster uses people power to make it work and it generates more electricity than it uses in a single year.

All the fabulous rides and activities at GreenWood have been designed for fun and adventure with a difference and the best thing is: they are all eco-friendly! Check out the Green Page to find out what GreenWood has done to keep its Carbon Footprint down and see what wildlife projects they have planned.

Enjoy a range of activities including Ten Pin Bowling, Go-Karting, Quad Biking and Archery

Glasfryn Activity Centre

Situated in Pwllheli about one hour's drive from Henllys, this activity centre is great for all the family. Enjoy a range of activities including Ten Pin Bowling, Go-Karting, Quad Trekking, Junior Quad Biking and Archery.

Try your hand at many high rope adventures at Ropes and Ladders Adventure Centre at Llanberis in the Padarn Country Park

Ropes and Ladders Adventure Centre

High ropes adventure in Llanberis located in Padarn Country Park promises Arial Challenges, Zip line, climbing wall, trapeze leap and a giant swing. From the highest activity tower in the UK you will get a spectacular view of mountains and lakes.

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