62. The Gwynedd Coast, North Wales.
An amazing array of places to visit, attractions and stunning scenery. It's also the 'Gateway to Snowdonia'.
Examples of what's on offer:Portmeirion
- set of the 1960s Cult Sci-fi series The Prisoner
, designed and constructed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the early-to-mid 20th century:Rheilffordd-Ffestiniog Heritage Railway
The 'oldest independent railway company in the world' - this railway takes you on a 13-and-a-half mile journey from the coastal town of Porthmadog to the slate-mining town of Blaenau-Ffestiniog, through some breathtakingly beautiful countryside as the railway snakes its way through areas completely inaccessible by road and cut-off from the rigours of modern life.
An imposing 13th Century castle, built by Edward I (of Braveheart
fame!) during his conquest of Wales. This fortress was considered unassailable until taken by Owain Glyndŵr in 1404 - and even then it took a long siege to finally starve the occupants into surrender. In the Wars of the Roses it was the last Lancastrian stronghold to finally surrender to Yorkist rule after the battle of Towton.Cricieth
A beautiful coastal village overlooked by another castle built this time by a welsh prince, Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, in 1320. It includes a visitor attraction with details of the Welsh history of the area, including the journey of the cleric, Gerald of Wales in his quest to convert the Welsh to Christianity (including fantastic Asterix-esque cartoon of the events!). It also has a lovely (small) high street with independent shops, and plenty of places to stay, two beautiful beaches with interesting geological cliffs and features.
And there's a lot more, too, but no time or room to include it all! Highly recommended, though!