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Who knows the Llyn Peninsula?

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puffling Mon 23-Jul-07 20:15:33

We're going next week, with small kids. Any ideas of places to visit, eat,best beaches etc?

moondog Mon 23-Jul-07 20:16:09

Me,very well.
Was there about 2 hours ago.
Where are you staying?

CountessDracula Mon 23-Jul-07 20:17:42

Morfa Nefyn beach is lovely, nice pub on beach at the end

CountessDracula Mon 23-Jul-07 20:20:00

how small are kids?

The castle at Caernarfon is great

moondog Mon 23-Jul-07 20:39:48

I used to live directly across the squar (Y Maes) from the castle CD.Oh,and spent most of me student years working in the tourist office opposite the entrance.

Where are you Puffling?
I'm not going to the effort without some feedback.

edam Mon 23-Jul-07 20:46:21

Depends where you are on the peninsula but always worth going to Porthmadog for the Ffestiniog steam railway. And to Borth y Gest, nice little seaside village with coves and fab ice cream. Portmeirion is lovely (architectural follly ish thing, an artificial village/home to rescued buildings, where the 60s TV series The Prisoner was filmed. Bizarre and lovely).

Whizzz Mon 23-Jul-07 20:50:58

Caernarfon castle is great - but beware of lot of stairs to get around all areas if you have little ones

Psychobabble Mon 23-Jul-07 20:51:34

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MaloryTowers Mon 23-Jul-07 20:56:59

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Pixiefish Mon 23-Jul-07 21:05:30

Llanberis is fab, Steam railway round the lake, Welsh slate museum, electric mountain and also soft play. Plus of course- the tallest mountain in Wlaes- Yr Wyddfa aka Snowdon

MaloryTowers Mon 23-Jul-07 21:07:13

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moondog Mon 23-Jul-07 21:20:17

Coed Helen is the park.Over the footbridge form castle.

Llewsmum Mon 23-Jul-07 21:48:30

Second psychobabble re the beaches particularly Porth Ysgo - 'tis lovely

Also whistling Sands

DrippingLizzie Mon 23-Jul-07 21:55:44

Agree with all previous comments but beware of Abersoch...what once was a quaint little fishing/sailing village has been hijacked by the hoi-polloi (like Rock in Cornwall) and in high season you can't move nouveau riche families from Cheshire with their 4x4s, speedboats and promiscuous, pot-head teenagers. Abersoch was in the news last week for being the first place in the UK to be offering a mobile home for sale for £500k, so that says it all really. Shame, because the beaches there are lovely (especially the Warren beach).

daisyandbabybootoo Mon 23-Jul-07 22:02:27

Black Rock Sands is can take the car onto the beach and picnic beside the car. none of the usual traipsing for miles carrying all your stuff....but of course that actually depends on getting some weather for the beach

Pwhelli is lovely, lots of nice wee shops.

Porthmadog is nice too, but busy. We spent many a happy hour fishing for crabs off the quay with scraps of bacon and a hand line. <take note, small children need to be tethered>

daisyandbabybootoo Mon 23-Jul-07 22:05:38

For food, Y Sgawr in Tremadog was fab. Lovely local food all freshly cooked.

Llewsmum Mon 23-Jul-07 22:08:15

God yes - Abersoch - used to be lovely when I was little - made the mistake of going a few years ago - is full of most disgusting types driving up and down in flash motors full of eejits - also idiotic use of jet-skis on swimming beaches nearby - shudder

PeachesMcLean Mon 23-Jul-07 22:12:43

Can you still go in the hydro power mountain? Might be a bit sad but I do remember being truly impressed with the size of the main hall inside it.

Just so you know, there was a thread recently with someone complaining about Port Marrion as they called it... Wasn't a great recommendation to be fair - forewarned, forearmed and all that... but haven't been there myself.

The Slate Museum in Llanberis was more interesting than you'd expect (or am I showing my truly anoraky side here) And free. Then go into Llanberis itself for lunch at Pete's Eats. Proper climbers caff with good portions.

moondog Tue 24-Jul-07 11:05:44

Yes you can Peaches.
Guffaw at 'Port Marrion'.

pooka Tue 24-Jul-07 11:10:06

Ooh ooh ooh. We stayed at Morfa Nefyn in a house just by the Ty Coch pub. What an amazingly beautiful place. Felt like being in some scandinavian Fjord. But was completely deserted and out of school hols. The landlord at the Ty Coch said that it does get packed in the summer.

puffling Tue 24-Jul-07 20:13:38

Thanks everyone, sorry I didn't reply before. I'll print this off and take it with me.
We are staying between Llangwnadl and Porth Colmon near the southern tip of the peninsula. We have a limited budget this year and the bubs are 4, 3 and 16 months.

Dior Tue 24-Jul-07 20:17:04

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moondog Tue 24-Jul-07 20:19:50

If you like seafood,there is a bloke called Gareth Grifiths in Llangwnadl who will sell you the most wonderful local crabs for about £4 each.They are the best I have ever tasted.You will see his sign on the road as you pass. 01758 770397

A god daytrip (and costs nowt) is to go to Welsh NationalHeritage centre in Llithfaen.It is based in an old abandoned quarrying village in a valley by the sea and the drive down is amazing.You can walk down to the lovely deserted beach and have something to eat in the very nice cafe and learn a bit about Wales and the Welsh in the visitor centre.

All other ideas here are good too.

Lucycat Tue 24-Jul-07 20:20:50

This is my absolute favourite webcam in the whole wide world.

The Ty Coch view out to sea towards Nefyn - many a happy afternoon have I spent sitting on the beach with a pint here while the kids played on the sand.

ahhh I do love the Llyn

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