Wales’ growing reputation as a nation of passionate producers and fanatical foodies is nowhere more apparent than at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre at Furnace Farm. You are going to experience Wales on a plate!
The centre is more than a 'shop' for Welsh food but also a producer of foods. In the dairy local milk is used to create artisan cheeses, yoghurts, ice creams and butters. The on-site bakery produces both traditional and seasonal breads and we can sample excellent the Bara Brith, and delicious Welsh Cakes.
You can arrange a masterclass with Bodnant’s Head Chef Dai Davies. Dai is an exceptional Welsh chef and is very passionate about local Welsh food and it's history.
After finishing at Bodnant head through the Snowdonia National Park passing through Llanrwst and stopping at Betws-y-Coed.
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This morning visit the Rhug Farm Estate. Rhug farm is one of Britain’s leading organic farms, supplying premium sustainably reared meat to some of the country’s top restaurants.
Take a walk around the town of Conwy. The Castle and the town is a World Heritage Site, it’s a great place to wander or simply walk the town walls which are almost fully intact, nearly a mile long. Twenty one towers and three gateways dot the walls. It’s best to head right up to the far corner of the town where the views back towards the castle and the estuary are superb.
The main street has numerous boutique shops and small cafes selling local produce; the Castle Hotel is an ancient coaching inn and is a great place for a coffee and a bite to eat, it’s played host to many famous people, such as Telford, Stephenson, Wordsworth and the Queen of Romania.
Also go to see the smallest house in Britain on the town’s quay. It’s 6ft wide by 8ft high, and it used to be owned by a 6’3”ft fisherman.
This afternoon indulge yourselves and enjoy a Traditional Welsh Afternoon Tea, at Bodysgallen Hall recently voted as one of the top ten in Britain. A true historic house with historic gardens too; owned by the National Trust.
Immaculate in all ways- luxurious, stylish and supremely comfortable, with accomplished cuisine. Magnificent health and fitness spa with pool.
This celebrated hotel needs no real introduction. Bodysgallen’s reputation precedes it as one of Britain’s top country house hotels. Lavish amounts of care and attention have been devoted to this distinguished 17th-century house. Skilful, sympathetic restoration, antique furnishings, old paintings and fresh flowers everywhere combine to create an ambience of warmth and well-being.
The extensive grounds and gardens are equally magnificent, with terraced lawns, rose gardens and rare 17th-century knot garden box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs. With such a rich heritage, it is entirely appropriate that Bodysgallen Hall is now the property of the National Trust by donation, with all profits benefiting the house and the charity.
From Bodysgallen it’s a quick trip over the Menai Straights to the island of Anglesey, Britain’s largest island, via the stunning Britannia Bridge. The first town you enter features the longest place name in Europe:
Or you can just say plain old Llanfair PG if is makes things easier! The name of the town translates to: St Mary's Church (Llanfair) in the hollow (pwll) of the white hazel (gwyngyll) near (goger) the rapid whirlpool (y chwyrndrobwll) and the church of St Tysilio (llantysilio) by the red cave (ogo goch). And is the longest place name in Europe. At Llanfair you can shop at James Pringle Weavers, where we can find a great selection of quality knitwear, clothing, Welsh crafts, gifts and souvenirs.
One of Wales’ ‘food icons’ the Anglesey Sea Salt Company has been producing top quality sea salt for the past 17 years. Their new visitors centre opens Easter 2015.
Take time to discover the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. Covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half of the population speaks Welsh.
Caernarfon – UNESCO World Heritage Site, built between 1283 and 1301, this castle was Edward I's most impressive stronghold. The polygonal towers and colour-banded masonry were based on Constantinople's 5th-century walls, and set it apart from the other castles of North Wales.
It has proved almost impregnable; in 1404, 28 bedraggled men withstood a Owain Glyndŵr's siege, and during the 17th-century civil war it was unsuccessfully attacked three times.
Originally built as a seat of government rule and royal palace, the towers were decorated with ornate stained glass. The Eagle Tower is the finest remaining example. In the Queen's Tower is a museum celebrating Wales' oldest infantry regiment, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Other towers contain exhibits on Edward I's campaigns and the 1969 investiture of the latest Prince of Wales.
The Welsh Highland Railway features the most powerful 2' gauge steam locomotives in the world on a journey through the spectacular Snowdonia National Park from Caernarfon to Pont Croesor near Porthmadog making it the UK’s longest steam heritage railway. The train climbs over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. Sit back and enjoy the amazing views!
Deep inside the Llechwedd slate caverns, in a massive underground chamber, there’s the world’s most extraordinary bouncing experience, Bounce Below. Three huge trampolines have been set up, one above the other, in a space that’s like an alien cathedral, all connected with slides and ladders, and lit by psychedelic multi-coloured lights.