life through the lens
home destinations a-z the big trips about me world beers newspapers updates/links top fives Wales travel store




Location - Western Europe; Capital - Wales - Cardiff; Population - Wales - 3 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - LONDON

I was born and brought up on the North Wales coast at Prestatyn - I really need to add more of home! So I'll be there around Easter 2017 for a gander..


uknote20 Pounds Sterling










wales10Conwy Castle and its town walls were completed in 1289 under the instructions of the English King Edward I, his idea being to suppress the Welsh - Conwy


wales50A view of Conwy Castle and the river from the city walls - Conwy


wales35The Castle was built to guard the entrance to the River Conwy















wales64eA great view of Conwy Castle and the town, with the Conwy River behind















wales2The walls, like the Castle, are also from the 13th century - Conwy


wales55Climb the steps of Conwy's walls for some excellent views















wales57Conwy River and the town's harbour. On the opposite side of the river is Deganwy - Conwy














wales64cConwy River as seen from the town walls - Conwy


wales64The River Conwy leads to Conwy Bay in the Irish Sea - Conwy


wales61Conwy town centre



















wales64bThe red building on Conwy's quayside is the Smallest House in Great Britain, measuring 1.8 metres wide and 3.05 metres high














wales77aThe Groes Inn, 4km from Conwy, was the first licensed house in Wales, in 1573


wales69bOf course I have to include my home town Prestatyn, on the north Wales coast















wales80The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm is situated 7.5kms off Prestatyn's north Wales coast.
It consists of 30 turbines providing electricity for 40,000 homes














wales103A close up of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm from Prestatyn


wales296Prestatyn beach runs the whole way along the town's coast, from Talacre to Rhyl - Prestatyn


wales69aBurbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm is set in Liverpool Bay close to the Wirral, and seen here from Whitford, near Holywell















wales73Dyserth waterfall, a few kilometres from Prestatyn



















wales297The disused Prestatyn to Dyserth train line is now a popular walking trail. On the left you can just make out a distant Prestatyn plus the wind farm - Meliden


wales6513th century Rhuddlan Castle, built by Edward I, stands above the River Clwyd - Rhuddlan


wales83Driving down the Great Orme to the popular north Wales coastal resort of Llandudno














wales84aFrom Llandudno's dry ski run there's good views of the Little Orme















wales98The Great Orme (pictured) and Little Orme are limestone headlands at either side of Llandudno Bay

More on Llandudno


wales86Llandudno pier, built in 1878, is the longest in Wales at 699 metres


wales90Llandudno pier and the Irish Sea - Llandudno















wales96Llandudno's North Shore is fronted by an abundance of hotels and bed & breakfasts - Llandudno















wales97The Great Orme begins on the west side of Llandudno bay


wales308Bodysgallen Hall is a manor house and now a hotel/spa mainly dating to the 17th century - Llandudno


wales StAsaph14th century St Asaph Cathedral - St Asaph is known as Llanelwy in Welsh















wales302The 19th century Marble Church, or St Margaret's Church, has a cemetery of WWI graves, many of them Canadian soldiers who died in a flu epidemic in 1919, after the war ended - St Asaph













wales TremeirchionThe Welsh countryside near Tremerchion


wales105Betws-y-Coed is one of the main villages of Snowdonia National Park















wales108The Llugwy is one of the tributaries of the River Conwy, Betws-y-Coed














wales110As you may have noticed Betws-y-Coed is a lush green area


wales112 Pont y Pair is a bridge in the centre of Betws-y-Coed


wales114Across from the train station is St Mary's church, Betws-y-Coed















wales120The Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is dedicated to the area's industrial past. This photo is of the 19th century Cotton Mills - Greenfield


wales313The market town of Ruthin has several historic buildings, this being Nantclwyd y Dre, a 14th century timber townhouse which is now a museum













wales314The entrance to Ruthin Castle, a medieval castle built by Edward I in the 13th century - Ruthin














wales316In the grounds of the castle is a fantastic Welsh dragon painted on Welsh slate - Ruthin


wales324The castle is now a luxury hotel - Ruthin


Website and content Copyright © 2008-2016 Mark Wilkinson. All rights reserved.


LINKS - Wales tourist board - guide to north Wales - - take a train up Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain - more info on Snowdon - guide to mid Wales - another site focussed on mid Wales - guide to south Wales - Britain's official tourism website - train information across Britain - National Express coaches cover Britain


I am not responsible for the content of external websites.