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The heart of North Wales and Snowdonia
According to the Guardian newspaper, North Wales has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list.
Placed fourth on the list of regions to visit, North Wales is the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings, which are compiled by a panel of the travel publisher’s writers and experts.
North Wales was praised for its host of new adventure attractions, such as Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley, an inland surfing lake described as “the most headline-stealing example of the region’s reinvention”.
Other attractions that drew Lonely Planet’s attention are Zip World which has attractions at three locations in north Wales, including the world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line, the first four-person zip line, and Bounce Below, a network of giant trampolines rigged together in the caverns beneath Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Check out this blog post of when we sent Jim and Tracy Cotton (Pen Y Garth Lodge owners) with their kids on a surprise whirlwind tour of just a few of the attractions on offer nearby.
Below is an overview of things to see and do in Bala (as you enter from the lake).
ON THE RIGHT:
Bala Lakeside Activities. All lakeside activities www.balawatersports.com 01678521615
Bala Leisure Center: Swimming pool, gym, sauna etc 01678 521222
Cinema: Time-table on the door.
Capel Clai: Pottery Work Shop 01678 520984
Aran Ice Cream: Homemade ice cream cafe and takeaway aranhufenia.co.uk
North Wales Activities: For the BEST outdoor adventures www.get-wet.co.uk 01678 521 239
Siop Ria: Gifts that includes lovely jewellery, bags, Sunglasses etc www.siopria.co.uk 01678 521800
Tan yr Hall: Gallery of work by local artists and gift shop www.tanyrhall.co.uk 01678 521854
Post Office and gift shop
Cyfnod Bistro and Cafe: Y Cyfnod Café and Bistro LL23 7AB: 01678521260. .... never fails! Delicious food, friendly and lively atmosphere lovely staff and Mehmet the owner is a star! Open all day until 10.00pm
Pharmacy: 01678 520250
Henblas Garage 01678 520237
ON THE LEFT:
Texaco Garage 01678 520210
Stori: (The Tap Room) 01678 520501 - You can take your own takeaway here and buy a lovely Welsh beer to wash it down! Excellent selection of Welsh beers and wines and lovely gifts
Bala Spice Spice Indian Restaurant, Bala 01678 521935 - Award-winning restaurant. Just pop a few doors down to Stori for your wine or beer as they are not licensed but welcome customers to bring their own alcohol Open all day until 11.00pm
Pren: Where timber is turned into gifts 07979 074 320
Cocoa: Local chocolate gifts www.gwyneddconfectioners.com 01678 521280
White Lion: Good pub, nice atmosphere 01678 520314
Kebab Takeaway: A very popular takeaway 01678520064
Mana: Christian / Fairtrade Gift Shop
Badell Aur: Traditional Fish and Chips! 01678 520310
Gwyniad. For all you fishing information including fishing licence 01678 521654
Siop Hefin: Antiques Shop
Awen Meirion: Welsh Books, Music and Gifts 01678 520 658
Plas yn Dre: 01678 521256 - Lovely food and family friendly. Great place to eat outside and watch the world go by. Open all day until 11.00pm
Ty Coffi Best Paninis and salads in town and a great place to sit outside in the sun. Open all day until 5.00pm
Kps: Hair and beauty Salon 01678 521684.
Beics Bala: RH Cycles in Bala hire mountain bikes. 01678520252
T J Roberts: Best butcher in North Wales!!
Gorwelion: 01678 530493 / 07894164273 - This is a must for small (and big kids!)
It has an indoor play area. There is also a restaurant there offering proper home made food. They also cater to groups and parties during the day and evening.
Rhos y Gwaliau, Bala,
Gwynedd, LL23 7ES
Gwynedd, LL23 7YG
Gwynedd, LL23 7UF
Bryn Caled, Bala,
Gwynedd, LL23 7SU