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Year of Legends or Blwyddyn y Chwedlau as we say here in Wales

The culture and identity of North Wales has been influenced by the legends, myths, and magic that are associated with almost every lake, hill, mountain and village throughout the region.  So why not take your groups on a quest to find out more about our myths and legends that were 'made' here in Wales.

Legendary Thomas Telford built the tallest aqueduct in the world. The result is impressive. Pontcysyllte carries the Llangollen Canal across the Dee Valley. They call it “the stream in the sky”. Boat or walk across the 1,007ftlong, 126ft-high structure and you’ll find out why.

If you don’t fancy a boat trip you could climb aboard the only standard gauge Heritage Railway in Llangollen. Sample the sights and sounds of yesteryear whilst passing through some of the finest natural beauty North Wales has to offer.

Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177-mile (285 Km) walking trail. It’s named after the fortification King Offa constructed in the 8th century to divide Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales. It follows the Clwydian chain of hills,a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before crossing the Dee Valley.

This area sees fewer visitors than Snowdonia, a perfect “get away from it all” destination. If you prefer coastal walks, we have some of Britain’s best. Now all you have to do is choose your path!

Or for a really colourful visit why not call in at Bodnant Garden spanning some 80 acres above the River Conwy. The garden has a wide range of interesting and beautiful plants from all over the world, particularly China, North America, Europe and Japan, and is now open throughout the year.

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, is a real gem nestling on the Isle of Anglesey. Learn about its restoration, partake in a private guided tour and finish your day in the café on site.

You can go back in time at the National Slate Museum,Llanberis as it brings to life the area’s slate industry. Here you’ll learn how men (and boys) took slate from the ground and helped put roofs on buildings around the world.

Widely regarded as the outdoor adventure capital of the UK, North Wales has added attractions during the last couple of years that have made headlines around the world and here is just a sample: Surf Snowdonia, a 300-metre surf lagoon roughly the size of six football pitches plus adrenalin thrills & spills, Crash and Splash lagoon to SUP safaris, kayaking and kiddies soft play. We also have zip wires, underground trampolines; Zip Wire Velocity the fastest zip wire in the world and the longest in Europe. Who knows, these could well be the legends of the future.

There are great incentives for group visits too from free coach parking, special offers and discounts plus attractions such as the Ffestiniog Railway who can arrange memorable one-way journeys with lunches or afternoon teas and drop-off/pick-up points to suit coach drivers. What a great way to add variety to a tour.

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