Plas yn ial lies within the
AONB- Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Llangollen, Bala and Wrexham.
It is conveniently placed for exploring nearby Llangollen (15 minutes),
Ruthin (15 mins), Snowdonia, Bala (30 mins), Betws y Coed (40 mins) &
Historic Chester is only 30 mins away.
If it is an outdoor holiday that you are after, the apartment is well-placed
for walking the Clwydian range, Llantysilio Mountains and Horseshoe Pass
- Offa's Dyke path runs through the nearby village of Llandegla (2 miles).
Snowdonia National Park. The Llangollen Railway is close by, and the Llangollen
Canal offers boating opportunities.
|Places to Visit
Llangollen ( 20 minutes by car )
nestles within the beautiful Dee Valley in the North East of Wales.
It is a town of varied parts, with plenty to interest the most discerning
of visitors. It is also host to many different international events
each year, the most famous being the Llangollen International Musical
Eisteddfod. Llangollen is where the world comes to Wales and Wales
welcomes the world.
Bala - Snowdonia ( 30 minutes by car )
Bala is a popular stop-off for travelers on their way from north-west
England to the Cambrian coast. The town's great attraction is Bala
Lake (“Llyn Tegid” in Welsh). This is the largest natural body of
water in Wales, much used by water sports enthusiasts who benefit
from the winds sweeping through the mountain valley in which it
is set. The steam trains of the narrow-gauge Bala Lake Railway run
for several kilometers along its southern shore. In a nearby valley
is another lake, Llyn Celyn, which is entirely artificial; canoeing
competitions are held on the white water downstream from its dam.
The Llangollen Railway ( 20
minutes by car )
The Llangollen Railway runs on a section of the former Ruabon to
Barmouth route in North Wales that was closed in the 1960s. Heritage
trains now operate at weekends for most of the year, and all week
from April to October. During the summer, most trains are steam-hauled;
at other times diesel locomotives or railcars may be used.
Mountain Bike Centre ( 2 miles )
Llandegla Forest, one of the largest privately-owned recreation
facilities in North Wales.
The forest has mountain biking trails suitable for beginners and
family groups: more challenging routes for experienced bikers and a
choice of picturesque walking trails.
All tracks are completely enclosed within the forest, with no main
roads to cross. Within the Visitor Centre there is a café and a
variety of facilities for bikers, all just 2 miles from here at Plas
yn ial .
Llangollen Wharf - Canal Boat Trips
in North Wales (20 minutes by car)
Llangollen Wharf is one of the major attractions in the North Wales
market town of Llangollen. From the Wharf you can embark on either
a horse drawn boat trip along the feeder for the main canal, or
a motorised aqueduct cruise which takes you across the UNESCO
World Heritage site: The Pontcysyllte
Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford. Both these trips take in the magical
sights and sounds of the beautiful Llangollen Canal. Longer horse
drawn trips can be arranged for large groups.
Erddig - National Trust ( 25 minutes by car )
Erddig is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain, not least because
of the unusually close relationship that existed between the family of the
house and their servants. The beautiful and extensive range of outbuildings
includes kitchen, laundry, bakehouse, stables, sawmill, smithy and joiner’s
shop, while the stunning family rooms display most of their original 18th- and
19th-century furniture and furnishings, including some exquisite Chinese
wallpaper. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th-century formal
design and has a Victorian parterre and yew walk. It also contains a National
Collection of Ivies. There is an extensive park with woodland walks.
Chirk Castle (National Trust) Magnificent
14th-century fortress of the Welsh Marches. (25 minutes by
Completed in 1310, Chirk’s rather austere exterior belies the
comfortable and elegant state rooms inside, with elaborate
plasterwork, superb Adam-style furniture, tapestries and portraits.
Features from different eras include the medieval tower and dungeon
and 18th-century Servants’ Hall. In the formal garden are clipped
yews, roses and climbers on the castle wall. A terrace with
stunning views leads to a classical pavilion and 17th-century lime
tree avenue. The 18th-century parkland contains many mature trees
and elaborate gates, made in 1719 by the Davies brothers.
Chester - World Heritage City ( 35 minutes by car
to the park & ride)
city of Chester has many claims to fame. For an ideal introduction to the most
complete walled city in Britain try a gentle stroll along its City
Walls. From here you will see the Eastgate (the most photographed
clock in the world after Big Ben), the largest Roman Amphitheatre
and the fourth most visited Cathedral in Britain which towers above
the city skyline. It was in Chester Cathedral that Handel first
rehearsed "The Messiah". Many people's most lasting memory of Chester
is its striking black and white architecture and during your walk
around the city you will see many fine examples. None more so than
the unique Rows - two-tier shopping galleries dating from the Middle
Ruthin, Vale of Clwyd
(15 minutes by
Ruthin lies at the end of the Vale of Clwyd in Denbighshire, North
Wales. Ruthin is an attractive market town with a population of
about five thousand. It has good examples of Elizabethan, Georgian
and Queen Anne styles of architecture, typical of North Wales. There
are also Celtic and Roman remains to be found.
During 2002 the Gaol was renovated and opened as a new tourist
Clwydian Range AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Heather and Hillforts Project Area is a spine of purple
rolling hills, rising above broad green valley floors - a
landscape of breathtaking beauty, with a large part being within
the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
here for the Heather & Hill Fort website
|Top 10 things to see and do
whilst at Plas yn ial:
- Walk along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct nr
Llangollen - a World
Heritage Site (25mins away) Click
here for web-site
- Visit Chirk Castle - the Kids will love the
spiral staircases and dungeon - see above 25mins away)
- Visit Erddig - hire bikes & helmets at reasonable
prices and cycle around the Estate away form the main roads -
see above for the link (20mins away)
- Cycle the 'Black run' at the Llandegla
Mountain bike centre (5 mins away)
- Walk the roman city walls of the City of
Chester (40mins away)
- Go to Ruthin to see 3 new attractions; the
Goal, the Craft Centre and Nant-Clwyd House (20mins away) Web-sites
- Walk to the highest field at Plas yn ial for a
stunning view of the Vale of Clwyd
- Spend a whole day at Chester Zoo (45mins away) Click
here for Web site
- Dine at the Corn Mill, Llangollen, which has a
decking on the River Dee: Click
here for their website
- If you are feeling adventurous - ride the white
water rapids above Bala: Click
for web site
Places to dine:
- 'On the Hill', Ruthin.
Click here for review in the Daily
- The Three Pigeons, Graigfechan.
Click here for their
website. Numerous recommendations by guests as detailed in
Local Amenities & links