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Pwllheli (Lyn Peninsula, Wales)

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Pwllheli - a busy market town located on the Lyn Peninsula, North Wales.

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      Introduction
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      Pwllheli is a lovely little town situated within the Lyn Peninsula, north Wales. We travel here on our holidays every year because it is such a lovely relaxing place that never gets boring. There is so much history in this little town and so much to see and do. It has great access to neighbouring towns which provides for a host of amenities to keep us busy. We could never imagine going anywhere else or finding a place with such fascinating historic places as this, every year we always discover something new, a well or even a grave site, which although not in the slightest bit entertaining is still very interesting and I get to learn a little more about the town I have come to love so much.


      Where it is
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      Pwllheli is situated within Gwynedd which is a short drive from the larger towns and cities such as Bangor and Caernarfon. There is easy access to Pwllheli and it is virtually impossible to get lost as it is a straight, singular road travelling all the way from Bangor.


      A little about Pwllheli
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      * An interesting fact - the name Pwllheli means 'Salt water pool' *

      Pwllheli is situated within a perfect setting as it clearly overlooks the Snowdon mountains, the Merionethshire hills and cardigan bay. At the heart of the Lyn Peninsula Pwllheli is known for its superb marina. With some of the best sailing seas in the UK, Pwllheli claims access to waters including Cardigan Bay, Anglesey and the harbours along the east coast of Ireland. Back in the day, Pwllheli used to be a port for working ships journeying abroad. Now a days Pwllheli marina offers some superb boat trips that take you around the coast line or to Bardsey island which is host to some fascinating history. I am yet to try this however as the sea unfortunately makes me sick, it looks very interesting though. It is rumoured that there are over 20'000 saints buried on that island.


      Things to do
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      There is no end to the attractions within Pwllheli. As a sea side town it is home to hafan y mor holiday park which was formally owned by Butlins. However despite the fact that there is a relatively large holiday park situated within Pwllheli, it's history and rustic charms haven't been compromised by this and it hasn't been transformed into a tourist town swathed in souvenir shops. There is a feel of a very close community within Pwllheli which really brightens up the atmosphere. I hate nothing more than over crowded holiday towns that are bursting with people, causing you more stress then relaxation whilst on your holiday. I have compiled a short list of activities in Pwllheli that cater for different ages and different tastes in activities.


      Glasfryn Parc
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      Glasfryn Parc is the perfect place for the kids and it is situated a short distance from Pwllheli town centre. There are many things on offer there such as, go carting, wakeboarding, quad biking, bowling, fishing, archery and an indoor play area. The prices here are very reasonable and it is, in my opinion one of the best places for a family day out in Pwllheli. The park is not overly modern but its not run down either, I would say it has an older feel to it but its still fun and the kids don't know any difference!


      Market
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      Pwllheli is well known as being a market town. The origins of the market date back to the creation of this town. In its hay day Pwllheli market was the biggest market in the area, with people travelling from neighbouring towns to sell there produce, arriving by horse and carriage it could take people days to reach the market to sell there grown produce and earn a living. Now a days Pwllheli market is very similar to how it was, local farmers sell there produce here, the difference being the addition to a wide variety of other products from toys to books to bedding. There is something for everybody at this market and we make sure that we go every time we visit Pwllheli. The market is on every Wednesday and is situated right in the middle of town. There is also a small but ample, I wouldn't call it a fair ground, but there are 5 or 6 rides and several bouncy castles. This is my daughters favourite place to go when we come to Pwllheli and I cant blame her, there is just enough for her to do without me breaking the bank. This is actually available every day, not just when the market is on. So the market itself has about 30-40 stalls and the prices on all of them are extremely fair and it is a good place to pick up a bargain, I would definitely recommend a visit.


      Shops
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      Many of the shops in Pwllheli are owned by locals and reserve a village type feel about them. Many of the shops are unique and the town is not over run with large chain organisations. There are however a few essential shops such as asda which can avoid you having to travel to larger towns. The Asda at Pwllheli is small, half the size of you average asda but they are well equipped and they also sell local produce.


      Plas yn rhiw
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      Plas yn rhiw is a small 16th century country house situated within Pwllheli itself. The house, I must say doesn't radiate with grandeur and beauty but it has its own little rustic charms which make it very attractive and mesmerizing. The inside rooms are filled with beautiful antique items which are a sight to be able to look at. The home is set up as it would have been all them years ago when it was occupied. I must admit that all though this house was lovely, it isn't my favourite thing to do in Pwllheli, especially with a young child. As the rooms are only small it doesn't give much for manoeuvring whilst trying to ensure a young child does not touch any of the items. I think it would be better appreciated without young children being present.


      St Cibi's well
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      If you have not read my review on St Cibi's well, and you are interested in Pwllheli I would urge you to take a look at it as I simply cant explain how amazing it is in one paragraph. For history buffs and those just seeking a free day out St Cibi's well has loads to offer. Being built in medieval times with some parts of the well suggesting it is prehistoric, this historic site has bundles of history. The well used to be a place where people would go to cure there diseases, the adjoining cottage would be the place where they would then go to rest until the waters had cured them. Most of the site still stands and it is a lovely place to go to if you can find it! It is well hidden and not very publicised.


      Medieval house
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      The medieval house is another great historic site which is also free to enter. The house is still fully standing and has some lovely features inside, although it is not furnished which I think would have been a nice addition. However it is perfect for an afternoon out. And I would highly recommend paying it a visit.


      Beaches
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      There is a nice beach within Pwllheli but this is more so geared towards tourists, I would much advice travelling 5-10 miles or so out of Pwllheli to a neighbouring town such as Abersoch or Nefyn as the beaches here are exquisite and are relatively empty compared to a few others. I couldn't recommend visiting the beach of Nefyn more.


      Other nearby attractions
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      There are many other attractions within the surrounding areas of Pwllheli, those listed above are merely some of the ones within the town itself. The towns I would mostly recommend giving a visit include, Nefyn, Criccieth and Abasoch. Nefyn, in my opinion has the best beach around the area, there really is nothing else in that town but it is worth visiting just for the beach. Criccieth is a very interesting town and holds a lot of history of its own, Criccieth is home to Criccieth castle which now stands as ruins, but it is worth taking a look as there is a lot of information about the castles history and the history of the many other castles within and around the Lyn peninsula. Abasoch is pretty much a beach town but it does have other amenities and again it is packed with history. Pwllheli is an approximately 20 minute drive from the Italian (purpose built) village Portmeirion, this village was purpose built to be the setting of the 1960s series, the prisoner. At a rather expensive price you are able to enter the village to have a look around. I plan to visit this in a couple of weeks on my next visit to Pwllheli so I will be reviewing it soon.


      Other things you might like to know
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      Pwllheli has its own bus station and railway station, both of which are located in the immediate town centre. All in all Pwllheli has a population of approximately 3861 which, for a town is a low amount of people. It is surrounded by countryside but it also has great attractions and amenities making it the perfect place for a short holiday or a weekend get a way. There is always something to see and do in Pwllheli, come rain or shine.


      Well worth a visit in my opinion, Thank you for reading my review.

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