Blaenau Ffestiniog often referred to as the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, is perfectly situated for exploring all that the scenic Park has to offer. The town, based in the county of Gwynedd has a convenient public transport hub in the centre of town that links the Ffestiniog Railway and the mainland Arriva Trains Wales services with several bus routes in the area, getting around couldn't be easier. Blaenau Ffestiniog is perfectly placed if you wish to explore the National Park with its’ numerous outstanding tourist attractions.
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a relatively new town, created following the discovery of the valuable slate vein in the area in the 18th century. But Ffestiniog as a parish district goes back centuries. Many ancient remains can be seen in the area, with sites dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages, and there is also evidence of the Roman period in the neighbourhood.
Some of the place-names remind us of the magical stories recorded in the world-famous folk tales, Y Mabinogion, where some of the tales originated. Take a walk along some of the footpaths and you will reach a number of well-known valleys, Cwm Bowydd, Cwmorthin, Cwm Teigl, and Cynfal, each with its own particular historical features and outstanding views. Sarn Helen the noted Roman road covers a few miles in the area reminding us of the arrival of the Roman legions to nearby Tomen-y-mur, a Roman camp, around the 2nd or 3rd centuries A.D.
Blaenau Ffestiniog was known as the ‘slate capital of Wales’ with its own compelling beauty. The screes of slate waste lie on the steep-sided mountains, mixing with Snowdonia’s natural grandeur. Visit Blaenau’s unique history at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns or take a ride on the Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam train from Blaenau to Porthmadog. There is also a specialist mountain bike centre at Llechwedd with a number of graded downhill routes for the dedicated mountain bikers. There is also a new cycle trail due to open early 2013 along the side of Tanygrisiau Lake. The town centre with its major improvements are revitalising the shopping area, restaurants, cafes and pubs. The Blaenau area has a wide-range of, high standard, accommodation; bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, hotels and self -catering.
The town boasts a unique blend of natural beauty, history, culture and vibrancy, lying at the very heart of the Snowdonia National Park. We welcome you to explore the town with its, surrounding rugged mountains, picturesque valleys, tranquil lakes and spectacular waterfalls.
With a convenient public transport hub in the centre of town that links the Ffestiniog Railway and mainland Arriva Trains Wales services with several bus routes in the area, getting around couldn't be easier. You can find all manner of public transport times and information in and around the town, or to plan ahead, here are some useful websites:
We also have friendly and helpful coach and taxi services operating in the area who can cater for all your transport needs.
tel: 01766 832126
John's Taxis & Coaches
81 Manod Rd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 4AF
tel: 01766 831781
Tacsi Nevs' Taxis
up to 16 seat - private hire
Bodefryd, Ffestiniog, LL41 4LR
tel: 01766 762465
Tacsi Traws-Gwlad Taxis
16 seat minibus - private hire