Named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd with its beautiful coastline bordered by the Irish Sea, it is one of the most sparsely populated counties in Wales. With the Snowdonia National Park at its heartland it includes the scenic Llyn Peninsula, designated An Area Of Outstanding Beauty, a relaxing destination for those wishing to get away from it all.
The county is divided into five districts: Aberconwy, Arfon, Dwyfor, Meirionnydd and Anglesey has some of the most amazing landscapes in the UK with a wealth of forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, sleepy valleys and miles of golden sandy beaches.
Castles you can explore throughout Gwynedd:
Castell y Bere, a stone castle near Llanfihangel-y-pennant.
Caernarfon Castle, located at the mouth of the River Seiont, used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales, building on this castle started in 1283 and took 50 years to complete. Within one of the castle's towers the Royal Welch Fusiliers have their regimental museum.
Carndochan Castle, near Bala and built in the thirteenth century overlooking the western shore of Lake Bala.
Criccieth Castle, situated in Criccieth between two beaches, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay.
Dinas Emrys, a legendary fortress near Beddgelert above the Glaslyn river valley.
Dolbadarn Castle, at the base of the Llanberis Pass built during the early 13th century.
Harlech Castle, Spectacularly sited and constructed on a cliff close to the Irish Sea. Breathtaking location and status as a World Heritage Inscribed site.
Quakers Heritage Centre, Dolgellau. Where you can discover the story of the Quaker community that once lived in the area and of the persecution which forced them to emigrate to Pennsylvania.
Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor. Has a varied programme of temporary exhibitions including photography, sculpture and paintings.
The Lloyd George Museum, Llanystumdwy. His childhood home where you can view medals, paintings, pictures, documents aswell as caskets and scrolls presented to him.