North Wales is certainly an interesting place to live – but did you know these interesting fun facts?
Built in 1805 by Thomas Telford, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the tallest aqueduct in the UK. It was once was the tallest boat crossing in the world
And, speaking of crossings, the Menai Bridge in Anglesey was the world’s longest bridge when it was built in 1826. It was also the first suspension bridge that had the ability to take heavy traffic. Today it is Grade I listed
Britain’s first lager brewery was opened in Wrexham by a German immigrant in 1882. Despite having ten years where brewing ceased, it resumed in 2011 to create the Wrexham Lager that we know today
Rhos-on-Sea is home to the smallest chapel in the UK. Measuring just 11ft by 8ft, St Trillo’s can only seat six people
Back in 1873 at Nantclwyd House in Denbighshire, lawn tennis was invented by Major Walter Wingfield. If you love a spot of tennis, you have North Wales to thank
If you visit Beddgelert the grave of Gelert (the faithful hound of Prince Llewelyn the Great) can be found. See page 41 if you want to brush up on the legend…
The world famous Snowdon Mountain Railway is a narrow gauge rack and pinion mountain railway and is the only public one of its type in the United Kingdom. It takes thousands of visitors every year on a 4.7 mile trip to the summit of Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales. The railway has been ferrying passengers to the top of the mountain since 1896
North Wales could fit into Australia a whopping 1,222.89 times! It may be relatively small compared to the land down under, but our wonderful region certainly isn’t lacking in any other department. OK, apart from the weather…
The Tu Hwnt i’r Bont tea rooms in Llanwrst is set in a 15th Century courthouse. It also home to a “secret” recipe Welsh rarebit which is a must try!
Conwy is home to the smallest house in Britain. Measuring 10ft deep, 6ft wide and 10ft high the Quay House apparently once housed a 6’ 3” fisherman
Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) is home to an endangered white fish called the Gwyniad. Found nowhere else on earth, the species was left behind at the end of the last ice age, living in the deeper reaches of the lake for the last 10,000 years
Harlech Castle cost just £8,190 to build and, when it was completed in 1289, it was located right on the coast. Fast forward 725 years and it’s now a mile or more inland
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