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Gwynedd - Blaenau Ffestiniog

Blaenau Ffestiniog is a historic mining town in Gwynedd, Wales. It has a population of 4,875 according to the 2011 census, including the attached village of Llan Ffestiniog, which makes it the third largest town in Gwynedd unitary authority, behind Bangor and Caernarfon. Although the population reached 12,000 at the peak of the slate industry, the population fell due to a decrease in the demand for slate. Blaenau Ffestiniog at one time was the second largest town in North Wales, behind Wrexham. Today, the town relies heavily on tourists, who come to see the many attractions within and around the town such as the Ffestiniog Railway and the Llechwedd Slate Caverns.

Before the slate industry developed, the area now know as Blaenau Ffestiniog was a farming region, with scattered farms working the uplands below the cliffs of Dolgaregddu and Nyth-y-Gigfran. A few of these historic farmhouses survive at Cwm Bowydd, Gelli, Pen y Bryn and Cefn Bychan. Much of the land was owned by large estates.   

 
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The Grapes Hotel

Tel: 01766 590365

Welcome. Croeso i Westy ‘The Grapes’. In North Wales, at the very heart of Snowdonia, is the lovely village of Maentwrog, in the Vale of Ffestiniog. The Grapes Hotel is one of the oldest and most famous coaching inns in Wales. The grade II listed inn dates from the 17th Century. The welcome is typical of North Wales, warm and friendly. Log fires provide an inviting atmosphere for cooler evenings.

The six hotel bedrooms are refurbished to high standards with modern boutique-style furnishings, whilst retaining the existing features of the ‘old’ coaching inn. Add our home-cooked food made from the best local produce, our selection of good wines, cask conditioned ale and free Wi-Fi. We look forward to welcoming you.

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