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Llanrwst

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Llanrwst is an ancient market town in the county of Conwy in North Wales. The town is located in the Conwy valley and on the edge of Snowdonia, about 10 miles south from the north coast of Wales.

On and off since the 13th Century the town has claimed independence, and in 1947 Llanrwst town council made an unsuccessful submission to the United Nations for a seat on the security council, stating that Llanrwst was an independent state within Wales.

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The main road serving Llanrwst is the A470, a road that runs north to south between Llandudno and Cardiff. Within Llanrwst there is a small number of parking spaces in Ancaster Square, and a greater number of spaces in the large car park near Glasdir Conference Centre.

Llanrwst lies on the Conwy Valley Rail Line between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Roughly six services a day run on the line, which also passes through the tourist town of Betws-y-Coed. The timetabled length of the train trip between Llandudno Junction and Llanrwst is 22 minutes. Llandudno Junction itself is reachable by regular Arriva Trains Wales services from Manchester, Chester, Warrington and Crewe.

The most frequent public transport option for reaching Llanrwst is the number 19 bus between Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed, operated by Arriva. This bus can be caught on Watling Street.

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The small town of Trefriw and its Woollen Mill is an easy 30 minute walk to the east of the Llanrwst via Gower bridge.

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  • Gwydir Castle: A Tudor courtyard house built around 1500 AD, open to the public between April and October (closed Mondays and Saturdays, except bank holiday weekends). 10 minutes walk from Llanrwst across the bridge. [1]
  • St Crwst Church: The Grade I-listed parish church of the Saint Crwst, after who the town was named. Has a small attached chapel containing the stone coffin of Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd, Lord of Snowdon, as well as other artifacts.
  • Y Bont Fawr (The Bridge): A 17th century stone bridge across the River Conwy
  • Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd:, two scenic lakes set in the mountains above Llanrwst. They are reachable by walking beyond the village of Llanrhychwyn, up the side of the valley to the west of Llanrwst. Walking this way you will reach Geirionydd lake first, then you will reach Mynydd Deulyn (Two-Lakes Mountain), a large hill which you can pass either by walking around the north side of the mountain, where there are old slate mine buildings and a large cave, or by walking through the forest over the hill. After this hill is Crafnant lake, where there is a cafe open in the summer. From here you can walk downhill to Trefriw and back to Llanrwst, or adventurous walkers can walk up the end of the Crafnant valley to Capel Curig for great views of Moel Siabod mountain and the Snowdon mountain group. However, public transport from Capel Curig to other destinations can be irregular.
  • Grey Mare's Tail: A medium-sized waterfall in a small patch of forest across the bridge from Llanrwst.

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