Llanrhaeadr (Llan = church and surroundings, rhaeadr = waterfall) is set in the center of the Vale of Clwyd, flanked by the market towns of Denbigh and Ruthin.
There are many historic attractions within and around the Vale, including castles, churches and hill forts. Bodnant Gardens are a 40 minute drive from us. Further afield, Snowdonia, with attractions such as Surf Snowdonia, Zip world and Mt. Snowdon itself are 1 hr 15 minutes by car.
The greatest attraction in Llanrhaeadr is St Dyfnog’s church. The church is well known for its Jesse window, completed on 1533. The tower dates back to the 1200’s. Above and behind the church lies the ancient well, fed by springs, and is believed to have healing powers. In the middle ages St. Dyfnog’s well became a place of pilgrimage and healing.
Anvil Pottery is situated opposite the church in the old smithy. The workshop is open to public view. We use Anvil pottery bowls and platters for serving breakfast.
The Kings Head pub is opposite the church where you can be assured of a warm welcome. Family friendly, and serving good pub food.
Tel: 01745 890278
Denbigh is a market town that grew partly around the glove and tanning industry. Denbigh Castle, with a history dating back to the 1200’s, overlooks the town. The town walls were built at a similar time, with towers and gatehouses. In the 1600’s the Castle and walls were partially demolished by republican forces and the site fell into disrepair. It is still a substantial ruin, and a grade 1 listed building. Further comprehensive information can be found at the Visit Denbigh website.
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Ruthin is a buzzing market town filled with great restaurants and bars, chic shops and historic buildings. Amongst these, Nantclwyd house is north Wales’ oldest timber house. It is a grade 1 listed building, with recently restored gardens, known as the Lords garden. It does close for winter.
Ruthin Gaol, where you can learn about life in the Victorian prison system, is the only purpose built Pentonville style prison open to the public as a visitor attraction.
For full and up to date visitor information for Ruthin visit www.visitruthin.wales
It’s difficult to say what Chester is best known for. It is steeped in history, from Roman times to Normans, with a 1000 year old Cathedral with medieval carvings inside, to the city walls, and the 700 years old Rows galleries.
It is a beautiful city, full of boutique stores and fashionable restaurants and bars. Skirting the river Dee, Chester racecourse makes for a great day out, with many bars and trackside dining.
We recommend Chester zoo, which is largest zoo in Britain, and the most visited UK attraction outside London. Spread over 125 acres, you won’t be disappointed. I hrs drive maximum from the Laundry.
Natural beauty abounds in this amazing scenic part of North Wales.
Climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, choose from six different paths to the summit. Take a zip line ride, the fastest in the world.
Go underground into copper mines and slate caverns. Walk the coastal path round the Llyn peninsula.
There is Corris slate mine, where the legend of king Arthur is brought to life, and several narrow guage railways to choose from for a more sedate trip around the local scenery.
Snowdonia is full of varied adventures and attractions. We particularly rate Zip world in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where you are driven to the first of three zip lines.