Bangor - The Wartime in Bangor Tour
Bangor was transformed in the Second World War by thousands of evacuees. They included children, aero workers, diamond polishers, university students, trainees on an ancient wooden warship and the entire BBC Variety Department, which broadcast some of the most popular shows of the war from Bangor. Even valuable paintings were sent here to escape the bombing of London. Discover these stories, and many more, by scanning the QR codes around the town, or use the list on the right to join the tour online. View tour map.
Ffestiniog - Ffestiniog Railway history tour
The vintage steam trains of the Ffestiniog Railway attract many thousands of visitors every year. The landscape you can see through the windows is also steeped in history. For instance, did you know that the last wild wolf in Wales was reputedly killed near Tan y Bwlch (when wolves were already extinct in England)?
Now you can use your smartphone or tablet to discover interesting facts about stations, buildings, landscapes and place-names along the way – and to hear how to pronounce the place-names. Simply scan the HistoryPoints QR codes at any of the stations or other featured locations, then follow the navigation icons below the text to find the next location in your direction of travel.
You can follow the tour from your train seat. Or if you’re walking between stations, you’ll find QR codes to scan at each featured location.
You can use the menu on the right to join the tour online at principal stations.
Please note, the first few locations on the tour on departure from Porthmadog Harbour station come thick and fast! You might wish to take a stroll a short way along the Cob, before or after your journey, to take in the details – e.g. identifying the distant peaks.
In Porthmadog, you can follow our Sail, Steam and Slate tour (see below) to discover how the railway was part of a local industrial boom.
Llanberis - Lôn Las Peris
Lôn Las Peris is an easy cycling and walking route along the shore of Llyn Padarn, from Llanberis to the north-western end of the lake. It is maintained by Gwynedd Council. The traffic-free section of the route runs for 1.5km. The route continues through the lakeside car parks to the terminus station of the Llanberis Lake Railway. At the other end, you can continue on minor roads to Brynrefail, Cwm y Glo or Llanrug.
Follow our tour to discover where bombs were secretly stored in wartime, a landing stage from the 2012 Olympics, a rock named for its place in trade-union history and why the lake has a unique type of fish. To start the tour, simply scan any of the QR codes along the route with a smartphone or tablet, or use the list on the right to join the tour online. Use the E-W button at the foot of each page to find the next place on the tour, if you’re going westwards away from Llanberis, or W-E if going towards Llanberis.
Lôn Las Peris on Gwynedd Council website
Porthmadog - Sail, steam and slates
The historic trains and infrastructure of the Ffestiniog Railway are relics of the industrial boom that made Porthmadog. Take our tour of QR-code locations from the railway’s Harbour station (or any other point on the circuit) to discover how shipbuilding and other industries flourished here on the back of slate exporting. View tour map.
Our tour of hundreds of QR-code sites along the Wales Coast Path includes many locations in Gwynedd.
Our tour along Thomas Telford's historic Irish Mail road, now the A5, includes Bangor, Bethesda and Nant Ffrancon in Gwynedd.
We also have QR codes along National Cycle Network Route 8, which runs the length of Gwynedd from the Menai Suspension Bridge to the Dyfi valley.
National Cycle Network Route 5 runs along Gwynedd's north-east coast.