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Things to Do in Bala

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  • Matt
    Lowestoft, UK4 contributions
    Great Lake, very shallow for a good while great for fun paddling with young ones, water very clear. Bring water shoes as bottom is stone and saw people struggle without them.
    We visited with 2 teens and a paddle board, excellent value at £3 for 4 hrs parking. We did not hire but many people did and looked happy. Toilets and cafe nearby. Very hot on our visit bring shade!
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Luke M
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    Me and my girlfriend stayed in Tyn Llyn for my birthday and I could not fault a single thing about our visit. Firstly, Toby is an absolute gentleman and the nicest, most friendly host you could ever meet. He lead us to Tyn Llyn which is so remote it's glorious. All you can hear is the sound of sheep and the birds; apart from the one or two ramblers that passed the cottage over the course of the 3 days, there really are no signs of human life to be seen here and that is exactly what we were after. We took the boat out on the lake on our first night which was amazing; so peaceful. The sauna is the most incredible touch nd one I've not experienced before in a holiday rental. The log burner fires in the sauna and the living room work really well and make the cottage feel really cosy. The bed is THE most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. We would have liked to have been able to see the gardens and had a coffee but we just didn't get the chance but we will 100% be back in the future. Could not recommend enough.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Tokyo J
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, UK295 contributions
    Llyn Celyn is a place which marks a dark chapter in Welsh history in which a small village and it's inhabitants were forced out by the government in 1965 in order to create a reservoir to provide water for Liverpool. The lake looks so peaceful from the dam where you can park although if you drive further on there is a cafe in which you can find refreshments. There's also a memorial chapel nearby. Take a walk and as you gaze on the lake, take a moment to reflect on what took place here nearly 56 years ago.
    Written August 1, 2021
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  • georgie1978
    Kingston-upon-Hull, UK257 contributions
    What a lovely morning out. The little engine is so well kept and cute: the men were lovely that were driving /maintaining it, as was the ticket collector. It’s a wonderful little route past lake Bala and to the end where there is a cafe and shop. The cafe sells drinks and food and the shop , gifts and railway items. Overall a really good value for money trip out and well worth a go!
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • Jilly2903
    Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,887 contributions
    Hubby and I went in here on a recent Wednesday lunchtime. We were welcomed by a friendly lady. This Grade 2 listed building looks Victorian on the outside but the interior of this church is light and modern. The lady explained that the space is multi-functional with flexible seating and a fully equipped kitchen. We got the impression that this church is like a Community Centre - the heart of Bala.
    Written June 18, 2018
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  • Jilly2903
    Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,887 contributions
    Me and Hubby walked the Bala town trail on a recent Wednesday. Down a side street, we were suprised to find this life-size statue of Reverend Thomas Charles (14.10.1755 - 5.10.1814). He was a Methodist Minister and the founder of the British & Foreign Bible Society. He also pioneered the Sunday School system in Wales. He used to live in a house around the corner on the main High Street (the ex Barclays Bank building). He is buried in nearby Llanycil cemetary where the Mary Jones World Visitor Centre is based (see separate review).

    This imposing white marble statue is located in front of Tegid Chapel and is surrounded by railings. It is 7 feet tall. The pedestal he is standing on is 8 feet high. It was carved by Mr. William Davies of Merthyr Tydfil in 1875.

    The Reverend is shown wearing his preaching robes and holding a bible in his outstretched right hand. His left hand looks to me like it is placed on his heart. This sculpture is a memorial to a humble man who worked tirelessly to spread the word of God to people from poor communities.
    Written October 21, 2018
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  • Kelvin M
    2 contributions
    Tomen y Bala....looks like the remains of a motte & Bailey castle slap bang in the middle of Bala.
    You wouldn't know it was here unless you looked it up.
    It's beautifully kept with a winding footpath & matching hedge row to the top.
    The top is adorned by a huge sycamore tree.
    You can see where benches were but they look long gone now.
    A great place for a little family picnic with surrounding views.
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • 923Dan
    Swindon, UK2,957 contributions
    Walking through Bala, came across the Thomas Edward Ellis Statue.
    Interesting weathered statue in Bala - though not a lot to see.
    Written August 25, 2021
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  • Jilly2903
    Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,887 contributions
    Me and Hubby visited here today (Wednesday). This was part of the town trail walk. We went to see the sculpture of Reverend Lewis Edwards (born 27.10.1809 and died aged 77 on 19.7.1887). He was a local religious educator who founded and headed Bala College between 1837 and 1887. This large bronze statue was sculpted by Sir William Goscombe-John from Cardiff. I liked how he is shown sitting down with a book on his lap and a pile of books under his chair. You can easily see it from the entrance to the grounds in front of the College. This Grade 2 listed building is now a Children and Youth Centre run by the Presbyterian Church of Wales.
    Written October 17, 2018
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  • 923Dan
    Swindon, UK2,957 contributions
    Driving into Bala, passed by the Eisteddfod Stone Circle.
    A strange 'modern' stone circle next to the kids play area, build approx 50 years ago.
    So not overly special, and only worth dropping by if you are passing through Bala.
    Written November 18, 2019
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  • Jilly2903
    Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,887 contributions
    On Maundy Thursday, me and Hubby were driving along the A4212 when we decided to take a break and have a walk part way around this reservoir which was created in 1965 (against much local opposition). The lake is 2 and a half miles long and 1 mile wide. Capel Celyn village was shamefully submerged to provide water for Liverpool. The Council made a public apology 40 years later. We read a memorial plaque on a large stone boulder.

    Hidden away is a small memorial chapel which was built by the Water Board in 1971. When we visited, it was all locked up but we were able to walk around the little garden of remembrance and read the gravestones of some of the villagers. The daffodils looked very pretty.

    There are several lay-bys around the lake where you can pull in and admire the view of the Arenig mountains. There is also a small picnic area (nice) and a toilet block (not so nice).
    Written April 8, 2018
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  • Julia W
    Fairbourne, UK100 contributions
    Plenty to see in the small museum, with maps, interactive panels and discussion with knowledgeable staff.
    Written July 23, 2022
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  • Claire
    3 contributions
    Brilliant experience! We had fantastic time white water rafting for the first and hopefully not the last time. We had fun, competitive time with our coach Ollie. 5 stars for the experience but Ollie's jokes were terrible 😄. Super training. Great fun but learnt not to smile too much to stop drinking the river! Well worth the money and will definitely be back.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Watervole2014
    Cambridge, UK1 contribution
    Absolutely brilliant experience, so pleased we went with this company. Great instructors and we felt very safe. We loved the rapids, but also swimming in the quiet spots in the beautiful river. Thank you so much to all the team, hope to come back again one day.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • mandygriffiths54
    Flintshire, UK41 contributions
    Brilliant weekend learning to sail with the family.
    From booking to arriving- staff were so helpful.
    We did weekend of learning to sail. Excellent fun, top class tuition, equipment first class.
    We have done a few activities and each person who has took us on an activity has made sure we are all happy and safe. This weekend Ben was our guide.... Lovely guy... Made us all feel safe, explained everything and had lots of patience....in between all the fun👌look forward to seeing you all again soon
    Written July 3, 2022
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