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Welsh princes historic trails in Conwy & Gwynedd

4th April 11

Criccieth was one of the most substantial of Llywelyn the Great's castles

The stomping grounds of the old Welsh princes are to be celebrated in tourist trails around Gwynedd and Conwy.

Llywelyn the Great and his family built many forts, courts and churches in and around Snowdonia between the 11th and 13th Centuries.

£450,000 will be spent on linking the historic locations in driving and walking trails.

"We're going to create three tourism hubs for the princes' history," said Anne Lloyd Jones from Conwy council.

Caernarfon, Conwy and Betws-y-coed tourist information centres will have exhibitions and areas where tourists will be able to download apps of the trails, or pick up leaflets.

The project hopes to capitalise on the enthusiasm of fans of author Sharon Penman's The Welsh Princes trilogy, who often come on literary pilgrimages to north Wales.

"Llywelyn the Great, the best known of the princes, built a number of monasteries like Aberconwy and Cymer abbeys," said Ms Lloyd Jones.

"His sarcophagus is in St Grwst's Church, Llanrwst."

The prince and his grandson, Llywelyn the Last [or ap Gruffydd], built castles in Criccieth, Dolwyddelan, Dolbadarn and Deganwy to protect their lands from the English.

The George IV hotel in Criccieth has stunning views of Criccieth Castle and will be the perfect base from which to explore the new trails and exhibitions - George IV Hotel. For details of our other hotels within the Leisureplex group, go to www.leisureplex.co.uk

Click here to read this article from the BBC.

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