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Welsh Snowdonia accommodations

Hello,

Firstly, please explain the reason Wales has been omitted from the master pull down menu. It was a total surprise!

Secondly, any suggestions for a one night in Snowdonia? Close to train station would be wonderful as this side trip is to connect with castles in the region. Porthmadog has already been suggested in another blog. Leaving Shrewsbury, I will be stopping in Welshpool for a tour of Powis. Hopefully, the train station will have accommodations for hold luggage as I will have to return to same location for continuation to lodging in the Snowdonia region.

Thank you,

TK

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we had a car when recently travelling in that area. we were going to stay in Porthmadog, as it seems central for what we wanted to look at. we decided to stay in criccieth, on the waters edge in a great B&B, which was ideally for us. we visited porthmadog a few times. if you are only there a short time and it suited your travel arrangements it should be good. unless someone who has traveled there extensively can give you a better suggestion.

hope this helps.

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Very few train stations in the UK have left luggage facilities since the terrorism of a generation ago. Only now are some stations putting out litter facilities which were withdrawn at the same time (the terrorists used to plant their bombs in trash cans and luggage lockers).

Only the main stations will have left luggage, which is always staffed, the luggage is x-rayed, and the costs are high.

You can check the facilities on any station by using this page http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/default.aspx and filling in the code or name of the station. Left luggage is under the staffing and general services tab, and if it is not mentioned it is not offered.

You can get all sorts of great information on the national rail website which is the official one backed by all the franchise rail companies in the UK.

You will see that Shrewsbury has no left luggage but is staffed; Porthmadog is unstaffed.

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Glenn,

Thank you. The region is so versatile that I will be busy yet for a while longer! I love the reviews of the B and B's I have read on TA. Maybe time to break out of the "hotel" pattern.

TK

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Sasha,

Thanks for helping me to navigate the placement of my inquiries. I'll compare how many posts deal with accommodations in both categories. Thankfully, those frequent "travel forum" contributors seem to find me :)

TK

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Nigel,

Well, now that it seems the details have overrun my common sense, I am going to consider hiring you as a guide! Thanks again and again and again.

As my daughter and I are preparing for her virgin overseas trip, I am trying to make this experience as stress free as possible. In the throws of solving one challenge, I seem to create exponentially more! LOL.

Thank goodness I have this blog to address the questions not previously addressed in my guide books cd's and internet queries.

TK

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most definitely consider B&B's they have so much more to offer than hotels. we stay in those that are more of 'guesthouse' where you are living more like a hotel rather than in the persons actual house rooms.( although those are good too) the breakfasts are a real treat and you get to meet so many interesting people staying in them, usually at breakfast. and the owners are generally a wealth of knowledge, for advice on day trips etc.

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To Glennlorrainer,

My only hesitation is available transportation to and from any B and B. My only frame of reference are those I have stayed in here in the U. S. They always seem to be in neighborhoods not served by bus lines. Since castle viewing is the magnet drawing me to this region, I would prefer a source of regularly scheduled transport between accommodation and place of interest.

TK

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a valid point, but I think in the UK you will find them everywhere. for example, at cricceith there are a number of them along the beach, with a castle at the end of the road and the train station,main road and town are only a few minutes walk away. Not to say it will suit you but I must admit after spending 3 weeks touring around there last year I am glad I researched and booked B&B's, they were often cheaper and the included full cooked breakfast every morning was the icing on the cake.