North Wales is a beautiful place with so many places to visit and admire, plus lots of attractions suitable for all the family. Whether you’ve lived here all your life or recently moved to the area, there are a few things you may not know about North Wales.
You may think you know everything there is to know about the region, but we’ve gathered some facts that may just enlighten you. If you’re new to the area, you may want to learn more about the place and find out some interesting facts.
For instance, did you know that one of the region’s towns is home to the longest running Punch & Judy show? Did you also know that an integral ingredient for a famous alcoholic drink comes from North Wales? These are tasters of facts to expect about the beautiful North Wales, so here are our Top 10:
- A Welsh prince called Madog ab Owain Gwynedd sailed from Wales in search of new land and reached America. This took place over 300 years ago in 1170, before Columbus’ voyage in 1492. There’s no historical or archaeological proof of the man or his voyages, as none have been discovered unfortunately.
- The town which is home to the longest running Punch & Judy show is in fact Llandudno. It has been running for 150 years and for over three generations this seaside favourite has been run by the family of Jacqueline Millband-Codman. This was after she inherited it from her great-grandfather who started the tradition in 1860.
- There’s been preconception that the American’s invented the radio, but it was in fact a local Welshman called David Edward Hughes from Corwen. He is recorded as the first person in the world to transmit and receive radio waves, which was back in 1879 before Heinrich Hertz became famous for doing so. He is also renowned for helping with the invention and improvement of the microphone, a modification of the carbon telephone transmitter of Thomas Edison.
- Bryn y Gwynt is a house which sits on the racecourse in Pantasaph and the rear of the house is said to have been the old betting office, and a short walk across the fields also brings you to the remains of the grandstand. Folklore has it that someone bet on a horse called Pickpocket and said if it won, they would buy the building. It did, and so they did and called it Pickpocket Hall. The original Pickpocket Hall is well over 500 years old and the later extension dates back around 300 years.
- Are you a football fan? Well, Wrexham is home to the oldest international football stadium in the world. The Racecourse Ground has been used for various activities and sports over the years and in the late 1880’s it was even used for the National Eisteddfod. In 1887, the stadium saw the first international football game between Wales and Scotland.
- There is a yew tree in St Dygain’s Church in Llangernyw, Conwy which is believed to be either the second or third oldest living organism in the world and is estimated to be between 4,000 – 5,000 years old. It took root in the prehistoric Bronze Age and is still a healthy, growing tree and was designated as one of the 50 Great British Trees by the Tree Council in June 2002.
- Jack Daniel’s Tennessee is a famous worldwide whiskey. However, if it wasn’t for Welshman Joseph ‘Job’ Daniel from Aberystwyth, it may have never started up. He emigrated in the late 18th century to start a family in America and his grandson Jack was an apprentice for a local Lutheran minister who ran a store in Lynchburg. He also operated a whiskey still on the Louse River nearby and it was from him that Jack picked up the art of distilling that would see him create the famous brand.
- Llandudno was the home of Randolph Turpin, who was a former world middle-weight champion. Turpin was a resident of Llandudno from 1952 to 1966 and now, at the very peak of the Orme is a bar, a themed restaurant and a gift shop in memory of him.
- Llanfairpwll is the place where the first ever meeting of the Women’s Institute in Britain took place on 11th September, 1915. The WI was originally set up in the UK to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World ware.
- Bombay Sapphire is a London dry gin which uses purified water from Lake Vyrnwy to bring the strength down to 40%. The drink comes with lots of flavour from a recipe of ten ingredients: almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb and grains of paradise. This spirit is triple distilled using a carterhead still and the alcohol vapours are passed through a mesh containing the ten botanicals.