[Afon Ffraw Estuary, Aberffraw]

 
Aberffraw is a small village and community on the south west coast, on the estuary of the River Ffraw. The nearest rail station is Bodorgan. In the early Middle Ages Aberffraw was the capital of Gwynedd from c.860 AD until c.1170 and under the Aberffraw Dynasty it became the most important political centre in medieval Wales. The Llys (Court) was the throne of the Kings of Gwynedd between the 9th and 13th centuries. The Annals of Edward I show it was dismantled in 1315 to provide building materials for nearby Beaumaris Castle.

Nearby attractions include Llyn Coron, a natural stillwater trout fishery); Barclodiad y Gawres, a Neolithic burial chamber; and the tidal island of Cribinau with a 7th century church Saint Cwyfan’s on it. The church holds services in the summer and can be used for weddings. The village has a sandy beach, and was awarded the Blue flag rural beach award in 2005. There is a village post office and St Beuno’s Church, which dates from the 12th century.

 

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