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The highest Building in Britain opens on Mount Snowdon!

Hafod Eryri, the new visitor centre and cafe on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is opening this summer - costing 8.5 million. The new visitor centre is architecturally unique with lines of poetry from former national poet Gwyn Thomas built into the walls. Named "a window to the world", a glass frontage provides panoramic views over the Snowdonia. The venue also acts as a terminal building for the Snowdon Mountain Railway, with a learning centre and refreshment cafe

However, that's not all that's happening in Snowdonia. This summer the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways will be joined together, making it possible to travel 40 miles across the breadth of Snowdonia without a car for the first time. Built entirely by volunteers, the new railway will feature carriages for bicycles so that mountain bikers can explore the area with ease, and a new viewing carriage with panoramic windows to maximise the views for visitors. The whole length will be open to the public in July 2009.

For more information about Hafod Eryri visit blog.snowdonia-active.com

For more information about Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways visit www.festrail.co.uk or call 01766 516000.


Gloria Hunniford's guide to Ireland 

Having it on our doorstep we could find it all too easy to overlook Ireland as a holiday destination, but its worth a closer look.

From its fairytale settings to its enormous range of experiences, the country has something to offer any type of visitor.

In this video one of Irelands most recognised and well loved daughters, Gloria Hunniford, gives her take on the magic of the Emerald Isle.

Whilst youre planning your trip to Ireland, why not check out one of the great deals and packages on offer around the country, viewable on www.discoverireland.com