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Harlech Castle, in George John Bennett, The pedestrian's guide through North Wales (1838)
Harlech Castle, in George John Bennett, The pedestrian's guide through North Wales (1838)

18th-20th century books in Welsh and English on travel to North Wales.

Aikin, Arthur, Journal of a tour through North Wales and part of Shropshire, with observations in mineralogy, and other branches of natural history (London, Printed for J. Johnson..., 1797).

Ambrose, J.W., New tourist’s companion through North Wales... ([Liverpool], [W.S. Tyerman, pr.], 1847).

Ayrton, William, Adventures of a salmon in the river Dee, by a friend of the family [William Ayrton], together with notes for the fly-fisher in North Wales (London, W. Pickering, 1853).

Baddeley, Mountford John Byrde, North Wales (part I), Chester, Rhyl, Llandudno, Bangor, Llanrwst, Bettws-y-coed, Carnarvon, Llanberis, Beddgelert, Ffestiniog, and Criccieth sections, Thorough guide series, 4th edition (London. Dulau & Co., 1892).

Baddeley, Mountford John Byrde, North Wales (part II), Llangollen, Bala, Dolgelley, Barmouth, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, and Aberystwith sections, 3rd ed. (London, Dulau & Co., 1891).

Bagley, Arthur L., Holiday rambles in North Wales (London, Skeffington & Son, [1920]).

Bennett, George John, Pedestrian’s guide through North Wales: a tour performed in 1837 (London, Henry Colburn, 1838).

Bennett, George John, Tourist’s guide through North Wales (London,  Whittaker, [1853]).

Bigg, W., Ten days in North Wales (London, Bennett, 1862).

Bingley, William, Tour round North Wales performed during the summer of 1798, containing not only the description and local history of the country, but also a sketch of the history of the Welsh Bards, an essay on the language, observations on the manners and customs, and the habitats of above 400 of the more rare native plants, intended as a guide to future tourists (London, Printed by J. Smeeton, St. Martin’s Lane, 1800).

Bingley, William, Excursions in North Wales including Aberystwith and the Devil’s Bridge, intended as a guide to tourists, 3rd ed. (London, Longman, Orme…, 1839).

Bingley, William, North Wales including its scenery, antiquities, customs, and some sketches of its natural history, delineated from two excursions through all the interesting parts of that country, during the summers of 1798 and 1801(London, T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1804).

Bingley, William, North Wales: delineated from two excursions through all the interesting parts of that highly beautiful and romantic country, and intended as a guide to future tourists, 2nd ed. (London, Longman, Hurst…, 1814).

Broster, John, Pedestrian’s tour through North Wales (London, J. Cawthorn, 1814).

Broughton, Brian, Six picturesque views in North Wales, engraved in aquatinta by Aiken, from drawings made on the spot, with poetical reflections on leaving that country (London, Printed for J. T. Bensley..., 1801).

Cambrian tourist guide and companion, containing a concise account and description of North Wales, chiefly in the counties of Merioneth and Caernarvon, with their various curiosities, antiquities, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, towns, principal inns, roads, distances, romantic sceneries (Dolgelley, Printed and sold by R. Jones, [c.1825]).

Catherall, Thomas, Views in North Wales (Chester, T. Catherall, [n.d.]).

Cathrall, William, Guide through North Wales (London, Edward Stanford, 1860).

Cathrall, William, History of North Wales, comprising a topographical description of the several counties of Anglesey, Caernarvon, Denbigh, Flint, Merioneth, and Montgomery (Manchester, Printed by J. Gleave and sons, 1828).

Cathrall, William, Illustrated hand-book to North Wales (Chester, Cathrall and Pritchard, [18--?]).

Cathrall, William, Wanderings in North Wales: a rod and railway guide book (London, W.S. Orr, 1851).

Cliffe, Charles Frederick, Book of North Wales: scenery, antiquities, highways and byways... (London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1850).

Coghlan, Francis, Guide to North Wales, containing the mode of travelling, plans of various tours, sketches of the manners and customs... (London, Simpkin, 1860).

Compton, Thomas, Northern Cambrian Mountains, or a tour through North Wales, describing the scenery and general characters of that romantic country, and embellished with a series of highly-finished colour views, engraved from original drawings (London, C. Corrall, 1817).

Cooke, George Alexander, Topographical and statistical description of North Wales... (London, Brimmer & Co., [1810 ?]).

Costello, Louisa, Falls, lakes and mountains of North Wales (London, Longman, Brown…, 1845).

Cradock, Joseph, Account of some of the most romantic parts of North Wales (London, printed for T. Davies and T. Cadell, 1777).

Cradock, Joseph, Letters from Snowdon: Describing a tour through the northern counties of Wales (London, Printed for J. Ridley, 1770).

Crouch, Nathaniel. The history of the principality of Wales, in three parts. Containing, I. A brief account of the ancient kings and princes of Britain and Wales, till the final extinguishing of the royal British line. II. Remarks upon the lives of all the princes of Wales, of the royal families of England, from King Edward I. to Charles II. III. Remarkable observations on the most memorable persons and places in Wales, and of many considerable transactions and passages that have happened therein for many hundred years past. Together with the natural and artificial rarities and wonders in the several counties of that principality (London, Printed for Nath. Crouch, 1695).

Cuitt, George, Six etchings, dedicated by permission, to Sir W.W. Wynn...of select parts of castles, in North Wales (Chester, [1813?]).

Davies, Richard, Account of the convincement, exercises, services and travels of that ancient servant of the Lord, Richard Davies, with some relation of ancient Friends, and of the spreading of truth in north Wales, 2nd edition (London, Luke Hinde, pr., 1765; 1752).

Evans, John, 1768-c. 1812, Topographical and historical description of North Wales... (London, [s.n.], 1815).

Evans, John, 1768-c. 1812, Tour through part of North Wales, in the year 1798, and at other times: principally undertaken with a view to botanical researches in the Alpine Country, interspersed with observations on its scenery, agriculture, manufactures, customs, history, and antiquities (London, Printed for J. H. Baldwin and Son..., 1800).

Evans, John, 1768-c. 1812, Letters written during a tour through parts of North Wales in the year 1798, and at other times; containing views of the history, antiquities, and customs of that part of the Principality; and interspersed with observations on its scenery, agriculture, botany, mineralogy, trade and manufactures  (London, Printed for J. White, Fleet Street, 1804).

Evans, John, 1768-c.1812, [Views in North Wales and Border Counties...] ([London], [Published...], [1788?]).

Gilpin, William, Observations on several parts of the counties of Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex. Also on several parts of North Wales, relative chiefly to picturesque beauty, in two Tours, the former made in … 1769, the latter in … 1771 (London, Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1809).

Halliwell, James O., Notes of family excursions in North Wales (London, Printed for the author, 1860).

Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, Notes of family excursions in North Wales, taken chiefly from Rhyl, Abergele, Llandudno, and Bangor (London, Printed for the author, 1860).

Harding, J. W., Sketches in North Wales (London, printed by Harding and Wright for J. Harding, 1810).

Harper, Charles George, Holyhead road: the mail-coach road to Dublin, volume 2 of 2 (London, Chapman & Hall, 1902).

Health and holiday resorts of North Wales (Birmingham, J.L. Allday, [n.d., ca. 1890-1900]).

Hemingway, Joseph, Excursions in North Wales: a complete guide to the tourist through that romantic country, ed. John Hicklin (London, Whittaker, 1848).

Hemingway, Joseph, The illustrated hand-book of North Wales: a guide for the tourist, the antiquarian, and the angler, ed. John Hicklin (London, Whittaker, 1856).

Hints to sketchers in North Wales or, Pictures without pencils (Wrexham, Hughes, [n.d., ca.186-?]).

Hucks, Joseph, Pedestrian tour through North Wales in a series of letters (London, Printed for J. Debrett and J. Edwards, 1795; Cardiff, UWP, 1979).

Hutton, William, Remarks upon North Wales, being the result of sixteen tours through that part of the Principality (1803).

Jadis, Henry Fenton, Journal of a pedestrian tour in North Wales through the counties of Montgomery, Merioneth, Caernarvon, and part of Denbigh (London, W. Glindon, 1826).

Jenkinson, Henry Irwin, Jenkinson’s smaller practical guide to North Wales, 2nd ed. (London, E. Stanford, 1884).

John Murray (Firm), Handbook for travellers in North Wales (London, J. Murray, 1861).

Johnson, Samuel, Diary of a journey into North Wales in 1774 (London, Printed for Robert James Moyes..., 1816). See also Adrian Bristow (ed.), Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Thrale’s tour in North Wales 1774 (Wrexham, Bridge Books, 1995).

Jones, Richard, Accurate account and description of Dolgelley and Carnarvon, the lofty mountains of Cader Idris and Snowdon, and other romantic sceneries in the counties of Merioneth and Caernarvon, with the principal inns, roads, &c. also an itinerary of roads, &c. (Dolgelley, Gomerian Press, printed and sold by R. Jones, [ca. 1820?]).

Jones, Richard, Cambrian mirror, being an accurate account and description of Dolgelley and Carnarvon, the mountains of Cader Idris and Snowdon; the wonderful waterfalls, and other romantic sceneries, in the counties of Merioneth and Carnarvon, and other parts of North Wales, with the principal inns, roads, &c. also an itinerary of roads, &c. &c., New ed. (Dolgellay, Gomerian Press, printed by R. Jones, [182-?]).

Kilner, E. A., Four Welsh counties: Brecknock, Caernarvon, Merioneth, and Pembroke, a holiday book (London, Sampson Low, Marston, 1891).

Kitchin, Thomas, Traveller’s guide through England and Wales… to which is prefixed the largest, most accurate, and compleat map of the roads through England and Wales, ever prepared for any work of this kind (London, Charles Dilly, 1783).

Leigh, Samuel, Leigh’s guide to Wales & Monmouthshire, containing observations on the mode of travelling, plans of various tours, sketches of the manners and customs, notices of historical events, a description of every remarkable place, and a minute account of the Wye, illustrated with a map of Wales, and views of the Menai and Conway bridges (London, Printed for Samuel Leigh, 1831).

Louis, M.L., Sketches of some parts of Denbighshire and Flintshire (Liverpool, J. Tomlinson, pr., 1831).

Louis, M.L., Gleanings of a tour in North Wales, from the Great ‘Orms Head, through Abergele, St. Asaph, Holywell, and Chester, to the Isle of Man, with topographical remarks (Liverpool, W. Bethell, 1824).

Martin, Augustus Robert, Week’s wanderings amongst the most beautiful scenery of North Wales: cheap and interesting route (Bangor, printed at the North Wales Chronicle Office, 1852).

Mavor, William Fordyce, Traveller’s companion, from Holyhead to London (London, 1793).

Mottershead, Jasper, Traveller’s guide, or topographical remembrancer, describing the route from London to Holyhead... (Shrewsbury, C. Hulbert, [c.1822]).

Parry, Edward, of Chester, Cambrian mirror: or North Wales tourist... (Chester, Edward Parry, 1843).

Parry, John, Trip to North Wales... (London, Whittaker, [1840?]).

Pearson, Augusta, Spinster’s tour through North Wales in search of the picturesque & sentimental (Llandysul, Gwasg Gomer, 1988).

Philpott, Henry Charles, From Worcestershire to North Wales in a gig: a parson’s journal, 1835, eds Monica Heighes and John Heighes (Upton-upon-Severn, Images, 1994).

Pictorial and illustrated guide to North Wales and its watering places. With numerous illustrations and new maps (London, Ward Lock & Co., [1896?]).

Picturesque description of North Wales, embellished with twenty select views from nature (London, T. M’Lean, 1823).

Pinnock, William, History and topography of North Wales: with biographical sketches, &c. &c. &c. and a correct map (London, Cox and Bayliss, 1822).

Pugh, Edward, of Ruthin, Cambria depicta: Tour through North Wales illustrated with picturesque views (London, 1816).

Roscoe, Thomas, Wanderings and excursions in North Wales (London, C. Tilt, and Simkin and Co., 1836).

Ruined castles of North Wales, with photographic illustrations by Bedford, Sedgfield, and Ambrose (London, A. W. Bennett, 1864).

Simpson of Llangollen?, Excursion, on the outside of a stage coach, from Llangollen to the Menai Bridge, with cursory observations, by a traveller, 1830 (Manchester, J. Pigot and Son, [1830?]).

Steam boat companion from Liverpool to the great suspension bridge, describing all objects worthy of attraction along the Welsh coast ([Beaumaris], [Enoch Jones, pr.], 1844).

Traveller’s companion in an excursion from Chester through North Wales (Chester, Printed for G. Batenham, by R. Evans, [1825?]).

Turner, Thomas, Narrative of a journey, associated with a fly, from Gloucester to Aberystwith, and from Aberystwith through North Wales. July 31st to September 8th, 1837 (London, Printed for private distribution only, 1840).

[Views in North Wales], ([London], [S.n.], [n.d.]).

Baring-Gould, Sabine, Book of North Wales (London, Methuen & Co, 1903).

Bashford, D. F., Youth hostel North Wales (London, The Saint Catherine Press, 1948).

Beazley, Elisabeth and Lionel Brett, North Wales: Caernarvonshire, Anglesey, Denbighshire and Flintshire (London, Faber and Faber, 1971).

Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd, Teithiau Edward Llwyd Cyfrol 2: Gogledd Cymru (Llanrwst, Carreg Gwalch, 1999)

Edwards, Owen Morgan, Tro trwy’r Gogledd, Cyfres y Fil (Caernarfon, Swyddfa Cymru, 1907).

Edwards, Owen Morgan, Tro trwy’r Gogledd; Tro i’r De, gol. Thomas Jones (Wrecsam, Hughes a’i Fab, [1959])

Fraser, Maxwell, West of Offa’s Dyke: North Wales (London, R. Hale, [1959]).

Glazebrook, Francis Henry, Anglesey and North Wales coast, 2nd edition (Bangor, Bookland, 1964).

Great Western Railway, North Wales: The British Tyrol (London: G.W.R., 1906).

Gruffydd, William John, North Wales and the Marches, About Britain series (London, Collins, for the Festival of Britain Office, 1951).

Hewett, Hope, Through North Wales on horseback (London, Heath Cranton, 1937).

Hilling, John B., Snowdonia and northern Wales (London, Batsford, 1980).

Hughes, Cledwyn, Wanderer in North Wales (London, Phoenix House, [1949]).