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Welsh resort is Bryson's 'favourite'
Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson spent three days on the railways around Wales
Internationally-renowned travel writer Bill Bryson has named Llandudno as his "favourite seaside resort" after enjoying a short break in the town.

Mr Bryson made the comments in an article in the Sunday Times Travel Supplement about a three-day trip on trains around north Wales.

Mr Bryson, whose books include Notes From a Small Island and A Short History of Nearly Everything, stayed at the St Tudno hotel during his visit to the resort.

Owner Janette Bland said Mr Bryson had been "utterly charming" and "one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet".

"It is very good he said Llandudno is his favourite seaside resort - it is what we have been waiting for," she said.

"You hear about Bournemouth and Eastbourne being so cool - it is so lovely to get recognition for Llandudno - it is beautiful.

I would expect it to create a boom, which places like Llandudno deserve
Brian Schofield, Sunday Times Travel Magazine

"He did say he loved it so much he wanted to bring his wife and stay.

"He loves Wales. He told me he absolutely loves Wales and Llandudno - we want him back again!"

Tourism in Llandudno could benefit from the praise given in Bryson's article.

"Bill Bryson is provably the most influential travel writer in the UK," said Brian Schofield, Editor of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

"I would expect it to create a boom, which places like Llandudno deserve."

Elsewhere on the trip, Mr Bryson describes Aberdyfi as "a perfect little seaside community" and says Llandrindod Wells has "a wealth of Victorian charms".

He also visited the ornate resort of Portmeirion, which he calls "the most magical and ambitious folly built in the past 100 years, if not more".

The article will also appear in the Wales Tourist Board's (WTB) travel magazine The View of Wales.

The WTB said it was "delighted to have one of the world's best-known and most-loved travel writers, someone of the calibre and renown of Bill Bryson, on board."

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