Snowdonia

There are a multitude of things to do during a stay in Snowdonia , with something for everyone. The list below summarises some of the main attractions and activities in the Snowdonia area.

Snowdon Mountain RailwayBodnant GardensPenrhyn Castle, Bangor
  • Caernarfon
  • Greenwood Forest Park, nr. Caernarfon - Family fun and Forest Adventure. Rides, Exhibition, Cafes & Gift shops.
  • Bangor
    • Pier - restored Victorian pier.
    • Museum & Art Gallery - gallery and museum of local history.
  • Penrhyn Castle (NT), nr. Bangor - neo-Norman castle built in 19th century.
  • Conwy
    • Castle (CADW) - imposing castle built by English monarch Edward I in the 1280's.
    • Walled town - walls enclose the town and are guarded by 22 towers.
    • Plas Mawr (CADW) - the finest surviving Elizabethan town house in Britain.
    • Britain's Smallest House - the name says it all!
    • RSPB Nature Reserve - bird reserve on the Conwy Estuary
  • Llandudno
    • Seafront - fine Victorian seaside resort with sandy beach.
    • Great Orme - Bronze Age Copper Mines
    • Cable Car - from Llandudno to top of Great Orme.
    • Victorian Tramway - travel in style to the top of the Great Orme.
  • Bodnant Gardens (NT), Tal-y-Cafn - spectacular gardens above Conwy Valley
  • Llanberis
    • Snowdon Mountain Railway - rack & pinion railway to Snowdon's summit
    • Electric Mountain - hydro-electric power in Europe's largest man-made cavern.
    • Slate Museum - working museum of the hey-day of the slate industry.
    • Padarn Lake Railway - former slate railway.
  • Gwydir Castle, nr. Llanrwst - fortified manor house dating from about 1500
  • Trefriw Woollen Mill - hydro-electrically powered woollen mill with shop
  • The Ugly House (Ty Hyll), Capel Curig - built in a night!
  • Conwy Falls, Betws-y-Coed - waterfalls and woodland
  • Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed
  • Ty Mawr Wybrnant (NT), nr. Penmachno - birthplace of Bishop William Morgan (translated Bible into Welsh)
  • Dolwyddelan Castle (CADW) - dramatic castle dating from 12th century
  • Beddgelert
    • Grave of Gelert- grave of legendary dog of Llewelyn Fawr.
    • Sygun Copper Mine
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog
    • Llechwedd Slate Caverns - experience the world of the Victorian slate miner.
    • Ffestiniog Railway - travel through the mountains to the sea by narrow gauge railway.
  • Portmeirion - Italianate village built bt Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
  • Brynkir Woolen Mill, nr. Porthmadog - full working woollen mill with shop.
  • Porthmadog
  • Harlech Castle (CADW) - castle built by Edward I.
  • Chwarel Hen Llanfair, nr Harlech - slate caverns used as a location for the film 'First Knight'.
  • Shell Island, nr Harlech - sandy beaches, rock pools, wild flowers, birdwatching, and over 200 varieties of shells.
  • Tal-y-Llyn Railway, Tywyn - narrow-gauge railway.
  • Machynlleth
  • Forest Walks- numerous walks in the area (including waymarked paths).
  • Mountain Walking / Climbing
    • Snowdon
    • The Carneddau and the Glyders
    • Cadair Idris
    • The Rhinogs
    • and many more ...!
  • Climbing - Plas-y-Brenin National Mountain Centre, Capel Curig. Also local crags.
  • Mountain Biking -bike hire widely available, waymarked routes in Coed-y-Brenin (nr. Dolgellau) and Gwydir (nr. Betws-y-Coed) Forests
  • Water Sports
    • Plas Menai, Caernarfon - National Watersports Centre
    • Plas-y-Brenin, Capel Curig
    • National Whitewater Centre, nr. Bala
  • Dry Slope Skiing
    • Plas-y-Brenin, Capel Curig
    • Llandudno - ski with a sea view!
    • Rhiw Goch, Trawsfynydd - has several slopes.
  • Golf -courses at: Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, Llandudno, Bangor, Caernarfon, Harlech, Dolgellau, Bala, Aberdyfi, Machynlleth.
  • Horse Riding - numerous stables.
  • Birdwatching - numerous coastal reserves including Conwy and Foryd Bay (nr. Caernarfon), plus red kites and much more.
  • Beaches - numerous sandy beaches, including: Dinas Dinlle, Llandudno (2), Aberdyfi, Tywyn, Fairbourne, Barmouth, Harlech, Morfa Bychan, Black Rock Sands (nr. Porthmadog).


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