Nestling at the foot of Mount Snowdon, Llanberis is a honey pot for climbers and walkers, who are well served with the various challenges of the Snowdonia National Park. Visitors preferring a less strenuous visit during their cottage holiday needn’t miss out on the spectacular panoramas of Snowdon; the nineteenth century rack and pinion Snowdon Mountain Railway departs from Llanberis on a one-hour journey climbing some 900 metres from the valley floor to the peak from around Easter to October. The village also has a second railway with less lofty but nonetheless pleasant ambitions; the low-level Lake Railway, one of the ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’, runs a scenic line around Llyn Padarn during the summer season. Other Llanberis attractions include the Electric Mountain subterranean power station; a ‘quick response’ station designed to shore up supply to the National Grid during commercial break power surges, and the Welsh Slate Museum, on the site of the former Dinorwic Quarry. Boosted in recent years by Lottery funding, this is an imaginative and interesting visitor attraction, where demonstrations keep alive the old skills used to split the ubiquitous grey slate into the tiles, which, it claims, ‘roofed the industrial revolution’. There are tours of the foundries and forges, a working waterwheel, reconstructions of quarrymen’s cottages plus, of course, a gift shop, cafe and visitor facilities. Dolbadarn Castle is another popular attraction. Constructed during the thirteenth century, the ruins of this castle, built to defend the Llanberis Pass, makes for a pleasant place to walk and picnic.
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