things to do in Snowdonia

Things to do in Snowdonia

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Discover the best things to do in Snowdonia using our guide

You will find no shortage of great things to do in Snowdonia whilst using our guide. From walks amidst breath-taking scenery to adrenaline-filled attractions, you and your loved ones will be spoilt for choice by the number of great things to do in Snowdonia.

The Snowdonia National Park is the home of the highest mountain in Wales, Yr Wyddfa. This remarkable peak stands at 3,560ft above sea level and is a popular attraction for walkers, hikers and countryside lovers all year round.

Despite the almighty Snowdon being the region’s biggest draw, there are plenty of other things to do in Snowdonia too, from exploring epic waterfalls and beautiful lakes to enjoying the world’s fastest zip line!

Snowdonia Attractions

Tourists flock to the charming villages of Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis, easily two of the best Snowdonia attractions. Alternatively, take a scenic drive south to Dolgellau, a stunning town littered with great walking, climbing and mountain biking opportunities.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway, a Victorian marvel, is the summit’s lifeblood. Some of the original 1896 steam engines still complete the 5-mile ascent in roughly an hour, taking in more stunning vistas with each turn of the wheels.

Other must-do Snowdonia attractions include Zip World’s Velocity 2, which is the world’s fastest zip line, soaring high above the striking Penrhyn Quarry. Alternatively, unleash your inner-thrill seeker and head underground to Bounce Below to bounce and jump your way around a disused mine”

Other popular Snowdonia attractions include the beautiful Bala Lake, the scenic Aber Falls the National Slate Museum and the Electric Mountain in Llanberis.

Visiting during the colder months? Bes sure to discover one of the many superb things to do in Snowdonia in winter.

Other things to do in Snowdonia

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Welsh culture further, then be sure to visit some of the best places in Snowdonia!

For afternoons along the coastline, you can discover the likes of Caernarfon and Harlech, both of which play host to towering medieval castles!

Alternatively, explore the charming Italianate town of Portmeirion, boasting a collection of shops, restaurants and cafes, in addition to woodland gardens and estuary views!

Among all the places you can visit in Snowdonia, Beddgelert is the loveliest. Built around an ivy-covered bridge, its stone cottages entice visitors with their charm. There is also a folk tale about Gelert, the faithful hound of Llewellyn, the 13th-century Welsh prince, that is legendary in North Wales.

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  • Adventure Parc Snowdonia

    Adventure Parc Snowdonia

    LL32 8QE

    01492 353123

    The award-winning Adventure Parc Snowdonia can be found in North Wales. It is a centre for both indoor and outdoor adventures, including the world’s first inland surfing.

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  • Bennar Beach

    Ffordd Benar
    Dyffryn Ardudwy
    LL44 2RX

    Bennar Beach is North Wales’ own surfer’s paradise, head here for large waves and golden sand. Fishing is also popular at Bennar, where you’ll find bass, flounders, dogfish and plaice.      

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  • Bodnant Gardens

    Bodnant Gardens

    near Colwyn Bay
    LL28 5RE

    01492 650460

    The National Trust property of Bodnant Gardens is a world-famous garden, home to National Collections and Champion Trees. For a scenic day out, bring your family to explore the stunning Bodnant Gardens.

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    Image credits: DS Pugh(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Bounce Below

    Zip World Slate Caverns
    Blaenau Ffestiniog
    LL41 3NB

    01248 601444

    Head underground and jump, bounce and slide your way through the disused mine in the Snowdonia National Park. Come here to unleash your inner-thrill seeker in one of the best playgrounds in North Wales.

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  • River Rafting

    Canolfan Tryweryn – National White Water Centre

    National White Water Centre
    LL23 7NU

    01678 521083

    Canolfan Tryweryn is the National White Water Centre, based near Bala in the Snowdonia National Park. Here, you can enjoy a world-class whitewater venue as you try your hand at rafting and canyoning!

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  • Craig Bwlch Y Moch

    Craig Bwlch Y Moch

    LL49 9SN

    Craig Bwlch Y Moch is one of the best climbing crags in Wales and features many different climbs of varying difficulty. This area is known for its ‘rain shadow’ crags that are often dry when the rest of Snowdonia is wet.

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  • Dinorwic Slate Quarry

    Dinorwic Slate Quarry

    National Slate Museum
    LL55 4TY

    Located between the village of Llanberis and Dinorwig, and home to the National Slate Museum is Dinorwic Slate Quarry. Here, you can explore the large former slate quarry, promising breath-taking views.

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  • Dolgoch Falls

    Dolgoch Falls

    Dolgoch Falls
    Snowdonia National Park
    LL36 9UW

    Hidden away in the South-Western part of the Snowdonia National Park sits the magnificent Dolgoch Falls. This easy to access Snowdonia attraction is ideal for families seeking a scenic spot for an afternoon picnic.

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  • Dolwyddelan in Snowdonia National Park

    Dolwyddelan Castle

    Dolwyddelan Castle
    LL25 0JD

    01690 750366

    Dolwyddelan Castle is a commanding Welsh stronghold amidst the Snowdonia National Park scenery. It is a great spot for you and your family to explore and uncover the history of Prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, or Llywelyn the Great.

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  • Fairy Glen, Betws y Coed

    Fairy Glen – Wales

    Fairy Glen car park
    Conwy River
    Snowdonia National Park
    LL24 0HF

    Discover one of the most enchanting places in the Gwydir Forest, a spot tucked away in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Fairy Glen is a secluded gorge and beauty spot resting on the Conwy River.

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