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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  • Portmeirion Village

    Portmeirion Village

    LL48 6ER

    01766 770 000

    Overlooking the Dwyryd Estuary, Portmeirion is a fascinating resort built in the style of an Italian village, which is well-known for being the setting of the 1960’s cult television series The Prisoner, as well as for the popular music event, Festival No.6.

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  • Bird in sky

    RSPB Ynys-Hir

    Dyfi Furnace
    SY20 8TA

    01654 700222

    With the southern Snowdonia mountains to the north and the Cambrian mountains to the south, the RSPB Yns-hir is stunning from every angle. View lapwings and redshanks in summer and ducks and geese during the colder months.    

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  • kayaking in north wales

    Sea Môr Kayaking

    Unit, 22
    Trading from Snowdonia Watersports
    Y Glyn
    LL55 4EL

    07899 07399768660

    Sea Môr Kayaking offers bespoke trips and coaching from their base in the Snowdonia National Park. Take to the sea at Anglesey and the Lyn Peninsula for a guided trip or learn the basics on the lake at Llanberis.

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  • snowdon train

    Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Snowdon Mountain Railway
    LL55 4TT

    01286 870223

    For awe-inspiring views and an incredible day out in North Wales, book your journey on the Snowdon Moutain Railway today! Departing from Llanberis, this attraction takes you up the highest mountain in Wales, a journey experienced by 12 million travellers since 1896.

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  • Swallow falls

    Swallow Falls

    Swallow Falls
    Afon Llugwy
    Snowdonia National Park
    LL24 0DW

    Visit Swallow Falls, an area of outstanding natural beauty for a picturesque day out with loved ones. Enjoy the thunderous roar of the water, in a wooded setting, reached by a narrow and rocky footpath.

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  • Iron Water wheel

    Sygun Copper Mine

    Sygun Copper Mine
    LL55 4NE

    01766 890 545.

    If you are looking for things to do in Snowdonia with the family, be sure to include the Sygun Copper Mine on your bucket list. This is an exciting underground adventure attraction resting in Beddgelert and is ideal for rainy days.

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  • The Ugly House
    Image Credits: Steve Daniels - (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Ty Hyll – The Ugly House Tearoom

    The Ugly House
    Capel Curig
    Betws Road
    LL24 0DS

    01492 642322

    Filled with history, legend and mystery is the Ty Hyll, also known as The Ugly House near Betws Y Coed. Despite its name, we think the attraction is better described as charming or unique!  

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  • Yr Wyddfa

    Snowdon Mountain Railway
    LL55 4TT

    (01286) 870223

    The highest mountain in Wales and England, Snowdon is a popular attraction for visitors world-wide, who walk or take the Mountain Railway to the summit in order to appreciate the fantastic views over the Snowdonia National Park.

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  • Yr Ysgwrn

    Unnamed Road
    Blaenau Ffestiniog
    LL41 4UW

    01766 772508

    Visit this 20th-century Welsh farmhouse that was once home to Welsh-language poet, Hedd Wyn. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park, this traditional Welsh stone farmhouse is a symbol of Welsh language poetry and the losses of the first world war. Image Credits: Alan Fryer – (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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  • Zip World – Penrhyn Slate Quarry

    Zip World - Penrhyn Slate Quarry
    Snowdonia National Park
    LL57 4YG

    01248 601 444

    Zip World Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe – a visit to this Snowdonia National Park attraction promises an adrenaline-filled afternoon for all. With Blondin Restaurant and the Penrhyn Quarry Tour to enjoy too, there’s so much on offer here!

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