Snowdonia

Snowdonia, photo by Blisco
Snowdonia (photo by Blisco)
 

Snowdonia National Park is located in northwestern Wales.

The park features Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 3560 ft (1085 m). It also includes numerous castles, lakes, and waterfalls, and a historic steam railway.

The region is popular for hiking, mountaineering, white-water kayaking, and other outdoor pursuits.

The region also features important historical and cultural artifacts, including significant landmarks in local economic development – including the Llechwedd Slate Mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Dinorwig Power Station at Llanberis.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide
   1000 Places to See Before You Die

 

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Llanberis Lodges

Llanberis Lodges is located in Llanberis, at the foot of Mount Snowdon in the heart of the Snowdonia Mountain Range. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 49 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$98

 
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Saracens Head

Saracens Head offers pet-friendly accommodation in Beddgelert. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountain, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 57 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$110

 
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Lodge Dinorwig

Situated in a converted school house, Lodge Dinorwig is located in Dinorwig, 8 km from Snowdon. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking and WiFi are available on site. Average score from 46 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$35

 
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The Coach House and Glaslyn Gallery

Featuring free WiFi, The Coach House and Glaslyn Gallery offers accommodation in Beddgelert, 39 km from Llandudno. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature views of the mountain or garden. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$67

 
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Ty Parc

Ty Parc is a holiday home is situated in Llanberis is 200 metres from Snowdon Mountain Railway. The unit is 900 metres from Llanberis lake railway. There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with an oven, a toaster and fridge. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$93

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Bryn Eglwys Hotel

Bryn Eglwys Hotel

Surrounded by picturesque scenery in Snowdonia National Park, this former Georgian country farmhouse has stunning views. It has free WiFi throughout, and there is free parking on site. Average score from 236 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$109 - $133

 
$1099.4
Glyn Peris Guest House

Glyn Peris Guest House

Located close to the water of Llyn Padarn, Glyn Peris offers bed and breakfast accommodation close to the entrance to Snowdonia National Park. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the property. Average score from 156 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$54

 
$549.3
YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Placed at the foot of Snowdon Mountain, the YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass is surrounded by stunning Welsh landscape in a rural location, with no WiFi or mobile phone signal - offering guests a break from technology. Average score from 962 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$18 - $116

 
$189.1
Craflwyn Hall

Craflwyn Hall

Craflwyn Hall is located less than a mile from Beddgelert and close to the Afon Glasyn River. This charming Victorian, former hunting lodge is owned by the National Trust and is set within Craflwyn Estate. Average score from 89 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$103

 
$1038.8
Idan House

Idan House

Situated in the heart of the village of Llanberis, Idan House is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Snowdon Mountain Railway Station. This family run guest house is just 10 miles from Bangor’s city centre. Average score from 521 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$37

 
$378.3
YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant

YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant

Set in 40 acres of wooded grounds, Bryn Gwynant provides hostel accommodation in a stunning Snowdonian setting. The hostel looks out over the lake Llyn Gwynant, and Snowdon itself. Average score from 166 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$60

 
$608.1
YHA Snowdon Ranger

YHA Snowdon Ranger

Nestled at the foot of Mount Snowdon, this hostel is a former inn offering a range of accommodation. It has stunning views across Lake Llyn Cwellyn. Average score from 118 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$22 - $191

 
$227.9
Lake View Hotel

Lake View Hotel

Situtated at the foot of Mount Snowdon, The Lake View Hotel is surrounded by woodland and features rooms overlooking Lake Padarn. The rooms include a TV, tea/coffee making facilities and a private bathroom. Average score from 794 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$42 - $110

 
$427.7
Glan Y Gurs

Glan Y Gurs

Glan Y Gurs is a holiday home with a garden, situated in Beddgelert. The property is 39 km from Llandudno and boasts views of the garden. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. There is a dining area and a kitchen equipped with dishwasher.



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Old Tan Rhiw

Old Tan Rhiw

Located in Beddgelert, this holiday home features a barbecue. The property features views of the garden and is 39 km from Llandudno. The kitchen has a dishwasher and an oven. A TV with satellite channels is available. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$154

$154-

Highlights:

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Natural
Lowland Mountains
Snowdown. The most popular destination in the area, and Wales' highest mountain.

The Glyderau. Looking like a giant fossilized Stegasaurus, this area’s Tryfan is said to be the only mountain in the country that cannot be climbed without using the arms.

Cadair Idris and the Tarrens. This range is to be found at the southern edge of the national park. The largest (892m/2927ft) and best known mountain is Cadair (sometimes spelt Cader) Idris, which is the 2nd most climbed mountain in Wales.
Hiking and Trekking
Wales' highest mountain and the highest in the UK south of Loch Lomond, Snowdon is also the most popular mountain in Wales. More a hike than a climb, it is done by an estimated 500,000 people every year. There are several other popular hiking areas, including Cadair Idris and the Tarrens.

Snowdonia has a large number of camp sites and finding a pitch is rarely a problem. Facilities range from the most basic with nothing more than a drinking water tap in the corner of a small field, up to plush "Holiday Parks" with electric hook-ups, laundry facilities, on-site restaurants and night-time entertainment.
Wildlife and Plants
Snowdonia National Park is well-known for its bird-watching, with buzzards, ospreys, choughs, peregrines, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, wrens, tits, finches, owls, cuckoos, jays, and other species.

Mammals include bats, red squirrels, badgers, weasels and polecats.
Also of Interest:
Cultural
Unusual Local Feature
Castles and Forts
Combination
Hotsprings
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Rafting
Biking

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