Snowdonia is an extraordinary national park set on the west coast of Wales. Its unique and diverse landscape with an abundance of great things to do, which make it a truly fascinating area to explore. If you fancy getting in on the action in Snowdonia, you're in luck. The park covers 823 square miles, boasting the highest peak in England and Wales as well as picturesque villages including the quirky Portmeirion and a wild, rugged coastline.
Snowdonia is steeped in history and offers ample opportunities for exploring the diverse terrain in different forms. Whether you opt for a journey on the vintage steam railway or from the water in a canoe, explore Snowdonia your way.
Portmeirion is undoubtedly one of Snowdonia's most famous attractions. Created by architect Clough William-Ellis between 1925 and 1976, the coastal village could be mistaken for an ancient Italian settlement. Stunning architecture rises from exotic woodland, offering numerous walks and romantic vistas. If you're interested in art, theatre and music, check out Festival No.6.
Mountain Cottage is perfectly situated to explore Portmeirion and the north of Snowdonia National Park. Just a 30-minute drive from the Italian-inspired village, the cottage is pretty much as cosy as they come. Exposed stone, wood features, comfy chairs and a wood burner make this the ultimate base for your Snowdonia adventure. Venture out to explore over 100 miles of coastline surrounding the area as well as hiking the mountain range.
Barmouth is another extraordinary settlement in Snowdonia. With a long sandy beach and mountain views, Barmouth can be found straddling the beautiful Mawddach estuary. The town offers everything for the perfect vintage seaside holiday, with a twist. You really have to see it to believe it and admire the true wonder of this otherworldly setting.
Get active, creatively
If you're looking for a way to burn off some of those calories, aside from running up Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia is a hub of exciting activities. Confident cyclists can take to mountain biking while adrenaline junkies can try white water rafting through the Tryweryn River. If that doesn't pique your interest, why not give zip lining a go? Throw yourself over the Penrhyn Quarry while strapped to the longest zip line in Europe! Soar like a bird for a mile, lying flat in a special harness at over 100 miles per hour. Or check out Bounce Below in the Llechwedd slate caverns. Like something from a childhood dream, Bounce Below has three trampolines set among the otherworldly cave setting. Something truly unique, don't you agree?
The Long House is just 24 miles from the iconic peak of Mount Snowdon. Its idyllic location almost halfway down Snowdonia National Park makes it perfect for exploring the entire region. This delightful cottage can be found on the Llyn Peninsula, most appealing to nature lovers and active families. This traditional Welsh long house has a huge country garden to relax in, leading down to meadows and the River Erch. Wind down on the super comfy sofas and tuck into a hearty home-cooked meal in the spacious kitchen.
Snowdonia in the limelight
Film and TV buffs will be delighted to discover Snowdonia has featured in numerous epics including Tomb Raider 2, The World Is Not Enough and Clash Of The Titans. It's no wonder, really, as the dramatic mountains and valleys can transform to be almost anywhere in the world. Lara Croft graced her presence at Nant Gwynant, Pen Y Pass and Alexandra Slate Quarry near Carmel, while Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan played the part of 007 among Snowdonia's majestic landscape.
Tucked away among mountains and valleys are Snowdonia's first class cafes, pubs and eateries. There's no shortage of eateries with a view, but it's well worth stopping at Caffi Gwynant for a meal before or after you climb Mount Snowdon. With the backdrop of Wales' iconic mountain peak, tuck into a hearty breakfast or lunch at the café, including everything from smashed avocado on toast to a full Welsh breakfast.
For fine dining and utterly delicious local ingredients, Signatures Restaurant is a fine choice. Set on the North Wales coast, expect decadent dishes such as duo of Welsh beef with horseradish pomme puree, and root vegetable gratin in red wine jus or trio of Welsh lamb with a carrot and swede parcel and fondant potato. For a taste of the traditional, the Ty Gwyn is a former coaching inn set deep in a valley in Snowdonia. Expect local favourites such as grilled Pen Loyn Farm lamb fillet with brie, asparagus and Parma ham or fresh steamed Conwy mussels smothered in garlic, parsley and white burgundy sauce.
If you're planning a day trip to Snowdonia and would like to stay elsewhere in the country, check out our full collection of cottages in Wales .