Snowdonia National Park is a vast parkland in Wales that holds many natural treasures, including Swallow Falls and Llechwedd Slate Caverns. You’ll find a diverse range of things to see and do, from riding slides in old slate mines and wandering vast valleys to learning about wool production and cruising in a RIB boat. No matter what you’re looking to do on your holiday in Wales, you can find it among the 10 best things to do in Snowdonia National Park.


    Swallow Falls

    Hike to a spectacular waterfall

    • Adventure

    Swallow Falls is a system of multiple waterfalls on Afon Llugwy in Snowdonia National Park. Known locally as ‘Rhaeadr Ewynnol’, or ‘Foaming Waterfall’, the spectacular 42-metre natural waterfall draws many visitors for its unique appearance and surrounding scenery of the Llugwy. You can see the falls from the car park nearby, but the best views come from walking the footpath along the northern bank. You can also hike around the falls to see the beauty of the Gwydir Forest and the river.

    Location: Snowdonia National Park, Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0DW, UK

    Open: 24/7


    Dolbadarn Castle

    Explore a commanding medieval fortress

    • History

    Dolbadarn Castle is an imposing fortification that offers tours of the grounds to see the remains of a once-dramatic defence structure. Constructed in the 13th century by Llywelyn the Great, a Welsh prince, the castle resides at the base of Llanberis Pass and served as an important fortress for military use and royal status. When you visit, you can enter through the courtyard to see the towers, round keep and curtain wall, some of which are ruined from past warfare. The interior staircase remains, and you can climb to the upper storey to take in the views.

    Location: A4086, Caernarfon LL55 4UB, UK

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +44 (0)1443 336000


    Ogwen Valley

    See the sights in a glacial valley

    • Adventure

    The Ogwen Valley is a vast glacial valley with soaring peaks, tranquil lakes and historic towns to explore on a hike. Several hiking trails travel through the valley and along stunning natural landscapes like the glacial landscape of Cwm Idwal and the upland lakes and waterfalls near Glyder Fawr. At the summit, you can see spectacular views of Snowdon and the surrounding northern Wales landscape. More adventurous types can enjoy mountain climbing on Tryfan or Carnedd Llewelyn, which are among the highest peaks in the country.


    Tŷ Siamas

    Discover the wonders of Welsh music

    • History

    Tŷ Siamas is an interactive, multipurpose facility dedicated to Welsh music that features stag performances and music lessons. Housed within a grand Victorian building in a former marketplace, the building has been used as a cinema, public gallery, disco hall, concert hall and festival venue over the years. Now, it serves as a national centre for the folk music of Wales and focuses on the revival of Welsh customs and culture. During your visit, you can take music lessons on instruments like the violin or piano, or you can see a concert or event that’s scheduled during your stay.

    Location: 2 Finsbury Square, Dolgellau LL40 1RB, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1341 421800


    Llechwedd Slate Caverns

    Explore subterranean slate mines

    • History

    Llechwedd Slate Caverns is a fascinating attraction that illustrates the history of slate quarrying in Gwynedd through mine tours. When you visit, you can take the Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour that travels on the steepest narrow-gauge railway in the UK into the slate caverns. You might also enjoy the Quarry Explorer Tour, which showcases the history of mining in the region. Several other attractions are available in Llechwedd Slate Caverns, such as mountain biking trails, zip-lining, underground trampolines in the caverns and more.

    Location: Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1766 830306


    Trefriw Woollen Mills

    Learn about wool production

    • History

    The Trefriw Woollen Mills has been in operation since 1825 and can be seen on tours that showcase the full wool production process, including raw wool spinning, dyeing and weaving. Once complete, the wool is used to create tapestries, rugs and tweed fabric. The mill also has a gift shop where you can purchase local goods, and you can visit the garden to see plants that are used for natural dyes and fibres. In the summer months, the mill hosts demonstrations of wool production and rug making.

    Location: Main Road, Trefriw LL27 0NQ, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1492 640462


    Centre for Alternative Technology

    Find out about sustainable living

    • Unusual

    The Centre for Alternative Technology is a fascinating eco-centre that demonstrates and teaches sustainable living and development through tours and exhibits. Though the facility began with a focus on alternative technology, it now offers information on all aspects of sustainable living. You can tour the facility or take courses to learn about organic farming, renewable energy, sustainable architecture, gardening and more. The centre also has a shop that sells eco-friendly items and a restaurant where you can try organic, farm-to-table foods.

    Location: Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1654 705950


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    Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Take a heritage steam ride

    • Unusual

    The Snowdon Mountain Railway offers scenic heritage rides from Llanberis to the peak of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. The railway has some distinction, being in operation for over a century and the only public rack and pinion railway in the UK. On the ride, you’ll see stunning views of the countryside and sweeping landscape views of the park from the peak of Snowdon. Some of the sights include a towering waterfall in the gorge, Rocky Valley and Eryri, known as the ‘Land of the Eagles’.

    Location: Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TU, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1286 870223


    The Menai Strait RIB Ride

    Enjoy an adrenaline-fueled boat ride

    • Adventure

    The Menai Strait RIB Ride offers an exhilarating, unique ride through the Menai Strait, passing landmark bridges like the 1850 Britannia Tubular Bridge and the Menai Suspension Bridge. Short for Rigid Inflatable Boat, a RIB is a high-performance boat that reaches incredible speeds for thrills on the water, while still providing a safe and comfortable ride. On your trip through the shallow tidal waters, you may also see the adorable colony of puffins that live on Ynys Seiriol, an uninhabited island, and historical landmarks like the Caernarfon Castle and Napoleonic Fort Belan.

    Location: Porth Daniel Boat Yard, Water Street, Menai Bridge LL59 5DE, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)3331 234303


    Zip World Bounce Below

    Play in hidden caverns

    • Adventure

    Zip World Bounce Below is an exciting attraction that takes you into a subterranean playground with caverns to find all kinds of fun experiences. The caverns hold activity areas like giant slides that travel between levels, giant bouncy nets above the cavern and passageways through the old slate mines. During the tour, the caverns are lit by multicoloured neon lights for an enchanting feel. Whether you’re taking the kids or want some whimsical fun for adults, Zip World Bounce Below provides once-in-a-lifetime thrills in a historic landmark.

    Location: Zip World Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1248 601444


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