Snowdonia Travel Guide

Situated in the north of Wales, Snowdonia is one of the most mountainous parts of the country. Most people travel here in order to explore the large and lovely Snowdonia National Park, which is a real paradise for nature lovers.

A large number of different types of outdoor activities can be enjoyed here either independently or in arranged groups, while simply sitting and soaking up the beauty of the area is a stirring experience as well as a great way to unwind for a while.

Things to see and do in Snowdonia

Set with stunning natural features such as large lakes, streams and waterfalls as well as several historic castles, Snowdonia National Park is just waiting to be explored by nature lovers. One of the most dramatic features here is mount Snowdon, which soars more than a thousand feet above sea level and is the highest mountain in the whole of Wales.

Snowdonia, Wales

Two people stop to rest and take photographs of the view over the Dolgellau valley to the Cader Idris mountain range in Snowdonia, Wales.

A large number of pretty hillwalking trails run through the area and hillwalking is one of the most popular activities in this part of Wales. Around half a million people climb Snowdon every year and several impressive trails lead the way to the top with the challenging Crib Goch arete route being the most challenging and the Llanberis Path being much more manageable.

Hiring a mountain bike and following one of the special trails that run through the Dyfi Valley Forest is an experience that should not be missed. People who have a love for mountain biking and plenty of stamina should try the CliMachx route, while several less challenging trails lead the way through Coed y Brenin Forest.

People who want to learn more about the history and culture of this picturesque part of Wales should pay a visit to Dolwyddelan Castle. It is believed to be the birthplace of the legendary Prince Llywelyn the Great, while other impressive castles in the area include Castell y Bere, Dolbadarn and Harlech Castle.

It is possible to take in the intense natural beauty of Snowdonia National Park by taking a ride on the Snowdonia Mountain Railway. The train departs each day from the town of Llanberis and takes more than two hours to complete its file mile circuit up the side of Snowdon.

Climate conditions

Snowdonia has a reputation for being one of the wettest parts of the UK and rainfall is common here throughout the year. The best weather is typically experienced from June to August when there are plenty of warm and sunny days to enjoy, although visitors would be advised to take along a rain jacket just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.