Beddgelert sits in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an outdoor paradise with so much to offer. Climb majestic mountains, explore beautiful valleys and have adventures on rivers and lakes. Discover the areaâ€™s rich history in local castles and museums, take a steam train to the coast, or visit unforgettable towns and villages nearby. Decide what to do first with a list of some of the top Snowdonia activities...
With the forests, rivers and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park on your doorstep, this is the perfect place for a walking holiday. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England, standing at 1,085m above sea level. Itâ€™s an incredibly popular climb, attracting around 350,000 hikers every year. You can start with a gentle riverside walk to Gelertâ€™s Grave and work your way up to the summit of Snowdon. Other highlights include the walk from your cabin up to Llyn Llywelyn â€“ suitable for shorter family walks â€“ or the more daring Aberglaslyn Pass.
From gentle woodland paths to challenging climbs through the mountain landscape, Snowdonia has something for cyclists of every age and skill level. Take the Lon Gwyrfai Path and enjoy the views, or head out to the coast and follow the Sustrans route from Bangor to Barmouth. For mountain bike enthusiasts, Antur Styniog has no fewer than seven spectacular trails up in the mountains at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Explore theÂ Childrenâ€™s Farm ParkÂ near Harlech with the little ones, or enjoy adrenaline-fuelled fun at a nearbyÂ Zip WorldÂ centre with older children. The nearbyÂ Glaslyn Wildlife Visitor CentreÂ is a must-visit to see the ospreys, and atÂ Coed-y-Brenin Forest ParkÂ thereâ€™s mountain biking, an adventure playground and lots of family picnic spots. Take the famousÂ Snowdon Mountain RailwayÂ to the summit of Snowdon for an experience the children will remember forever, or enjoy the fun atÂ Greenwood Forest Park, voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales.
Visit theÂ National Slate MuseumÂ at Llanberis or theÂ Llechwedd Slate CavernsÂ at Blaenau Ffestiniog to learn more about an industry that shaped Welsh history. TheÂ Maritime Museum in PorthmadogÂ and theÂ Royal Welch Fusiliers MuseumÂ atÂ Caernarfon CastleÂ are also rich sources of history and heritage. Itâ€™s also worth visitingÂ Harlech Castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Looking for a bite to eat in between your Snowdonia activities? The Saracenâ€™s Head is a welcoming spot at the heart of Beddgelert village â€“ a family-friendly pub and restaurant which also welcomes dogs. With riverside dining in the summer and cosy log fires in the winter, it ticks every box. Another popular eatery in the village is Hebog CafÃ© and Bistro, which serves delicious home cooking. Further afield, you can visit Harlech for ice cream at the Castle Creamery, or try the tea shop at Plas Tan y Bwlch for beautiful views and stunning gardens.
Beddgelert is just a few miles from the north-west coast of Wales. For a day on the beach, visit Morfa Bychan, next to Porthmadog, and exploreÂ Black Rock SandsÂ â€“ a wide blue flag beach with facilities. Just over half an hourâ€™s drive away isÂ Harlech Beach, which has flat sands backed by rolling dunes.Â Criccieth BeachÂ is another stunning location, overlooked by a castle; a lovely spot to soak up the sun in summer or take a blustery walk in the winter.
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There are plenty of local opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.Â Bodnant GardenÂ is a world-famous botanical wonderland, home to a diverse variety of flora and champion trees.Â Coed-y-Brenin Forest ParkÂ is a great place to go hiking or mountain biking, and there are many outdoor activities to experience atÂ Padarn Country Park, near Llanberis. If you want something a little more daring, the area is home to three separateÂ Zip WorldÂ ziplining locations, whileÂ Dragon Raiders Activity ParkÂ at Criccieth offers paintball and Segway adventures in the forest.
There are plenty of indoor (and underground) adventures to experience in rainy weather. TheÂ Llechwedd Slate CavernsÂ will give you a glimpse into Snowdoniaâ€™s slate mining heritage, deep underground, whileÂ Electric MountainÂ is a hydroelectric scheme in Europeâ€™s largest human-made cavern. You can also take the family to Bounce Below, a subterranean playground, or theÂ Zip World Caverns, an underground obtacle course. There are many winding tunnels and colourful chambers to be explored at theÂ Sygun Copper Mine,Â Steam train ridesÂ are also a good choice for grey and rainy days, and kids can blow off steam atÂ The Fun CentreÂ while you enjoy a coffee at theÂ castle.
Visiting the delightful seaside and mountain villages in and around Snowdonia could fill a holiday. Just up the road from our cabins, youâ€™ll find the picturesque village ofÂ Beddgelert, which is the starting point for many walking trails.Â PortmeirionÂ is also a must-see, designed in 1925 by architect Clough Williams-Ellis. Other picturesque towns and villages includeÂ LlanberisÂ at the foot of Mount Snowdon andÂ Betws-y-Coed.Â Blaenau FfestiniogÂ is the place to visit if you want a better understanding of the local slate mining history.
Splash and crash your way through some action-packed watersports in Snowdonia. TheÂ National White Water RaftingÂ Centre in Bala offers white water rafting and kayaking, where you can battle against the Welsh mountain river rapids, or enjoy a thrilling canyoning adventure.Â Surf SnowdoniaÂ is the worldâ€™s first inland surf lagoon, with fun, safe and surfable waves rolling in all day long. A little further afield, just over the Menai Bridge on Anglesey, youâ€™ll find the boat tour companyÂ Ribride, which offers great ways to see the coast from another perspective. Local shops stock waterproofs and any other sporty gear you might need for the excursion.
Snowdonia is home to theÂ Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. We have our very own forest halt where you can catch a steam train and step back in time, on one of the top 25 railway journeys in the world. This is one of the most unique things to do in Snowdonia. Take a day trip to Caernarfon, winding your way through the forest, past the foot of Snowdon and on to the shadows of Caernarfonâ€™s medieval castle. Or venture to Porthmadog, through the Aberglaslyn Pass, which was voted by National Trust members as the most beautiful place in Britain! Children under 16 years go free with every full-paying adult, and dogs and bikes are welcome.
Whatever the weather, there's so much fun to be had in Wales and our cabins at Beddgelert provide the perfect base for your exploration.
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