Your Snowdonia Guide
Planning a family holiday for a weekend in Snowdonia or longer? Have you set a date but you’re not sure where to start with knowing how to spend your time? Here’s everything you need to know about Snowdonia. From the best places to stay to the best things to do in Snowdonia, learn how to have a memorable trip to Snowdonia.
What To Do In Snowdonia
Visit Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward I in the 1280’s. Visiting this castle is one of the best things to do in Snowdonia, if your family particularly enjoys appreciating the history and architecture of a location.
It is known to be one of the most beautiful and astounding icons of architecture in Wales. Caernarfon Castle has plenty to offer for history lovers, with guided tours available and even a museum inside. Look out for those hidden gems embedded in the Castle too, like the colour-coded stones.
King Arthur’s Labyrinth at Corris Craft Centre, Corris, is certainly something to get involved with if your family are more active explorers. Exciting opportunities await in this underground waterfall, in which cultural history and hidden tales can be found. It’s an excellent idea for a day out and it’s best to book in advance too.
Where Are The Best Places To Stay In Snowdonia?
Getting the right accommodation for you and your family is just as important as planning your activities. It really depends on the type of location that will work best for your family. Of course, there are cottages in Snowdonia National Park, but we have a selection of different recommendations for you to choose from.
Victorian hotel, Craig-y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel, is one of the best places to stay in Snowdonia if you can’t get enough of the area’s history. This 4-star country house in Betws-y-Coed accommodates larger groups with well with over 15 beautiful bedrooms, making it a great place to rest and recharge your batteries.
Caerwylan Hotel, Beach Bank, Criccieth, is a wonderful place for you and your family to stay if you’re all coastal lovers. Surrounding the sandy beaches of North Wales, wake up to the sight of the sea in the Executive bedrooms. Caerwylan Hotel offers a great service of home cooked food as well, making it the perfect cup of tea for those who want to enjoy the breezy beaches close to Snowdonia as well as the outdoor adventure.
Dinas Caravan Park Camping and Glamping, Dinas, is our final recommendation for the best places to stay in Snowdonia. Caravan parks are great fun for all the family, with plenty of outdoor space and activities to take part in. But Dinas Caravan Park has something extra special – Zip World – particularly if you’re looking for something to tire the kids out!
Outdoor Things To Do In Snowdonia
Hiking enthusiast? Snowdonia is certainly the place for you. If you love walking, you won’t want to miss out on the hills of Snowdonia. Well known for its astonishing beauty and opportunities to enjoy nature, Snowdonia provides panoramic views that could rival remote areas of New Zealand. If your family are hikers or walking lovers, here’s our top recommendations for where to go walking in Snowdonia.
The Snowdonia Slate Trail is a massive 83-mile trail in total, paving its way through popular villages including Bethesda and Llanllechid. It’s a great option for all the family to get involved and enjoy the fresh air of Snowdonia. It can get quiet chilly out there, so be sure to visit our Betws-Y-Coed store to grab your thermals before heading out for the day.
Betws-y-Coed Autumn Walks are our next recommendation for the best walks in Snowdonia. As the name suggests, it’s especially enjoyable in the autumnal months of the year. Going for your weekend in Snowdonia in the warmer months? There are plenty of routes to choose from to enjoy the weather and nature through all of the seasons, rain or shine. Curious about the name of the small Welsh town? Its name literally translates to ‘Prayer House in the Woods’.
Adventurous Activities To Do In Snowdonia
Ffrd Brailsford Way is perfect for cyclist enthusiasts. You’ll be impressed to know that Snowdonia’s own Sir David Brailsford (British cycling coach) has ridden these paths. With routes of up to 75 miles, enjoy a leisurely cycle on your family day out. It’s a smooth ride with plenty of signage along the way.
For family friendly cycling routes, Gwynedd Recreational offers more than six routes for the whole family to enjoy the weekend in Snowdonia. Traffic lights or traffic free, it’s your choice. Choose the route that best suits your family and friends. There are cyclist paths that run adjacent to old railway lines or perhaps you’ll soak up the scenery by cycling beside the lake of Llyn Padarn, Llarnberis.
If cycling isn’t your family’s thing, why not try something new with the water sports options available? Llyn Tegid, Bala, is Wales’ largest natural lake, so it would be a shame to miss the sailing, canoeing and windsurfing opportunities here. If you’d prefer something a little smaller, Tryweryn National Whitewater Centre offers fun in the water for all levels of water sport enthusiasts. That way, you can start with the basics or opt for the challenge.
Things For Families To Do In Snowdonia
Now you’re ready for a fun-filled weekend in Snowdonia. You and your family are now all ready to pick where to stay in Snowdonia and your favourite activities to try out. Try canoeing, visit the castle, absorb the nature and enjoy your memorable visit to Snowdonia.