Wales knows a thing or two about otherworldly vistas, but Snowdonia takes natural beauty to a whole other level. 

Carved out by glaciers a time long ago, Snowdonia is a place where varied and majestic landscapes co-exist among enchanting villages full of charm and welcoming hospitality. From mighty Mt. Snowdon and the sheep that dot its peaks and ridges to the extraordinary waterfalls and evergreen valleys of the Welsh wilderness, this part of the United Kingdom is undoubtedly a natural wonder. Follow your leader as you explore castles from centuries past and taste-test some of Wales’ more iconic dishes on our tours and holidays in Snowdonia. 

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Caernafron Castle in Snowdonia.

Take in Caernarfon Castle

Travel with your group to the expansive grounds of Caernarfon Castle, one of the greatest buildings to be constructed during the Middle Ages. An absolute fortress to behold, this castle has been standing for over 700 years, and simply looking over its Romanesque turrets and detailed eagle statues is enough to see why it’s been granted World Heritage status. Wander its captivating and historic halls before making your way to the top of its towers for a view of the harbour you’ll never forget. 

Snowdon Mountain Railway travelling up Mt. Snowdon.

Train it up Mt. Snowdon

While trekking up Mt. Snowdon is a great way to view Snowdonia’s lush landscapes, catching the Snowdon Mountain Railway is just as good of an option and requires half the effort. Departing from Llanberis Station, choose from either a traditional diesel service or a heritage steam train to take you three-quarters of the way up the mountain before stopping to let you enjoy 30 minutes of epic scenery (and photo-taking time) on what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable journey. 

Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Snowdonia, Wales.

Visit the Llechwedd Slate Caverns

If you think Snowdonia’s beauty is only limited to what you can see above ground, then think again. Buried below its staggering mountains and rolling green valleys lies a story of slate millions of years in the making. Embark on a truly unique experience through quarry after quarry before travelling underground to explore the Llechwedd Deep Mine where you’ll be met with hand-carved caverns and the spectacular light and sound show at the mine’s own captivating lake.

Swallow Falls in Snowdonia, Wales.

Chase a beautiful waterfall or two

The Snowdonian landscape is made up of many mesmerising things to look at but perhaps none more so than its enchanting waterfalls. Scattered throughout Snowdonia National Park and the surrounding region, each waterfall you visit is bound to put the cherry on top of your fantastic and unforgettable Welsh holiday. From the staggering height of Aber Falls (120 feet) to the dramatic and romantic Swallow Falls, you can’t go past these easily photographable scenic spots. 

Aerial view of Mt Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park.

Hike your way through Snowdonia National Park

Boasting the title of the ‘largest National Park in Wales', Snowdonia National Park deserves to be seen and explored for its bewitching landscapes and jaw-dropping scenery. Not only can you look out at Wales’ largest lake and try climbing up its largest mountain, but you can also do some epic stargazing with some of the darkest and clearest skies in the world. Whether you want to indulge in a little history or simply soak up the tranquility only immersing yourself in nature brings, visiting the park is a must. 

Traditional Welsh Rarebit.

Test your tastebuds with some Welsh food

One of the best ways to immerse yourself within a different region’s culture is to try out some specialty dishes and luckily for you, Wales has some of the tastiest (and most interesting) food in the United Kingdom. Ask your guide for their restaurant recommendations and prepare your tastebuds for an epic feast that won’t stop until after your trip is over. From the tasty and cheesy goodness of Welsh rarebit to the teatime treat of Welsh Cakes (pice ar y maen), you’ll never go hungry in Snowdonia. 

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Snowdonia (pronounced Eryri in Wales) is located in northwestern Wales and is categorised as a mountainous region filled with historic castles, charming villages, and breathtaking landscapes. 

There are several options for getting to Snowdonia as it's only a few hours away from other popular destinations in the UK. One of the best ways to travel to the region is via self-driving from your destination as it allows you to take in as much scenery as possible but also have the freedom of easy transportation once you reach Snowdonia. Other options include flying, catching a train, or catching the ferry from Dublin. 

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Snowdonia is considered to have a temperate maritime climate due to its geographical location on the northwestern coast of Wales. This means the stunning region experiences warm summers and cold winters. You can expect snowfall in Snowdonia (go figure) with the snow season beginning in October and ending in March. Rainfall is fairly spread out throughout the year and the hottest month is August. 

Due to Snowdonia's relatively even weather patterns, there's no 'best' time to visit with travellers enjoying all seasons throughout the year. If you're looking to experience as much of the great outdoors as possible then travelling during either Spring or Autumn will allow for reasonably warm days that are perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities. The winter months are perfect for snow activities but it can make hiking a bit difficult so make sure you check expected weather conditions for the region before you start planning your trip. 

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Figuring out what to pack for a trip to Snowdonia largely depends on what kind of holiday you want to have and what season of the year you're travelling in. If you're looking forward to participating in snow activities then warm clothing such as waterproof pants, jackets, and tops, as well as ski suits and items such as beanies and gloves are appropriate. You should always pack a day bag, a reusable drink bottle, a camera, comfortable walking shoes, and a hat if you're planning on spending a large amount of time outside. 

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