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YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4NY
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Drying room(s) remain closed.

  3. Dining room(s) remain closed.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

  2. Indoor seating for dining is now open at this hostel in line with Government social distancing rules. All tables and chairs are fully cleaned after use.

  3. Packed lunches are not currently available but sandwiches & snacks are available all day from the bar.

Good to Go Wales

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

If it's dramatic, breath-taking views of mountainous landscapes you're after then YHA Snowdon Pen y Pass is the location for you. Situated at the foot of the magnificent Mount Snowdon, over 1,000ft above sea level, this Youth Hostel is the perfect choice for climbing holidays and budding mountaineers.

This much loved and famed location is now a state of the art accommodation base in the heart of Snowdonia. The hostel also pays tribute to its famous past and information about the surrounding mountains can be seen throughout the building.

Why guests love YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

  • Newly refurbished base at the foot of Snowdon
  • Unique location with spectacular views
  • Fantastic bar and restaurant facilities

Accommodation at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

The hostel

YHA Snowdon Pen y Pass at a glance:

  • £1.3 million investment
  • Climb Snowdon from the front door
  • Updated group and education facilities
  • Mallory's Cafe
  • 16 en-suite rooms

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass boasts cosy snug social areas where you can relax and share stories with your fellow travellers. There's no phone signal up here, but with wi-fi, games, books and excellent company you won't mind. 

YHA Snowdon Pen y Pass benefits from a modern classroom with high tech conference facilities, ideal for group presentations, business conferences and school groups, as well as probably the swankiest self-catering kitchen you've ever seen in a hostel. 

The café at Pen-y-Pass is named after Mallory and is a fantastic setting for mountaineers to rest and recover from the day’s exertions. And as a solo traveller, you’ll never be lonely. Simply sit down with a beer, open the OS map and within minutes you’ll be trading experiences with a fellow adventurer.


Food and drink at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass dining room

Eat with us

Mallory’s Restaurant & Bar provides a great place to meet fellow travellers, share hiking stories and chat about your next climb. Offering a broad selection of delicious food throughout the day, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily throughout the year to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.


Breakfast at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

Full Menu Burger

All day menu at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, light bites, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Kids under 10 eat free with every main meal purchased from the menu.

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Supper Club

Supper club at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two-course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available

Food & drink

  • Cafe
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen (currently closed)

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: 17:00 - 22:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: The hostel does not have it’s own car park so please use the Snowdonia National Park car park opposite. The car park is first come first serve and can be very busy, spaces are usually available late afternoon onwards. The cost is £10 per day and £10 per night by coins or card, unfortunately no discount is currently available for YHA customers. Please visit https://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/authority/coronavirus/car-park-vacancies for car park status and park & ride alternatives.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30am til 9.30am.

Restaurant: Evening meals are served from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass - Access Statement

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YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Map references

OS Map: 115

OS Grid Ref: SH647556

Lat/Lng: 53.080876, -4.020846

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9534

Email: [email protected]


Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website


Welsh for "resting place", the Gorphwysfa Hotel was a famed mountaineers inn. The hotel was built in the 1870's. The building was sold to YHA in 1968 to become YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: Climbing Mount Snowdon can be a life affirming moment, and it’s within your grasp and on the doorstep at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass. Escape the crowds in the Glyderau. The summits of Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr can be reached from the hostel. Be sure to grab a photo on the famous ‘Cantilever Stone’ rock formation.

Green Leaders Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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