YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass exterior

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

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


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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

Dorms are not currently available. 

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

YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, continental option, hot plated breakfasts, and a café style menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Plated breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

We want to make sure you start your day right, so we are now serving a delicious range of hot plated breakfast options, breakfast baps and continental breakfast. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Café menu at YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Delve into our café style menu with plenty of delicious options, including paninis, light bites, stone-baked pizzas, and much more. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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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

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - lounge area(s), cycle store(s).

Check in: From 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: This hostel has no parking. Parking is available in the National Park car park across the road for £40 per 24 hours (this must be pre-booked via the Just Park App). Alternative parking is available 3.5 miles away in Nant Peris for £5 per 24 hours (this does not need to be pre-booked). You can get to the hostel by the Sherpa bus before 6pm or by use pre-booked local taxis.

Café opening hours: Mallory’s Café & Bar is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:30 - 21:00. Breakfast is served daily from 07:30 - 09:30.

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. 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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