YHA Snowdon Ranger Exterior
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 Ranger

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will likely be in operation at YHA Snowdon Ranger. 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

Exclusive hire

  1. For the foreseeable future, YHA Snowdon Ranger will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.

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 relaxed and comfortable accommodation at the foot of Snowdon is what you desire, then look no further than YHA Snowdon Ranger. A rural retreat just a stone’s throw from Llyn Cwellyn, the hostel is ideal for those looking to tackle Snowdon on a walking or hiking holiday.

The hostel is set in an area steeped in the culture of Wales – the village of Beddgelert, Sygun Copper Mine, Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Highland Railway are nearby. In summer, swim in the lake from our own beach.

Why guests love YHA Snowdon Ranger

  • Comfortable hostel at the foot of Snowdon
  • Close to a number of attractions
  • Views over the lake

Accommodation at YHA Snowdon Ranger

The hostel

YHA Snowdon Ranger is made up of dorm and private rooms, some of which are en-suite. There is a self-catering kitchen well equipped with all the facilities needed for guests to cook up their own storm during their stay. Guests can also purchase hearty meals. There is a cosy lounge area with soft furnishings, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the Snowdonia National Park. The hostel boasts stunning grounds, with access to a lakeside beach on Llyn Cwellyn, perfect for the warmer months.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.


Food and drink at YHA Snowdon Ranger

YHA Snowdon Ranger dining room

Eat with us

At YHA we pride ourselves on delivering a broad selection of delicious food at affordable prices, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.


Breakfast at YHA Snowdon Ranger

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.

Evening meals

Evening meals at YHA Snowdon Ranger

We offer a fantastic range of stone-baked pizzas as well as delicious nachos, jackets and paninis throughout the evening. Pick from our menu or choose your own toppings. Vegan and vegetarian options also available.

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Supper Club

Supper club at YHA Snowdon Ranger

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.



  • Ambulant accessible
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room


  • Board games
  • Games room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen (currently closed)

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings

Need to know

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: From April to October YHA Snowdon Ranger is open during weekends and school holidays for families and individual travellers. From Monday - Thursday the hostel is open for group bookings. Beds and rooms may become available three months prior to the travelling date so please check the website for more information. From November until the end of March YHA Snowdon Ranger is open for YHA Exclusive Hire and group bookings only.

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

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30am til 9am.

YHA Snowdon Ranger - Access Statement

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YHA Snowdon Ranger

Map references

OS Map: 115

OS Grid Ref: SH565550

Lat/Lng: 53.073296, -4.143262

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9659

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite all your family and friends along to YHA Snowdon Ranger and hire the whole property for yourself. To do so please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website. Open for bookings from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays.

YHA School Trips

The YHA Snowdon Ranger hostel, situated at the foot of Wales' highest and most famous mountain, is the perfect retreat for geography field trips or any school break involving physical activity. After a busy day students can unwind in the games room and enjoy the meals provided. 

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.


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


Snowdon Ranger is a former inn, named after one of the first guides to show people to the summit. It has now been a Youth Hostel for over 75 years. It is set in an area steeped in Welsh history with the village of Beddgelert 5miles to the South and the World Heritage town of Caernarfon 8 miles to the North.

Meet the team

Mike Manning is the manager at YHA Snowdon Ranger: "I have been the manager here since 2003 and have worked for the YHA since 1997. My main interests are motorbikes and dark age re-enactment."

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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