YHA Snowdon Ranger Exterior

YHA Snowdon Ranger

Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7YS
Excellent 90% (90 reviews)
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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

We have a number of private rooms available ranging from two to seven beds, with quite a few four bed rooms, one of which is en-suite.

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 buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yoghurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get 10% off breakfast when you book online.

Evening meals

Evening meals at YHA Snowdon Ranger

Join our nightly Supper Club, share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a big pot of something delicious – this is the authentic hostel experience! Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Packed lunch

Packed lunch at YHA Snowdon Ranger

Energise your outdoor adventure with a nutritious packed picnic lunch. Prepared for you on request, our delicious packed lunches include a sandwich with a selection of fillings to choose from, a chocolate bar, a bottle of still mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit.



  • 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

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.

YHA Snowdon Ranger - Access Statement

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YHA Snowdon Ranger

Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7YS

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."

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