View over a lake in Snowdonia with sheep in the foreground

Places to stay in Snowdonia

Welcome to Snowdonia

Explore the peaks of Snowdonia National Park.

Situated in north west Wales, Snowdonia is home to Mount Snowdon, Wales's highest mountain, an extensive number of hiking trails and over 100 lakes. Snowdonia is the ideal location for a walking or mountain biking holiday.

YHA hostels in Snowdonia

YHA Kings exterior

YHA Kings

Free parking on premises
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YHA Rowen

Free parking on premises
24-hour access
Self-catering kitchen

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Things to do in Snowdonia

Five free things to do in Snowdonia

Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort

Standing 450 metres above sea level on a peak of Yr Eifl on Llyn Peninsula, this hillfort is one of the best preserved in Britain. See over 150 stone houses where as many as 400 inhabitants would have lived during the Romano-British period for a chance to truly imagine the settlement during the Roman army's occupation of north-western Wales.

Trefriw Woollen Mills

Glimpse into Wales' industrial past and see just how the mills work – you'll be surprised! See the traditional Welsh blankets, tweeds and rugs being made, as you learn about the time-honoured process of their manufacture.

The Segontium

This Roman Fort is open all year round, but in season the experience is enhanced by a museum providing information on the history that surrounds the Segontium.

Scale Snowdon

No list of activities would be complete without a trip up Snowdon. Whether you choose an easy walk or a tough challenge, the feeling you'll get from conquering this giant will stay with you for a long time.


Just outside Caernarfon, Glynllifon is the perfect place to spend a day. See the stunning mansion and explore the 700-acre estate where you can see some of the rarest flora and fauna in Wales. This Site of Special Scientific Interest is also home to rare and endangered wildlife, so it's a must-visit.

Indulge in breath-taking Snowdonia scenery

Snowdonia National Park boasts the biggest mountains in England and Wales, but hiking up Snowdon is not the only thing to do in this breathtakingly beautiful area. Beaches, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nostalgic railways await visitors, while history lovers can lose themselves in the Slate Museum or explore the wealth of castles in the nearby area.

Enjoy horseriding in the foothills of Snowdonia, visit the National White Water Centre for thrills and spills or go underground to find out all about the history of the Sygun Copper Mine; the Snowdonia area really has something for everyone.

Kayaking group on a still lake

Bach Ventures

Bach Ventures offers courses in rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and adventure activities in the beautiful area of Snowdonia.  Open to families, friends, youth groups, and school trips. Visit

Beddgelert Bikes

Bike hire for all ages so you can have a memorable day out in Snowdonia.  Set off to explore Beddgelert Forest and get away from it all. Visit the website

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

Mighty Caernarfon is the most famous of Wales' castles, built over 800 years ago. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest. This is where the investiture of

Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology aims to inspire, inform and enable people to explore new ways of living. Visit the CAT website


Climbing in Snowdon Bryn Gwynant

There are many local crags within easy walking distance in the area, so you won’t have to walk far before you can start climbing.

Sunrise over Snowdonia viewed from the tops

Climbing near Kings, Dolgellau

There's a training area above Barmouth, known as 'The Slabs'.  Local firms offer instructor led courses and equipment hire.  The area is suitable for all levels and abilities including the m

Lone figure walks along a beautiful woodland track though Coed-y-Brenin

Coed Y Brenin

Coed-Y-Brenin is a mountain biking mecca set amongst mountains and forests of southern Snowdonia. There are also fantastic walks, a visitor centre, a high ropes course, and opportunities to

Cycles parked by a lake

Cycling around Kings, Dolgellau

The Mawddach trail between Dolgellau and Barmouth is ideal for families who enjoy gentler cycling.  Running alongside the estuary, following the route of the old railway, it is totally flat and o

Electric Mountain

Electric Mountain is home to the Dinorwig Power Station, set in the mountains of Snowdonia and dubbed "Britain's largest battery" this hydroelectric station houses 6 electric generators producing

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

Travel on the glorious line from Caernarfon through Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog – some 40 miles of narrow-gauge steam!  These are 2 separate railways which meet at the central station of Por

Great Orme Country Park

Great Orme Country Park

Dramatic limestone headland renowned for its wildlife and history. Don't miss the live camera that watches the seabird colonies.

Greenwood Forest Park

Greenwood Forest Park

The rides and activities at this unique eco-attraction have been designed for fun with a difference – you provide the energy!