Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park

Covering more than 800 square miles and the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia is renowned for its beautiful and dramatic scenery.

The mountains were formed by volcanoes and sculptured by glaciers many thousands of years ago.

Snowdonia attracts thousands of visitors each year, drawn by the magnificent scenery from sandy beaches through to rugged mountains.

There are a wealth of outdoor activities including walking, climbing, canoeing, fishing and cycling.

Snowdonia is designated as a National Nature Reserve for its rare flora and fauna.

Known locally as ‘Eryri’ or the place of eagles the area is rich in wildlife and is ideal for birdwatchers with rare breeds including Ospreys, Chough and Red Kite.

The area is steeped in culture and history with Stone Age burial chambers, Roman Forts, churches, castles and slate quarries.

Snowdonia is fast becoming one of the best places to experience adventure tourism, there is white water rafting, fantastic mountain biking, zip lines and something new is the Bounce Below experience, and we are very fortunate as most of these activities are just a few miles away from Victoria Lodge.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and no visit is complete without a trip on the narrow-gauge railway. Snowdon Mountain Railway offers spectacular views, boarding at Llanberis, trains run to the summit – weather permitting of course! The rack and pinion railway has been running since 1896 and has taken many visitors to the summit. Booking is strongly advised.

Mount Snowdon is 3500ft above sea level and is a place of legend. Rhita, a giant ogre vanquished by King Arthur is said to be buried there. The summit has a visitor centre called Hafod Eyri and is the highest building in Wales. There are refreshments and toilet facilities available.

Snowdonia is famous for castles, Edward 1st the English King in the 13th Century, built Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris castles which are now all World Heritage Sites. There are also castles at Gwydir in the Vale of Conwy, Dolbarn Castle at Llanberis and of course Dolwyddelan has its very own castle with tremendous views on a clear day of the surrounding landscape.

The quarries of Snowdonia outline a fascinating story, The National Slate Museum in Llanberis gives the visitor an insight into the history of this activity that was once a very important industry in Snowdonia.