Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park featuring tranquil scenes

Snowdonia National Park

The Snowdonia National Park, or Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri as it is known to the 62% of the locals who speak Welsh around these parts, was the first national park in Wales, and for many it remains its finest.

It is the peaks of Snowdon itself that draw the crowds, helped by the easy ascent offered by an obliging train. Around 350,000 people walk, climb or take the train to the 1085m summit each year to take in the splendid views and clear those cobwebs once and for all. The ascent of Snowdon may seem more like a beano than a serious walker’s solitary struggle against the elements, but that is all part of its allure and charm.

Despite the number of tourists Snowdonstill retains something of its ancient mythic grandeur. It was here that local legend states a giant known as Rita Gawr was slain by King Arthur. His remains are yet to be found at their supposed burial place on the summit.

The park itself is so much more than its namesake, however. Clinging to the northwest of Wales it incorporates some delightful towns, historic ruins, a stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, running rivers and placid lakes in the 35 miles it stretches from east to west and 50 miles it covers from north to south.

Within the natural splendour you can find some fairly sizeable towns, so there is plenty of opportunity to stay in a hotel in the heart of the Park itself. Balla, Dolgellau, Harlechand Betws-y-Coedall offer a range of places for visitors to stay from spa hotels to comfortable guesthouses. You’ll have all the modern comforts and dining options you need to spoil yourself yet still be in easy access of the wide open spaces and fields dotted with sheep and cattle.

For information on things to do during your stay keep your eye out for the park authority’s free annual visitor newspaper which includes details on getting around, organised events such as group walks and other activities for young and old alike.

The park attracts over 6 million visitors each year making it the third most visited national park in England and Wales. The northernmost area is the most popular, including as it goes, Snowdon (surprise, surprise). Those looking to escape the crowds, yet still get in some mountain walking, should head for the area around the Rhinogydd in the west.

The park's coastline is a Special Area of Conservation and includes rolling sand dunes that are great for exploring and tumbling down. Further inland nature lovers can look out for rare mammals such as otters and polecats, and birds such as ravens, peregrines, ospreys and the red kite.

With its wildlife, walking, beaches, lakes and mountains complemented by some wonderful places to stay the Snowdonia National Park has a little something for everyone.

Now, let’s see if you will walk up Snowdonand forget the train!

Top 10 Hotels Near Snowdonia National Park

The Oakeley Arms Hotel
The Oakeley Arms Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, LL41 3YU
The price is S$190 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (36 reviews)
"Staff were outstanding and the owners were always on hand and happy to talk to guests and general customers."

Reviewed on 9 May,2022

The Oakeley Arms Hotel
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
4 out of 5
Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales, LL48 6ER
The price is S$490 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Penrhyndeudraeth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (408 reviews)
"Service was fantastic!"

Reviewed on 17 May,2022

Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
Old Mill Farmhouse
Old Mill Farmhouse
3.5 out of 5
Old Mill Farmhouse, Fron Oleu Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, LL41 4UN
Stay at this 3.5-star B&B in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attraction Snowdonia National Park is located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Comfort off the beaten track
"Great place to stay if you're exploring North Wales. Lovely welcome from Margaret and Penny. Rooms are in converted stables and are warm & cosy. Fabulous breakfast, cooked to order with home produced eggs. If you're lucky, you may see the model railway in action! 🚂"

Reviewed on 10 Nov,2021

Old Mill Farmhouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Snowdonia National Park Hotel Deals

The Oakeley Arms Hotel
The Oakeley Arms Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, LL41 3YU
The price is S$190 per night from 25 May to 26 May
The Oakeley Arms Hotel
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
4 out of 5
Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales, LL48 6ER
The price is S$490 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth
Old Mill Farmhouse
Old Mill Farmhouse
3.5 out of 5
Old Mill Farmhouse, Fron Oleu Farm, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, LL41 4UN
Old Mill Farmhouse
Plas Arenig
Plas Arenig
3.5 out of 5
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
Plas Arenig
9 Ardudwy Terrace
9 Ardudwy Terrace
3.5 out of 5
9 Ardudwy Terrace Trawsfynydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, LL41 4TG
9 Ardudwy Terrace
Bodalaw
Bodalaw
3.5 out of 5
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
Bodalaw
Yr Hen Stabal
Yr Hen Stabal
3.5 out of 5
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
Yr Hen Stabal
Y Cilgwyn
Y Cilgwyn
3.5 out of 5
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
Y Cilgwyn
Minffordd
Minffordd
3.5 out of 5
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
Minffordd
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.