Snowdonia travel advice

Snowdonia travel advice

Tips from our friends in Snowdonia

Artist's tips

Vivienne Rickman Poole, Snowdonia artist and educator:
“I love the heritage of the quarries in Snowdonia. These were thriving communities years ago, and they still are. Such as Blaenau Ffestiniog which many visitors overlook when they go there on the steam train. And yet it is a gem of living culture.
"Similarly, Llanberis which is at the bottom of Snowdon is known for the Mountain Railway, but it has so much more. Such as our stunning lake, Llyn Padarn, which has just been designated a ‘bathing lake’, one of just a few in Wales. It is so stunning it has inspired much of my recent work”.

Funtime tips

Ifer Gwyn, Principal Policy Officer at Snowdonia National Park:
"We are lucky to have Europe’s largest zipline, which has been fantastic for Snowdonia. It has had a very low impact on the landscape and done very sensitively indeed. It is really worth a visit".

Snowdonia tips from our travellers

Recommendations from those who have been there

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travellers are often... other travellers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Snowdonia travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your holiday - and the space inside your suitcase.
"Be prepared to be busy, there is so much to see and do. Bear in mind that food is generally not served between 2 & 7pm anywhere around the region." - Kate Stranks

"Take more clothes than you'd think in case you get caught in the rain one day. Comes very suddenly down the valleys!" - Ben Alcott

"Take at least three days if it's a weekend escape – it's really hard to cram all the adventures into just a weekend." - Hayley Spurway

"Take your all-weather walking gear and DO go to the slate mines at Blauau Ffestiniog, We went in the quiet of February - it was great having places to ourselves at times! Don't expect a wide range of choices of restaurants in the area." - Graham Beck

"The only tip that I would give is to book soon." - Terry O/Neill

"Take binoculars we spent hours watching the activity on Snowdon and the lake." - Paul Ellis

"The Welsh Highland Railway is superb - go to Rhyd Dddu or Waunfawr and catch the train to Portmadog. Stunning route through Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass." - Philip Burston
"Wrap up warm and be prepared for the British weather. Don't go expecting mod cons but enjoy the relief of not being connected!" - Billie Ireland
"Stout walking shoes. The weather is very changeable so don't be put off by low clouds. Save your appetite for Pete's Eats. The portions are huge." - Janet Ryerson
Photo credits: [Vivienne Rickman Poole: Vivienne Rickman Poole] [Llanberis: © Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales] [Railway: fairlightworks] [Wet weather clothes: Ted and Jen]
Written by Catherine Mack
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales

Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales

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Snowdonia Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Wales

Snowdonia Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Wales

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