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Snowdonia Tours

The day will be spent exploring the Snowdonia National Park, travelling around Mount Snowdon, Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia Lakes, Nant Gwynant, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Llanberis, Betws-y-Coed and the Menai Straits. 

Betws-y-Coed

Known as the gateway to Snowdonia, Betws-y-Coed (pronounced bet-us-ee-koyd) is a natural base for exploring the splendour of the National Park. Overlooked by Gwydyr Forest Park, the picturesque stone village is packed with accommodation options and outdoor gear shops, with easy transport links to the area's many attractions.

Mount Snowdon

Mount Snowdon dominates the National Park to which it gives its name. For centuries it has challenged walkers and climbers then 100 years ago a railway reached the summit so that you can take the easy or the hard route up the slopes. From the summit, on a clear day you can see Wales spread out before you. Around the mountain are a series of beautiful landscapes and historic villages, each with a story to tell. Our tour takes you on a journey to see the changing faces of the mountain from below.

 

Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park includes 823 square miles (2132 square Km) of North West Wales, including Mount Snowdon itself, and the mountainous region around it. As well as striking mountain scenery, it is a treasure trove of history, from early warrior Princes through resolute farming stalwarts to early industrial entrepreneurs who plundered the rich resources of the region to roof the world with slate. It is also the home of rare animals, birds, flowers and trees, and host of stories to be discovered. 

 

National Slate Museum

The National Slate Museum at Llanberis is one of the most alluring assets of this beautiful region. Visitors expecting dusty displays or worthy walkabouts are delighted to find a treasure trove of human stories and engaging activities, where craftsmen show the art of splitting slate and dramatic landscapes are magnets for exploration.

 

Mountain Rivers of Snwodonia

The mountain rivers of Snowdonia rush down steep narrow valleys to feed the many lakes that fill the valleys beneath the mountains. As they flow, nature grows lush on the constant refershment by mountain waters and all sounds of the twenty-first century are conquered.

 

Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle as we see it today was built near Bangor between 1822 and 1837 by Thomas Hopper, who created a fantasy Norman Castle based around a medieval fortified house, glimpses of which can still be seen. Hopper's client was the fabulously wealthy George Dawkins Pennant who inherited the place from his second cousin. The fortune was based on wealth earned from sugar in the Carribean and slate from Snowdonia. The interiors are strikingly rich, lavishly furnished and filled with artwork of the highest renown.  The castle is surrounded by both extensive formal gardens and parkland. It is now owned by the National Trust.

 

The Ugly House

The Ugly House is in reality far from that. It is believed to have been originally built as a hafodunos, which means a house built overnight to conform to an ancient law providing land for development. It is now a very picturesque visitor centre and cafe in a beautiful woodland glade. 

 

Caernarfon castle

Caernarfon Castle and its walled town is a world heritage site, and deservedly so. This is much more than a ruin - it is a well-preserved building which mixes defensive stronghold with a royal palace, inspired by the walls of Constantinople with bands of decorative masonry, making a statement of dominance by a powerful king. Its site at a river mouth and on the Menai Straits has ensured its importance well past the medieval period of regional warfare.