Visiting Snowdonia

Miners' Track, Snowdon

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Towns and Villages

Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi is a seaside village on Cardigan Bay, with a sandy beach and an abundance of water activities to keep everyone entertained. The village has many hotels and restaurants of the highest quality, several interesting shops, a National Park Information Centre, and spectacular views of the bay.

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Beddgelert

Beddgelert

A beautiful, unspoiled village set in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, Beddgelert is a friendly place, and offers a wide range of attractions to the visitor, including good accommodation, cafes and restaurants, unusual shops, a National Park Information centre and historical attractions. Beddgelert is named after Gelert, Llywelyn Fawr’s hound.

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Betws y Coed

Betws y Coed

The leafy village of Betws y Coed is well known as the destination du jour of Victorian artists. The village has an abundance of hotels and restaurants, and a wide range of footpaths and cycling routes. Betws y Coed is known as an historical stage coach stop on the journey from Holyhead to London. In the national Park information centre,you can enjoy numerous exhibitions and a film of a Flight over Snowdon from the village.

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Blaenau Ffestiniog

Blaenau Ffestiniog

Blaenau Ffestiniog is a slate quarry town in the shadows of the Moelwynion. The area's geography is mountainous, and Blaenau Ffestiniog itself is built into this landform. There are several walking trails in the area, including Tomen y Mur, Cwm Cynfal and Cwm Orthin. For more information on these trails, please enquire at the National Park Authority Information Centre. There is a strong sense of community in the town with the Oakeley Brass Band, and the Moelwyn and Brythoniaid male voice choirs greatly contributing to the community. Llechwedd Slate Caverns and the Ffestiniog Railway are popular attractions in the area.

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Dolgellau

Dolgellau

Dolgellau is a historic market town, with many unique listed buildings. Due to its rich history and antiquity, access to many of its buildings is limited. Dolgellau is the home of the Sesiwn Fawr folk music festival, which is held every July and the town is also a fishing centre of the highest calibre. Dolgellau is the starting point of the delightful Mawddach Trail.

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Harlech

Harlech

Harlech is an historic town situated on Tremadog Bay, and is home to a majestic castle, built by Edward I in the C13. The town is also synonymous with the myth of Branwen ferch Llŷr (Branwen daughter of Llŷr). The area’s roots are deeply steeped in history. The town stands on two levels, meaning that its structure inevitably constricts its accessibility. Harlech beach is renowned as one of the area’s most beautiful beaches, with an accessible path leading to it.

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