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Snowdonia – The Best Place?


16 September 2016

With a fortnight left to vote for Wales’ Best Place, Snowdonia National Park Authority is calling on everyone to vote for Snowdonia.

In a competition to be crowned Wales' Best Place run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Cymru to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places, and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them, Snowdonia has been named as  one of the ten finalists.  

Over the centuries, the 823 square miles from Abergwyngregyn in the north to Aberdyfi in the south, from Harlech in the west to Bala in the east, Snowdonia has provided a myriad of opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the scenery of rugged mountains, long sandy beaches and crystal lakes. Snowdonia is home to 26,000 residents and the area attracts thousands and thousands of visitors every year because of its outstanding beauty.

In encouraging the public to vote for Snowdonia, the Authority’s Director of Planning and Land Management, Jonathan Cawley, said,

“It’s no suprise to me that Snowdonia has reached the top 10. The landscape is stunning, there is a wealth of exceptional cultural heritage and important biodiversity here and the Welsh language is an integral part of the life of our communities. So it is a privilege to work as a planner here - and it's a great responsibility to protect the area for future generations. I hope that this vote will come to the same conclusion as me, and that Snowdonia is the best place in Wales!”

The top 10 best places in Wales have been whittled down by the Wales Best Places Judging Panel from over 200 nominations from the public. The other finalists are:

  • Aberaeron, Ceredigion
  • Caernarfon, Gwynedd
  • Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour, Cardiff
  • Denbigh, Denbighshire
  • Gower, Swansea
  • The Hayes, Cardiff
  • Llandudno Promenade and High Street, Conwy
  • Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Tenby, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Peter Lloyd, Chair of RTPI Cymru said:

“The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins!”

Voting is open until Friday 30 September. There are 3 easy ways to vote:

  1. Submit your vote online
  2. Email it to
  3. Tweet your vote for your chosen place, tagging  @WalesBestPlaces


Notes to Editors

  1. Details of Images:
    • Snowdon Horseshoe. Copyright of SNPA. To downlad a larger version, click here.
    • Mawddach Estuary. Copyright of SNPA. To downlad a larger version, here.
  2. RTPI Cymru represents the RTPI in Wales, with 1,100 members and works to deliver services relevant to the Welsh planning system and to work with Government and stakeholders to ensure a positive planning approach in Wales.
  3. The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. Using its expertise and research it brings evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society's big debates. With 23,000 members worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe.
  4. RTPI is a charity registered in England 262865 and Scotland SC 03784.