Seven Things to Do in Snowdonia

June 9, 2022
Tim Coysh

Snowdonia: An Area of Natural Beauty and Adventure

Snowdonia is easily the hub of tourist activity for Wales. The place is crammed full of all kinds of outdoor activities such as cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, water sports, caving, and many more. With a whopping 150+ attraction sites in the Snowdonia Coast and the Mountains, the place leaves every tourist spoilt for choice. You wouldn’t be criticised for being perplexed by the sheer number of sites to choose from, but which ones should you try first?

snowdonia mountain and lake

Below is a choice of activities you can consider occupying your time while in Snowdonia to achieve the ultimate experience and enjoyment when in the area:

GreenWood Forest Park, close to Caernarfon

The GreenWood Forest Park was voted the Best Family Attraction in North Wales in the Trip Advisor Awards and is among the ten best amusement parks in the United Kingdom and rated the best value.

The GreenWood Forest Park is one very green attraction that has won many other awards for its eco-friendly awareness. It is a fantastic destination for a family that spend time to together and revel in the splendour of nature. It offers an impressive range of rides and experiences: for example, a Barefoot Trail, Tree-Top Towers, Crocodile Maze, Forest Theatre, and the Green Dragon, which is the world’s first-ever eco-friendly rollercoaster – it is people-powered.

National White-Water Centre (It is near Bala)

people white water rafting on the river

This is the United Kingdom’s first-ever commercial water rafting centre and has grown to become the largest and one of the most well-known rafting organisations in the UK. The dam-controlled River Tryweryn benefits from regular high flows throughout the year and is therefore ideal for white water rafting, whatever time of year it is.

The area attracts plenty of thrill-seekers looking to ride the boulder-strewn rapids and steep chutes of the Tryweryn. There are many activities you can choose from when you are here. You can go on a rafting safari, which is also called a taster session. Or you can try kayaking. You can also go on a canyoning trip and get yourself and get a good soaking while enjoying the outdoors. The place also offers weekend activity breaks that consist of quad biking, 4 by 4 off-road driving, and high rope adventures.

Llanberis Lake Railway

picnic table and basket

You can take a journey in one of Llanberis Lake Railway’s vintage little steam engines and go back in time. The railway runs alongside Llyn Padarn in the Padarn Country Park for five miles. You can stop off for a picnic by the lakeside at Cei Llydan, alternatively, you can visit the National Slate Museum located at Gilfach Ddu.

As a bonus, you will enjoy spectacular views of Snowdon on the way.  For example, you will see the highest peak in England and Wales attempting to break through the clouds.

sheep on the railway line in snowdonia

RibRide Adventure Boat Trips, near Menai Bridge

Do you have cravings for an adrenaline rush-inspired cruise, splashing through the waters at a speed of around 50 mph?

Do you want to enjoy viewing the North Wales coast’s picturesque scenery too?

Do you have a thirst for information on major landmarks you’ll meet along the way?

Then you will need to ride a state-of-the-art RibRide adventure boat and take a trip along the Menai Strait, going up to Anglesey. There are pick-up points at Menai Bridge, Holyhead, Beaumaris, and Caernarfon. These boats are powerful, but also quiet. You can hit a speed of 50 mph, but still, be in comfort.

The Trefriw Woollen Mills

2 sheep in a field

This is a fantastic place to buy loved ones presents and mementos. There is an array of lovely items on offer. You will also view the looms and mills and enjoy the mill museum that is open from April to October and from June to September, you can be treated to hand-spinning demonstrations.

The Trefriw Woollen Mills is a renowned woollen mill that manufactures traditional Welsh blankets, tweeds, bedspreads, and traveling rugs from raw wool. Their eco-friendly vintage machinery is water-powered, thus, generates its own electricity from the hydroelectric turbine.

Electric Mountain, Llanberis

This is an indoor attraction with a difference. The Elidir Mountain that is above the lake is hollow, concealing the biggest hydro-electric power station in Europe. You can take an underground tour of this awesome place which generates clean, green power.

Rib Ride  – Experience the tranquility of the Menai Straits, its stately homes, ferocious tides and whirlpools or travel seaward to Llandwyn Island, a rocky peninsula of outstanding beauty surrounded by white sandy beaches.

The Lloyd George Museum

The history buff will stop here and learn about Lloyd George, a fiery and controversial politician that led Britain during World War One. He is regarded as one of the greatest British Prime Ministers of the 20th Century.

statue of lloyd george

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