The Snowdonia National Park Tourist Guide
Welcome to our guide to the Snowdonia National Park in North West Wales. The park covers a region of 851 square miles and includes Snowdon, the tallest mountain in England and Wales at 3560ft or 1085 metres.
How To Get Here
Today the Snowdonia National Park is more accessible than it has ever been with easy road and rail links. Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham international airports are a little over 2 hours from the park.
From the north of England the A55 dual carriageway runs all the way across North Wales from Chester to Anglesey. To get to the park leave the A55 at either the Llandudno Junction (after 40 minutes drive) or Bangor/Caernarfon (a little over 1 hours drive) junctions and head south. The Llandudno Junction exit takes you towards the beautiful town of Betws-y-Coed, while the Caernarfon exit takes you towards Llanberis which stands in the shadow of Mount Snowdon itself.
From the south of England head for Shrewsbury and then Llangollen. From there follow the A5 through the rolling Snowdonia countryside towards Betws-y-Coed or Bala.
Things to see and do in the Snowdonia National Park
There's lots of things to see and do in and around the Snowdonia National Park. The region is understandably very popular for mountain walking and climbing. Other outdoor activities are also very popular such as white water rafting and canoeing.
You can also enjoy some of Britain's finest historic castles built during the Middle Ages from Caernarfon and Harlech to Conwy and Beaumaris as well as explore the history of the slate and copper mining industries venturng deep beneath the mountains.
The Snowdonia National Park is also home to a number of small gauge railways from the Ffestiniog Railway to the Welsh Highland Railway, and of course the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Britain's only 'rack and pinion' railway which takes you from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon.
For more information on great Snowdonia Attractions
Places to Stay in the Snowdonia National Park
There's lots of places to stay in the Snowdonia National Park whether you're looking for a luxury hotel break or something a little more rustic. The village of Betws-y-Coed is a popular gateway to northern Snowdonia or you can try Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon itself.
In southern Snowdonia the towns of Dolgellau and Harlech provide easy access to the mountains of Cader Idris and in central Snowdonia Bala is the ideal place to stay for Britain's National Whitewater Rafting Centre.
Find great places to stay by visiting our Snowdonia Hotels page.