Major Attractions In & Around Llanberis and Snowdonia National Park
Llanberis and the Royal Victoria are perfectly located for exploring the rugged Snowdonia National Park and the wild coastlines of North Wales and Anglesey.
From walking and hiking, to cycling and climbing, the mountains are an adrenaline lover's adventure playground. Head for the coast and you're awash with opportunities for heart-thumping watersports (paddleboarding) in safe and clean waters.
If you prefer to take things slower, North Wales will go at your pace; just follow where your feet lead and uncover some truly inspirational and epic attractions close to the hotel.
Whatever you've got planned for your break at the Royal Victoria, you may need to make it longer when you discover just how much North Wales has to offer!
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Located just across the road from the Royal Victoria Hotel, you can travel to the summit of the highest mountain in England and Wales on the UK's only rack railway. This historic railway experience allows visitors to enjoy stunning views and awe-inspiring scenery as it makes its way up Snowdon. Visit the website
Llanberis Lake Railway
The little steam engines of the Llanberis Lake Railway chug along the northern shore of Llyn Padarn in the shadow of the mighty Dinorwic Slate Quarry. It's just a short walk from the hotel to Llanberis Station or you can take a leisurely stroll past the National Slate Museum and board at the railway's original terminus, Gilfach Ddu. Enjoy spectacular views across Llyn Padarn and catch a glimpse of our slate heritage as you pass through Padarn Country Park. Visit the website
Llanberis Slate Mines
Commercial Quarrying began at Dinorwic in the early 1800s. Railways worked by dozens of small steam locomotives (like those seen at the Llanberis Lake Railway) transported slate from Dinorwic to Port Dinorwic on the Menai Strait.
From here, slate was exported to (quite literally) roof the world, including Buckingham Palace, the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne and Copenhagen City Hall.
While the quarry ceased production in 1969, the site's Victorian workshops now house the National Slate Museum. This unique living history museum provides a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the people who lived and worked at Dinorwic. Visit the website
Before you begin your ascent to Pen-y-Pass (the highest point of the Llanberis Pass and a popular embarkation point for climbing Snowdon) you will pass through Nant Peris. This quaint Welsh village is home to an ancient church and a mysterious well with legendary healing powers.
Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry
Get ready for an unforgettable experience and prepare to ride the fastest zip line in the world!
The former Penrhyn Slate Quarry in Bethesda boasts not one but four adrenaline fuelled activities for adventurous visitors! One of several Zip World attractions in North Wales, the Penrhyn Quarry site is home to Velocity 2 - a supercharged 1.5km zip line that reaches speeds of up to 100mph!
If that's a bit too fast for your liking, you can slow things down (but only a bit) by racing the Quarry Karts, taking a historic truck tour through the quarry, or just chilling out at the onsite bar and restaurant while others brave it.
Zip World Penrhyn Quarry is just 20 minutes drive from the Royal Victoria.Visit the website