We're very lucky here in North Wales because every season delivers a unique visitor experience - snowcapped mountains in winter, golden beaches in summer, flower-clothed hills in spring.... it's part of the reason we're a bonafide all year round destination. And autumn is no different, offering its own unique perspective on our special corner of Wales.
Are you ready to get out and about? We suggest you dig out your woolies and wellies because we're going to share a few of our favourite things to do around our hotel this autumn.
1. Llanberis Lake Railway
Perhaps a little less well-known than the Snowdon Mountain Railway, but just as charming, the Llanberis Lake Railway is a narrow-gauge railway that takes passengers on a scenic 5 mile return journey along the banks of Llyn Padarn.
2022 is an auspicious year for the Llanberis Lake Railway. Not only is it celebrating 50 years of passenger train services, but Dolbadarn - one of the founding engines of the railway - is 100 years old this year!
The one hour journey includes three stops: Llanberis Station, just a few minutes walk from the hotel; Gilfach Ddu, the home of the National Slate Museum; and Cei Llydan, a picturesque picnic spot.
From the train, you'll enjoy stunning seasonal views of Snowdon and its neighbours, plus Dolbadarn Castle which sits in the grounds of our hotel, and the ancient countryside surrounding Llanberis itself. Wrap up well and enjoy the ride!
2. Take a waterfall walk
A short but picturesque walk from the town centre takes you to Rhaeadr Ceunant Mawr, sometimes known as Llanberis Falls.
All too often, breathtaking views follow a lengthy hike but this waterfall can be easily accessed on foot in less than thirty minutes.
Roughly translated Rhaeadr Ceunant Mawr means 'the waterfall in the great ravine' and, as the name implies, it's a dramatic spot - especially after heavy rain.
To view the waterfall from a safe vantage point (also a great spot for photos), why not follow this trail from Mud And Routes?
3. Outdoors adventure at Plas y Brenin
Like the idea of adventuring in the Great Outdoors but lack the experience? A half-day session at the National Outdoor Centre will equip your with all the basic skills you need to try a range of adrenalin activities.
Choose between Climbing & Abseiling or SUP, Kayaking & Canoeing and enjoy a unique taster session under the expert guidance of qualified instructors.
The best thing is, you needn't worry about the autumn weather stopping play - we're made of sterner stuff than that in Snowdonia!
4. Drive to Betws-y-Coed
You don't need to go to New England for autumn colour, we’ve got it by the bucketload right here!
The nearby Conwy Valley, with its mix of evergreen and deciduous forest, puts on a spectacular show each autumn and is just a short drive from the Royal Victoria Hotel.
Stop off in the quaint alpine village of Betws-y-Coed for the ultimate autumnal experience; the Gwydyr Forest rises steeply above the village, transforming the valley with a palette of seasonal colours.
Betws is also a great place for a spot of early Christmas shopping! Boasting many independent shops, you might be more tempted to purchase yourself a memento than start buying for others!
5. Penrhyn Castle
Beautiful in every season but stunning in autumn, this 18th century gothic-style castle, now managed by the National Trust is like something straight out of a fairytale.
If the autumn weather takes a turn for the worse, explore the gloriously restored rooms and learn more of Penrhyn's involvement in the slate and slave trades. Afterwards, head outdoors and wander miles of walking trails through falling leaves and enjoy the views across the Menai Strait.
Autumn breaks at the Royal Victoria Hotel
The Royal Victoria Hotel makes a perfect base for exploring Snowdonia this autumn. Located at the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and at the heart of UNESCO’s slate heritage landscape, our hotel offers easy access to the best days out and experiences this autumn. Book your stay today.