The beauty of a staycation is that you can get away at a moment's notice for a short break in the UK. But when time is short we know you need to squeeze as much out of your trip as possible!
Snowdonia is a stunning region in North Wales, world-famous for its dramatic mountain landscapes, sweeping valleys and historic towns and villages.
If you're planning a short stay in Snowdonia, there are several must-see attractions you simply can't miss. With this in mind we've put together our top 4 favourite experiences for your next short stay in Snowdonia. All you need to do is book your hotel in Snowdonia and decide which one to do first!
1. Hafod Eryri / Snowdon Visitor Centre
Due to reopen after a gap of more than three years, Hafod Eryri is Snowdon’s world-famous summit café and visitor centre. Billed as the “highest re-fuelling station in England and Wales” it will once again welcome weary climbers from June (information correct at time of writing, subject to change, please check the website before visiting).
If you're visiting Snowdonia, climbing Snowdon is likely to be at the top of your to-do list and there's no reason to put it off, even if you're only staying for a few days.
The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon attracts visitors from all over the world, who come to take in the stunning views from its summit and, obviously, enjoy the bragging rights!
Whether you hike one of the many paths to the summit or take the more leisurely option on the Snowdonia Mountain Railway, the visitor centre is a welcome rest stop for all. Here you will find a gift shop, a cafe selling freshly baked goods and snacks, and toilets (sorely missed and oft reported during the centre's closure). Pause, take in the views, grab a cuppa and refresh yourself before making your downward journey.
2. National Slate Museum
Slate mining was once a major industry in Snowdonia and the National Slate Museum in Llanberis is a fascinating tribute to this heritage. In fact, the region was recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in recognition of its mining heritage - an industry that dominated Snowdonia and Gwynedd for hundreds of years.
The museum itself is housed in a restored slate workshop and features exhibits that showcase the tools, techniques, and working conditions of the miners who once toiled in the quarries.Highlights of the museum include demonstrations of slate-splitting and slate-dressing, as well as a tour of the towering waterwheel that once powered the quarry machinery. The museum also features a range of interactive exhibits and workshops that allow visitors to try their hand at slate-working and learn more about the industry that shaped the landscape of Snowdonia.
With free entry and loads of activities and exhibitions going on all year round this is a great way to spend a rainy day on your short stay in Snowdonia. For opening times and to find out what's on, click here.
Nestled in the heart of Snowdonia, the charming village of Beddgelert is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the region. The village is steeped in history, with stories of Welsh princes, heroic dogs, and mystical spirits that have captured the imaginations of visitors for generations.One of the most popular attractions in Beddgelert is Gelert's Grave, a memorial to a faithful hound who - legend has it - saved the life of his owner's baby from a wolf attack, but was then tragically slain by his owner in a fit of mistaken rage. The grave has become a symbol of loyalty and sacrifice, and visitors come from far and wide to pay their respects. The truth behind the myth is, shall we say, a lot more mundane but we'll let you discover that for yourself!
Other highlights of Beddgelert include the Aberglaslyn Pass, a stunning valley that offers some of the most picturesque views in Snowdonia, and the Sygun Copper Mine, a fascinating underground attraction that takes visitors on a journey through the history of mining in the region.
4. Welsh Highland Railway
For a truly unforgettable experience in Snowdonia, hop aboard the Welsh Highland Railway, which takes you on a scenic journey through the heart of the mountains. This narrow-gauge railway is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, offering breathtaking views of Snowdonia's rugged landscape as it winds its way through forests, over bridges, and along the shores of sparkling lakes.
The Welsh Highland follows a 25 mile route from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, making it the longest heritage railway in the UK. It passes through some of Snowdonia's most memorable scenery along the way. Along the route, you can enjoy a range of refreshments, including local ales and freshly prepared meals, all served in vintage carriages that have been lovingly restored to their former glory.
Pre-booking this experience is a must due to its popularity. You can view daily timetables, book tickets, and find out about seasonal specials and events here.
Stay and dine at The Royal Victoria
If you're short on time, you'll want to stay at the heart of the action. Located on the outskirts of Llanberis, just across the road from the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Royal Victoria Hotel is a great base for a short stay in Snowdonia. And, did you know, until the end of May you can take advantage of our popular Stay & Dine offer?
For just £109pp for a two night stay including breakfast in a double or twin Classic Guestroom, simply quote promo code STAYDINE23 when booking. Couples will receive a complimentary £30 credit to spend on food and drink in the hotel! BOOK NOW