A place for peace and tranquillity within a diverse, historic and vibrant landscape
Situated on the west coast of Britain, covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living, working area, and is home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales.
The Park's rugged and mountainous landscape makes it a perfect place for both mountain and road biking.
The Park was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2015, making it a truly unique place for stargazing.
From prehistoric stone monuments to medieval castles and abbeys, Snowdonia's landscape is a wealth of history and heritage.
9 reasons why Snowdonia is a special place
Community – Snowdonia’s communities are scattered over five towns and twenty-four villages each with a strong identity that is deeply felt by its inhabitants and visitors.
The Welsh language – The vibrancy of the Welsh language in Snowdonia is one of its defining factors. It is evident in the names given to places and wildlife. The language is the mother tongue of the majority of the Park’s communities.
Landscapes – Snowdonia features nine mountain ranges, fifteen peaks above 3000 feet, twenty-three miles of sweeping coastline and 3000mm of rainfall per year – all within 823 square miles.
Inspiration for the arts – Snowdonia is a place which has inspired some of the nation’s most notable culture, folklore, art, literature and music; an influence which continues across all creative pursuits to the present day.
Tranquillity and solitude – Tranquillity still prevails in many parts of Snowdonia, both during the day, in its large, remote and rugged mountain ranges; and at night, when the vast, awe-inspiring dark skies are revealed.
Recreation opportunities – Snowdonia is great for adventure and exploring. It has endless opportunities to be active and learn new skills. Everest teams use Snowdonia to practice their climbing skills.
Historic landscapes – Snowdonia is a backdrop to a rich history and heritage. From stone monuments to medieval castles, the landscape is teeming with history and tradition ready for you to explore.
Renowned geology – It might be hard to believe, but, 500 million years ago Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) was submerged in seawater. Shell fossils have been found at its summit giving us a better understanding of how the landscape of Snowdonia was formed.
Internationally important species and habitats – Snowdonia is home to numerous species of animals, insects, plants and fungi of international importance. Among the rarest of species is Lili’r Wyddfa (Snowdon Lily) – a plant found only at the highest peaks.
Snowdonia’s landscape is unique. The nine mountain ranges cover approximately 52% of the Park and include many peaks that are over 3,000 feet (915m). Apart from the beauty and charm of its high mountains, Snowdonia is a delightfully varied landscape of steep river gorges, waterfalls and green valleys. Oak, ash, rowan and hazel woodlands are found scattered throughout the Park whilst the beautiful Dyfi, Mawddach and Dwyryd estuaries contribute to the overall diversity of the landscape.
Bus services are the best way to experience Snowdonia. The Snowdon Sherpa shuttle service circles the base of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) – a great way to access the peak’s footpaths and its surrounding communities. You could also try your hand at cycling the many routes that run through the Park.
For a more unique travel method, try the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Narrow Gauge Railways.
Aim for Llandudno or Shrewsbury if travelling by train. From here, inland services such as the Conwy Valley Line and the Cambrian Line can take you all across the Park.
If travelling by car, aim towards the A55 from the North and the M54 from the South.