Things to see and do in Snowdonia Mountains & Coast

Visit an island, take a boat trip under a bridge, grab the railway or tiptoe around an ancient cottage - whatever you choose, Snowdonia is a spectacular setting at any time of year.

  • Portmeirion
    Portmeirion, Snowdonia

    Whistle through the toll and escape to the haven created by architect Clough William-Ellis in his vision for the perfect coastal village between 1925 and 1976. Italianate architecture juts from the lush exotic woodland, offering miles of beautiful walking territory, meandering estuaries and romantic cliff-top sights.

  • Stone cottage on Bardsey Island, Llyn Penisula

    Stone cottage, Bardsey Island, Llŷn Penisula

    The ruins of sixth century monasteries, the tallest lighthouse in the UK and amazing nature habitats are all part of the charm of Bardsey, a Trust-owned island with a tiny population. Rocks and rugged scenery are its calling cards, not to mention dolphins, seals and Neolithic circles.

  • Ogwen Valley

    Ogwen Valley, Gwynedd, Snowdonia

    Even by the standards of the surrounding Snowdonia National Park, Ogwen is pretty special. Take a stroll around some of the most dramatic natural geological beauty anywhere in the world and see your reflection in the glaciations of the Nant Ffrancon valley, created by ice thousands of years ago.

  • Outside of Ty Siamas, formerly Neuadd Idris

    Ty Siamas, Dolgellau, Snowdonia

     by Helen in Wales

    Folk music is embedded in the history of Wales, and this grand 19th century building – which has been a grain store and disco venue in its time – is the home of performances and exhibitions bringing the story to life. Enjoy a guided tour before sampling some traditional local delicacies.

    More arts and crafts centres in Snowdonia.

  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns
    Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Gwynedd, Snowdonia

    Opened during the 1970s, this homage to slate history has won just about every award going. Find out why by descending 500 feet underground inside the steepest mining cable railway in Europe, and imagine what life would have been like without electricity during a tour of the craggy, torchlit tunnels.

  • Outside of the locally famous 'Ty Hyll' or 'Ugly House' which is now the Snowdonia Society Headquarters

    Ugly House (Ty Hyll), Snowdonia

     by Darren Turner

    Mystery surrounds the 15th century origins of this cottage, but one certainty is that it’s anything but ugly. Rescued from dereliction by the Snowdonia Society, it’s a cute and unusual place for a picnic, and an eye-catching starting point for a wander through the enchanting surrounding woodlands.

    More history and heritage attractions in Snowdonia.

  • Trefriw Woolen Mill
    Trefriw Woolen Mill, Conwy, Snowdonia

    Watch hand-spinning master craftspeople and towering hydro-electro turbines in majestic action at one of the last mills still in operation in Wales. The history of this place stretches back 150 years, and you can make the most of the beautiful work going on there by picking up some natty knitwork.

  • Centre for Alternative Technology

    Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Mid Wales

    Get inspired and have fun at this futuristic shrine to sustainability featuring interactive displays, the latest innovations in energy generation and insights into organic growing. An eco-house, a railway, electric vehicles and organic gardens are among the highlights. Anyone needing persuasion to go green will be enchanted by this centre.

  • Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Snowdon Mountain Railway, Gwynedd, North Wales

     by Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Think again if you thought you’d never see Snowdon’s peak. Originally conceived during the 19th century – when a donkey ride was one of the options for visitors wishing to scale the awesome mountain – this railway lets you climb aboard and head towards the summit on an unforgettable scenic journey.

  • RIB ride on the Menai Straits, Anglesey

    Menai Straights RibRide, Caernarfon, Snowdonia

     by Ribride

    Get closer to the spectacular Menai Strait on a state-of-the-art boat zipping along the coast at up to 50 miles per hour. A journey to the largest breakwater in Britain, a whizz past statues of Lord Nelson and a blast under the Menai suspension bridge are among the exhilarating range of trips.