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. A 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. B Bardsey Island 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. C 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. D Ty Siamas 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. E 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. F The Ugly House 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. G Trefriw Woollen Mills 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. H 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. I 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. J The Menai Strait Rib Ride 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. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wild adventures in Wales Preseli Venture owner Sophie Hurst explores a range of options for wild adventures in Wales. Bala family breaks A lake surrounded by mountains, rich in culture, Bala is ‘real’ Wales at its very best. South Wales history The Big Bang, castles built on shifting sands, the rise of industry and the call of the collieries. Unique buildings in Wales The tiniest house, the oldest inn, the oddest wall and other intriguing places to visit in Wales. Marc Evans’ Wales The director of Visit Wales’ TV advertising campaigns tells us what’s special about Wales. A Celtic Manor getaway The extraordinary Celtic Manor is a brilliant place for an action-packed getaway.