Llanberis is Snowdon's village, the place from where thousands of walkers each year ascend the highest mountain in Wales, 'Snowdon'.
However, Llanberis is more than just a starting point for a mountain walk, it is a
village surrounded by breathtaking scenery, ancient castles and mountain lakes full of glacial melt water. The perfect place to discover and explore this beautiful landscape and enrich your understanding of this place that is rich in culture, heritage and history.
It is also the acclaimed adventure capital of North Wales, on the doorstep are hundreds of walks that will take you through some of the finest hills and mountains on this planet. It is the home to many famous rock climbs, the Llanberis pass has been the starting point for many an aspiring mountaineer. Hire a bike and take the route around the twin lakes of Llyn Padarn and Peris or paddle peacefully on the lake. Try our outdoor activities.
The village itself is a thriving, bustling, hive of activity where you will hear the spoken Welsh language in predominance, testimony to this areas rich cultural heritage. There are plenty of independently owned shops; climbing gear, crafts, books, artworks, a very useful laundry as well as a bakers, home made ice creams, Spar and Londis. Cafés with speciality foods, pubs, hotels, guest houses, B&Bs something for everyone on our High Street!!
Why not immerse yourself in its culture and take a visit to the Slate Museum and learn about the importance of slate quarrying to the area or visit Padarn Country Park and walk through ancient Sessile Oak woodlands.
Spend some time at Dolbadarn Castle,
the fortification was built by the Welsh prince Llywellyn the Great during the early 13th century. The castle was important both militarily and as a symbol of Llywellyn's power and authority. The castle features a large stone keep which is the finest surviving example of a Welsh round tower. In 1284 Dolbadarn was taken by King Edward 1st of England. It is believed that some of its timbers were removed to build the new castle in Caernarfon. Dolbadarn Castle was then used as a manor house for some years, before falling into ruin. In the 18th and 19th century it was a popular destination for painters, the Turner picture is iconic of its time. It is now owned by Cadw which is the Welsh Government's historic environment service. Cadw means 'to keep' or to 'protect' in Welsh.