Welcome to Llanberis, one of the most historic villages in Gwynedd and today one of the most visited due to it’s natural surrounding attractions, access to hundreds and miles of walking paths, an outdoor adventure playing ground with opportunities to undertake many activities including walking, climbing, diving, pony trekking, watersports, paragliding and of course cycling.
With two lakes, Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, a medieval castle and the highest mountain in Wales and England at 1085 metres it’s easy to see why Llanberis is unique. There are two narrow-gauge lines, the Llanberis Lake Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway where the latter climbs almost to the doorstep of the stunning Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre. The new building which opened in 2009 can cope with winds over 150mph, over 5 metres of rain and temperatures of -20°C (excluding wind chill).
History is an integral part of the area’s heritage in which Dinorwig Quarry, which started operating in 1787, employed over 3,000 men and supplied slate across the country and the world. Although closed in 1969 its Victorian Workshops are now used to house the National Slate Museum which offers a fascinating insight into life at the time.
Electric Mountain is where you can take an underground tour of the power station and is also home to the world’s fastest response turbine generators going from zero to full powers in seconds.
Padarn Country Park is an 800-acre nature reserve and a great place to try your hand at outdoor activities like rock climbing, orienteering, scuba diving, rowing, canoeing and sailing. There are various walking paths and set within the park there’s also the Quarry Hospital Museum, Ropes and Ladders treetop course and access to the Snowdon Star - a leisurely covered boat trip on Padarn Lake with panoramic views of Snowdonia.
Dolbadarn Castle situated between the two lakes is one of the famous ‘Castles of the Welsh Princes’ built around 1210 to guard against the English invaders. In 1250, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of an independent Wales, imprisoned his brother there during a power struggle.
Llanberis also already a well know base for many sporting events including triathlons, Snowdonia Marathon and the world famous International Snowdon Race which will be 38 years old this year. One of Europe’s toughest endurance challenges, the 10-mile race involves running from the edge of Lake Padarn in the village of Llanberis to the highest summit of Snowdon and back down.
Llanberis offers shops selling local produce, arts and crafts, bars, cafes and restaurants a visit to Llanberis cannot be complete without a visit to Pete’s East which opened in 1978 serving good generous portions of food to the many hungry climbers and visitors in the area.
Llanberis is just 15 minutes from the A55 and 20 minutes from Bangor train station - it couldn't be easier to get to, whether you travel by car, rail or bike.