As springtime slowly turns to summertime, there are fewer places more breathtakingly beautiful than the mountains and coastline of Snowdonia – the changing of the seasons certainly brings out the best of the area’s natural beauty.
So whether your idea of the perfect getaway is a whistle-stop road trip along the North Wales coastline, or tucking yourself away in a secluded cottage in Snowdonia, this bit of Britain provides the most spectacular of backdrops to take your next holiday in.
And here are some of the must-see sights that should make up any Snowdonia itinerary…
Snowdonia Mountain Railway
If scaling all the way to the summit of Mount Snowdon seems a bit too much like hard work then the Mountain Railway takes you on a spectacular scenic journey all the way to the top – perfect if you want to conquer this magnificent mountain under anything but your own steam.
If you’ve got a taste for adventure then Zipworld is an absolute must.
Set in three locations across the Snowdonia National Park, you can get your adrenaline well and truly pumping on attractions from zip wires to parachute drops to cave trampolines and more.
If this sounds like your kind of thing, here are three to try:
- Velocity is Europe’s longest and the world’s fastest zip line.
- Plummet is a 100 foot high powerfan tree parachute simulator – the tallest in the world.
- Bounce Below is an assault course of trampolines and slides set deep within subterranean caverns.
Slow things right down with a trip to picturesque Portmeirion – the coastal village is the perfect way to sample the romance of Renaissance Italy without ever leaving the UK.
Sitting just outside the picturesque Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Portmeirion offers something different depending on the time of year you choose to visit. As summer moves into autumn you can catch the spectacular Festival Number 6 as the seasons change, or the December food and drink festival is the perfect way to get festive.
Escape the mainland and retreat to Bardsey, a Trust-owned island with a tiny population and some stunning natural and man-made scenery.
Day trips usually start from Porth Meudwy or Pwllheli and once on the island you can explore the ruins of sixth century monasteries, check out the UK’s tallest lighthouse, or just enjoy the natural beauty of the island’s rugged scenery and Neolithic circles, as well as the dolphins and seals that patrol the coastline.
The Menai Straight Rib Ride
Pick up the pace again with a white-knuckle ride along the spectacular Menai Straight.
Hop aboard a state-of the-art rib and speed along the coast to the largest breakwater in Britain and scream under the Menai suspension bridge at speeds of up to 50mph.
Snowdonia National Park is one of the biggest in Britain and boasts the highest peak in all of England and Wales, so stop off at any point of the park’s 823 square miles and you’ll be faced with some of the UK’s most stunning natural splendour.
Take a trip to Ogwen Valley and you’ll be left speechless by some of the world’s most intense natural geological beauty, not least the Nant Ffrancon glaciations.
If you’ve ever taken a trip to Snowdon or any part of the Snowdonia National Park, let us know what you would include in your ideal itinerary in this beautiful part of Britain…