Discover Llanberis Pentre’r Wyddfa (Snowdon’s Village)Published on 30 Jan 2024 by Amy Greenwood
Llanberis recently secured a spot on Airbnb’s Top 10 UK Destinations for 2024. What sets this quaint village apart, and why should you add it to your 2024 bucket list? Read on to discover what makes Llanberis a ‘must visit’ destination.
Nestled in the heart of Eryri (Snowdonia National Park), Llanberis is a picturesque village rich in history and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Known as Pentre’r Wyddfa, or ‘Snowdon’s Village’, Llanberis sits at the foot of Wales’ highest peak, on the shores of the stunning Llyn Padarn, a magnificent, two mile long, glacially-formed lake.
Located at the foot of Yr Wyddfa, the village serves as a gateway to the rugged beauty of Eryri, attracting hikers, climbers and nature enthusiasts eager to explore the ancient landscape and immerse themselves in the wild beauty of North Wales. The village is a magnet for adventure seekers, with a range of watersports on offer and a wealth of walking routes to choose from; explore challenging mountain paths, enjoy gentler routes around Padarn Country Park, or delve into the area’s past with the Llanberis Heritage Trail.
As you stroll through Llanberis’ streets, you’ll find outdoors shops, bike and watersports hire, bars, cafes and independent shops. Attractions include the National Slate Museum and not one, but two, narrow-gauge railways. The charming Llanberis Lake Railway runs along the shore of Llyn Padarn, while the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway transports you directly to Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre, at the summit of this mighty mountain.
Beyond its outdoor allure, Llanberis boasts a fascinating history, with remnants of its industrial past still visible, including the historic slate quarries that dot the surrounding hillsides. On the shores of neighbouring Llyn Peris stands the remains of Dolbadarn Castle, its impressive 50 foot round-towered keep still standing, and now as much a part of the local landscape as the mountains themselves.
Whether you are drawn to the challenge of Yr Wyddfa, exploring historic ruins, or simply soaking in the tranquillity of nature, this charming village offers an ideal blend of natural beauty, Welsh heritage and outdoor pursuits, so why not make 2024 the year you discover Llanberis.