The village of Llanberis is situated in the area of Gwynedd, North Wales, on the southern banks of Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia. The area is stunning, with an abundance of wildlife and history waiting to be explored.
Amongst these are the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle, built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the 13th century, that stand above the town and make an interesting walk. As you would expect, Llanberis is a popular base for ascents of Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales.
The area is very popular amongst walkers and the Llanberis Path begins in the town, and although one of the longest routes, it is the shallowest and easiest to complete. Other attractions in the village include the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the National Slate Museum, the Llanberis Lake Railway and a country park. Llanberis is also a centre for outdoor activities including walking, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, pony trekking, water sports and Scuba Diving.
Llanberis Lake Railway, Padarn Country Park, Gilfach Ddu Llanberis LL55 4TY (01286) 870549
Billed as one of the ‘great little trains of Wales’; the Llanberis Lake Railway trundles through the Llanberis Pass giving magnificent views of the mountains of Snowdonia.
The round trip journey from Gilfach Ddu to Llanberis takes one hour to complete and bypasses the beautiful Llanberis’ twin lakes and Dolbadarn Castle.
Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis, Carmarthenshire (029) 2082 6185
Built around the early 13th Century, Dolbadarn Castle was originally used a guard post at the foot of Snowdon.
Now under the care of Welsh Historic Monuments, this fine keep and its foundations serve as a reminder of the early Welsh princes who struggled to retain their independence from England.