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Beddgelert City Guide

Beddgelert is a small picturesque village in the region of Gwynedd, Wales. It sits at the confluence of the Rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The unspoilt beauty of the village, with most of the buildings made of local stone, is matched by the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia around it. Mount Snowdon itself dominates the skyline to the north, and there are forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, valleys and gorges in all directions as far as the eye can see.

Outdoor Activities in and Around Beddgelert

For lovers of the great outdoors, Snowdonia is a real paradise, with an incredible range of leisure activities available, from walking, climbing, cycling, mountain biking, canoeing, water sports, fishing, golf, horse riding, zip-wire riding, photography, painting, bird watching and much more to explore.

Attractions in Beddgelert

Perhaps Beddgelert’s most famous historical feature, Gelert’s Grave, lies about a mile to the south of the village, and makes for a very pleasant walk along the banks of the River Glaslyn. Legend has it that this is the final resting place of Gelert, the ill-fated dog of the medieval Prince Llewellyn. While it is an appealing myth, the truth is rather more prosaic, as the cairn that marks the grave is only about 200 years old, and the legend was apparently invented by a former landlord of the Royal Goat Inn in order to boost tourism. Sorry to burst that bubble!

Step back in time to the golden age of steam on the Welsh Highland Railway, a heritage railway that runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, and has a station at Beddgelert. The railway winds its way through some of Snowdonia’s most beautiful landscapes, with several steam trains a day.

Sygun Copper Mine lies about a mile along the A498 from Beddgelert, and is a Victorian copper mine that closed operations in 1903. It was renovated in 1986, and reopened as a tourist attraction. Guided tours take you through the tunnels and vast underground caverns, with majestic stalactites and stalagmites, and veins of copper ore.

Food and Drink in Beddgelert

For such a small village, Beddgelert offers a good selection of places to eat, including a riverside restaurant, cafes, pubs, and an award winning ice cream parlour that also serves freshly made pizzas and more. There are also a number of restaurants and pubs in the wonderful countryside around Beddgelert.

Shopping in Beddgelert

Beddgelert still has its own post office and a traditional village shop, as well as a selection of souvenir and arts and crafts shops. Ty Isaf is the oldest building in the village, dating back to the 17th century, and is now owned by the National Trust and run as a shop and exhibition, selling local produce and arts and crafts.

Visit Beddgelert

Beddgelert is often called Snowdonia’s loveliest village, and with good reason. The unspoilt beauty of the village and the stunning surroundings of Snowdonia National Park once inspired artists like J.M.W. Turner and writers like Thomas Pennant, and are bound to inspire you too.


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Prince Llewelyn Hotel

Prince Llewelyn Hotel

Smith Street, Caernarfon
2.4
of 5, from 71 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Gelert's Grave and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rhyd Ddu Path and Watkin Path. Moel Hebog and Mount Snowdon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£74
Sygun Fawr Country House

Sygun Fawr Country House

Beddgelert, Caernarfon
4.4
of 5, from 46 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this country house is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Gelert's Grave and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Watkin Path. Rhyd Ddu Path and Mount Snowdon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£66
Plas Tan y Graig

Plas Tan y Graig

Smith St, Beddgelert, Caernarfon
5.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Gelert's Grave and within 6 mi (10 km) of Watkin Path and Rhyd Ddu Path. Moel Hebog and Mount Snowdon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

The Saracens Head Hotel

The Saracens Head Hotel

Caernarfon Road, Caernarfon
4.5
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Gelert's Grave and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rhyd Ddu Path and Moel Hebog. Watkin Path and Mount Snowdon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£108
Craflwyn Hall

Craflwyn Hall

Beddgelert, Caernarfon
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this eco-friendly guesthouse is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Gelert's Grave and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Watkin Path. Mount Snowdon and Rhyd Ddu Path are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Beautiful Wales Snowdonia 200 Year Old Detached Cottage

Beautiful Wales Snowdonia 200 Year Old Detached Cottage

Stryd Gwynant, Beddgelert
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this historic cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gelert's Grave and within 6 mi (10 km) of Watkin Path and Rhyd Ddu Path. Mount Snowdon and Moel Hebog are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£31
Glan Aber Hotel

Glan Aber Hotel

Holyhead Road, Betws-Y-Coed
3.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Betws-Y-Coed, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre and Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Betws-Y-Coed Golf Club and Swallow Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£62
Black Boy Inn

Black Boy Inn

Northgate Street, Caernarfon
4.6
of 5, from 133 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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