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Mount Snowdon

Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don’t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.

There are six main routes to the summit and the Snowdon Sherpa Bus runs a shuttle service around the base of the mountain. This shuttle connects both the starting points of the six routes and the villages that surround Snowdon, making it easy to explore the area and find the route that suits you best.

The paths up to the top of Snowdon, which have names like Llanberis Path, Pyg Track and Rhyd Ddu Path vary in length between seven and a half and nine miles, with the longer paths often being less steep. In most cases, the climb to the top should take approximately three hours.

For the less energetic, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The only rack and pinion railway in the UK that can be used by the public, it has been ferrying people up and down Snowdon since it was opened in 1896.

At the summit you can soak up stunning views across the UK, taking in, on a clear day, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands. If the weather is against you, take shelter in the award-winning visitors’ centre Hafod Eryri, which was opened in 2009.


Guide to Exploring Mount Snowdon


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The Royal Victoria Hotel

The Royal Victoria Hotel

Llanberis, Caernarfon
3.8
of 5, from 300 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Llanberis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum. Caernarfon Castle and Menai Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£54
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 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Mount Snowdon and within 12 mi (20 km) of Portmeirion Central Piazza and Portmeirion Sands. Criccieth Castle is 11.3 mi (18.2 km) away.

£12
YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass - Hostel

YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass - Hostel

Pen-y-Pass, Nantgwynant, Caernarfon
4.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Caernarfon, this hostel is steps from Pyg Track and Miner's Track. Mount Snowdon is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

£12
YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant - Hostel

YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant - Hostel

Nantgwynant, Caernarfon
3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Caernarfon, this hostel is 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from Mount Snowdon and within 12 mi (20 km) of Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum. Swallow Falls is 10.6 mi (17.1 km) away.

£11
YHA Snowdon Ranger - Hostel

YHA Snowdon Ranger - Hostel

Rhyd Ddu, Caernarfon
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this hostel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Caernarfon Castle, Mount Snowdon, and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) away.

£74
Sygun Fawr Country House

Sygun Fawr Country House

Beddgelert, Caernarfon
4.4
of 5, from 44 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Beddgelert, this country house is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from Mount Snowdon and within 12 mi (20 km) of Portmeirion Sands and Portmeirion Central Piazza. Criccieth Castle is 12 mi (19.3 km) away.

£96
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 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from Mount Snowdon and within 12 mi (20 km) of Portmeirion Sands and Portmeirion Central Piazza. Criccieth Castle is 12.3 mi (19.9 km) away.

£95
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 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Mount Snowdon and 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from Portmeirion Central Piazza. Dolbadurn Castle is 13.2 mi (21.3 km) away.