Whether you’re looking for holiday parks with epic mountain views, hotels overlooking a sandy beach, or cosy riverside cottages – Snowdonia has them all, and this list summarises the spectacular destinations you can stay in and around the National Park in Wales.
Located on the western edge of Snowdonia is Harlech, a small town dominated by an impressive hilltop castle. The sandy shores of Harlech beach sweep around Cardigan Bay with breathtaking mountain views to the north. There’s a golf course and several holiday parks around Harlech, such as Min-y-Don where you can book a pitch for your caravan or motorhome and walk onto the beach through the sand dunes.
Beddgelert | Places to stay in Snowdonia
The pretty village of Beddgelert gets its name from a local legend about a 12th century hound called Gelert who saved the life of the Prince of Wales’s son from a wolf – and unfortunately paid for it with his life in this tragic tale. Gelert’s grave lies on the edge of Beddgelert which today is an ideal base for hikers wanting to ascend Snowdon (with 6 nearby routes), or embark on scenic river walks from the doorstep of your hotel or holiday cottage.
If you desire an active family holiday in Wales, Barmouth is an excellent choice with its impressive Trans Wales cycle route crossing Barmouth bridge to Dolgellau. Lining the harbour you’ll find fish and chip shops and seafood restaurants for the catch of the day, and around the coast is a vast stretch of sandy beach plus amusement rides and an indoor arcade.
Conwy | Places to stay in Snowdonia
Edward I’s magnificent castle is bound to impress as you approach the seaside town of Conwy. Only around 10 minutes by road from Snowdonia National Park, you can enjoy spectacular mountain and river views from one of the many castle turrets, or along the fortress walls that surround the historic town centre.
There’s plenty of pretty holiday homes to stay in and around Conwy, including ones near the Marina where you can watch visitors set off on sightseeing cruises, or be first in line to peak inside Great Britain’s Smallest House.
The town’s proximity to the North Wales Expressway means you can travel from the border of England to Conwy in around 45 minutes, or arrive by train on an epic coastal route that passes right alongside the castle walls.
Just a few miles further north from Conwy you’ll find the picturesque promenade of Llandudno town, lined with grand sea view hotels and tall townhouses turned B&Bs. If you decide to holiday in Llandudno you will be following in the footsteps of the Victorian’s who used to flock here each summer to enjoy its impressive coastline, pier and later the tramway that has been taking visitors up and down the Great Orme since 1902!
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Portmeirion | Places to stay in Snowdonia
The Italian-style village of Portmeirion is Wales’s Mediterranean jewel situated on the Dwyryd Estuary near Porthmadog. Designed by Architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the colourful buildings, delightful gardens and acres of nature trails makes it a popular day trip when visiting the Snowdonia region.
You can also stay in Portmeirion Village by booking a self catering holiday cottage or checking in to one of the two on-site hotels. Staying guests also benefit from an outdoor heated pool and tranquil morning and evenings in the village before the day visitors arrive.
Related: A photo tour of Portmeirion Village
Built out of grey stone amongst soaring pine trees, the leafy village of Betws-y-Coed is one of Wales’s unspoilt wonders with a tonne of outdoor activities on its doorstep. How does retiring in the Royal Oak Hotel after a day of hiking the river trails past Swallow Falls sound, or catching some “zzz” in a cosy riverside cottage after an adrenalin-fuelled day at Zip World?
This is not an exhaustive list, there’s so many places to stay in and around Snowdonia National Park with every visit – how about a lakeside cottage in Bala or Llanberis for water sports? There’s also Porthmadog and Caernarfon where you can set off for Snowdonia on a stream train via the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway.