Contrary to perceptions, Wales isn’t really all that wet, at least not compared to the rest of the British Isles.
Best time to visit Snowdonia
This is a land of four seasons in one day so please be prepared and don’t forget to pack accordingly.
With mountains and sea in close proximity, precipitation is definitely a feature of Snowdonia, and although it has nothing to do with the name, if you head to the peaks, so is snow. If the great outdoors is your thing, always check in with the experts before you head off. The Llanberis Mountain Rescue website has an excellent daily weather guide, with scary terms like ‘severe chill effect’, ‘freezing above the summits’ and, reassuringly, ‘no risk of blizzards’. Snowdonia National Park officials also recommend the Met Office, we do too.
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Claire Copeman works for our Snowdonia multi activity vacation supplier, Adventure Tours UK: “The national park is superb for walking all year round, however winter walking in the mountains does require specific skills and experience as this exposed environment becomes particularly harsh during winter months. Conversely, some of the more popular routes can become very busy during the summer months. So if you’d like to have the mountain to yourself, choose the less trodden paths in summer or make the most of those famous peaks during late spring and early autumn.”
The name alone appeals, and the fact that the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways not only champion their local railway throughout the year, but also host an annual Beer Festival in May, is just cause for celebration. Check out their Jazz Train events throughout the summer too.
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Festivals & events in Snowdonia
If you have a Snowdonia vacation in September, you will catch all the local artists opening their studios. The Helfa Gelf (arts trail) invites you in to view paintings, jewellery, sculpture and much more every weekend throughout September.
Gwledd Conwy (Conwy Feast)This is not just a feast of Snowdonia produce but of music and arts too. Taking place at the end October every year, Conwy Feast is set in this beautiful medieval town on the outskirts or the National Park. There are bands, dancing and much feasting to be done.
Plas Tan y Bwlch
Plas Tan y Bwlch is the impressively gorgeous Snowdonia National Park Study Centre which, as well as running a plethora of professional courses on everything from habitat management to sustainability issues, also has an impressive array of public courses. These include guided walking weeks, photography workshops and foraging weekends.
More about Snowdonia
Discover the entirety of the national park as you delve into our Snowdonia travel guide and find out what we rate & what we don’t as well as our guide to the best and the worst of Snowdonia and how to travel like a local where food, shopping & people are concerned.
If you want to know how to make the most of your time in Snowdonia then our map & highlights page is definitely the best place to start as not only does it feature an interactive map of Snowdonia highlights but there’s also a section on bus and train travel times too.
If you like the rugged outdoor life then welcome to paradise as our top activities and things to do in Snowdonia page will have you white water rafting, hiking and cycling until you’re ready to take the train into the clouds as you summit Snowdon in style.
Walking in Snowdonia National Park is not a walk in any old park.
Snowdonia National Park is one of Europe’s top outdoor activity areas with a wonderful array of wet and wild options to keep small groups safe, smiling and satisfied all day long.
If your little ones love a bit of muck and aren’t adverse to wild and woolly coastal walks then traveling in Snowdonia with kids is going to be a real pleasure.
The Snowdonia travel advice that we trust always comes via tips from our friends in Snowdonia with artist Vivienne Rickman Poole and Snowdonia NP’s Principal Policy Officer, Ifer Gwyn, both contributing their recommendations alongside recommended Snowdonia tips from our travelers.
Find out how to travel right in Snowdonia by paying attention to safety advice, learning what to do with dogs and finding out how to approach wild camping; all of which are key areas featured within our responsible tourism in Snowdonia page.