Snowdonia National Park

Where to base yourself to explore your sprawling surroundings

Weekend break guide
When visiting this beautiful part of Wales, it can be difficult to choose where to base yourself to explore your sprawling surroundings. The historic village of Llanelltyd is perfectly placed between the sweeping western coastline of Wales and the dramatic mountainous scenery of the rest of Snowdonia National Park.

Visit the harbor town of Barmouth for a day by the sea and irresistible fish & chips, or take the steam train through the valleys for a fun day out with a touch of nostalgia.

If the village’s 12th century crumbling Cymer Abbey and St Illtyd’s Church (thought to be one of the oldest in Wales) don’t provide enough history for you, then Harlech Castle is a must-visit attraction and is only a half an hour drive away. The 13th century castle rises on the rocks before you, bringing history life as you imagine brave nights and conquering lords walking along the battlements.

If you don’t want to get in the car once you’ve arrived, there is plenty to explore on foot from Llanelltyd, with the Mawddach Trail providing a peaceful path along the silky sands of the estuary, rewarding explorers with fantastic scenery and plenty of photo opportunities!

Whether visiting with family or a large group of friends, you can’t stay in this part of Wales without booking a couple of nights in the stunning Tan Llan self-catered guest house.

Sleeping up to 12 in the main house or 16 if you’re an extra big group and use the neighboring cottage, this carefully restored and beautifully decorated property is the perfect venue for a family reunion or get together with old friends.


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