Snowdonia's natural beauty and rugged terrain attracts adventure seekers and sports enthusiasts
Things To Do
Whether on foot or by the mountain railway, climbing Mount Snowdon is one of Snowdonia’s absolute must-do activities on your caravan holidays in North Wales. Take the Snowdon Mountain Railway train one way and walk the other along one of the well-trodden routes to the summit. The views from the top are out of this world.
Take an adrenalin-fuelled ride on the longest and fastest zip wire in Europe when staying at one of the campsites in Snowdonia. ‘Flying’ over the Penrhyn Quarry, you’ll reach speeds of 100mph, 500 feet above the ground.
Head deep into the Elidir Mountain from the Electric Mountain centre in Llanberis to visit the Dinorwig hydroelectric power station. On the underground tour you’ll witness the power station’s massive pump and turbines in action and see how electricity is generated using the power of water.
Discover the underground world of stalactites and stalagmites in the colourful chambers when you visit the Sygun Copper Mine, where copper was mined commercially from the Industrial Revolution until the end of the Victorian era. Once back on the earth’s surface, try panning for gold, too.
On your caravan holidays in North Wales, you can visit Conwy Castle or Harlech Castle, both 13th century coastal fortifications built by Edward I. Alternatively, in the heart of Snowdonia National Park are the romantic ruins of Dolwyddelan Castle, a solitary fortress that stands atop a craggy hill.
Located close to the far north west corner of Wales, getting to campsites in Snowdonia for your caravan holidays in North Wales is never going to be the quickest journey. The fastest flowing route is the A55 dual carriageway from Chester, which runs right along the north coast of Wales.
When time allows, an alternative is to include the journey to Snowdonia as a part of your caravan holiday and take one of the slower but more scenic A-roads. The A470 from Newtown approaches Snowdonia from the south and divides the area in two, running north to Conwy. The A487 from Aberystwyth and the A458 from Welshpool also serve southern Snowdonia. The other main route is the A5 from Shrewsbury, passing through delightful Llangollen to Betws-y-Coed and beyond to Bangor, and this is arguably one of the prettiest main roads in Britain.