Calling all adventure lovers! If you love your staycations filled to the brim with stunning locations, amazing landscapes and must-see attractions, then RWST is the place for you.
To save you the time of researching where to visit during your stay with us, we’ve listed our top 7 villages and towns in Snowdonia where you can create your own staycation memories…
1. Betws y Coed
Known locally as the ‘gateway to Snowdonia’, Betws y Coed is bustling town flanked by forests and hills in all directions.
Located just another 15 minutes further up the Conwy Valley from RWST, Betws is by far the most popular spot for walkers, climbers, kayakers and anyone else with a thirst for adventure.
There are plenty of independent shops and art galleries displaying talented Welsh artists, as well as award-winning cafes, pubs, and restaurants for you to indulge in locally sourced cuisine.
To the North, you’ll find the world-famous Fairy Glen - a well-hidden rocky, tree-lined ravine with paths beside a winding creek & resident sprites according to legend… Head West and you’ll find the breathtaking Swallow Falls, a series of churning waterfalls in a picturesque, wooded setting, reachable by a narrow, rocky footpath just off the A470.
A 30 minute walk along the winding River Conwy from RWST will find you at the quaint village of Trefriw.
This small town packs a big punch when it comes to places to eat and drink, boasting three great eateries (Chandlers, the Old Ship and the Fairy Falls) which offer fab food and local beers and spirits.
Trefriw is also a great spot to start a walk from. Just 20 minutes (uphill) will take you to two of the largest lakes in the area - Crafnant; with a lakeside cafe, and Geirionydd; popular for water-sports and barbecues. Both are also reachable by car with ample parking.
One of the most popular towns in Snowdonia, Llanberis stunning views of some of the tallest mountains in the UK, combined with it’s connection to its slate mining past make the town an unmissable day out when visiting RWST.
Almost directly in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, Llanberis is the nearest town to Snowdon itself and as such, many visitors are here to take on the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in Wales. There are however, countless many more walks branching out in all directions from the centre of town, from lower level lakeside trails to adventurous treks through the slate quarries - recently named a the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.
But there is also an easier way to bag the Snowdon summit… Running from Llanberis station, the Snowdon Mountain Railway has been taking visitors up to the summit since 1896, the journey enables you to sit back, relax and take in the breath-taking views.
A seaside favourite for nearly 200 years, Llandudno is the number one coastal resort for families.
The beautiful Victorian style pier and promenade is full of activities, stalls, live music, restaurants, cafes, concessions stands and fun fair rides that the children will love!
No visit to Llandudno is complete without a visit to the Great Orme - a limestone headland that dominates the skyline around the town. A walk to the summit is no mean feat, luckily you can also tackle the 8km long circular path around the whole of the headland taking in views as far as the Isle of Man, Anglesey and Snowdonia.
If you want to discover medieval history, Conwy is the place for you to visit.
Located at the heart of the historical town of Conwy and built in the 13th century by Edward I, Conwy Castle is one of four castles that make up Edwards “iron ring” of defence in North Wales alongside castles in Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech.
Conwy Castle is incredibly popular by tourists and local visitors with its exceptionally well-preserved walls and its eight turrets, visitors can ascend one of the towers and make a complete circuit of the battlements and take in the incredible views of the Conwy estuary and beyond.
The town is almost as well known for it’s food and drink as it’s history in recent years, with a host of top quality restaurants and bars within close proximity of each other.
Visit Alfredo’s on the main square for authentic Italian food, or the Midland for some of the best tapas around. The Albion ale house meanwhile is THE must visit pub for local beers in an old school setting - no TV’s or music in this one!
6. Plas y Brenin | Capel Curig
A short drive from Betws y Coed will bring you to another hidden gem in the heart of Snowdonia - Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre.
For all those who seek adventure, this is a must visit destination. This national outdoor centre is a great day for activity as it offers you the opportunity to hike, bike, paddle, climb and even ski on it’s private dry slope course.
Plas y Brenin is also the best place to start your ascent of the popular Moel Siabod - a strenuous but rewarding ‘mountain’ with far reaching views, including of the Snowdon horseshoe and the Irish Sea.
Whether your seeking adventure individually or with the family there are sporting sessions to suit everyone. In the heart of Snowdonia, it is the perfect environment to learn a new skill!
Portmeirion is a little bit further afield from RWST, but bear with us - this one is well worth the extra effort!
Built by famed architect Clough Williams-Ellis at the turn of the 20th century, Portmeirion is an Italianate village set against the stunning backdrop of the Dwyryd estuary and South Snowdonia’s mountain ranges.
A wander around its quirky streets and squares will reveal a host of independent shops, gardens, cafe and even a spa resort. It’s not hard to see why this spectacular location is one of the Wales’ most loved tourist attractions.
Before leaving, a wander through the natural gardens are a must - there are 19 miles of pathways which cut through forests, secret spaces, and coastal coves.
Find out more about a stay at RWST by checking our availability here. RWST Holiday Lodges is a dog friendly, riverside location in Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley.