Snowdonia is an awesome national park. There is simply no other way to describe the stunning 360-degree views of the mountains, valleys and coast below. On a clear day, visitors can even see Ireland. Located along the coast of Wales, Snowdonia is home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England, and the largest lake in Wales. It is the third largest national park in the United Kingdom.
Snowdonia is a dream come true for hikers and mountain bikers, but even couch potatoes can find walks suitable for them. Climbing Snowdon will challenge most hikers, but other trails can be walked comfortably by those wearing regular walking shoes. Snowdonia even offers a narrow-gauge railway for those who prefer to view stunning scenery in comfort.
Some 26,000 people live inside the park in quaint villages that offer food, accommodations and local handcrafts. The village of Llanberis is famous for slate, today boasting the national slate museum, while the National Centre for Welsh Music is located in Dongellau. Travelers whose bucket list includes castles won’t be disappointed, since Snowdonia is home to two noteworthy castles: Conwy Castle, built by Edward I, and Penrhyn Castle, built by the wealthy Lord Penrhyn in the 19th century.