Llanberis Things to Do

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    Mt. Snowdon, Llanberis Path

    by Evenith666 Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    The Llanberis path starts, obviously, at Llanberis, and is considered one of the longer but easier ways to climb Snowdon. The path mirrors the Snowdon Mountain Railway (which also starts at Llanberis). There is a 'Half-Way House' along the path which serves drinks and snacks, but this is not open during the winter months. The last quater of the Llanberis path can be a little daunting, especially if there is Ice on the path, and although it is the easiest way to get to the summit, it is still sometimes impassable, forcing people to turn back only a couple of hundred meters from the summit.

    The Llanberis path doesn't require any real mountain climbing experience or special equipment, just wear sensible clothes and take some common sense with you, and of course a bar of Kendal mint cake! For more information on what to take and what to be aware of when climbing Snowdon, see my tips on the Snowdonia Page.

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    Lake Padarn

    by sandysmith Written Feb 27, 2003

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    Boats can be hire at Lake Padarn - the lake at Llanberis
    For those that like to stay on dry land there is the llanberis lakeside railway - a narrow gauge steam train, giving good views over Lake padarn to Snowdon towering high above the village.
    Open easter to October.

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    up Snowdon

    by margaretvn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Even if you do not walk up to the top of Snowdon do at least walk from the town up to the waterfall. It is a walk of about 20 minutes and although it is steep in places it is worthwhile. The waterfall is lovely and you can see the rail tracks of the train. The waterfall path is well signposted along the main street.

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    Llanberis Pass

    by margaretvn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This is a beautiful pass in the Snowdon National Park which you go through when going from Llanberis to Betws -y - Coed. There are a few parking areas along the road but they do get busy with people taking photos or starting off hiking.

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    Llanberis Path

    by Balam Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    The Llanberis path is the easiest, longest and the most popular of the five well-beaten paths up Snowdon, It is about 5 miles from base to summit and is well graded, it more or less follows the railway track from Llanberis.

    The path starts in Llanberis and from the station of the Mountain railway pass the front and right down a short road to a small square. At the end of this is a gate and cattle grid go through it (don't walk over the cattle grid as it is very slippy, use the Gate) there is an information board here providing details of the walk. Carry on and start the climb up a steep road. Near the top of the road is a great Tea House, perfect for a drink on your way back down.
    shortly after the path turns left through a gate and goes onwards and upwards, it dips under the railway and after an almost level stretch reaches the Halfway house, a little cafe that is open during summer months. There is then a climb up untill the path once again passes under the railway and is a good place to stop for a break before tackling the last stretch and steep climb. the views from here are great as long as your not in cloud.
    The path then goes south and closely follows the railway up to the top which is just near the Station and Visitors centre ( the visitors Centre is only open during the Summer Months)

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    Dolbadarn Castle

    by Balam Updated Feb 17, 2010

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    Dolbadarn Castle at Llanberis dates to the 13th century but sadly only the keep remains in solid condition but it is thought by many to be one of the finest of Wales's ' native-built castles said ro have been Built by the mighty Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) sometime before 1230.
    The castles history did not die with Llywelyn the Great in 1240 and the castle was in active use for at least another 40 years and was the prison of Owain Goch (Owain ap Gruffydd) by his younger brother, Llywelyn (Llywelyn the Last) during the struggles for control of North Wales during the 1250's.
    Owain spent 20 years here as a prisoner, living on the upper floor of the castle. During the revolt of the Welsh princes against the English King Edward I, Dolbadarn Castle was held by another of Llywelyn's brothers, (Dafydd ap Gruffydd).
    Unfortunately for the princes and for the Welsh the castle fell to the formidable forces led by the Earl of Pembroke and Dolbadarn was seized by the English army 1n 1282. shortly after the castle was abandoned.
    When Owain Glyndwr led the Welsh uprisings around 1400 it is thought that Glyndwr may have used the keep to hold prisoners such as Lord Grey of Ruthin Castle.

    The Castle is free to visit.

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    Visit the National Slate Museum

    by leics Written Aug 2, 2007

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    Water wheel

    When Dinorwig quarry finally closed in 1969 it was like the Mary Celeste. I remember exploring the buildings, seeing books and papers and mugs and coats left as if the men were about to return......

    Amazingly (given that this is the UK) its value was quickly recognised as part of the Welsh heritage, and a museum was set up in the main quarry buildings. Over the years it has grown and improved, and makes a fascinating visit. There are rooms of machinery, photos, displays, demonstrations of slate-splitting.....even 3 quarrymen's cottages which have been furnished accurately. There's a massive water-wheel, which still turns, and steam engines to pull the finished slate to the port of Y Felinheli.

    Well worth spending a morning or afternoon exploring. And it's free to go in; your car parking fee of 2 GBP allows you to park there all day (there are walks, and children's activities, and the railway too).

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    Take a little train ride

    by leics Written Aug 2, 2007

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    Huff and puff

    If you like steam trains, then the little train which runs alongside Llyn Peris is a pleasant way to spend some time.

    It is only tiny, originally built to transport slate from the quarry to the port, but they are proper little engines with steam and huffing and puffing. You'll get some excellent views, and the chance to get off and on during the trip.

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    Llanberis Pass Drive

    by sandysmith Written Oct 9, 2002

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    Llanberis Pass

    Llanberis is almost due north of Beddgelert, the two are linked by spectacular mountain passes which are a must to drive through. From Llanberis the pass runs southeast, with a classic mountain road winding its way through the boulder-strewn slopes of Snowdon. Climbers can be seen testing their skills on the fearsome rock slabs (the training ground for the first successful, British, ascent of Everest) which line the pass. Pen-y-Pass, at the road's summit, is the starting point for two popular walks to the top of Snowdon - the Pyg Track and Miners Path - more of which can be seen on my Snowdonia Page.

    drive carefully, its a narrow road and cars squeeze into little lay-bys to avoid the parking charges at the Pen-y-Pass car park or when it gets full.

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    National Slate Museum

    by stevezero Updated Nov 30, 2005

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    National Slate Museum, Llanberis
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    The former works of the Dinorwic slate mine, which closed in 1969, now form the National Slate Museum. Set on the banks of Llyn Beris in the Padarn Country Park. The slate was formerly transported by train to the sea, and the railway is now a tourist passenger one, which runs from a station nearby in the summer months.
    Yoou can visit the old workshops, see the giant waterwheel, and see an exhibition of how the slate was split by hand.

    Admission free - what a bargain!

    Opening times -
    Easter–End of October: 10am–5pm, daily
    Beginning of November–Easter: 10am–4pm, closed Saturdays

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway

    by stevezero Written Nov 30, 2005

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Surely one of the mian reasons to visit Llanberis is the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The railway is rack and pinion and takes you to the summit of Wales' highest mountian, Snowdon. It is the highest railway in the UK.

    Return Fare to the Summit
    Adults - £20.00

    Operates March to November

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway

    by Balam Updated Feb 17, 2010

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    For those who don't want or can't walk (or Climb) up Snowdon there is always the Option of the train.
    It was in 1869 that a new branch line of the London and North Western Railway opened bringing people from Caernarfon to Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon then the only way to reach the summit was to walk or take a donkey ride, A proposition was then put forward to extend the railway up to the summit but a local landowner (George William Duff Assherton Smith) turned down every proposal as he thought that a railway would spoil the scenery, it was twenty years later that a rival plan to build a railway from Rhyd Ddu station on the other side of the mountain up to the summit brought fears that Llanberis would forever lose its tourist trade and with this in mind Assherton Smith changed his decision allowing his land to be used and so in November 1894 the 'Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Co. Ltd' was formed to build the railway.
    In order to ensure that the trains were able to climb the steep and continual gradient of Snowdon the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Co. Ltd travelled to Switzerland to find the best mountain railway technology

    The smooth constant operation when climbing the steep slopes has been achieved by a double racked rail used with a rotating toothed pinion. This pinion is mounted underneath the locomotive guaranteeing that the locomotive does not lose its grip on the track.
    The pinion is the only source of traction for the locomotive with the wheels only supporting the weight of the engine. The main point that is unique to rack railways is that the locomotive always pushes the carriage up the mountain and due to safety reasons it is never coupled to the train. The carriage has its own set of brakes that will bring the carriage to a stop if it is disengaged from the Engine.

    After some construction setbacks due to some very bad weather the first train reached the summit in January of 1896 and the railway was ready to open to the public in the Easter of 1896.

    Prices:

    Llanberis to the Summit. Return £25:00 for Adults and a Single is £16:00
    Children return £16.00 Single £13.00

    Other discounts apply for students and the disabled or for the various stations along the way

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    Mount Snowdon and the Snowdon Railway

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 27, 2013

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    Llanberis lies at the foot of Mount Snowdon ("Yr Wyddfa" in Welsh), which is the highest mountain in Wales. It’s 1085m high and you have a choice of several hiking paths if you want to climb it.
    The Miners’ Track is the most popular one and starts at Pen-y-Pass on an altitude of 350. We only passed this place by car but the views from there are great, so hiking there must be nice! There’s a pretty expensive car-park at Pen-y-Pass (I think it was 10,- or even more per day) which fills quickly. Another car-park is down the pass on the A498, but then you need to walk up all the way. Another alternative is to take the bus from LLanberis to Pen-y-Pass.

    Another path is the Llanberis Path which is said to be the longest and easiest route. It starts in Llanberis and is well signposted. We went the first part of it and had some nice views on Llanberis and the mountains. You also get good views on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, as the path goes close to it.

    This Snowdon Mountain Railway is another option to go up on Mount Snowdon as it goes from Llanberis up to the summit. It’s the only rack and pinion railway in the UK and runs from March to early November. It’s very very slow... the railway length is 7 km and the average speed only 8 km/h. So you get plenty of time to enjoy the landscape!

    The railway station is on the A4086. There’s a large car park on the opposite side of the road below the Royal Victoria Hotel (6,- per day), another smaller one behind the station (6,- for 8h, 10,- per day), and other (cheaper) car parks closer to the village centre or towards the Slate Museum.

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    Dolbadarn Castle

    by himalia11 Written Jul 27, 2013

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    Dolbadarn Castle was built by Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century to defend the passage through the Snowdonian mountains. The location of the castle is very nice, on a hill above Llyn Peris and next to Llyn Padarn. Today, the castle is in ruins and only the tower is left, together with some little walls. You can climb up the stairs to the entrance, which is on the first floor, and have a look in its inside. From the entrance and in front of the castle, you have a great view on the surroundings – the lakes, the former slate quarries and the mountains.

    Under the care of CADW. Free admission.

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    National Slate Museum

    by himalia11 Written Jul 27, 2013

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    Slate quarrying used to be an important industry in Llanberis. There had been several quarries which all were closed after the quarrying industry declined after WWI. The Dinorwig Quarry near Llanberis was closed in 1969, and in the former industrial engineering workshops you now find a Slate Museum. You can see all the workshops like the blacksmith’s forge, machine shop and power hall, have a look at the mess room, and visit the chief engineer’s house. Also there’s an introduction film with some information about the slate quarrying. Very interesting and impressive was the slate-splitting demonstration – someone was showing how to split slate and even had one of the school kids try it. And then there’s this giant waterwheel that has 15,4m diameter. You can walk up the stairs (or take the elevator) into the waterwheel building and watch the wheel working, pretty imposing!

    And there’s something else very interesting: the quarrymen’s houses. Originally they are from Tnygrisia and were moved to the Slate Museum in 1998. They are decorated in different periods styles – 1861 (slate industry was growing), 1901 (time of the Penryhn Strike), 1969 (closing of the Dinorwig Quarry). It’s interesting to see how the same house is being changed. First the upper room was just one room, with the only separation being a blanket draped from the ceiling. Later, a wall was built to get a second room. Also the house got a small extension at the back over the time, for a washroom and later a toilet. The interior decoration is also very well made to fit the time period.

    Free admission.
    Open daily from 10am to 5pm (to 4pm and closed on Saturdays from November until Easter)

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