Attractions

Dolbadarn CastleDolbadarn Castle
Dolbadarn Castle is a fortificationbuilt by the Welsh prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, Llywelyn the Great, during the early 13th century. The castle was important both militarily and as a symbol of Llywelyn’s power and authority. Situated at the entrance to the Llanberis Pass it protected the old village of Llanberis located where Nant Peris is now. The castle features a large stone keep, 15.2m high which is considered to be the finest surviving example of a Welsh round tower. In 1284 Dolbadarn Castle was taken by King Edward 1 who built a new castle in Caernarfon. The castle was used as a manor house for some years before falling into ruin. In the 18th and 19th century it was a popular destination for painters, Turners painting is considered to be iconic. It is now owned by CADW the Welsh government’s historic environment service. Cadw means ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’ in Welsh.

Free entry


The Sword – “Blade of the Giants”The Sword – “Blade of the Giants”
A 20 foot sword celebrating the importance of Llanberis and its links with the Princes of Gwynedd intended to raise awareness of the history of Gwynedd and Wales as a nation. The design is based on the type of sword the Gwynedd Princes would have used in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

Padarn Country ParkPadarn Country Park

Padarn Country Park covers an area of 800 acres on the bank of Llyn Padarn. Coed Dinorwig, an SSSI has within its boundaries rare and ancient Sessile Oaks, Birch, Mountain Ash, Holly and Hazel. Bluebells in spring, and many ground covering plants, ferns, lichens and mosses provide homes and habitat for wildlife and birds Woodpeckers, Flycatchers are amongst the rarer ones. Lesser Horseshoe, Common Pipistrelle and Daubenton bats can be seen in Vivian Quarry and above Llyn Padarn.

Llyn Padarn also a SSSI, is the 6th deepest lake in Wales, has swimming quality water and is home to a rare alpine fish, Arctic Charr. Otters and Wildfowl frequent the lake and the outflow, Afon Rhythallt is a critical spawning site for Salmon and Sea-trout.

Vivian quarry a magnificent quarry hole which is now flooded is used for climbing and Vivian Dive Centre.

Address: Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
Website: www.visitsnowdonia.info/padarn_country_park-219.aspx
Email: padarncountrypark@gwynedd.gov.uk
Telephone: 01286 870892


Quarry Hospital Quarry Hospital
A museum housing restored ward, operating theatre and various gruesome 19th Century hospital equipment. Initially built for the men working in the quarry, it was expanded to include family members and the public. Seasonal opening.

Llanberis Lake Railway Llanberis Lake Railway

Discover the timeless appeal of one of the Great Little Train of Wales – a leisurely way to travel alongside Llyn Padarn. Open from March to the end of October with additional services in February and November, Santa trips in December.

Address: Gilfach Ddu / Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
Website: www.lake-railway.co.uk
Email: sales@lake-railway.co.uk
Telephone: 01286 870549


National Slate Museum Llanberis National Slate Museum Llanberis
Shadowed by towering slate mountains, the National Slate Museum is housed in the Industrial Victorian Workshops that once serviced and maintained the enormous Dinorwig slate quarry above it. The workshops catered for all the repair and maintenance work demanded by a quarry, which once employed well over 3,000 men.

Attractions include our stunning introductory film, To Steal A Mountain, daily slate splitting demonstrations by quarry craftsmen and our giant waterwheel - the largest of its kind on mainland Britain. Wander through the Quarrymen’s Houses - re-erected stone by stone at the museum and furnished to show key dates in the slate industry’s history and step back in time in the foundry or workers’ mess room. Call by the blacksmith at work in the Smithy and get all steamed up with UNA - our Hunslett Locomotive - once used to haul rubble in the quarries but now - at over 100 years old – the Museum’s pride and joy.

Events
The museum has a host of activities throughout the year including:

  • February: Model Railways Show
  • Easter: Trails and crafts
  • Summer of Slate: Slate decorating, dressing up in the Quarrymen’s Houses, perfect patterns sand tub in the foundry!
  • October: Halloween crafts and activities
  • Nov / Dec: festive fun! Come and meet Santa at the museum!

How to find us
By car: Located in Padarn Country Park off the A4086 in Llanberis.
Take J11 off the A55, left to the A5 and then onto the A4244 and Llanberis.
From the Midlands take the A5 from the M54 and from South Wales take the A470.
When in Llanberis follow the signs for Padarn Country Park. Sat Nav LL554TY.

Please note there is £4 parking charge in the adjacent car park ( Gwynedd Council owned) Cash only!

Nearest train station: Bangor
Bus services No 85 from Bangor / No 88 from Caernarfon

For more information on public transport call Traveline Cymru on 0800 4640000 or visit www.traveline.cymru

Essential Visitor Information and Facilities

  • FREE ADMISSION
  • Gift shop and Café
  • Children’s play area
  • Annual events programme
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all time
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchair access to most of building

Visiting
Address: National Slate Museum Llanberis, Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, LL554TY
Telephone: +44(0)29 20 573700
Email: slate@museumwales.ac.uk
Website: www.museumwales.ac.uk / www.museum.wales/slate

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Opening hours
Easter – October: Daily 10am – 5pm
November – March: Sunday – Friday 10am – 4pm (Closed on Saturdays in the winter)

Free Entry


Padarn Watersports Centre / Boulder AdventuresPadarn Watersports Centre / Boulder Adventures
Kayaking & Canoeing, Raft building, Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Gorge Scrambling, Coasteering, Canyoning, Mountain Days all can be arranged for Stag & Hen Parties, Family Getaways, Military Groups, corporate events, Youth Groups and School Trips.

Address: Padarn Country Park / Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
Contact: Bryn Du Mountain Centre, Ty Du Road, Llanberis LL55 4HE
Website: www.boulderadventure.co.uk
Email: info@boulderadventure.co.uk
Telephone: 01286 870556


Odyn CoprOdyn Copr
Small craft workshop specialising in enamelled jewellery, wood burning, flower pressing, screen printing.

Address: Padarn Country Park / Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
Website: www.odyncopr.com
Email: sam@odyncopr.com
Telephone: 01286 871366


Ropeworks ActiveRopeworks Active
High Ropes 2 hour adventure. Low ropes for 3 – 8 year olds.
Off site – Hill walking & Scrambling, Climbing, Gorge Walking
Individuals, Corporate, Education & Youth organisations, Celebrations & Birthday Parties.

Address: Gilfach Ddu / Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
Website: www.ropeworksactive.co.uk
Email: hello@ropeworksactive.co.uk
Telephone: 01286 871114/ 07766 000467

Llanberis Lake Railway Llanberis Lake Railway

Discover the timeless appeal of one of the Great Little Train of Wales – a leisurely way to travel alongside Llyn Padarn. Open from March to the end of October with additional services in February and November, Santa trips in December.

Address: Gilfach Ddu / Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
Website: www.lake-railway.co.uk
Email: sales@lake-railway.co.uk
Telephone: 01286 870549


Snowdon Mountain RailwaySnowdon Mountain Railway

From the Snowdon Mountain Railway station you can take the train to the rooftop of Wales and England and reach the summit of Snowdon at 3560ft. Trains run from mid-March until the end of October (weather permitting). Cafe at summit only opens when the train is running to the top!

Address: LL55 4TT
Website: www.snowdonrailway.co.uk
Email: info@snowdonrailway.co.uk
Telephone: 01286 870223

Electric MountainElectric Mountain
Set against a magnificent backdrop of the towering mountains and the magnificent scenery of Snowdonia, Electric Mountain is 1st Hydro Company’s visitor centre in Llanberis. Tour of Dinorwig Power Station, can be booked and start here.
Website: www.electricmountain.co.uk
Email: info@electricmountain.co.uk
Telephone: 01286 870636


St Padarn’s ChurchSt Padarn’s Church
Located on the High Street in the centre of the village, the church dates back to 1885. It is open for visitors from 1st March to 30th September from 10.00 to 17.00. 1st October to end February 10.00 to 15.00. Sunday service 11.00

Y GlynY Glyn
At Y Glyn visitors are able to use the pontoon to launch their kayaks and enjoy swimming in the waters of Llyn Padarn which has a European bathing water designation. From Y Glyn it is also possible to join the nearby cycle track ‘Lon Las Peris’, enjoy the local wildlife and fish with a valid licence.

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Photo credits: Thank you to Paul Sivyer , Mireille Charnock, Emlyn Baylis, Hefin Owen & Dylan Cadwalider Parry