If you’re planning to explore the wonders of Wales, put Gwynedd to the top of your list this year – this mountainous region has a diverse mix of panoramic scenery, ancient castles, a wealth of wildlife, and a wide range of exciting tourist activities. Gwynedd is home to the popular and exquisite Snowdonia National Park, where hikers will be spoilt for choice with an extensive network of walking trails. Conquer the spectacular Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales reaching over 3,560 feet. Legend has it that the mountain is the final resting place of a giant defeated by King Arthur himself – will you succeed in defeating Snowdon too? For a more luxurious route, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a scenic train journey to the tip of the mountain’s summit.
Explore a Castle on your Gwynedd Lodge Break
Gwynedd boasts a wide array of awe-inspiring castles. Caernarfon Castle is an 13th century fortress perched on the banks of the River Seiont, with distinctive polygonal towers, immense stone walls, and intricate eagle statues. Explore the grounds and gardens of Penrhyn Castle and discover the surrounding wildlife on a fascinating nature walk. Be sure to stop by Harlech Castle – this mighty coastal fortress is perched on a sheer rocky crag with far-reaching views of both land and sea. For something a little different, head to the subterranean playground of Llechwedd Caverns Trampoline Park, an aged slate mine which has been converted into a unique underground bounce park, with slides, tunnels, staircases and trampolines in a stunning setting!
Villages, Towns and Sandy Beaches
Portmeirion Village is a unique destination in Gwynedd, and it’s easy to see why it has become one of Wales’ most popular tourist attractions. Set in its own private peninsula, the village was converted in the early 20th century from a wooded wilderness to an architecturally fascinating village with beautiful buildings and sub-tropical gardens to explore. Don’t forget to visit Castell Deudreath, a Victorian mansion converted into a bar and restaurant serving mouth-watering local food.
To the south of Gwynedd, you will find an array of pleasant seaside towns and sandy beaches in the northern tip of Cardigan Bay. Visit Barmouth for crashing waves and a charming seafront promenade, or head to Bala, a quaint little market town which hosts the largest natural lake in Wales. Have a go at rafting or canoeing over the serene waters, or take a leisurely stroll around its banks.
Gwynedd Lodges with Hot Tubs
Whatever your preference for accommodation, there is sure to be a hot tub home in Gwynedd that is perfect for your relaxing getaway. Enjoy a magical forest retreat in the Beddgelert Snowdonia Cabins, a small selection of wooden cabins in a picturesque and secluded woodland location. These rustic lodges provide serene relaxation along a peaceful riverfront. The Beddgelert Golden Oak Hideaway is perfect for a romantic retreat, with a private outdoor decking and sunken hot tub, swinging hammock, and panoramic views of the forest.
Bron Eiifion Lodges has delightful traditional lodges amongst a serene lakeside setting, making it just perfect for fishing-lovers. These log cabins are just a mile from the charming village of Criccieth, with a selection of restaurants, pubs and shops, as well as a rolling sandy beach and historic castle.
Barmouth Bay Holiday Park is a fantastic holiday site with direct beach access for all you beach-goers, and an indoor heated swimming pool meaning you can enjoy a swim whatever the weather. The site has an array of other facilities, including a multi-use sports court, children’s adventure playground, and an outdoor cinema where you can wrap up warm and watch the latest movie!