Llanberis is probably best known as the Snowdon village. It is the home of Snowdon Mountain Railway. This narrow gauge rack & pinion mountain railway has been taking visitors to the summit of Snowdon for over 100 years.
For the more energetic it is also the start of the ‘Llanberis path’, the most popular and probably the easiest of the main 6 routes to the summit of Snowdon.
If you prefer less crowd and quieter routes with more solitude and contemplation, then checkout the Rhyd-Ddu path to the summit of Snowdon.
Llanberis however is not only about reaching the summit of Snowdon. At the centre of the village is the delightful Padarn Country Park, with over 800 acres of the most spectacular scenery in North Wales. Llyn Padarn, a glacially formed lake, runs through the centre of the park. The hillside woodlands north of the lake are a real delight. There are many easy paths through the woods meandering up the hillside.
Just off the north side car-park, is the Vivian Quarry. This was a working slate quarry until 1970. It is now a recreational diving site. Even for those not into diving this is an impressive place to visit. Look out for the amazing reflections on the still waters. At quiet times this can be an eerie place to visit, and with a little bit of imagination, it can be reminiscent of the infamous lake scene in the film “Friday the 13th”!
Other attractions include the Quarry Hospital Museum, Welsh Slate Museum and the Llanberis Lake Railway, which runs along the northern bank of Llyn Padarn. During the summer months you can take a boat trip on Llyn Padarn which offers stunning views.
Recommended Cafés & Restaurants:
- Caffi Sam 48 High St, Llanberis, LL55 4EU
Delicious homemade cakes and soups, make this the perfect stop for a light bite. They also have a good selection of vegan health food, so there is no need to feel guilty whilst you tuck into your almond and chocolate cake. And it's dog friendly.. Hurray.
- The Heights 74 High St, Llanberis, LL55 4HB
From light bites to full-on pub classics. Good atmosphere especially if there is live music. Can get very busy in summer weekends. If you park your car in their grounds make sure you tell a member of the staff as otherwise you may get a parking ticket. Better still park elsewhere if you can. Dogs are not allowed inside.
- Caban Café Brynrefail, LL55 3NR Tel: 01286 685500
Another hidden gem, the Caban café is located at the foot of Llyn Padarn (Brynrefail). Locally sourced ingredients are used to create amazingly tasty dishes. 'Sweet potato soups', 'Thai curries' and if you are really hungry 'the quarryman’s breakfast'. For something different on Tuesdays they serve Tapas. All dishes are nicely presented, delicious, and very authentic.
You won't be disappointed.
Llanberis Walk: (PDF)
Weatherman Walking - Derek Brockway, BBC Wales' popular weatherman.