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Visiting Snowdonia

The Ugly House, Betws y Coed



Snowdonia has many attractions on offer to the visitor from underground audiovisual tours to farm tours, narrow gauge railway trips through breathtaking countryside and for the more adventurous, white water rafting.

Whether your stay is for one day or a fortnight, there is always something to see or do.

Inigo Jones

Discover the secret of Welsh slate with a self guided tour of the Works which includes a DVD presentation and various new exhibitions. See the machines and craftsmen in action making beautifully made slate products. There’s also a craft shop and café on site.

How to get there?:
Inigo Jones is located between Groeslon and Penygroes on the A487 road between Caernarfon and Porthmadog.

Slate Work Shops & Showroom:
Daily 09.00 - 17.00

Address: Inigo Jones, Tudor Slate Works, Y Groeslon, Caernarfon. LL54 7UE

Telephone: 01286 830242

Sygun Copper Mine

Explore the old workings of the Sygun Copper Mine set in the beautiful Nant Gwynant valley. Discover the copper ore veins in the winding tunnels and the colourful chambers. This is a great attraction for the whole family.

How to get there?:
Sygun Copper Mine is located off the A498 just to the east of Beddgelert.

1 March - November: 09.30 - 17.00
27 December - 2 January & February half term: 10.00 - 16.00

Address: Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert, Gwynedd. LL55 4NE

Telephone: 01766 890595
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Tŷ Siamas

Tŷ Siamas is the National Centre for Welsh Folk music located in the old Market Hall building on Dolgellau square. Here you can learn about Welsh folk music in the interactive exhibition. Also at the Centre there’s a shop, café/bar, performance auditorium and a recording studio.

How to get there?:
Tŷ Siamas is located on Eldon Square in the centre of Dolgellau.

Opening Times
Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00 Saturday 10.00 - 13.00
Summer School Holidays: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00 Saturday 10.00 - 13.00

Address: Tŷ Siamas, Neuadd Idris, Eldon Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd. LL40 1PU

Telephone: 01341 421800

The Ugly House

It is believed that The Ugly House (‘Tŷ Hyll’ in Welsh) is an example of a ‘Tŷ Unnos’ - a house built overnight - and was built by two outlaw brothers in C15. The house was rescued from dereliction by the Snowdonia Society in the 1980s and is now used as a show-house for visitors where you can learn about the history of this unusual looking cottage. Outside you can enjoy the charming garden and the woodland walk.

How to get there?:
The Ugly House is located off the A5 between Capel Curig and Betws y Coed.

Opening Times
Open during the peak Summer holiday period - please contact the Snowdonia Society for more information. When the House is closed you are welcome to walk in the grounds.

Address: The Ugly House, Capel Curig, Conwy. LL24 0DS

Telephone: 01690 720287 / 01286 685498

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Explore the vast tunnels and caverns on The Miners Tramway tour – an adventure to discover the work of the Victorian Slate Miner. Or take The Deep Mine tour to explore the deep underground chambers where miners as young as 12 years old would work 6 days a week, 12 hours a day. On site there are shops, café, slatecraft workshop and the Victorian Village is open from April to September.

How to get there?:
Llechwedd Slate Caverns is located off the A470 just north of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

January - Mid March: Wednesday - Thursday: 09.30 - 17.30
Mid March - December: 9.30 - 17.30
October - March: 10.00 - 17.0
February Half Term: Open

Address: Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd. LL41 3NB

Telephone: 01766 830306


GreenWood Forest Park is a family adventure park packed with eco-fun and exploration. From the famous Green Dragon – the world's first people-powered rollercoaster – to the therapeutic BareFoot Trail, GreenWood is an all-weather family experience that you'll never forget. There's a café and gift shop on site.

How to get there?:
GreenWood Forest Park is located off the B4366 Bethel Road, between Bangor and Caernarfon.

GreenWood Forest Park has a 24 Hour Answerphone Message with details of opening dates and times. Call them on 01248 670076.

Address: GreenWood, Y Felinheli, Gwynedd. LL56 4QN

Telephone: 01248 671493

Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant

Travel back in time to this remote traditional stone-built farmhouse which was the birthplace of Bishop Williams Morgan who, in 1588, was the first to translate the entire Bible into Welsh. The farmhouse is now owned by The National Trust, and they have restored it to its probable C16 appearance. Have a look at the huge collection of Bibles from across the world and then explore the nearby woodland trail.

How to get there?:
Follow the A5 east from Betws y Coed, towards Llangollen, for 2 miles (3Km). Turn right at the Conwy Falls café towards Penmachno (B4406) and follow the National Trust signs to "Tŷ Mawr".

Mid March - late October Thu - Sun 12.00 - 17.00
Open Bank Holiday Mondays

Address: Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant, Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy. LL25 0HJ

Telephone: 01690 760213

National Slate Museum

Set in the old Victorian workshops of the enormous Dinorwig Slate Quarry, the National Slate Museum tells the story of the Welsh slate industry. Learn about this huge important part of recent Welsh history by watching the introductory film and the slate splitting demonstrations, and explore Fron Haul, the row of quarrymen’s houses capturing the different periods in the industry. The Museum also has a gift shop, café and children’s play area.

How to get there?:
The National Slate Museum is located in Padarn Country Park, off the A4086 in Llanberis.

Easter - October10.00 - 17.00
November - Easter 10.00 - 16.00
(closed Saturdays)

Address: National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Gwynedd. LL55 4TY

Telephone: 01286 870630
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Electric Mountain

Visit the Electric Mountain Centre at Llanberis where you can take an underground tour on a bus and travel deep into the Elidir mountain and through the dark tunnels to the Dinorwig Power Station. From there you can see the huge turbines in action and view an underground film show telling the story of this great engineering achievement. In the visitor centre, there’s also a gift shop, café and children’s soft play area - a great family attraction.

How to get there?:
Electric Mountain is located off the A4086 in Llanberis.

September - May:10.00 - 16.30
June - August: 09.30 - 17.30
School and Bank holidays:09.30 - 17.30

Address: Electric Mountain, Llanberis, Gwynedd. LL55 4UR

Telephone: 01286 870636


Portmeirion is the renowned Italian style coastal tourist village designed and built by the famous Welsh architect, Sir Clough Williams – Ellis, between 1925 and 1975. It has been the location of several films and dramas, including the 1960s television show The Prisoner and it also appeared in the last episode of the TV drama Cold Feet in 2003. Portmeirion is now owned by a charitable trust, and along with the hotel, there are shops, café, tea-room and restaurant.

How to get there?:
Portmeirion is located off the A487 between Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth.

Opening Times:
Daily 09.30 - 17.30 (closed Christmas day)

Address: Portmeirion, Minffordd, Gwynedd. LL48 6ER

Telephone: 01766 770000

Trefriw Woollen Mill

Trefriw Woollen Mills are manufacturers of traditional Welsh bedspreads, tapestries and tweeds. Visitors can witness weaving in action and see the hydro-electric turbine that generates electricity for the mill. You can buy their pure wool products in the shop at the mills.

How to get there?:
Trefriw Woollen Mills is located off the B5106 between Betws y Coed and Conwy, in the centre of Trefriw.

Visit their website for opening times.

Address: Trefriw Woollen Mills, Trefriw, Dyffryn, Conwy. LL27 ONQ

Telephone: 01492 640462

Yr Ysgwrn

Yr Ysgwrn is not your typical Welsh farmhouse. the history and symbolism that the place represents is one of the main reasons the Snowdonia National Park Authority bought it in March 2012.

The home reflects a period of social, cultural and agricultural history at the turn of the 20th century. Hedd Wyn's life and death are representative of an entire generation of young men from Wales, Britain and Europe, who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

How to get there?:

Yr Ysgwrn is located a mile to the east of Trawsfynydd off the A470. When travelling north, turn to your right directly opposite the first turning into Trawsfynydd and continue for about a mile before reaching Yr Ysgwrn's sign. Be wary of farm traffic and oncoming vehicles. You might have to use the passing places along the lane. Go through the gate for approximately 300m until you reach the car park on your left.

All opening times can be found on Yr Ysgwrn's website.

Address: Yr Ysgwrn Trawsfynydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4UW

Telephone: 01766 772508

King Arthur's Labyrinth

An Underground Storytelling Adventure
Sail through a waterfall, across a thousand years and deep inside the vast caverns of the Labyrinth. Enjoy fascinating legends of King Arthur, dragons, battles, giants and more as you explore the dramatic underground setting.

King Arthur's Labyrinth starts from the Corris Craft Centre which is also home to fabulous craft workshops and a further attraction, Lost Legends of The Stone Circle. Navigate the paths of a simple maze to find intriguing characters, stories of olde and the stone circle. Win a gold medal when you complete the quiz.

How to get there?:
Corris Craft Centre is located on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth.

23 March - 1 November:
daily 10.00 - 17.00

Address: King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth. SY20 9RF

Telephone: 01654 761584

Corris Mine Explorers

Explore the virtually untouched, historic workings of an old Welsh slate mine with one of Wales’ most experienced Mine Explorers. The mine was first worked in 1836 and abandoned by the miners around 40 years ago. More than 130 years of mining history is captured inside waiting to be discovered.

How to get there?:
Corris Mine Explorers tours starts from the Tourist Information Point at Corris Craft Centre in Mid Wales. It is located on the main A487 road between Dolgellau and Machynlleth.

Open all year round. Booking in advance is essential for the 1 hour Taster Trip, 2 hour Mine Explorer Trip and the Half Day Mine Expedition. During quiet times, trips may only run if there is sufficient demand.

Address: Corris Mine Explorers, Canolfan, Corris Craft Centre, Machynlleth. SY20 9RF

Telephone: 01654 761244

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