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Llanberis Snowdonia Area

 

Dominated by the grandeur of the Snowdon massif, Llanberis is flanked by two lakes, LIyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, and is one of the most popular mountain tourist centres in the National Park. 
The lakes, the forests and the remains of the huge Dinorwig slate quarries blend together to provide something of interest for young and old, whatever the weather.
 
Padarn Country Park is the setting for the Welsh Slate Museum, the lake railway and many other attractions. Much of the park is a hillside of oak woodland overlooking Llyn Padarn. The land was once part of Dinorwig Slate Quarries, employing over 3,000 men, and you can explore the footpaths created over the years by the quarrymen as they walked to and from their work.

There are pleasant lakeside picnic areas. Llyn Padarn offers a wide range of watersports including fun boats, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing at Padarn Water Sports Centre.

Llanberis Lake Railway offers a 60-minute trip on an historic narrow gauge train from Llanberis village to the Welsh Slate Museum and Gilfach Ddu car park and along the shore of Llyn Padarn, with great views of the mountains.

The Welsh Slate Museum is housed in the former Dinorwic Slate Quarry workshops in Gilfach Ddu where you can see the foundry, fitting shop, smithy, saw mill, carpenter's shop, pattern loft and all the old machinery used to dress the slate. Most spectacular is the huge water-driven wheel that provides the power in the workshops. Between the slate museum and the railway terminus are the craft workshops where you can watch craftspeople working in clay, copper, slate and wood.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway offers Britain's most spectacular rail journey on the country's only public rack and pinion railway. There are frequent departures to the summit of Snowdon by a variety of vintage steam and modern diesel trains which make the four-mile trip to the top, where there is a bar, buffet and gift shops.

Ceunant Mawr waterfall, less than a mile from the High Street, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in North Wales. Follow a footpath signposted in Church Lane.

Built by Llywelyn the Great in the early 13th century, Dolbadarn Castle lies in a wild landscape of breathtaking grandeur.

If you're looking for a truly electrifying day out, why not visit First Hydro's Electric Mountain Visitors Centre. You'll discover the amazing powers of pumped storage hydro-electricity in a totally entertaining and educational environment. Admission to the Centre is free and there's heaps of interest for visitors of all age groups. The split-level complex contains a fascinating range of interactive displays, models and exhibitions. The history and development of hydro-electricity is explained, as well as how power is fed into the National Grid system and transmitted throughout England and Wales.

From Electric Mountain, visitors can take a guided tour around Dinorwig Power Station. This starts with a sound and vision spectacular at Electric Mountain illustrating the role that pumped storage plays in ensuring the country's electricity demands are always met. A First Hydro mini-bus will then transport visitors to the power station itself. Descending deep inside ancient Elidir mountain's labyrinth of dark and imposing tunnels, you'll experience one of man's greatest engineering achievements.

In the High Street in Llanberis, you'll find a mix of small shops and cafes, popular with walkers and climbers.

 

 

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