An Introduction to Snowdonia
Snowdonia is a region of North Wales and a National Park of 838 square miles (2,170 km2). It was the first to be designated of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951. There are also many rivers, gorges, forests and moorland. The park attracts over 6 million visitors annually, split almost equally between day and staying visitors, making it the third most visited national park in England and Wales.
Places to visit in Snowdonia
The actual hills are the main attraction here with picturesque views and a large range of wildlife. The northern most area of Snowdonia is the most popular with tourists, and includes Moel Hebog, Mynydd Mawr and the Nantlle Ridge; the Snowdon massif; the Glyderau, and the Carneddau. Whilst east is home to peaks such as Moel Siabod, Cnicht the Moelwynion, the Rhinogydd in the west and in the south Cadair Idris, the Tarren range, and the Aran group.You can also visit the Talyllyn Railway which has been preserved for 60 years and was originally built in 1863. The area also has many beaches on Wales' 200 mile coast.
Getting to Snowdonia
Birmingham and Manchester are the nearest airports to the National Park.
From London the journey will take around 4 hours 40 minutes and from around the country the key road links are the A55 from Northern England & Scotland, the A5 from the Midlands and Southern England, the A470 from South Wales. Once in Snowdonia the main roads are the A470, A5 and A494.
To get from London to Snowdonia by train it is best to use the Direct trains that run from London Euston to Llandudno which take just over 5 hours or to any of the other train stations in the area. Some of the services in Snowdonia are run by the Welsh Highland Railway and FFestinog, with others by National Rail.
By Coach and Bus
National Express journey from all over the UK to the region of Snowdonia and it takes longer than 5 hours from London. Once in Snowdonia the main bus operator is Sherpa which travels throughout the region.