Snowdonia’s national park is the rural heartland of North Wales — think mountains, glacial valleys, and sparkling waterfalls. But there’s also plenty here for families, history buffs and Sunday strollers.
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Combining heritage with high jinks, this boutique hotel brings a touch of luxury to the lunar landscape of the former Llechwedd quarry near Blaenau Ffestiniog.
It’s a useful base to explore the wider region, sitting at the centre of Wales’ latest UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel has been tastefully converted from the former 19th-century residence of the quarry founder, by John Whitehead Greaves.
It’s a family-friendly place with 24 stylish rooms, plus a restaurant and bar with décor to reflect its historic past.
There are also glamping safari tents (sleeps four or five people), and new off-grid shepherd’s huts, for a more rustic experience.
Plas Weunydd is a haven amid the harsh slate-mining heartland. The nearby town of Blaenau is not an obvious stopover, but this stylish hotel is a welcome beacon.
Outside, the Llechwedd quarry hosts adrenaline sports activities, notably the Zip World Caverns, Zip World Titan, and Bounce below attractions. There’s also a 4WD guided tour of the quarry with one of the former miners.
Combine with a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, getting off at Tan-y-Bwlch station.
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