Beddgelert is Snowdonia’s loveliest village. A place of legend yet rich with adventure, it is small and friendly with a handful of shops, arts and crafts, restaurants, traditional pubs and a fabulous ice cream shop!
Offer gorge walking, canyoning, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and going underground.
Ever fancied panning for fools gold? A unique experience of seeing how a victorian copper mine used to work where a series of tunnels take you through the mine with magnificent caves and stalactites.
Is the oldest house in Beddgelert and is on the site of Llewelyn The Great’s hunting lodge. Now a shop and model 19th century kitchen, it is a little piece of treasure.
Although not much of the original fort is remaining, it is worth a visit. It is here that the red dragon of Wales is said to have slain the white dragon of the Saxons as foretold by Merlin himself.
The grave site of Llewelyn The Great’s faithful hound who was slain in a case of mistaken identity… he is the namesake of the village and to find out the full story, you may want to take a little wander up there.
There are lots of beautiful, hand carved wooden gifts to take home as a bit of Snowdonia memorabilia available in the shop which is open 10-5pm and on the way to Gelert grave.
Morfa Bychan or Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog is probably your nearest beach which is about 30 mins away by car. The only beach in the area that will allow you to drive onto the beach; there is a small charge for this.
There is also a 1km lake on the north side of Beddgelert; great for wild swimming.
With 200 years of heritage, it is the oldest railway company still operating. Starting in Porthmadog, the Ffestiniog Railway takes you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you a fascinating insight into the past.
Clough Williams-Ellis created this little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in North Wales during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings in every colour along with wonderful gardens and views. Famous as the location of the cult TV series Prisoner in the 60’s, it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes on site along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.
There are so many things to do at ZipWorld! The longest zipline in Europe and the fastest in the world. Bounce Below is an underground trampoline experience with trampolines are suspended upto 180 ft above ground from inside an excavated cavern. Zip World Caverns (the greatest underground adventure – ziplining and caving mixed together), Fforest Zip Safari (a zipline through the forest), Plummet (a bungee jump style adventure), Skyride (Europes highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (giant nets suspended from the trees to run around in) and last but not least, Fforest Coaster, the roller coaster in the woods!
A man-made surfing lagoon situated in the Conwy Valley is where to go for surfing. Waves are created in the lagoon; perfect, continuous waves. There are lots of other activities at the site including Crash and Splash which is like total wipeout set up along with a soft play centre and a skate ramp.
The National White Water Centre on the river Tryweryn in Bala is the best place in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled so it’s rapids still thunder in the summer, meaning you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous
Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
Some suggestions from the people at Visit Snowdonia
A great guide up Moel Hebog from our friends at Mud and Routes
If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these and and so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!
The forest here is beautiful. There are 2 routes; yellow (6km) and green (4km) and all follow the forest trails so there is no worry of traffic – perfect for family days out as well as an opportunity to take in the scenery without looking out of a window. There are plenty of bikes to hire from Beddgelert Bikes near by if you don’t have you’re own
Based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
There are 4 trails for both novice and advanced riders. Its costs £27.50 for the day. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
Beddgelert Bikes is the largest bike hiring company in the area.
The Tanronnen and The Saracens Head are the local pubs that offer fine food, ale and roaring log fires – a really cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
RESTAURANTS – The Royal Goat offers food from breakfast through to dinner and is known for its Sunday Lunches. The Hebog is a fantastic bistro. The outside is beautifully set by the river and perfect for relaxing after a log walk or if you just fancy mooching around by the river!
CAFES: Caffi Gwynant based at the foot of the Watkins Path is a perfect spot to stock up / restore from a trek up or down Snowdon offering an extensive menu for a Cafe. Cafe Glendwr and Glaslyn Ice Cream will always be mentioned hand in hand with Beddgelert – as well as incredible ice cream, they also offer a great cafe menu including pizza!
ICECREAM: Glaslyn Ice Cream – not to be missed!
Meddygfa Waunfawr, Liverpool House, 2 Church St, Beddgelert, LL55 4YY
TEL: 01286 650223
ATM: Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand. There are no ATM’s in Beddgelert itself, but you can get money from the Post Office at no extra charge. The nearest place for ATM’s is Llanberis 14 miles away so make sure you are covered. The Post Office is open 8.00am – 5.30pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 8.00am – 1.00pm Fri and 8.00am – 6.00pm on Sat.
Caernarfon is the nearest place for the larger stores and Tesco will deliver.
- TESCO – S Rd, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2YG. TEL: 0845 677 9122
- MORRISONS – N Rd, Caernarfon, LL55 1BE. TEL: 01286 676617
- There is not a mainline train station in Beddgelert, but the Welsh Highland Railway runs between Porthmadog and Caeranrfon and Beddgelert is the middle stopping point. The nearest one is Porthmadog (14 miles) and the Bangor (25miles). There are bus services that run to Bala.
There are a number of bus services that go through Beddgelert. The following link will help you plan your journey: BEDDGELERT BUS SERVICES
- local taxi firms include:
- CHUBS CABS 01248 679292
- WILLIAMS CABS – 01248 670171
The welsh alphabet is phonetic so once you know how to say the letters, the theory is that reading the words is straightforward; you say what you see. A little time spent familiarising yourself with the alphabet will help no end when you’re trying to navigate your way around the area…
a short, as in ‘hat’, never as in ‘ball’
b as in ‘bag’. Although is there really any other way?
c always hard as in ‘cat’, never an s as in ‘precise’
ch like the ch in the Scottish word ‘loch’, but with more phlegm
d as in ‘dog’, never as in ‘djinn’
dd a buzzy ‘th’ sound, as in ‘this’. Think angry bees with a lisp
e short, as in pen
f v. This is very, very simple, and when you get really used to it, f will play hafock with your spelling
ff f. Equally, you can ffind yourselff getting too used to ff as well
g always hard as in ‘get’, never a ‘j’ sound as in the last g in garage
ng as in ‘song’, where the g isn’t hard, like in ‘gig’, but a soft glottal stop made in your throat
h as in hat, always sounded and never silent
i as in ‘pin’
j accepted now because of the loan words from English that use it, like ‘garej’
l a ‘luh’ as in ‘lava’, but never an ‘ul’ sound as in ‘milk’
ll not as hard a sound to make as some would have you think. Raise your tongue to the top of your mouth as if you were going to say ‘el’, then make the ‘ell’ sound by blowing air round the sides of your raised tongue, instead of by using your voice. You should sound like an annoyed cat
m as in ‘mithridatize’. Or as in ‘mum’, if you want to be boring
n as in ‘nanobot’
o short as in ‘hot’, not round as in ‘hotel’
p can I have a p please Bob?
ph an English f, or Welsh ff sound, as in ‘phase’
r rolled. Some people just can’t get a rolled ‘r’ – their tongues are unable to vibrate in the right way. It’s a genetic thing, apparently,
similar to being able to roll your tongue into a tube, or turn the end upside down. Honestly, some people can, but my tongue’s not that prehensile. Roll if you can, don’t if you can’t
rh hr. Make a huffy, breathy sound before your rolled ‘r’
s always soft as in ‘sit’, never a ‘z’ sound as in ‘juxtapose’
t as in ‘top’. Can it get any simpler?
th as in ‘think’, softer and less buzzy than dd
u If you had stepped in something disgusting and made a kind of ‘eugh’ noise, the vowel ‘eu’ sound would about approximate
y ok, y breaks the rule that Welsh is phonetic. As a single syllable word, y is like ‘uh’, on the last syllable of a multisyllabic word it’ an‘u’ or ‘ee’, and anywhere else it’s like the unstressed, indeterminate noise of the final e in ‘garden’ or ‘letter’. Ysbyty (hospital) is the perfect example.
How are you? Sut mae / Ti’n iawn
Good morning: Bore da
Good Afternoon: P.nawn da, prynhawn da
Good evening: Noswaith dda
Good night: Nos da
Cheers / Good Health! Iechyd da!
Do you speak welsh? Ydych chi’n siarad Cymraeg?
How do you say…. in welsh? ru di/Beth ydy….yn Cymraeg?
Thank you: Diolch
I love you: Dw i’n dy garu di
Happy Birthday: Penblwdd Hapus
and a couple of funny ones….
Microwave: popty ping
‘Might as well’: Man a man a mwnci
DIRECTORY OF PLACES LISTED:
01766 238 007
Canolfan Beicio Antur Stiniog, Ceudlyllau Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB
The Bike Barn, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4YW
Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4YB
Cafe Glendwr & Glaslyn Ice Cream
01766 890 339
Stryd Gwynant, Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4YB
Nantgwynant, Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4NL
For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: LL40 2HY OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268
Latitude/Longitude:53.022346, -4.079017, OS Grid Ref: SH606492
Postcode: LL49 9NF Grid Reference: SH 57131 38419Lat./Lng.: 52.924122/-4.1266580
Latitude/Longitude: 53.0082, -4.1016, OS Grid ref: SH595485
01766 890 400
Ffordd Caernarfon, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 2UY
NATIONAL WHITE WATER CENTRE
Use SatNav, LL23 7NU
Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER
SNOWDONIA ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
01341 247151 / 07976662414
SYGUN COPPER MINE
Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4NE
The Royal Goat Hotel
Caernarfon Road, Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Park LL554YE
The Saracens Head
Caernarfon Road, Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4UY
Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4YB
Ty Isaf, Snowdonia National Park, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4YA
01248 601 444 choose option 2
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB
For a full listing of all of our holiday cottages in the Beddgelert area, please use the link below: