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Snowdonia National Park

1. Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway was completed in 1896, and links Llanberis to the summit cafe and bar, and the highest postbox in the UK! The 70 year old carriages are pushed up the mountain by an equally ancient steam engine at no faster than 5 miles per hour. Board at Llanberis Station opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel. With a round trip of two hours, the journey provides ample time to see the dramatic peaks and rocky landscape of Snowdonia.

2. Electric Mountain

Set against the backdrop of towering mountains and the magnificent scenery of Snowdonia, Electric Mountain in Llanberis is a modern day hydro-electric power station set deep in the rock of Elidir mountain. The visitor centre's split level layout contains a gift shop and café and is the starting point for the tour. Descend into a labyrinth of dark and imposing tunnels to experience this amazing engineering achievement first hand, and see the massive pumps and turbines in action.

3. The Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog Railway ranks as Wales's finest narrow-gauge rail line, twisting and looping 650 ft from the Wharf at Porthmadog to the slate mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog, thirteen miles away. Over the last fifty years, the Ffestiniog Railway has become a leader in railway preservation and is now one of Wales’ top tourist attractions. Visitors to the railway can enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of Snowdonia as they pass through areas inaccessible by road undisturbed by the sights and sounds of modern life.

4. Plas-y-Brenin National Mountain Centre

Plas-y-Brenin National Mountain Centre runs courses, expeditions and holidays, taster sessions in climbing, canoeing and skiing, or longer residential courses. Try sea-kayaking or sea-cliff climbing, winter hill walking and mountaineering, mountain biking or orienteering. Maybe you fancy a career change and want to look into a fast track outdoor instructor course? The centre evenn offers overseas adventure, with climbing and mountaineering courses in the Alps.

5. The Welsh Slate Museum

The Welsh Slate Museum building is sited in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. Built in 1870, the workshops are on a pattern similar to a British Empire Fort. The central courtyard, clock tower and marvellously detailed windows give them their unique character, still visible today. An imaginative interpretation of life on the site using models, reconstructions and even a working steam engine, gives visitors an insight into how people lived and worked here. 

6. Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Take an underground cavern tour and experience first hand how slate was mined, then see how it is transformed into traditional roofing slate and the famous slate fan. Visitors descend on Britain's steepest passenger railway, in a specially made 24-seat car. Board the Miners Tramway and ride into an 1846 tunnel, hauled by battery-electric locomotive and traverse some spectacular caverns. Visit the Victorian Llechwedd Village which grew amid the surface workings of the mine.

7. The Motor Museum, Betws-y-Coed

Featuring a unique collection of vintage and thoroughbred cars Betws-y-Coed Motor Museum was created from the private collection of the Houghton Family and is housed in the old Betws Farm which overlooks the beautiful River Llugwy in the heart of the village. The varied exhibits include exotic and rare cars; Bugatti, Aston Martin, Bentley, Riley MPH and the more common MGs, Rovers Austin Sevens, Bullnose Morris, Ford Model-T's and more.

8. Sygun Copper Mine

The Sygun Copper Mine is a unique modern day reminder of 19th century methods of ore extraction and processing. This family attraction situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in the glorious Gwynant Valley. See Snowdonia's famous stalactites and stalagmites and learn and discover Wales's industrial heritage with audio-visual presentations and fantastic activities such as Gold-panning. Other activities include, pottery painting, archery and metal detecting.

9. Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Gorge

Awe-inspiring beauty surrounds Beddgelert, making it one of the most memorable villages in Britain. Set at the meeting point of two rivers, the Glaswyn and the Colwyn, Beddgelert nestles in the heart of a majestic landscape with the Snowdon range rising steeply to the north and the craggy Moel Hebog (2569ft), to the west. The steep slopes are covered by a rich assortment of trees, undergrowth and bracken, giving the landscape an ever-changing range of colours and textures.

10. Swallow Falls

Next to the A5 road between Capel Curig and Betws-y-Coed the Llugwy river hurls itself into a spectacular chasm in a place known as Swallow Falls. Best viewed after heavy rain the river rushes down from the mountains through tree-hung, rocky chasms. Jagged rocks and crags divide the stream into a number of foaming cascades which tumble headlong over boulders between richly wooded banks.
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