Snowdonia, North Wales, isn’t just home to one of the three peaks and Wales’ highest mountain but is also a stunning and adventure-filled place to visit. We’ll detail below our top 4 things to do in the national park, along with accessible parking suggestions for motorhomers.
Where to stay
We’ve got two recommendations for places to stay, but there are plenty of other good spots and campsites around the area. We have a lovely site with full facilities ran by the Caravan & Motorhome Club and a wild spot with a view of the coast. We all like to adventure in our own way and have different requirements for our overnight stops. Some people enjoy the comfort of a well-equipped campsite and others prefer to find the quiet places off the beaten track. Or, like us, you might like to enjoy the best of both worlds and stay between sites, wild spots and the odd pub for good measure (and good gin!).
Coed-Y-Llwyn Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
This campsite is open to members and non-members between March – October each year (check the website for the most up to date information) and is located within the Snowdonia National Park, making it an ideal base for exploring the area.
It’s main facilities include:
– Toilets & Showers (inc. disabled and baby facilities)
– Wi-fi (charges applicable – see our wi-if on the road blog)
– Electric Hook-up
Bronaber (Gwynedd, Wales, United Kingdom, LL41 4UY)
Situated in the south of the Snowdonia National Park, this beauty spot is ideal for those of us who like to be closer to nature. There is no charge, it is very remote with walks straight from the stop.
Four Things to Do in Snowdonia
Parking: Nant Peris Park and Ride
We’ve recommended the Nant Peris park and ride as there are deep spaces on the left as you enter the car park so most Motorhomes (<8m) can park there without taking up more than one space. It’s a great base for starting the Snowdon climb with the bus to the walkway entrances being very regular in high season (every 20 mins).
From this location you can choose from a few routes (easy – medium) up Snowdon which start at either Llanberis or Pen y Pass. Walk Up Snowdon is a good site for exploring the different routes and deciding which one is most suited to your abilities.
Whichever route you take, you will experience amazing views and breathtaking scenery! We took the picture below from mid-way up the Minor’s route with no filters!!
NB: You can also take the train up Mt. Snowdon, tickets can be purchased here. Please keep in mind that the above car park is not for the train and although we got our 6.5m motorhome into the carpark by the train station due to arriving early, by the time we got back we were blocked in so be careful where you park if you decide to get the train!
Velocity 2 (Zip World – Penrhyn Quarry)
Parking at the Zipworld is limited so we recommend arriving early in order to ensure a space, especially if your motorhome is large. We booked an early zip and were able to park our 6.5m motorhome but the car park was filling up when we left.
Now, this one is not for the faint hearted but we highly recommend giving it a go as it’s a truly exhilarating experience. On arrival, the site looks a bit desolate being an old slate mine but you soon forget all that as you are taken up to the starting point of the zip wire. Luckily you get a test run on the ‘little’ zip before going on the ‘big’ zip and the big zip is definitely that! You can go over 100mph and it is 1555 meters long – there is nothing quite like the experience of flying head first down the zip wire and the rush of adrenalin you feel – we would definitely go back and do it again!
There are restrictions so please do check the website before booking, read all the information and book tickets here.
NB – If the zip wire doesn’t sound up your street then there are other experiences at this location including karts and quarry tours.
Bounce Below (Zip World – Slate Caverns)
The slate caverns have a large additional parking area where we were able to park our motorhome easily – parking wardens were also on hand and showed us exactly where to go on arrival.
Bounce Below is a large cave system filled with nets and secret tunnels where you can simply relive your childhood! You’ll find yourself being bounced around inadvertently by others and I defy anyone to not be giggling like a schoolgirl by the end of it! I would highly recommend this if you have kids with you.
You can find our more information and book tickets here.
NB – If bouncing around underground doesn’t sound like your thing then there are also other experiences to discover at this location, including: Caverns (an underground slate mine course) and Titan (three zip wires).
Parking: Caernarfon Castle Parking
This car park is located at the Castle and has around 10 larger spaces for buses and motorhomes. We were able to park easily in our motorhome but again we do suggest arriving early and try to avoid peak times.
There are many Castles to explore in this area (we also loved Criccieth Castle) so if you are interested in castles and history then these are not to be missed! With it’s beautiful view across the coast, epic size and interest back story, this castle is a must see. We lost a few hours just wondering around the grounds and admiring the views from every angle (including a quick check on our motorhome from the top of the tower!). You can read all about the history of the castle by buying a guide book or just from the boards and videos situated around the grounds. There are also walks to discover around the coast and the small town has some quant shops as well as great ice-cream!
Their website includes all the information needed to plan your visit.