Home to Craflwyn Hall, the Nant Gwynant valley is one of the most dramatic and beautiful valleys in Wales. Running through the valley, the Glaslyn River runs through the two majestic lakes, Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas before descending to the picturesque village of Beddgelert.
There are many trails in and around Craflwyn and Beddgelert. The circular walk from the village goes along the Pass of Aberglaslyn, then up the hill overlooking Beddgelert before dropping down sharply to Llyn Dinas, and finally making its way back to Beddgelert, via the Sygun Copper Mine.
Another spectacular walk takes you through the Aberglaslyn Pass. Following the river downstream, you quickly leave the tourists behind. The path starts quite sedately, but quickly becomes harder going over rocks, along narrow ledges and over small bridges with the waters churning below.
A short walk away is Dinas Emrys, an Iron Age hill fort and is steeped in myth and legend. It commands one of the main routes into Snowdonia and is said to be where the Welsh dragon sleeps.
Sygun Copper Mine is one of the wonders of Wales. In in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Sygun is a remarkable example of how our precious industrial heritage can be reclaimed, restored and transformed into a tourist attraction. It offers a rare opportunity for those with a sense of adventure and curiosity, to see the wonders it still shelters after being abandoned in 1903.
You can also visit the National Slate Museum. Located at Llanberis, the museum tells the story of this once extensive industry. You can see slate being cut by hand, the huge waterwheel that powers the machinery, and the fascinating quarrymen's houses which show their development over the centuries. Llanberis is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and can also be reached using the Snowdon Sherpa bus.
You can find out more about the Welsh slate industry at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of the area's most popular attractions. Take the underground railway deep into the mountain to discover how slate was hewn by hand.
Train lovers are in for a real treat in the area of Wales. The Welsh Highland Railway runs from Caernarvon to Porthmadog, passing through Beddgelert on route. This is a spectacular route with view of Snowdon and the Aberglaslyn Pass.
Snowdon is also noted for its narrow gauge steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railways are both within reach of Craflwyn Hall. For a truly unique day out you take the mountain railway to the summit of Snowdon.
Lovers of the coast can visit the long arm of the Llyn Peninsula with its beautiful and contrasting scenery of wild cliffs and white sandy coves. Enjoy the glorious beaches at Aberdaron or Abersoch, or walk to the tip of the peninsula and enjoy the views of Bardsey Island.
The seaside town of Criccieth is around 25 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. Full of Victorian character, you could visit the historic castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaders parlour.
Garden lovers can visit the National Trust's gardens at Bodnant with their impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. Or take a stroll though the grounds of Plas Newydd with its glorious views overlooking the Menai Straits.
About 30 minutes’ drive from Beddgelert is Caernarfon Castle. Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales Caernarfon Castle is where the Investiture of the Prince of Wales is held and, along with neighbouring castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status.
A different sort of architecture can be found at the fascinating folly that is Portmeirion. This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner and is the home of the hotel was where the future Edward VIII went to meet Wallace Simpson prior to his abdication in 1936.