Portmeirion (15 minutes)
Clough Williams-Ellis’ Italianate village; stunning architecture and beautiful gardens. Good restaurants and picnic facilities. Use the hotel for an excellent lunch or try the newly restored castle, Castell Deudraeth, for a special meal. Many shops including the Portmeirion pottery shop.
Yr Wyddfa – Snowdon (45 minutes)
The highest mountain in Wales; there are many marked footpaths to Snowdon’s summit; the easiest and the most popular is the Llanberis path which starts from the town of Llanberis,or take the train. If you are an experieced mountaineer there are tougher routes to the summit like the Crib Goch route which starts at Pen y Pass. Refreshments are available at the Hafod Eryri cafe at the summit.
Ffestiniog Railway (15 minutes)
Take the narrow gauge railway from Porthmadog across the Cob and up into the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog Stop at Tan y Bwlch station on the way and try
some of the walks through the hills and woodlands. Beautiful scenery. Good way to while away several hours.
Blaenau Ffestiniog Slate Mines (30 minutes)
Visit the slate mines in Blaenau Ffestiniog and experience the history of the industry. Go on an underground train ride through the mines. The mines are always a constant temperature so they will feel cool on a hot day and warm on a cold day.
Beddgelert Forest and Bike Centre (30 minutes)
Two miles from the centre of Beddgelert, the forest stretches within the view of Snowdon. Hire bikes from the forest centre and follow various marked trails through the forest. Fantastic views and watch out for the wildlife.