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To aid with your planning, if you intend to book a day visit or residential visit to Plas, our Independent Providers Questionnaire is in EVOLVE under Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Our Working with Children Policy can be found here.

If you would like more information about our courses, resources or visiting the Environmental Studies Centre, please contact us at


Follow the link to the Welsh National Parks Pack. Learn about them, compare facts and have fun with our ‘pairs’ game.

« Welsh National Parks Pack

The Snowdonia National Park Authority offers financial support to schools who pay for educational activities provided by the Authority, to contribute towards transport costs to participate in the activity. Click on the link below;

«Financial Support for Transport Costs

French and German Fact Files

We now have a fact file about the Snowdonia National Park available in French and German under Resources.

« Un Parc National : c’est quoi?

« Was ist ein Nationalpark?

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What is a National Park?

A National Park can be described as an area of land that is protected by an act for the benefit of the public’s enjoyment. National Parks protect and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. There are 15 National Parks in Britain with the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland the largest. It measures 1,465 square miles (4,528 square Km) which is larger than Luxembourg. Wales has three National Parks, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons.

Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park was created in 1951 and is the largest in Wales at 823 square miles or 2,176 square kilometers. Snowdonia National Park is;

  • Twice the size of Anglesey.
  • A little smaller than Pembrokeshire.
  • The fourth largest in Britain after the Cairngorms, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.
  • The same size as the counties of Cardiff, Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Caerphilly and Torfaen put together.


Snowdonia is home to Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), the largest mountain in Wales and England that stands at 1,085m above sea level. From the summit on a clear day you can see as far as the Lake District and Ireland.

Snowdonia's Visitors

Around 10 million visitor days are spent in Snowdonia each year with around 4.7 million visitors coming to the area.

Snowdonia's Footpaths

There is around 1,479 miles of public footpaths here in Snowdonia. They vary from mountainous paths to low-level leisure networks. If you put Snowdonia’s footpath network together you’d be able to drive along the winding roads to Bari in Italy or as the crow flies reach Russia’s western borders.