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Learning About



Visiting Snowdonia

People have been visiting Snowdonia for centuries, to spend time in one of the most spectacular areas of the United Kingdom, if not the world. In fact, tourism is Snowdonia's main industry. Around 10 million people visit the Snowdonia National Park each year and most of these visitors will spend some money during their visit. Just imagine how much money is spent each year by visitors who come to Snowdonia from each corner of the world!

"Did you know that about 10 million visitor days are spent in Snowdonia every year?"

Snowdon Summit

Snowdon Summit (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)

Snowdonia and Tourism

During the Victorian era the first visitors arrived in Snowdonia, and they came in their masses, escaping from the industrial towns and cities of the midlands and northern England. Small villages such as Betws y Coed, Beddgelert and Aberdyfi grew into popular holiday centres, which are still as popular today as they were back then.

Even though the summer months are the most popular amongst Snowdonia’s visitors, people come to the area throughout the year. The mountains attract walkers and climbers every month and as a result, hotels, cafes and B&B’s stay open. Attractions and activities such as mountain biking, rafting and white water canoeing bring the most adventurous to Snowdonia whilst those who prefer a more relaxing time are drawn by the area’s heritage and cultural attractions.

So that Snowdonia is protected as a tourist hotspot, everyone has a role to play to conserve the fragile landscape. The Snowdonia National Park is eager to teach visitors about the special qualities of the area so that together, the landscape can be looked after for the future.

Interesting Facts About Snowdonia's Visitors

  • On average, most of Snowdonia's visitors stay for 2-3 days.
  • Most visitors stay in self catering accommodation.
  • Most visitors arrive by car and use it to travel around Snowdonia.
  • Over half of Snowdonia's day visitors spend time in Betws y Coed.
  • Over a quarter of Snowdonia's visitors come for the peace and quiet.