Glamping Snowdonia National Park in Wales was amazing. The location, the facilities, the activities all made for an amazing adventure. Let’s tell you a bit more about Glamping in Snowdonia at Llechwedd.
Just on the outskirts of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales is the Llechwedd Slate mountain site. Once home to a prosperous slate mine that exported its stone all over the world
Nowadays the site is home to Glamping, Salt Mine Tours, Zip Lining and mountain bikes.
Llechwedd is an amazing example of an industrial site of yester-year being repurposed into something that can be used today.
Our Snowdonia glamping tent
We headed to Llechwedd to spend a night in one of their amazing glamping tents. They have 6 tents on the side of a hill overlooking the zip lines, the slate mountains and the surrounding landscape.
After checking in you park your car at a car park just below the tents. A staff member will then whisk you and your luggage up to the tent site.
The first thing you notice is the deck. It has 2 chairs and a small table on it. Perfect for a wine and nibbles while watching the ever-changing skies of North Wales. The dramatic landscape takes on two different personalities when cloudy or sunny.
The deck leads you into the living room area of the tent. Here you will be greeted with a table and bench seats complete with slate placemats and coasters. The first impression was that it is a warm rustic and welcoming environment to spend a night.
On the table, you will find complimentary tea and coffee and a pack of local artisan ginger biscuits. You can have a cuppa and biscuit while you settle in.
Om one side of your lounge room you have a pot belly fire for warmth complete with wood and firestarters. If the weather is going to be cold we suggest you bring some extra wood or purchase it from reception. The pile you are given runs out pretty quickly. There is also a little electric heater there as well.
On the other side of the tent is your kitchenette. You have a small fridge, microwave, sink, utensils, cups and plates. Everything you need for a night of Glamping in Snowdonia.
The bedroom has 2 bunk beds. One with a double and single on the top and another with 2 singles. This is perfect for families. Usually, it is pretty hard for families of up to 5 to find accommodation in one room. This is perfect!
The beds were comfortable with heavy blankets for the cold weather, 2 pillows and a hot water bottle for you to use. We all had one in our beds and they made them so snug and wam to get into.
The bathroom has a hot water on demand shower and a toilet to use. The towel heater will dry and warm the big luxurious towels that are supplied to keep you extra cosy. There are also some toiletries.
There are a cafe, pub and pizza shop on site. If you’re looking to eat dinner I would not personally be relying on any of these to be open at dinner time. The cafe closes at 5, the bar staff told us the pizza restaurant and the pub is meant to open till 7p, but if it’s quiet it can close at any time.
We suggest you bring some of your own food that can be microwaved and enjoyed as you watch the daylight as it slips away behind the mountains out on the deck. You can also head into Blaenau Ffestiniog and grab dinner at the local pub or takeaway stores.
The gate is locked at 7 pm for the public but as a guest, you are given a code for the gate to get back into this Snowdonia glamping site.
As the day gives way to the darkness of the night the stars come out to play. In the darkness of this mountainous region of Noth Wales, the stars dazzle in the night sky like diamonds.
Make sure you make yourself a hot drink and spend some time on the deck star spotting. This was a great family experience during our stay.
What else is there to do at Llechwedd Slate Mine?
Onsite there is Zipline world for the thrill-seekers. You will get to make your way across 3 different zip lines. Bounce Below takes you underground for a subterranean net adventure.
There is the Slate Mountain Adventure which takes you to the highs of the slate hills and the lows of the slate cavers underground. The Antur Stiniog downhill mountain bike centre attracts bikers from all over the world.
We did the Slate Mountain Adventure Tour after checking out of our Glamping tent and having breakfast at the onsite cafe. We loved our time at Llechwedd and wished we had of stayed another night. Everything about it was amazing from the location to warm and comfortable beds.
How to get to Llechwedd
Chester England is the usual entry point to North Wales from England. Follow the A55 into North Wales. Take exit 19 just after Conwy onto the A470 and follow the signs to Blaenau Ffestiniog, The Journey will take 1.5 hours from Chester.
You can fly into Liverpool or Manchester and rent a car for the journey. You can catch a train via Chester to Rhyl in Wales. From Rhyl 5 trains a day go to Betws-y-Coed where you can connect to Blaenau Ffestiniog by one of the 6 trains daily.
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Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.