In our latest article about using your Snowdonia Pass around the region, we look at where your Pass can save you money in the Cardigan Bay and Southern Snowdonia areas.
The Southern Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay areas of Snowdonia are among the region’s most scenic. The beautiful blue waters of the bay are home to pods of dolphins, which you may be lucky enough to see during your visit, while the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia provide a breathtaking backdrop.
The towns and villages of this part of Snowdonia are just wonderful. There’s ancient Dolgellau with its hundreds of listed buildings, and Barmouth with its traditional seaside fun. Porthmadog, an important part of the region’s industrial heritage, is a great place to go shopping, while tiny Corris has a surprisingly high concentration of attractions and activities for such a small village. And then there’s historic Tywyn, home to the oldest known example of written Welsh and a petrified forest that’s rumoured to be the site of the legendary sunken lands of Cantre’r Gwaelod.
Yes, the folklore and storytelling tradition holds strong all over Wales, but perhaps nowhere more so than in Snowdonia, which lays claim to many of the Arthurian tales. No doubt you’ll hear a lot more about that in 2017, which Visit Wales has designated the Year of Legends… meanwhile, here’s how to get the most out of your Snowdonia Pass in Southern Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay.
LaserfunWales takes the pain out of paintball – and the mess, too! Have tons of fun playing battle games at a disused army camp at Tywyn. It’s fun for pretty much everyone, including families, youth groups, stags, hens and anyone else who fancies letting off steam in stunning surroundings. Your Snowdonia Pass gets you 10% off – find out more and read the T&Cs at the LaserfunWales deal details page.
There are few nicer ways to enjoy Snowdonia’s gorgeous countryside than from a steam train. There are several steam railways in Snowdonia, and the Talyllyn Railway is one of the most popular. There are some fantastically beautiful sights to be seen and with 10% off standard travel using your Snowdonia Pass, there’s never been a better time to visit. Find out more and read the T&Cs at the Talyllyn Railway deal details page.
King Arthur’s Labyrinth
A scenic journey of a different kind now – underground, in a boat, surrounded by everything that’s needed to illustrate the weird and wonderful tales of King Arthur and his knights that you’ll hear in a truly atmospheric setting. Your Snowdonia Pass entitles you to 10% discount off standard admission for 2 adults and 3 children – find out more at the King Arthur’s Labyrinth deal details page.
Corris Mine Explorers
Another underground adventure – this time, you’re exploring old mines, which is a lot more fascinating than you might think! Don a miner’s helmet and discover the items discarded by the miners in years gone by – it’s as if they’ve just popped out for lunch. Truly interesting stuff, and with 10% off a two-hour Mine Explorers trip for up to five people, it’s extremely good value too! T&Cs apply so please make sure you read them at the Corris Mine Explorers deal details page.
One of Wales’ most famous castles, Harlech Castle has a turbulent history, a distinctive profile and World Heritage status. Explore the walls and towers and learn how the 200-foot stairway once provided access to the sea. A truly mesmerising day out, and at 10% off with your Snowdonia Pass it’s value for money too. T&Cs apply so please make sure you visit the Harlech Castle deal details page before you go.
The masterpiece of eccentric visionary architect Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion Village is one of Snowdonia’s best-known and best-loved attractions. This quirky, colourful and breathtakingly beautiful Italianate village on the Dwyryd Estuary is a Snowdonia attraction you’ll want to visit again and again… and with 10% off entry when you present your Snowdonia Pass, no doubt you’ll do just that! Strict T&Cs apply, so please familiarise yourself with them at the Portmeirion Village deal details page before you visit.
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Full steam ahead with the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways – it’s a charming way to see Snowdonia’s countryside, and fun for the whole family. Your Snowdonia Pass will get you 10% off a full line journey on either railway – that is, between Caernarfon and Porthmadog or Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. T&Cs apply – read them at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways deal details page.
Enjoy some retail therapy at Glosters of Porthmadog and save 10% with your Snowdonia Pass on Sundays. You could even combine your visit with a trip on a steam train, and get double the value from your Snowdonia Pass! Or if you’re feeling a bit artistic, you could even use your Pass to save 10% on a “throw down Saturday” pottery course. Find out more at the Glosters of Porthmadog deal details page.
Kerfoots of Porthmadog
Even more retail therapy in Porthmadog – this time at Wales’ only privately-owned department store. You’ll be pleased to know that your Snowdonia Pass entitles you to 10% off in every part of the business, including in the coffee shop/restaurant. To find out more, visit the Kerfoots of Porthmadog deal details page.
Royal Sportsman Hotel
You can even use your Snowdonia Pass to save on your accommodation and refreshments in Porthmadog, thanks to the Royal Sportsman Hotel’s generous deal! Enjoy a 10% discount on your meals, and £5 off per night when you book a room in accordance with the T&Cs of this deal, which you can read at the Royal Sportsman Hotel deal details page.