The area has a huge amount to offer visitor with lots of activities to try. The Visit Snowdonia, Snowdonia National Park and Visit Anglesey websites have excellent information on them to cater for your every need.
Greenwood Forest Park, less than 3 miles from Plas Tirion, was voted the best family attraction in North Wales for 2011 and 2012, and provides a wide range of fun activities for all the family, based in a beautiful forest setting.
Three narrow gauge railways are located nearby, the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which ascends from Llanberis, and the nearby Llanberis Lake Railway, and the recently extended Welsh Highland Railway, which starts in Caernarfon before winding its way through stunning Snowdonia scenery to Porthmadog.
Several of Wales’ outstanding castles are a short distance from Pentir. The World renowned Caernarfon Castle is only 7 miles away, as is Dolbadarn Castle, in Llanberis. Of more recent construction are The National Trust owned Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd, both of which have impressive gardens and outdoor play areas. Beaumaris and Conwy castles are both less than half an hour’s drive away.
Electric Mountain offers trips deep underground to view the impressive inner workings of one of the largest pump-storage hydroelectric schemes in the World. It also has a climbing wall, gift shop and cafe.
In the outskirst of Caernarfon you can find Redline Indoor Karting, and, in the centre of town, is the Fun Centre, an indoor play area. The Slate Museum, in nearby Llanberis, is a great place to visit in all weathers.
Pentir is ideally situated for accessing the Snowdonia mountain ranges. Plas Tirion is less than 10 miles from the Carneddau, Tryfan and Glyders in the Ogwen Valley, to Snowdon and Elidir Fawr further west.
The mountains of Snowedonia can be a great place for a walk but please make sure you have the necessary knowledge, skills and equipment to keep yourself safe. Some great information is available from the British Mountaineering Council. Or there are many outdoor activity providers in the area who can take you out for a great day in the mountains.
We have put some local route ideas up on RideWithGPS.
Click here to see the Snowdonia mountain weather forecast.
Less strenuous walks can be found around the edge of Llyn Padarn, in Llanberis, and in nearby Padarn Country Park. The Wales Coast Path lies a short distance away, with the car park at Aber Ogwen a good starting point, with the Spinnies Nature Reserve situated close nearby. There are also countless footpaths throughout the area, including several accessible directly from the B&B. Have a look at Pentir’s website for pictures taken on some local excursions.
Zip World, the longest and fastest zip wire in Europe is situated just 5 miles from Pentir, in the Penrhyn slate quarry, speeds in excess of 100mph having been attained.
Only a mile from Pentir, Moelyci forest contains several mountain bike trails. Many other trails are to be found near Llanberis.
The Beacon Centre is a vast indoor climbing centre that has relocated to the Cibyn Industrial Estate in Caernarfon. Mountaineering or hill skill training courses are provided by Hill Skills. Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre in nearby Capel Curig offers a vast array of adventurous activities in the outdoors.
There are lots of companies offering boat trips in the area. Many can be found on Google.
Snowdonia has a wealth of excellent roads for cycling with magnificent views of the mountains. Nearby Anglesey is less hilly but equally attractive offering beautiful coastlines and rolling countryside.
There are many great places to run locally from the mountains to the trails in the valleys so something for every runner. The local club Eryri Harriers are very active and have lots of information on their website including a listings of fell and road races in the area. Run Snowdonia offer guided runs and coaching in the area.
As a taster of what the area has to offer we have put some routes on RideWithGPS.
The Strava heatmap shows where the popular routes are for cycling and running in the area to give you some more ideas.
There are many beautiful lakes, streams, rivers and the fantastic coastline nearby for swimming outdoors. Take a look at the WildSwim map which has lots of places to swim in the area. For the sea swims the local tide times are available here Menai Bridge Tide Times.
Numerous sandy beaches can be reached in less than half an hour by car. These include the sandy beach at Dinas Dinlle, south of Caernarfon, the vast expanse at Newborough, and further beaches at Rhosneigr, Red Wharf Bay and Benllech.
There are 25 metre swimming pools in Bangor and Caernarfon, and a smaller pool is typically open to the public in the evenings at Plas Menai Watersports Centre.
Several golf courses are situated nearby, from the 9 hole courses at Llanfairfechan and Tyddyn Mawr, to the 18 hole courses at Bangor and Caernarfon. All of these courses enjoy outstanding views of Snowdonia and Anglesey.
The Gwynedd Council run Arfon Tennis Centre has several indoor as well as outdoor courts, as well as fitness rooms.
The Plas Ffrancon Leisure centre, also run by Gwynedd Council, is situated in Bethesda, and offers a wide range of sporting and fitness activities. Maes Glas, which is part of the University of Bangor, is open to the public, especially outside of term time.