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Coordinates: 53°07′10″N 4°07′52″W / 53.11931°N 4.13112°W / 53.11931; -4.13112

Llanberis is located in Wales2

 Llanberis shown within Wales
Population 1,954 
OS grid reference SH572602
Principal area Gwynedd
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL55
Dialling code 01286
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Caernarfon
List of places: UK • Wales • Gwynedd
Llanberis seen from the bottom of Llanberis Path.
St. Padarn's Church
Carry On up the Khyber was filmed nearby and a plaque at the visitor centre commemorates this

Llanberis is a village in Gwynedd, North Wales, lying on the southern banks of Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia. It takes its name from Saint Peris, an early Welsh saint.[1]

According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, the population of Llanberis was 1,954. The census also revealed that 81% of the population speak Welsh fluently, with all of those aged 10–15 able to speak the language.

The village originally grew around the slate quarrying industry,[2] but since the closure of the quarries the main employers have been tourism, the Dinorwig power station, a pumped storage hydroelectric station, Siemens Diagnostics and DMM. The ruins of Dolbadarn Castle, built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the 13th century, stand above the town, famously painted by Richard Wilson and J.M.W. Turner.[3]

Llanberis is a popular base for ascents of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh), the highest mountain in Wales. The Llanberis Path begins in the town, and although one of the longest routes, it is therefore the shallowest and hence the easiest. It is the most popular walking route to the summit,[4] largely following the line of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Other attractions in the village include the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the National Slate Museum, the Llanberis Lake Railway and a country park. Tours of Dinorwig power station are available from a purpose built visitor centre.[5]

Llanberis is also a centre for outdoor activities including walking, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, pony trekking, water sports and Scuba Diving at the Vivian diving centre. The Snowdon Race (Ras Yr Wyddfa), takes place during July, an international fell race to the summit of Snowdon returning to the town.[6]

LLMRT, Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team is one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the country with 90 call outs in 2008.[7] The team is run entirely by volunteers who rely solely on donations from the public to fund the rescue work they carry out. As an extension of the emergency services they can be called out 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

LLAMFF, the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival began in 2004.[8] It is now an annual event, the most recent festival was in March 2008, the next to be in March 2010.

Llanberis is twinned with the Italian town of Morbegno in Lombardy.[9]

The village used to be served by Llanberis railway station on a branch line of the Carnarvonshire Railway until its closure in 1964.[10]

  Llanberis Lake Railway
Unused urban continuation backward
Padarn Railway
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Passing loop
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Cel Llydan
Urban station on track
Gilfach Ddu
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Dinorwic Quarry
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Llyn Padarn
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Carnarvonshire Railway
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Snowdon Mountain Railway


  1. ^ Parker, Mike; Whitfield, Paul (2003). The Rough Guide To Wales. Rough Guides. p. 501.
  2. ^ Else, David; Berry, Oliver (2005). Great Britain. Lonely Planet. p. 720.
  3. ^ Llanberis Pass, North Wales. Tate Collection.
  4. ^ Snowdonia National Park website
  5. ^ Lewis, Tim (April 11, 2009). Things to do this Easter. WalesOnline.
  6. ^ Parker; Whitfield (2003), p. 386.
  7. ^ Mountain Rescue Statistics. Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.
  8. ^ Crump, Eryl (February 11, 2008). Fifth film festival set for Llanberis. Daily Post.
  9. ^ Gefeillio Llanberis Morbegno Twinning. UK Twinning Portal.
  10. ^ Baughan, Peter E. (1980). North and mid Wales. David & Charles. p. 105.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Llanberis [1] is in North Wales, 7 miles away from Caernarfon.

Get in

Llanberis is easily reachable by bus.

Get around

On foot easily. You may also want to take a ride on Llanberis Lake Railway [2] (£6.00)

  • Dolbadarn castle ruins [3] - one of the finest of the Welsh castles
The Welsh Slate Museum
The Welsh Slate Museum
  • Hike up Snowdon or take Snowdonia Mountain Railway [4] to the summit and walk back down.
  • Visit the Electric Mountain [5], a tourist attraction built around Dinorwig Hydroelectric Powerstation. Built inside a mountain, Dinorwig's turbines are housed in the largest cavern in Europe. Good fun trip.
  • Visit the Welsh Slate Museum and the Llanberis Lake Railway
  • Enjoy Padarn Country Park and Padarn Walk, walking through the slate history.
  • Llanberis Art and Craft a select choice of arts, crafts, souvenirs and Welsh confectionary and preserves. Full parking and disabled access.
  • The Coffee Pot at Llanberis Art and Craft a wide choice of food from breakfasts to a variety of lunches and snacks. Ideally located for Snowdon Mountain Railway and the Electric Mountain. Full parking and disabled access.
  • Pete's Eats Cafe A mecca for walkers and climbers - it serves a wide range of food from tradional breakfasts to modern european dishes. The cafe also has a resource centre for climbers and walkers.


There are several B&Bs and hotels in Llanberis.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

LLANBERIS, a town of Carnarvonshire, N. Wales, 81 m. E. by S. of Carnarvon, by a branch of the London & NorthWestern railway. Pop. (1901) 3015. It is finely situated in a valley near the foot of Snowdon. The valley has two lakes, Llyn Penis and Llyn Padarn, of over 1 m. and 2 m. long FIG. 3. - Monitor of the Nile (Varanus niloticus). respectively, about 4 m. apart. From Padarn rises the Seint, called Rothell in its upper part. Dolbadarn Castle is a circular tower near the foot of Penis lake. Dolbadarn means the "Padarn meadow." Several Welsh churches are dedicated to Padarn. In the castle Owen Goch (Owen the Red) was imprisoned from 1254 to 1277, by the last Llewelyn, whose brother Dafydd held it for some time against Edward I. During the time of Owen Glendower (temp. Henry IV. and Henry V.), the castle often changed hands. Near is Ceunantmawr waterfall. The Vaenol slate quarries are here, and hence is the easiest ascent of Snowdon, with a railway to the summit. From the road over the fine Llanberis pass towards Capel Curig, a turn to the right leads to Beddgelert, through Nant Gwynnant ("white" or "happy valley," or "stream"), where Pembroke and Ieuan ap Robert (for the Lancastrians)had many skirmishes in the time of Edward IV. Gwynnant Lake is about i m. long by 4 m. broad, and below it is the smaller Llyn Dinas.

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