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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Blaenau Ffestiniog

The mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog used to be the ‘slate capital of the world’ and is now an exciting part of North Wales that is one of the most popular places to visit amongst tourists in the area. Read more

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52.966866, -3.930404

Cae'r Blaidd is a gorgeous Victorian country house. With seven bedrooms to sleep up to 20 guests and original features in every room, it is the perfect group self-catering accommodation in Snowdonia for extended families and friends. The house is near Ffestiniog, within walking distance of the Y Pengwern pub and within easy reach of favourite attractions that include the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Portmeirion, Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Go Below and the Zip World Slate Caverns. With extensive gardens that include a wooden lodge with a fire-pit, a games room, and stunning walks and bike rides from the door, you may choose to stay close to home and relax in front of breathtaking views of the Moelwyn Mountains and Vale of Ffestiniog.

Weekly guide price:
£1897 to £4683
Short breaks from £443 per night

20  |   8  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.053767, -3.890530

Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Snowdonia from this charming self-catering holiday cottage in Dolwyddelan. Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, it's within walking distance of a pub and a restaurant, 10 minutes from Zipworld Titan and Antur Stiniog. The property is also near Betws-y-Coed, Zipworld Fforest, Surf Snowdonia, Bodnant Gardens, and Conwy's impressive medieval castle and town walls. The location and layout are perfect for couples or families, including those with children and a dog. There is secure bike storage on-site and the opportunity to hire mountain bikes locally if required. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £650
Short breaks from £87 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.958978, -3.940061

Moelwyn View Cottage is a lovely period holiday cottage in Llan Ffestiniog in the Snowdonia National Park, within walking distance of the village pub and shop with direct access to footpaths. The Cottage sleeps three people in two bedrooms and is suited to individual travellers, couples, or small families with an older child. It has stunning views of the Moelwyn Mountains and Manod Hills. The location is ideal in every season as it is within easy reach of the coast and Llyn Peninsula, Caernarfon, and the Dwyryd Estuary.

Weekly guide price:
£390 to £680
Short breaks from £90 per night

3  |   2  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.994745, -3.933300

A cosy cottage providing an ideal retreat for outdoor enthusiasts in the historic town of Blaenau Ffestiniog surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park. Ideal for walkers, bikers, outdoor adventurers and those who want to explore the national park and its many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£225 to £425

4+2  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.985702, -3.960979

Pretty stone end of terrace holiday cottage located in the village of Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Snowdonia National Park. Sleeping six people in four bedrooms, Swn yr Afon is perfect for families and friends wanting to explore this magical part of the country. Surrounded by stunning scenery and with fantastic walks and bike rides from the door, as well as a range of adventures activities, attractions and beaches nearby, you can be as active or relaxed as you please in this beautiful and peaceful spot.  

Weekly guide price:
£460 to £1300
Short breaks from £130 per night

6  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.985702, -3.960979

A lovely 18th Century dog-friendly cottage perfect for couples, set amongst dramatic Snowdonia scenery in the village of Tanygrisiau in North Wales. Peaceful and cosy with multi-fuel stove, this welcoming cottage has lots of character, lovely views, a pub within a twenty minute walk, wonderful walks from the front door and the Ffestiniog Steam Train in the village.

Weekly guide price:
£320 to £700
Short breaks from £85 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.985702, -3.960979

A delightful 18th century dog-friendly cottage in a quiet position amongst dramatic scenery in the village of Tanygrisiau with the famous Ffestiniog Steam Railway within walking distance. Right in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, guests have plenty to see and do with a character cottage to return home to with multi fuel stove and beams.

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £740
Short breaks from £90 per night

3  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.000552, -3.942453

This welcoming holiday cottage is only half a mile from Blaenau Ffestiniog's centre, within a 10-minute walk of shops, cafes, pubs, and exciting attractions like Zip World and Bounce Below. It has gorgeous views from the front and rear, with nearby attractions including Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Antur Stiniog, Snowdon, Portmeirion, and Conwy Castle. The Llyn Peninsuala is within easy reach, as are beautiful beaches like Morfa Bychan. Gwalia Cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is dog-friendly. It's ideal for couples, families and friends. 

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £635
Short breaks from £95 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.922970, -3.831989

Friends and family love Tan Yr Allt, which has plenty of space indoors and outside, and direct access to the stunning landscape that makes Snowdonia a year-round favourite holiday destination. The 17th-Century Welsh longhouse has been sympathetically restored and updated to sleep up to eight people in four bedrooms, with room for a further three children and three dogs if necessary. The holiday cottage is on the edge of Trawsfynydd, close to Llyn Trawsfynydd (Traws Lake) and within easy reach of Coed-y-Brenin, Bala, and Antur Stiniog.

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £2295
Short breaks from £145 per night

8  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

From adrenaline-filled activities to excursions in the landscape, here are the best things to see and do around the town the locals refer to as ‘Stiniog’.

Where to Go in Blaenau Ffestiniog

The long history of slate mining in Blaenau Ffestiniog means that it’s an excellent place to learn more about the tradition, and there’s nowhere better to do that than at Llechwedd. The Deep Mine Tours offered here to take you right down into the heart of the landscape and tell the story of the area from the perspective of the mineworkers who used to spend their days here.

Another of the most popular tourist attractions in the area is Zip World Caverns which offers the unique chance to explore the underground caves of Blaenau Ffestiniog via a series of rope bridges, zip lines and trampoline tunnels. It’s an incredibly exciting experience that is great for families and suitable for all weather conditions, which is great if you’re visiting in the spring or autumn.

If you fancy seeing more of the area around the town, you can ride the Ffestiniog Railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Caernarfon on a narrow-gauge railway line. The track follows the route that the slate used to take from the local quarries to the port, and offers wonderful views of Snowdonia and the Moelwyn mountains along the route.

What to Do in Blaenau Ffestiniog

As with many Welsh towns in the region’s countryside, a great way to spend your time whilst staying in Blaenau Ffestiniog is planning hiking trips. The surrounding scenery of slate heaps, hills and mountains offers plenty of terrains to sink your walking boots into, particularly on sunny days when you’ll be able to enjoy views for miles around.

Mountain biking is one of the most popular activities amongst visitors to the area, so if you’re looking for a high-energy cycle experience then this is the place to enjoy it. Antur Stiniog is a mountain biking centre with 14 different trails suitable for all levels of experience, developed inside what was once Llechwedd Quarry.

If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the town, you can start by finding all of the quotes, local sayings and references to historical events and quarrying terms that are engraved into the pavements around Blaenau Ffestiniog. There are also several colourful murals around the streets that reference local mythology and provide more insight into the influences that this charming Welsh town was built on.

Best Time to Visit Blaenau Ffestiniog

One of the best things to do when visiting Blaenau Ffestiniog is exploring the stunning beauty of the surrounding area, and the best conditions for this are when the weather is hot and sunny. Therefore, the best time to visit Blaenau Ffestiniog is in the summer between July and August when the weather in Wales is the warmest and the chances of rain are relatively slim.