Thinking of glamping in North Wales? Let me introduce you to Llechwedd Glamping – a multi award-winning adventure glamping site in Snowdonia, North Wales, set in a rugged landscape and industrial heritage. Llechwedd offers a unique glamping experience that is perfect for families and friends in the heart of the slate cavern. Here is our Llechwedd Glamping Review.
Glamping in North Wales – Llechwedd Slate Caverns glamping lodges
If you are looking to go glamping with kids then this is one of our favourite UK glamping sites for families. There are six spacious safari tents that sleep four or five people and the tents are suitable for families or small groups of friends. Llechwedd glamping site is a great destination for adventurous visitors looking for somewhere a little bit different to stay. The safari tents are situated on a steep hillside and overlook the moorland, valleys and historic quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Read on for our full Llechwedd Glamping Review.
Glamping in North Wales
If you are travelling to Wales this year the camping can be wonderful all year round (You may find this post helpful for finding family friendly campsites in North Wales. Bringing your pooch? Check out the dog friendly campsites here too). If camping is really not your thing however then maybe a glamping holiday is the perfect alternative! We are huge fans of glamping all year round as the accommodation is often well insulated and heated, (some have wood burners and a bathroom too). Often the accommodation is fully equipped for everything you need for your stay so you don’t have to be too organised before you go. We have stayed at the glamping pods at Snowdonia Adventure Parc previously and of course the Llechwedd glamping this time around.
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Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Situated in the heart of Snowdonia National Park on the outskirts of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llechwedd slate caverns is a fantastic attraction that transports you back in time to learn about the region’s slate mining. Mining was a way of life that defined generations of families, and at its peak, the slate industry in Wales employed an army of 17,000 men.
Llechwedd glamping lodges
There are six safari lodges, four of which sleep five and two sleep four. Llechwedd glamping tents are positioned high up on the hillside offering spectacular views of the rugged landscape.
The glamping lodges at Llechwedd, are out of this world, and in all honesty one of the nicest glamping lodges we have come across so far. On arrival it instantly has that ‘wow factor’. The lodges combine the traditional look of a safari tent, with the warmth of a log cabin. Internally, the lodges have a real contemporary and modern design.
Llechwedd glamping tents are beautifully designed. Walking around we couldn’t help but admire the wood floors, beautiful bunkbeds, and soft furnishings. Each lodge is fully equipped with a bathroom with a sink, shower and toilet. Towels are provided. Our lodge had a double bed and a bunk bed – bedding is provided, and the travel cot was available on request.
The kitchen facilities were perfect, with a sink and draining board, fridge and microwave. There is also a BBQ out on the decking. Everything that you need is supplied for your stay, so you don’t need to worry about remembering to bring all of the extras…. mugs, glasses, plates and cutlery – it is all there and waiting for you on arrival. Washing up liquid, and tea towels are also provided.
The wood burning stove. I have no other words to describe it other than ‘love’. There is something special about coming in from an Autumn day out, kicking off the boots, throwing on the PJs and hearing the crackles from a wood burning stove. It also means that glamping is also possible out of season and just as much fun during the cooler months.
Outside the tent there is a seating area and a BBQ. It was a lovely Autumn evening and we sat outside and admired those incredible views of the hills, valley and old quarry as the day came to a close.
Are Llechwedd slate caverns family friendly?
We went glamping with young children. The glamping tents here at Llechwedd are suitable for families, and travel cots are available on request (*). There is also electric in the lodges and a woodburning stove for added warmth. We were also provided with a fire guard for safety.
The lodges are high up on the hillside, so I would recommend a baby carrier for the younger members of the family. The lodges are within walking distance from the main facilities, cafe, restaurant and tours.
The glamping lodges are situated on an old quarry site on a steep hillside. Our children loved the glamping site, you will need to supervise children at all times and it may be tricky to navigate that hillside with a stroller. There is a vehicle available to take you to and from the lodges – just ask at the reception.
Tours at the Slate Caverns
There are some great activities onsite – choose from the LLechwedd Deep Mine Tour, The Quarry Explorer, Walk in the Footsteps Tour, and the Zip world. We experienced the Deep Mine Tour and I can honestly say it was a fabulous 1hr 15 minutes. The tour saw us travel 500ft underground and step back 160 years to learn about the work of the miners. I will be honest, I was a little anxious about taking three little ones deep underground – for any of you who knows my toddler, you will know that keeping still is not on his agenda.
Rich our tour guide was absolutely fantastic, he put us all at ease, and he kept the kids entertained throughout the tour. I was surprised by how much they took in and how much they remembered. I still can’t believe that kids as young as eight worked in the mines for up to 12 hour days in semi darkness…I will share more on our tour soon, but I can highly recommend the Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour for all of the family.
Parking is free at the slate caverns and there are reserved spaces for the glampers. It does mean you leave your car in the car park but there is a vehicle available at reception to take you and your belongings to your lodge – located high up on the hillside overlooking the valleys, mountains and quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Llechwedd Glamping review – final thoughts
We had the most wonderful weekend glamping at Llechwedd slate caverns. The glamping lodges are beautiful and I can understand why they have been awarded a Gold star by Visit Wales. Each lodge is equipped with everything you need from comfortable beds, soft throws and blankets, and kitchen equipment with the added bonus of electric, water, made for an excellent family friendly stay
Why not explore the Llyn Peninsula whilst you are in the area?
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Find out how we got on glamping in North Wales at Surf Snowdonia
Disclosure – We were invited to the Slate Caverns for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, this is at no extra cost to you, but I receive a small commission