Camping is a practical way to vacation in Snowdonia National Park. Well located, clean and well-maintained campsites are often much closer to lakes, trails and other park attractions than the scattered villages and towns. Good things are often said about these top eight campsites.:
- Gwern Gôf Isaf Campsite A campsite and bunkhouse on a 750 acre National Trust farm, this has been named one "50 Best Campsites in the World" by a UK newspaper. It's recommended as a great base for families, climbers, and hikers. It's still run by the Williams family - the 8th generation of the same family that founded it in 1906. In addition to the camping field - for tents and with hookups for camper vans, there are also two bunkhouses that together can accommodate 18. Sadly, no dogs.The site is open year round and is remarkably cheap for its beautiful location outside of Capel Curig.
- Bodnant Caravan Park Near Llanrwst, a small market town that claims to be the 'capital' of the Conwy Valley. Priced a bit steep for ordinary tent pitches, it is a fairly-priced award winner for caravans. Hayfever sufferers beware - it's landscaped to within an inch of its life, having won the "Wales in Bloom" Award for touring caravan sites for more than 26 years in a row. The site is level and has a separate toilet block with facilities for the disabled.
- Pen y bont Close to Bala Lake, this family run, 4-star camping and caravan park, is popular with watersports enthusiasts. It's within 100 yards of the lake, known for its water sports. It's also pet-friendly. And if you'd like to dip your toe in the camping waters with a bit of luxury, the site offers glamping in traditional, bow-top gypsy caravans. Dogs are allowed in the dog-friendly site. There are seasonal pitches for visitors who want a place to leave their caravan while they explore the rest of North Wales.
- Llyn Gwynant Campsite This campsite sits in one of the most beautiful valleys in Snowdonia, Nantgwynant. Close to swimming, walking trails and adventure activities, you can walk up Snowdon directly from the campsite. Best of all, if you still dream of the freedom of camping - hitting the open road in your campervan and stopping wherever you please, this is the place. No reservations are required for groups of less than 20. So show up and if there's room, you are welcome. Peace and quiet is assured as there are no radios allowed on the site and only acoustic music - until 11pm.
- Barcdy Caravan & Camping Park Not far from Harlech, this small family run camp has separate areas for touring caravans and for tents. And the same family has been operating the place for 60 years. Fans of wild (tent) camping should be aware that permanent vacation caravans - called "statics" in the UK, are sold on this campsite. If you are hoping to separate your kids from all their electronic games and gizmos, don't tell them that there is free wi-fi available throughout most of this site. Sadly, this is a dog-free environment so if Fido is part of your traveling family entourage this site, beside the Dwyryd Estuary, is not for you.
- Tyn Cornel Camping & Caravan Park Separate caravan and tent camping areas ensure that different styles of camping are catered for here. This camp, near Bala and Bala Lake, is convenient for watersports and the National Whitewater Centre is just a five-minute walk. There's also fishing, by permission, at this riverside site. Recent additions are two large and secluded Lotus Belle glamping tents, fully equipped with beds, bedding and linens as well a cooking equipment and an indoor wood burning stove to take the chill off cooler nights.
- Smuggler's Cove Boatyard If you fancy the idea of boating to your campsite, this working boatyard on the Dyfi Estuary might be just the thing. There are tent pitches on a raise slate plateau as well as holiday cottages, and a ramshackle grounded Scottish fishing boat, the Boy John, suitable for two. For boat owners, there are moorings and all the other facilities you might expect at a working boatyard.
- Graig Wen This site regular makes top ten lists. It offers glamping, traditional camping, cottages, and slate shed B&B. Glampers are spoiled for choice with bell tents, yurts, pop up yurts and a Welsh cabin - a romantic wooden pavilion suitable for two. The touring campsite o the Mawddach Estuary has pitches for tents, caravans and camper vans.