Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis

Best at / for: Mid-winter sunrise

Best avoided: mid summer peak season.

Parking: pay and display parking nearby.

Access: steep but short 5 minute walk.

Notes: the surrounding woodland is often overlooked, but still interesting.

My vlogs featuring this location:

#084: Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis


Dolbadarn Castle is a great example of vernacular fortifications from the era of the Welsh princes.

Unlike the “iron ring” castles of Edward I, this is much more basic, of course. However, its position dominates the surroundings. With the mountain backdrop of Nant Peris and the often challenging Snowdonia weather conditions it offers some interesting options to the landscape photographer. And, unlike many other locations in these Guides, is situated amongst village amenities, making it an easily accessible place to visit, perhaps even with a family in tow!

It is definitely more dramatic during winter, and particularly so close to the winter solstice when the sun rises aligned with the valley above which leads up to Pen y Pass.