Snowdon Visitor Centre
Despite being in one of the most inaccessible locations in Wales, the summit of Snowdon has a train station, visitor centre & gift shop, a café and even its own post box. In its current form, the oak and granite building was opened in 2009 and has been built to withstand some of the toughest weather conditions in one of Wales’ harshest environments. The view from the café at the summit of Snowdon (hafod eryri) is spectacular and on clear days, you can see as far as the Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man while enjoying a freshly made cup of tea.
When is the café at the summit of Snowdon open?
From the café at the summit of Snowdon you can get hot and cold drinks as well as snacks and gifts and it is open every day from late Spring until the end of October. It opens from 10.00 in the morning and stays open until late afternoon. Because of its remote location however, opening the café is not always possible and on days when the weather is particularly bad, the café will remain closed.
The history of the Snowdon café
The first buildings appeared at the summit of Snowdon in the early 1800’s and by the mid 19th century, there was a collection of small sheds and huts constructed around the summit. By the end of the first world war though, the condition of these huts was so poor that a decision was taken to take them down and construct a purpose built building.
This new building was built and subsequently taken over by the government during the second world war to help the allies with the development of radar. In the early 80’s though this building too became unusable and the decision was taken for the Snowdonia National Park to take ownership and build a new visitor centre. This new visitor centre was opened to the public in 2009 and is one of the highest visitor centres in the UK.