5 Reasons To Visit Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis | 5 Reasons To Visit

Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis

If You’re In Llanberis

If you find yourself in this beautiful place (honestly, there’s tons to do in Llanberis), make sure you get yourself up to Dolbadarn Castle. It was only a short visit but here’s 5 reasons why you should check this castle out.

5 Reasons To See Dolbadarn Castle In Llanberis

1. It’s Free

Everybody loves something for free. If you can find somewhere in Llanberis to park for free at peak times (good luck!), then you literally pay nothing.

However, most people now accept that you pay for parking at most destinations so apart from this you pay nothing to see the castle.

2. It’s Beautiful

I love castles and history. There’s no denying that this isn’t the largest castle that you can visit, but the tower you can see in the picture above is well preserved. You can walk around it and inside, going up the narrow stairs if you’re adventurous.

The outside, I imagine, looks just as it did when it was in use. The footpath up to the base of the castle feels old and historic.

3. Great Views

Not only can you look at the castle, it also serves as a great viewpoint over the lake.

To the left of the castle are some ruins which I imagine were part of the castle when it stood fully. From here, because the castle is on high ground, you can see the huge lake and take some fantastic pictures.

View from Dolbadarn Castle

4. It’s a pretty easy walk

As with most places, accessibility is a big factor especially if you have young and old members of the family with you. You’ll be glad to know that although the first section is uphill, it’s nowhere near comparable to climbing a mountain and the path is clear.

From the car park, it takes under 5 minutes to reach the castle so it’s a short walk too!

5. It’s in Llanberis

Honestly, you won’t be short of things to do in Llanberis. The popular Snowdonia Railway is just around the corner from the castle and the Welsh Slate Museum too!

When you visit this wonderful place, you’ll find out that you can spend more than one day there due to the amount of things to do. Me and Hayley spent a weekend here a couple of years ago and still didn’t manage to do anything (you have to check this waterfall out if you’re in Llanberis).


Let me know if you’ve visited this part of Wales yourself – I’d love to know what you think and maybe even point me in the direction of some special places (I love exploring).

If you’ve read this far, here’s a little bonus reason:

BONUS REASON: You get a decent mobile signal

Yes, I know! It’s a miracle! Roaming through the mountains ends in patchy signal and the dreaded ‘no service’ appearing on your phone screen. But fear not – if you want to check your emails or call a loved one (obvioudly to tell them how wonderful Dolbadarn Castle is), you’re in the right place. I even managed to catch myself some more Pokemon!

Our very first home!

The Search For Our First Home

Back in November 2015, we decided that we wanted to own our own home. We’ve been together over 7 years and this was our next step. One thing we knew is that we didn’t want to rent.

Our Perfect House

So we started looking at houses around Walsall, and here was our starting criteria:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Semi-detatched
  • Rear garden
  • Off road parking
  • £100,000 maximum
Semi-detatched house

Something like this is what we imagined

We looked at lots of possible homes, all within our price range, and decided to view one of them. It ticked all the boxes so we arranged a viewing with the estate agent.

Our First Viewing

When we got there, we started talking about offers and the like – I know, probably moving way too fast but we were excited! After a few days, we had a proper chat about it and discussed some of the cons.

It was a lovely house, bigger than expected. However, we realised that we wanted something we could move into and live in comfortably straight away whilst being able to hack away at it and make it our own gradually.

If we’d have gone with this house, we wouldn’t have been able to. Don’t get me wrong, you could have moved in straight away if you had the furniture ready. For us, though, it was far too old fashioned.

Everything about the interior was dated and it all looked worn down. The carpets were burgundy and patterned, the living room wall was covered in dark brown wood and the kitchen was all turquoise green and cream (tell me about it).

Essentially, we’d have needed to rip everything out and start a fresh. We didn’t want this for our first home – a future project, maybe.

The Second (And Final!) Viewing

So the searched resumed and it didn’t take us long to jump at another home. This time, the criteria wasn’t adhered to (probably at all!) but we fell in love with it.

Here’s what the criteria looks like for the house that we just couldn’t keep away from (and it was only the second we viewed!):

  • 2 bedrooms (1 less than originally desired)
  • Terraced (really didn’t want this when we first thought about a home)
  • Rear garden (at least we have this one!)
  • Parking in street outside the house (not ideal but it’s a quietish street)
  • £84,950 (bargain! Much less than our budget)
Our very first home!

Here’s our very first home (blue door)

As you can see, it’s almost entirely not what we were originally looking for. But hey, we’re allowed to change our minds! And this house just had our name written all over it. We discussed everything from the interior, how close it was for Hayley to work, how we can move into it as soon as the seller had moved out, etc. It was perfect.

With that in mind, we arranged a viewing. The seller used Purplebricks to advertise the house so we didn’t have an estate agent showing us round. Instead, we had the owners show us round!

When we got there, all our ideas came to life. We could see ourselves living there and didn’t want any other home. It was all decorated and furnished in a vintage style which has given us inspiration when buying new stuff. We plan on keeping virtually all the colour schemes the same – the seller has done a really good job to be honest! It just needs touching up in high traffic areas, as expected.

We Decided To Put In An Offer…

You can probably tell by now that this was bound to happen – we couldn’t wait to have our first home and this one seemed perfect.

We spoke about it and how we’d be able to afford it and ended up deciding we’d offer just a bit short – you don’t get if you don’t ask as the old saying goes. We went in with an offer of £82,000. The seller came back stating that they had received an offer for the asking price but the buyer needed to sell their house before she started the buying legwork.

We knew we were at an advantage as we didn’t need to sell up, being first time buyers. So we decided to offer the full asking price.

And The House Is Ours!

Less than 24 hours later, the seller responded by accepting our offer! We were over the moon at this point.

Ever since, we’ve been buying little things here and there and have most of the big appliances already sorted.

A Short Lived Quest

So the journey wasn’t long – some might say rushed. But, we’ve found a house we want to live in and make it our own.

Hopefully, we’ll be moving in at the start of September this year. That’s when you can expect the renovation and decoration posts to come flooding in. We plan on doing a lot – some big tasks, some small – and we want you to take the journey with us. We’ll show you everything we do and might even be able to chuck in some DIY stuff too as I know Hayley wants to make a vintage style cake stand…

Before the renovation starts, we’ll be heading to Porthmadog in Wales for our yearly camping trip so you can expect a few posts from our time there!