Set on a hilltop in Snowdonia, overlooking sun-bathed moorland, valleys and the old Blaenau Ffestiniog slate quarries below sit the majestic Slate Caverns glamping tents. When we booked into a tent for an adventure holiday in Snowdonia, we had no idea what a treat we were in for.
Glamping in Snowdonia
Check-in at Slate Caverns Glamping
We drove in from Cardiff, enjoying the scenery of the winding three and a half hour journey. Check in for glamping at The Slate Caverns is between 3-6pm, and you’ll want to do your best to arrive between those hours. The friendly staff greets you at the front desk and will drive you and your gear up to the tents at the top. Once you see the road, you’ll be glad they’re driving, not you!
I recommend doing any grocery shopping before your arrival so you don’t need to carry groceries up the hill by hand later in your stay. Pack smart, so you don’t have to work hard later! This is a holiday, after all!
The Slate Cavern Glamping Tent
I love glamping because it usually offers all the amenities of a hotel with all the beauty of the great outdoors. As a self-proclaimed city girl, it’s really important to me that all that ‘great outdoors’ stay outdoors, while I am safely inside with plumbing and a comfy bed.
With reinforced walls and a fabric roof, you get the best of both worlds— you can hear the wind whistling and rain pitter-pattering on the roof without feeling like the tent might up and tumble into the quarry below.
The tent is equipped with a wood-fire stove, prepped with kindling for your first first and stocked with fire starters. Even this Girl Scout drop out could start a fire! And with the October chill creeping in, you’ll want that fire for sure! The fire was hot, but with freezing temperatures outside, we bundled up to stay warm. If you’re traveling during the cooler months, pack layers and a hot water bottle— your cold toes will thank you!
A king bed and twin bunks, ensure that this tent can fit a family or friend group traveling together. I appreciated the soft bed, fluffy down comforter and extra blankets!
Most glamping accommodation offer showers and toilets in a separate building… but Slate Caverns provides the best for its guests. The en-suite bathroom has hot water and delicious-smelling Cole & Co Welsh-made toiletries. (If you fall in love with them like I did, you can purchase some to take home from the shop at the bottom of the hill.)
If you are traveling in Wales with your dog, two of these tents are dog friendly. The Slate Caverns also offer a dog-sitting service so you can go down into the mine while Fido is looked after.
What should I eat while glamping?
Emporium Café at Llechwedd Slate Caverns offers a home-cooked Welsh breakfast and an awesome hot chocolate (don’t forget to add marshmallows). For lunch, pick up a pizza, sandwich, or a hot meal. The café closes at 4pm though, so you’re on your own for dinner.
Pay a visit to Co-op Food – Blaenau Ffestiniog, a grocery store three minutes away, to stock up on food and drinks before you arrive.
The glamping tents are equipped with a barbecue, a kettle and a microwave. We hadn’t ever lit a barbecue before this trip. And, as it turns out, despite our best attempts we STILL have never lit a barbecue.
So bring a friend who knows how to (wo)man a grill, or microwavable meals! There’s a spacious fridge for leftovers and plenty of microwavable dishes, serving dishes and cutlery. We picked up a traditional bara brith cake from The Slate Caverns gift shop for breakfast before a big day of adventure.
Visiting Brits will be happy to hear that there’s a giant selection of Twinings and Welsh tea. I know y’all love your Twinings, but give the Welsh brand a try!
Things to do near Slate Cavern Glamping Tents
If you’re an adventure-lover, like me, Snowdonia is a dream come true! Glamping at Slate Caverns provides an ideal base for the Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour and underground trampolining at Zip World’s Bounce Below.
For more tips on the fun adventure activities in Snowdonia, check out my post about my experiences on the Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour, Zip World Slate Caverns Bounce Below, Zip World Penrhyn Quarry Velocity 2 and Sygun Copper Mine Tour.
If you love adventure and nature, but want to keep a bit of luxury, book your stay Glamping Snowdonia at The Slate Caverns today!
Note: We were hosted by Snowdonia Attractions and Slate Caverns Glamping , but all opinions are my own, and I’d never recommend anything to you that’s not awesome!
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