Summit Visitor Centre
Hafod Eryri - Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre
UK's highest visitor centre
Snowdon Summit’s Visitor Centre, Hafod Eryri, first opened in June 2009. It receives on average half a million visitors a year and it’s not hard to see why. On a clear day the views can stretch as far as Ireland. On arrival at the Summit, railway passengers and walkers are welcomed in to a modern contemporary environment, an amazing feat of engineering on the top of a mountain. This unique building was built to withstand the mountain weather conditions, whilst blending in with its natural surroundings. The building is clad in oak and granite, and panoramic windows reveal wonderful views to the valleys below. During your 30 minute stopover you can venture to the cairn of the highest mountain in Wales and England, 1085m above sea level.
The Summit Café & Gift Shop
The Summit café sells a selection of hot and cold drinks and handheld snacks. From warming Welsh Oggies to freshly baked cakes, Hafod Eryri is the highest re-fuelling station in England and Wales. Gifts, clothing and souvenirs unique to Snowdon and the railway can be purchased in the Summit gift shop. You can even purchase a postcard from Summit of Snowdon, and send it from our very own Summit post box!
Hafod Eryri is operated by Snowdon Mountain Railway and opens daily from late Spring to the end of October. The visitor centre opens from 10am and will close 20 minutes before the last train leaves the Summit. On bad weather days and when access to the Summit via train is not possible, Hafod Eryri will remain closed. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest Summit updates.
History of Hafod Eryri
We don’t really know when the first building was erected on the Summit, but by 1820 there definitely was one and a few years later you could even buy a cup of tea up there. By 1847 there was a small community of wooden huts clustered around the Summit cairn.
By 1930 these wooden huts had deteriorated to such an extent that the decision was taken to build a new multi-purpose building instead. This building was designed by Sir Clough Williams – Ellis better known as the creator of Portmeirion.
During WW2, this building was taken over by the government for experimental radio work and the development of radar. It too suffered the relentless forces of the climate and, encouraged by the also relentless forces of vandals, became an unacceptable drain on resources.
Finally, in 1982 it was decided that the solution would be for the National Park to buy and renovate it. Planning permission for this new building was granted in 2001. Designed by Ray Hole and funded by Welsh Assembly Government, Snowdonia National Park, The Welsh Tourist Board, The European Union, Snowdon Mountain Railway and Public Subscription, Construction began in 2006 and Hafod Eryri was opened to the public in June 2009.