See the stars in Wales

The night sky above Snowdonia National Park has been granted dark sky status – one of only 10 places in the world to have it. And with St David's Day fast approaching (1 March) where better for a spot of stargazing?


See the stars in Wales

While daffodils in bloom are undoubtedly a wonderful sight, there's much to be said for a clear starry night sky too.

And excitingly for nature lovers, the Snowdonia National Park has become Wales’ second destination to be awarded dark sky status. It joins the Brecon Beacons to become one of only 10 locations worldwide to be designated as an international dark sky reserve.

Dark sky status is granted when the area offers extremely high quality stargazing conditions – something that is in abundance in this mountain range.

The Oakeley Arms in the heart of Snowdonia is an ideal base from which to stargaze. This historic Welsh inn is set in the Snowdonia National Park, in the pretty village of Maentwrog, and is surrounded by the lush green hills of the Vale of Ffestiniog. Its remote location means light pollution is uncommon and on a clear night the skies will be twinkling.

St David’s Day is the unmissable highlight of spring in Wales and a whole host of exciting events are taking place, from the traditional St David’s Day Parade in Cardiff to the Get Welsh Food & Drink Festival in Swansea. Many of the country’s castles and heritage sites open their doors for free on the day, including St Davids Bishop’s Palace.

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Photograph: Visit Wales