Dolgellau trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Dolgellau is a market town in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, lying on the River Wnion, a tributary of the River Mawddach. It is traditionally the county town of the historic county of Merionethshire, which lost its administrative status when Gwynedd was created in 1974. Dolgellau is the main base for climbers of Cader Idris.History and economyThe site of Dolgellau was, in the pre-Roman Celtic period, part of the tribal lands of the Ordovices, who were conquered by the Romans in AD 77–78. Although a few Roman coins from the reigns of Emperors Hadrian and Trajan have been found near Dolgellau, the area is marshy and there is no evidence that it was settled during the Roman period. There are, however, three hill forts in the vicinity of Dolgellau, of uncertain origin.After the Romans left, the area came under the control of a series of Welsh chieftains, although Dolgellau was probably not inhabited until the late 11th or 12th century, when it was established as a "serf village" (or maerdref), possibly by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn — it remained a serf village until the reign of Henry Tudor (1485–1509). Dolgellau is in Snowdonia National Park. Take a look at our United Kingdom online tour itinerary planner to refine the details of your trip to Dolgellau.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Dolgellau
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Dolgellau
5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $664
Duration: 5 days
City Sightseeing Llandudno Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $17
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Popular things to do in Dolgellau
Places to visit with Dolgellau
Recently planned trips to Dolgellau
4 days in Snowdonia National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in North Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in United Kingdom, Dunkirk & Antwerp BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Wales BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Snowdonia National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Snowdonia National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium