FIRST MINISTER of Wales, Mark Drakeford, is set to unveil a plaque at Snowdon’s summit building to mark ten years since its opening this month.

Hafod Eryri, which loosely translates as ‘high summer dwelling on Snowdon’, was opened in June 2009 by former First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

It was originally built to replace the ageing building that had previously stood there since 1935.

Designed by architect Ray Hole, the structure was designed to withstand the challenging mountain weather conditions, while also blending in with its natural surroundings.

At 3,507ft above sea level, it is Wales’ highest inhabited building, operated by Snowdon Mountain Railway, with more than half-a-million visitors a year.

Ahead of the plaque being unveiled, Mr Drakeford, said: “This is a significant milestone for Hafod Eyri, a place visited by millions every year, securing itself the title of the UK’s busiest mountain. It has proved to be a genuine Welsh landmark at a truly iconic location.

“We will continue to work with Snowdon Mountain Railway and our other partners to ensure Snowdonia remains a key destination for tourists from across the UK and around the world.”

Vince Hughes, from Snowdon Mountain Railway, added: “We’re thrilled the First Minister is visiting Llanberis where he will travel to the summit on one of our steam trains.

“It is thanks to the Welsh Government that Hafod Eryri was built and there’s no doubt it has transformed the experience for people when they reach the top of Snowdon.

“Although its position presents challenges, it has become a vital resource for both walkers and those travelling to the summit by train.”

With the exception of two World Wars, Snowdon Mountain Railway has run uninterrupted since 1896. It has even been used to help mountain rescue teams working on Mount Snowdon. 

Mr Drakeford's visit will take place on Thursday, June 13.