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Attractions in Snowdonia, Llŷn Peninsula and Cambrian Coastline

Yes, our scenery is terrific. But so too are our many family-friendly attractions and places to visit. Here’s a run-down of some of the best – make sure you write them on your ‘to do’ list. We've also got plenty more ideas on things to do, family fun and watersports activity in the area.

We've also got an A-Z list or you can use the search facility to look for specific attractions in the area - Search for Attractions (external website).

Go Below Underground Adventures, Conwy Falls Café, near Betws y Coed

Post code for Sat Nav is LL24 0PN
01690 710108 
Go Below Underground Adventures

Open: All year.
Price: See website. 

Go Below Underground Adventures 196 150

It's mine exploring with attitude, whether you want to climb a waterfall or scale an airshaft,  descend to the deepest accessible point in the UK, leap off of our 70ft freefall or ride the longest and deepest underground zipline in the world, we have 3 different trips to suit all ages, abilities and fear factors! Open in all weathers!

Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon

Cibyn Industrial Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD
0845 450 8222
Beacon Climbing Centre

Open: Weekdays 10am - 10pm, Weekends 10am - 8pm
Price: See website.  Book online.


Beacon Climbing Centre 196 150

BEACON CLIMBING CENTRE is an exciting all weather venue, with fun activities suitable for the whole family. It's great fun for kids and the perfect antidote to boring gym regimes for adults!

Conquer our high roped walls for an unbeatable sense of achievement, experience the freedom of climbing without using a rope in our low level ‘bouldering’ areas or try something that's entirely off-the-wall: CrazyClimb featuring 12 wacky climbing challenges!

No previous experience is required and anyone can have a go. Spectators can gain entry for free and can watch the climbing from the numerous viewing balconies, or relax in the café overlooking the climbing walls. Free WiFi is even available!

Beacon Climbing Centre is located in Caernarfon, North Wales, just a few miles off the A55 coast road. Find us on the main A4086 road between Caernarfon and Llanberis. Full directions available on our website.

Yr Hwylfan/The Fun Centre

Christchurch Bangor Street, Caernarfon, LL55 1AR
01286 671911
Yr Hwylfan/The Fun Centre

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Yr Hwylfan-The Fun Centre

The name says it all – well almost. It’s North-West Wales’s biggest indoor adventure play centre, with a huge range of attractions and activities all under one roof, giant drop slides, ball pools, maze, tubes, climbing nets, play areas, mini electric go karts, laser game arena… is that enough?

And adults can escape for a bit of peace and quiet to the licensed restaurant with patio area.

Bodnant Welsh Food, Conwy Valley

Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy, LL28 5RP
01492 651100
Bodnant Welsh Food

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


Bodnant Welsh Food Farmshop 196 150

The place to go for shopping and eating combo in the Conwy Valley. Bodnant showcases the very best Welsh artisan produce, from organic veg to cheeses, mountain lamb to tasty treats. The beautifully converted 18th-century Furnace Farm houses an award-winning farm shop, tea-room, restaurant, bakery, dairy, butchery, cookery school and beekeeping centre. Five-star onsite accommodation is also available. 


It’s a foodie heaven for the whole family. Learn a new skill in the cookery school, visit demonstration hives to see bees and beekeepers at work, then sample some delicious food. The views overlooking the River Conwy are pretty good too.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF
01766 516000 
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway

Open: See website.
Price: See website

Two separate railways, little in gauge, large in appeal. The 13½-mile Ffestiniog from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog one of Wales's best-loved Great Little Trains, was originally built to carry slate. The Welsh Highland from Caernarfon to Porthmadog travels through some of Snowdonia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery and the show-stopping Aberglaslyn Pass – a whopping 25 miles from start to finish, making it Britain’s longest heritage railway.

Put the two railways together with the Conwy Valley line and other public services for a memorable circular tour of Snowdonia. 

Glasfryn Parc Activity and Adventure Centre, near Pwllheli

Y Ffor, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6PG
01766 810202
Glasfryn Parc, Activity and Adventure Centre

Open: Every day (except Christmas Day) 10.00am - 6.00pm and 10.00am - Late for Bowling
Price: Please check website for details.

700 x 536 Glasfryn Parc

Where to begin? Think of an activity and there’s a good chance that you can do it here. Go karts, quad bikes, archery, fishing and ten-pin bowling are just some of the things on offer. There’s also a state-of-the-art wakeboarding and watersports park packed with exciting features

It’s billed as ‘North Wales’s premier action and activity centre’. Enough said. Oh, and there’s an award-winning farm shop and café on site too.

Electric Mountain, Llanberis

Electric Mountain, Llanberis, Gwynedd,
LL55 4UR
01286 870636
Electric Mountain

Open: Please see website.
Price: Please see website.



On the shore of Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, Electric Mountain marks the starting point for tours into Dinorwig Power Station. Deep in Elidir Mountain is one of Europe's largest man made caverns, home to a pumped storage generator which converts the power of water into electricity.

For information about booking an underground tour of the power station & to make a reservation, please see our website, or alternatively, please call the Visitors Centre on:  01286 870636 for assistance.   

Group discounts are available, please phone for details.

Tour not suitable for children under 4 years old.

Sygun Copper Mine, near Beddgelert

Beddgelert, Gwynedd
LL55 4NE 
01766 890595
Sygun Copper Mine

Open: See website.
Prices: See website

700 x 536 Cloddfa Copr Sygun Copper Mines

A remarkable underground experience. Abandoned in 1903 but now reopened to visitors, Sygun tells the story of Victorian miners. Nowadays, it’s hard to believe that such gritty industrial heritage exists amongst so much natural beauty.

Take a self-guided tour of the old workings. See audio-visual presentations and stalactites and stalagmites as well as copper ore veins containing traces of silver and gold. Children's adventure playground, museum and panning for gold above ground.

Zip World

Zip World, Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, LL57 4YG
01248 601 444
Zip World

Open: See website 
Prices: See website

196 150 Zip World

We’ve become, almost overnight, the zip line capital of the world thanks to two new attractions – Zip World Velocity at Bethesda and Zip World Titan at Blaenau Ffestiniog. At the former you’ll fly (well, almost) at speeds up to 100mph on Europe’s longest zip wire. Titan is another record-breaker – the world’s largest zip zone, with over five miles of aerial rides.

Snowdonia Riding Stables, Waunfawr, near Caernarfon

Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
LL55 4PQ
01286 650 342
Snowdonia Riding Stables

Open: See website
Prices: See website

700 x 536 Snowdonia Riding Stables

Go riding and trekking in the foothills of Snowdonia through fabulous mountain and coastal scenery. Complete beginners and competent riders are equally welcome, with a choice of everything from introductory sessions to full-day treks deep into the mountains.

Always wanted to explore the hills on horseback? Now’s your chance, on rides guided by experienced trek leaders from this long-established centre. Please pre-book.

GreenWood Forest Park, near Caernarfon

Y Felinheli, Gwynedd
LL56 4QN
01248 671493
GreenWood Forest Park

Open: 17th-26th February, 18th March – 5th November 2017
Prices: Please see website.

GreenWood Great Green Run

Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for six years running, days out don’t get much better than this! GreenWood Forest Park is set in 27 magical acres, and it’s easy to see why it’s a full day out - discovering woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family fun.

Make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at Archery.

We have those rainy days covered too! The Enchanted WoodBarn is full of the latest indoor play with a separate area for the under 3s.

Prepare to be dazzled in the Forest Theatre where during the school holidays you will find our fabulous entertainers, including: Smarty Marty the Clown, Harley’s Showtime and Ricardo the Pirate – they just can’t wait to make you laugh. Get creative in the craft area where you can see local crafts people and make something unique to take home with you!

Smaller tots will also find a fun-filled adventure in the Little Forest PlayBarn, Toddlers Village, Tunnel Warren and the Little Green Run.

With so much to do on a day out, you’ll need a break! In the GreenOak Café, choose from delicious hot and cold meals, as well as a great selection of Fairtrade and locally sourced products. Or during school holidays, grab a bite from one of four great snack bars.

 

National White Water Centre, near Bala

Frongoch, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7NU
01678 521083
Canolfan Tryweryn - Canolfan Dŵr Gwyn Cenedlaethol/National White Water Centre

Open: Please see website.
Prices: Please see website.

700 x 536 Canolfan Dŵr Gwyn Cenedlaethol / National White Water Centre

The National White Water Centre is the home of white water rafting and kayaking in the UK.  The centre is based on the River Tryweryn - a real Welsh mountain river in Snowdonia National Park.  

Although its a truly wild mountain river the Tryweryn's water levels are dam-controlled so it’s rapids still thunder throughout the summer.  Unlike any other UK venue for white water rafting at the National White Water Centre there is no need to compromise; enjoy thrilling white water, reliable river conditions and a beautiful natural environment!

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau

Dolgefeiliau, Dolgellau,
LL40 2HZ
01341 440747
Parc Coedwig Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Open: All year. Please see website for further details.
Prices: See website.

700 x 536 Coed y Brenin

There’s something for everyone here at Coed y Brenin…
• Visitors Centre with Café open 7 days a week
• Bike Shop, Bike Hire & Bike Wash
• Running Shop & Shoe Hire
• Dedicated Waymarked Mountain Biking, Walking and Running Trails for a range of abilities
• Mountain Biking Skills Area
• Animal Puzzle Trail, MP3 Trails, Orienteering Trails and Geocaching Trails
• Conference Facilities 
• Range of events for throughout the year…

 

King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris

Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys
SY20 9RF
01654 761584
King Arthur's Labyrinth
King Arthur's Labyrinth Video

Open: Varies, please check website. 
Prices: Please check website.


King Arthur's Labyrinth - Stone Dragon

King Arthur’s Labyrinth – the visit for the Year of Legends

Set sail through the cascading veil of an underground waterfall and discover a magical place where tales from the mists of time are retold. Tales of dragons, giants and the legendary King Arthur.  Guided by a Dark Age Boatman through immense caverns and winding tunnels, you will find these ancient Welsh stories brought to life through dramatic scenes, light and sound.

Enjoy a new feature for 2017 - Dragon River! Your adventures underground may disturb the guardians of the Labyrinth… will you avoid their clutches and return safely to the outside world?  Full of ancient Welsh myths and legends, King Arthur’s Labyrinth is a perfect adventure for the Year of Legends. 

There are more ancient tales to be found back above ground in Lost Legends of The Stone Circle where you can navigate the snaking paths of a simple maze to find mythical stories, intriguing characters and The Stone Circle. Complete the quiz and win a medal! Get half price admission when you also buy a ticket for King Arthur’s Labyrinth.

King Arthur’s Labyrinth and Lost Legends of The Stone Circle start from the Corris Craft Centre which is also home to 9 fabulous craft studios and the resident designer-makers. Find unique handmade items and have fun making your own with pottery painting, candle dipping, chocolate making, crafting your own herbals and furniture building workshops.

At the centre of the attractions is Y Crochan café which is light, bright and modern with views all around of the densely wooded hillsides of the Corris valley. Enjoy delicious local produce in a range of dishes which are served throughout the day. 

You’ll find more mouth-watering produce in our Welsh food and drink shop Bwtri Y Crochan, translating into English as The Larder. Browse the shelves packed with locally grown, reared and produced items including honey, cheeses, cakes, biscuits, meat, jams, beers, liqueurs and much more.

A further attraction, Corris Mine Explorers, allows you to explore the virtually untouched abandoned workings of an old Welsh slate mine with one of Wales’ top Mine Explorers. It's like a virtual time capsule with more than 130 years of mining history captured inside.

With so much to do and free all day parking, come and make a day of it.  

Corris Craft Centre

Corris Mine Explorers

RibRide Adventure Boat Trips, Menai Bridge

On the waterfront of Menai Bridge, just 2 miles from the A55. The post code for our base and bookings office is LL59 5DE.
0333 1234 303 (local rate call)
RibRide

Open: Please contact RibRide
Prices: See website

700 x 536 RibRide

We are Wales’ best adventure boat tour company. Our skippers are your fast and fun guides to the natural history of 
Anglesey. Ride a RIB on the Menai Strait or join us on a Bear Grylls adventure boat tour to the islands and high 
cliffs of the north Anglesey coast. Come with us for an unbeatable adventure! 

Inigo Jones Slate Works

Tudor Slate Works, Y Groeslon, Caernarfon, LL54 7UE
01286 830242
Inigo Jones Slateworks

Open: See website.
Price: See website.



Inigo Jones Slate Works was founded in 1861 to prefabricate school writing slates. Today the company uses the same raw material namely 500 million year old slate to produce architectural, memorial, landscape and craft products.

The company has by popular demand a self-guided tour of the works including exhibitions and an opportunity at having a go at engraving on a piece of slate that you get to keep as a souvenir.Showroom on site includes slate products prefabricated in the workshops as well as other Welsh and Celtic gifts. Nameplates and plaques can be made to order.

Café on site and large Car Park

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

Tremadog Road, Porthmadog, LL49 9DY
01766 513402
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

Open: See website.
Price: See website.

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway 196 150

A short narrow-gauge rail ride from Porthmadog takes you to a Heritage Centre and Engine Sheds, packed with exhibits and displays on North Wales’s railway and industrial heritage. There’s also a second rail ride – this time on a miniature railway with tiny seven-inch gauge.

It’s a charming little railway, run by passionate volunteers. The Heritage Centre has won awards for its child-friendly hands-on approach – climb into engine cabs, sit at the controls, watch a video that shows you what it’s like at 600 degrees inside a boiler.

Fairbourne Miniature Railway

Beach Road, Fairbourne, LL38 2EX
01341 250362
Fairbourne Miniature Railway

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


Fairbourne Miniature Railway 196 150
It’s the smallest of Wales’s narrow-gauge railways, with a track width of only 12¼ins. So it’s dinky, it’s sweet – but it takes you on a railway ride through the dunes to some pretty big views of the Mawddach Estuary and mountains beyond. 

The ride in itself is enough. But there’s more. It connects with the ferry across the Mawddach to Barmouth/Abermaw.

Anglesey Boat Trips

01248 716335
Anglesey Boat Trips

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


Anglesey Boat Trips 196 150

Scenic, spectacular trips in 10 person RIB powerboats with fully qualified, experienced pilots, departing  from  Beaumaris Pier, and some other locations by special arrangement. Go for an exciting 'Blast' ride down the Menai Strait or take a more leisurely trip- private charters also available.  


They’re great fun as you whiz along the Menai Strait to places like Beaumaris Castle and Puffin Island.

Wales Walking Holidays

Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5LP
01248 713611
Crwydro Cymru / Wales Walking Holidays

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


Anglesey Walking Holidays 196 150
You’ll be in the hands of local experts. They organise guided and self-guided tours for novices and experienced walkers (with luggage transfers), ranging from a few to 14 days. Tours cover many parts of Wales, including Snowdonia and Offa’s Dyke, but the Isle of Anglesey is the company’s speciality. Customised walking packages and cycle tours are also available.

Anglesey’s 125-mile coastline is an official ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and no one knows it better, every mile of the way, than Wales Walking Holidays. And you can combine Anglesey with Snowdonia on a special walking and sightseeing tour.

PaintballWales.com

Warrior Woods, Llanddeiniolen, LL55 3AW
01248 340000
Paintball Wales

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Paintballing

AFFORDABLE PAINTBALL HAS ARRIVED!! “The Coolest Adventure Sport on the Planet!”

Centrally located in the woods, between the sea and the mountains, at the foot of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park., and perfectly situated for North and Mid-Wales, Wirral, Chester, and the Liverpool and Manchester area.Even if you’re coming from outside the area, our prices, fun ‘n’ party atmosphere and beautiful location merely 5 mins from the picture postcard pretty village of Llanberis and Mount Sbowdon are well worth the drive to make a day out of it!

Snowdonia Walking and Climbing

07775623323
Snowdonia Walking and Climbing

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Cerdded Mynyddoedd Mountain Walks

A one-stop shop for all kinds of mountain experiences in North-west Wales – guided walks, scrambling and climbing as well as courses in all aspects of mountaineering. Learn to rock climb and be taught about mountain safety with an experienced instructor. 

The company is run by a fully qualified mountaineering instructor, so you’re in good hands. It offers mountain adventures and courses to suit all levels of experience, tailor made for you.

Tŷ Isaf

Beddgelert, LL55 4YB
01766 510120
National Trust - Craflwyn & Beddgelert

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Ty Isaf
A charming little cottage, low of beam and dark of stone, in the heart of Beddgelert. It’s owned by the National Trust, so you’d expect it to be historic – and it certainly is. Grade II listed and dating back to the 17th century, it’s reputedly the oldest building in the village.

Not just to have a quick look inside but also because it has returned to one of its early roles as a shop – though now it sells an attractive range of local crafts, gifts and produce and well as National Trust items. There’s local information too.

Plas yn Rhiw

Rhiw, Pwllheli, LL53 8AB
01758 780219
National Trust

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Gardd Plas yn Rhiw Garden
It’s a small, perfectly formed Tudor/Georgian manor house in the care of the National Trust, dating from the early 17th century.

For the surroundings as much as the house. Plas yn Rhiw stands in a truly spectacular spot on the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula, with far-reaching views from Porth Neigwl across Cardigan Bay (Porth Neigwl’s English name, Hell’s Mouth, might give you a clue to its savage beauty). Even closer to home, Plas yn Rhiw’s delightful ornamental garden contains many flowering trees and shrubs, with beds framed by box hedges and grass paths. A gem!

Porth y Swnt

Aberdaron, Pwllheli
Porth y Swnt

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


Porth y Swnt - Tu Fewn_Inside 700 x 536 © Richard Outram
It’s the National Trust's new ground-breaking interpretation centre on the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. Simply designed and taking its inspiration from Aberdaron’s architecture and maritime past, it will act as a gateway to Llŷn’s many unique features and rich cultural heritage.

The name almost says it all. Porth y Swnt means ‘Gateway to the Sound’, referring to the stretch of water that separates Aberdaron from Ynys Enlli, Bardsey Island, the ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’. It’s an echo of the way in which the centre will reveal the story of Llŷn – its natural and human history, its secret places and how this most Welsh of areas attracted pilgrims from far and wide.

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Wharf Station, Tywyn, LL36 9EY
01654 710472
The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Casgliad Amgueddfa Rheilffordd Tywyn Railway Museum Collection

Explore the world of the narrow gauge from industrial steam locomotives to the charm of the Irish rural railways. Learn about the Reverend Awdry and his railway stories for children. Should you wish you can take a ride on the World’s First Preserved Railway which runs from our front door.

Porthmadog Maritime Museum

The Harbour, Porthmadog, LL49 9LU
Amgueddfa'r Môr Porthmadog Maritime Museum

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Llongau Porthmadog Ships
Porthmadog’s bustling harbour was even busier 150 years ago. Discover why at this museum, which tells the story of the port’s shipbuilding and slate exporting heyday. Appropriately enough, it’s housed in the quayside’s last remaining slate shed.

Seafaring and the sea runs through Porthmadog’s salty veins. The museum tells you why the port’s Western Ocean Yachts were renowned for their combination of elegance and seaworthiness. Round everything off by hopping on board the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway to trace the journey of slate from mine to port.

RAW Adventures/Climb Snowdon, Llanberis

RAW Adventures Mountain Activities (and Climb Snowdon)
Caban Cyf, Brynrefail, Gwynedd. LL55 3NR

01286 685 472
RAW Adventures/Climb Snowdon

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 RAW Adventures
RAW Adventures specialise in guided and skills courses in the Snowdonia mountains.  This includes their popular ‘Climb Snowdon’ days for family, individuals and groups as well as mountains skills courses for those seeking wilder adventures and improving skills and confidence in the outdoors.
We operate activities 7 days/week, including Bank Holidays

Trefriw Woollen Mills

Main Road, Trefriw, Conwy, LL27 0NQ
01492 640462
Trefriw Woollen Mills

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


See the weaving and water driven turbine.  We manufacture Welsh tapestry bedspreads, travelling rugs and tweeds from the raw wool and generated our own electricity.  Additional machinery can be viewed Easter – October.  Our products are available in the shop plus soft furnishings and accessories made up in our fabrics.

Weaving:  mid February – mid December, Monday  - Friday.

Bach Ventures

Pentre Bach, Waunfawr, Caernarfon. LL54 7AJ
07798 733939
Bach Ventures

Open: Please see website
Price: Please see website. 

Fancy trying something new or looking for a challenge? Then come and join us for an an adventure in Wales Year of Adventure 2106.  

Choose from Gorge Scrambling,Coasteering , Kayaking , Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing Canoeing or Mountain day. Each activity is tailored to your group to allow you to enjoy your time at your own pace as we do not mix groups. We have a passion for developing everyone's enjoyment and knowledge of our area and activities we offer. Our staff all hold the required NGB qualifications so you are in safe hands. So come and have some fun!

Bendi-Gedig

Talbot Square, Barmouth, LL42 1AD
01341 281523
Bendi-Gedig

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Bendi-Gedig

Bendigedig is a Welsh word that means fantastic, wondrous, brilliant, blessed. It’s an indoor adventure play centre with café designed by two young mums for children of all ages up to 12. Kids can run, jump, crawl, squeeze, slide and bounce their way through a maze of inventive play equipment. 

Children (and adults) love it. It’s fun, safe, friendly and clean, with great-quality food that’s affordable and locally sourced. Check out their rave reviews on TripAdvisor. Free Wi-Fi too.

There is also a fun, relaxing and creative paint your own pottery studio, clay modelling, potter's wheel and lots more to enjoy!

Bendi's Basement Pottery

Bounce Below

Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3NB
01248 601 444
Bounce Below

Open: See website.
Price: See website.


196 150 Bounce Below

Hats off to whoever thought of this one. Take a vast slate cavern twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral. Then string giant trampolines and nets across it. Voilà – you have a unique, very topsy-turvy underground experience. Oh, and there’s an underground zip line too.

This off-the-wall new attraction is a world’s first. Be the first kid (or adult) on your block to give it a go.

Llanberis Lake Railway

Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
01286 870549
Rheilffordd Llyn Padarn / Llanberis Lake Railway

Open: See website.
Price: See website.



This lovely little line runs alongside Llyn Padarn in the Padarn Country Park for a there-and-back journey of five miles. Stop off for a lakeside picnic at Cei Llydan, or visit the National Slate Museum at Gilfach Ddu.

You won’t need a head for heights to enjoy great views of Snowdon. The highest peak in Wales and England spears into the skyline along the way.

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