For those of you who prefer the road less travelled and day trips away from large crowds or long queues, we’ve compiled a list of five of the overlooked gems in North Wales, all of which are equally as intriguing and enjoyable as the most popular attractions.
Nant Mill Visitor Centre
The first hidden gem in North Wales is the Nant Mill Visitor Centre. The former corn mill is nestled within an ancient woodland alongside the River Clywedog in a deep and captivating valley. The location is perfect for winter walks with your family, choose from one of the many picturesque trails through the park, each taking you past rivers, waterfalls, thick woodlands and lead mines. Although the paths aren’t suitable for pushchairs, the playground and wild garden should help to keep the children entertained. Throughout the year, the visitor’s centre also hosts many children’s activities, fetes and fairs, keep an eye on the website for the full schedule of events.
Alice in Wonderland Town Trails
As a celebration of 150 years of the much-loved children’s book and films, Alice in Wonderland, the proud seaside town of Llandudno launched the exciting town trails. Simply download one of the apps, ‘Alice Origins’, ‘White Rabbit’ or ‘Alice’s Looking Glass’ to experience and tour the town in one of the best ways possible – through Alice’s eyes. Along the way, you’ll get to see some of the best attractions in the town, as well as view the incredible animations and play to the great games and videos.
Centre for Alternative Technology
Come rain or shine, the Centre for Alternative Technology provides a great day out for the whole family. Both educational, informative and inspiring, the centre has plenty on offer. There are seven acres of gardens in the breath-taking Welsh countryside, all dotted in hands-on displays and information points. The quarry trail promises panoramic views over the Snowdonia National Park and takes visitors through the enchanting surrounding woodland. You can take a trip on one of the steepest water-balanced cliff railways, which has a gradient of 35 degrees, tour around the gardens, learn about the renewable energy, alternative technologies and sustainable ways of living. Activities regularly take place, for both children and adults, from broomstick making to tree decorating.
The Candle Alchemist
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Anglesey provides inspiration for visitors who are looking to get a little crafty during their stay in North Wales. There is a range of workshops for the whole family to get involved in, including candle making, painting, decoupage, ceramic painting, clay modelling and much more! Destress and relax while learning a new and unusual skill.
Horse Drawn Boat Trip
For more than 100 years, residents and visitors of North Wales have enjoyed the historical journey along the Llangollen Canal on a horse drawn narrow boat. Flowing through the UNESCO World Heritage site, the boat trip takes you through the stunning Welsh mountains and all you’ll be able to hear it the clip clop of the horse’s shoes and the movement of the water. The two-hour trip takes passengers past the man-made Horseshoe Falls and along the recently re-opened, Chain Bridge across the River Dee.
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