You don’t need a lot of cash to enjoy many of North Wales’ best attractions; from climbing Snowdon to discovering the region’s history, there are so many things to do when on your holiday staying at our holiday parks in North Wales that are completely free!
Walking and Hiking
With Snowdonia National Park on your doorstep, it makes sense to get outdoors and go for walks in the beautiful landscape. There are the mountains to climb, and walks in the valleys around the many lakes that might tempt you, and each step you take, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the park. And if you find Snowdonia a little challenging, there is the Great Orme to climb near Llandudno, which has an array of interesting flora and fauna and amazing views of the sea. For people who like to walk but prefer a level surface, there is the Llangollen Canal which will lead you to the amazing 121ft high Pontcysyllte Aquaduct.
Culture at Museums and Galleries
Discover North Wales history and culture at the galleries and museums in the area. The Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno features contemporary Welsh and international art, has regular exhibitions and highlights local history. The Wrexham County Borough Museum has three galleries that have changing exhibitions exploring the region’s history. There are plenty of interactive and family-friendly displays, so kids are sure to enjoy it too. The National Slate Museum at Llanberis lets you explore the lives of the miners who worked there in Victorian times, and you can see slate-splitting engines at work, just like how they did over 100 years ago.
Conwy’s Town Walls
While you have to pay an entry fee to get into the medieval Conwy Castle, it is free to walk the town walls. The well-maintained attraction sees thousands of visitors a year, and on the parapets, you have a unique perspective of the town, harbour and fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and sea. It is a steep climb to the top, but well worth the effort to reach the walls. It is most enjoyable in off-peak tourist times as there will be fewer visitors on the wall with you.
It costs nothing to go to the beach, and there are plenty of wonderful beaches in North Wales you can while away the day at. There are several around Llandudno and Conwy, as well as Colwyn Bay on the other side of the Llandudno headland. Further east along the coast, there are family-friendly beaches at Towyn, Rhyl and Prestatyn. In addition to sun, sea and sand, many of the beaches along the North Wales coast have arcades and amusements, from crazy golf to fairground rides, to entertain yourself.
Wild swimming has become hugely popular in recent years, and North Wales has many great spots to take a dip in the gorgeous blue water. The Blue Pool at Golwern Quarry above Fairbourne is one of the finest spots for wild swimming. The cold, clear waters are deep and ideal for having a splash about on a hot summer’s day. And for the less daring, it is a great picnic spot. There are several other isolated spots around Snowdonia to go for a swim outdoors, but be mindful these wild swimming locations don’t have lifeguards and little to no facilities available.
Pistyll Rhaedr is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and can be found a few miles from the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Powys. The waterfall is 240ft (80m) high and the UK’s tallest single drop waterfall. Visitors have described the wonderful waterfall as a stunning natural feature, and it is a great place to snap a photo. Its location also makes for a great starting point to explore the Berwyn Mountains.