Alternative Attractions in North Wales

North Wales is home to many fantastic attractions that are perfect for families on their holidays. However, the most popular places can lose their appeal in peak season when there are lots of tourists to contend with. So, if you prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle when staying at one of Lyons’ holiday homes for sale, North Wales has some alternative attractions that may interest you. Take a look below to discover where to go if you want to avoid busy crowds this summer.

Beaumaris Castle

While Caernarfon Castle is one of Wales’ most popular castles with hundreds of thousands visiting each year, you can enjoy another stunning medieval fortress in Beaumaris Castle. It is considered to be one of the most technically perfect medieval structures in Britain, being very advanced for when it was built in the 13th century. It is open to the public daily, and there are Medieval Fun Days throughout August. Tickets are £6.90 for adults and £4.10 for under 16s – cheaper than Caernarfon too! Find out more about Beaumaris here.

Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey, North Wales

Welsh Mountain Zoo and Anglesey Sea Zoo

A trip to a zoo or aquarium is a fun day out for the whole family, and the world famous Chester Zoo is a short drive from our North Wales holiday parks, but there are some fantastic zoos a lot closer that you will find on your doorstep. The Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay has previously been voted the best attraction in North Wales, and there are plenty of exciting animals and birds to entertain visitors. When it comes to aquariums, there are a couple to choose from; Anglesey Sea Zoo and Rhyl SeaQuarium. At Anglesey Sea Zoo you can learn about the marine creatures found in British waters, and the SeaQuarium boasts some colourful tropical fish.

Cuttlefish at Anglesey Sea Zoo

Erddig Hall

Bodnant Garden is one of the most admired gardens in Britain, but if you want to seek out a beautiful landscape that doesn’t have quite the same volume of tourists, Erddig Hall near Wrexham is an excellent choice. The walled garden at Erddig has been restored to its 18th-century glory, with fruit trees, sculptured topiary, an ivy collection and water features to admire. Erddig Hall also boasts a 1,200-acre pleasure park, which includes earthworks of a Norman castle and pathways to saunter along in the afternoon sunshine. Having just celebrated its 40th anniversary of being open to the public, Erddig Hall is a lovely alternative for seeking out manicured gardens, blooming flowers and serenity.

Ivy on the walls at Erddig Hall

Little Orme

The Great Orme is a truly spectacular landmark in North Wales. The headland in Llandudno is thought to be over 350 million years old and receives half a million visitors each year. But if you want a quiet walk, the Little Orme is a great alternative. The limestone headland is on the eastern end of Llandudno Bay, and you can enjoy spectacular views of the North Wales coastline, and it is a popular rock climbing spot. Also, at the foot of the Little Orme, you will find the ruins of a medieval chapel, Blessed Mary of Penrhyn.

View of Little Orme from Llandudno beach

Image credit: Stuart Madden

Llyn Dinas

North Wales is home to many beautiful lakes, from Bala to Padarn, which attract many visitors, especially in the summer months. Though, if you want somewhere secluded to have a family picnic or go for a swim, Llyn Dinas is a great option. Located in the Nant Gwynant Pass, you will also enjoy panoramic views of Snowdonia as you swim, splash about on the shore or play on the banks with your kids. If you fancy exploring a bit too, there are walking routes around the perimeter of the lake, suitable for all abilities.

Little boy at the edge of Llyn Dinas

If you are thinking of choosing North Wales as the place for your holiday home, contact us today to find out more, and be sure to take a look at our blog posts about activities and attractions near our holiday parks:

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