North Wales teems with fun activities and attractions for little ones and young adults. With great museums, historic sites, parks, zoos and toy stores, the UK country functions as a playground for the kids and a stomping ground for teens. Plus, parents are sure to enjoy themselves along with their children.
Below is a list of the top things to do and sights to see in North Wales:
1. Beacon Climbing Centre
Beacon Climbing Centre is one of the best and biggest indoor climbing facilities in the UK. Located on the main A4086 Llanberis road, the centre offers climbing facilities designed to cater for all ages and difficulty levels. These facilities include multi-faceted lead climbing walls, overhanging and vertical walls, low-level bouldering areas and 56 route lines just to name a few.
The centre has a seating area where spectators can relax and watch their family or friends climb the walls. There’s also free Wi-Fi and a café that offers a selection of drinks, snacks, and meals.
2. GreenWood Family Park
This award-winning family park is loved by both locals and tourists for several reasons. It is eco-friendly, has very friendly staff and offers plenty of things to do. Kids can zoom down Wale’s longest sledge run, ride the world’s first people-powered roller coaster, conquer the Crocodile Maze, explore treetop towers, watch magicians perform their tricks, or take the Jungle Boats challenge. GreenWood Family Park also offers plenty to learn including den building, archery, and stilt walking to name a few. With all these things to do, this unique eco-attraction promises an unforgettable family day out.
3. Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Stretching for 40 miles through the glorious Snowdonia National Park, these two railways allow you to take in the beautiful scenery in comfort. The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13½-mile scenic journey from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog while the 25-mile Welsh Highland railway takes you on a spectacular journey from beneath the historic walls at Caernarfon to Porthmadog.
The trains travel through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, round horseshoe bends, and past lakes and waterfalls. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, the trains feature comfortable carriages and buffet service at your seat.
4. Wepre Park
Wepre Park is a 160-acre ancient woodland located near Connah’s Quay in Flintshire. It is great for everyone – including pets. The park has many features of interest, most notably its interesting history, wildlife, and geology. It is home to Ewloe Castle and contains a large children’s playground, two football pitches, nature trails, a waterfall, fishing ponds, outdoor gyms, a recreation area, and a visitor centre. The visitor centre is a gem – it hosts a wide range of family events from storytelling events, to hands-on learning events and ‘sleepovers’ for dawn chorus walks in the spring and autumn.
5. Conwy Castle
This is one of the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. Built in the late 13th century, this picturesque castle is full of history and offers plenty to explore. It contains an outer ward that features a great hall, chambers and a more secluded inner area that contains private chambers and a royal chapel. There’s plenty of information on site to read as you walk along. Young ones will also have their fair share of fun as they play with toy knights and castles.
Once you’re done exploring the castle, take a walk around the walls and go visit the town.
Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay, Techniquest is a science centre that aims to engage people with science and address science-related areas such as maths and technology through interactive engagement. It has a science theatre, a planetarium, and a discovery centre that house more than 120 mind-boggling exhibits. Techniquest also hosts exhibitions, shows, and programmes at different venues around Wales.
7. Swallow Falls
Swallow Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. Set on the River Llugwy in Gwydyr Forest, the falls add to Betws-y-Coed’s already great rustic beauty. It is one of Snowdonia’s most visited sights owing to its outstanding natural beauty.
While the falls can be viewed on the south bank of the Llugwy, you’ll have a better view when you approach it along the northern bank. The spot is great for family camping or an impromptu picnic.
Whether you are an adult, a kid or just a kid at heart, these attractions in North Wales will deliver an unforgettable experience for the whole family.