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The chill factor – where to go for North Wales’ best ice cream

Young or old, a holiday is not complete without an ice cream sundae or the unmistakable taste of a vanilla ice cream in a cone. North Wales has plenty of places to visit to enjoy locally made ice cream. Here’s a list of some of our favourites.

Cadwalader’s in Criccieth

A family-run business since 1927, the Cadwalader family now have several ice cream shops in Wales and England but their original shop in Criccieth is still the company’s flagship parlour with fantastic views of the castle, sea and beach as you tuck into your ice cream. Other North Wales locations include Porthmadog and Betws y Coed, both close to Snowdonia National Park. Their vanilla ice cream recipe is the same today as it was in 1927 but new flavours are introduced throughout the year to keep fans coming back for more.

Parisella’s in Conwy

With an authentic Italian history behind every lick of ice cream, Parisella’s in Conwy takes its name from Domenico Parisella, an Italian immigrant who made his way to Wales over a century ago and set up this family business. With award-winning flavours made with Welsh milk and double cream on the menu, the hardest choice is deciding which one to have. Favourites include Chocolate Sundaes and the classic Knickerbocker Glory. Parisella’s ice cream can be found in their branded shops and ice cream van in Conwy and Llandudno.

Glaslyn Ice Cream Parlour in Beddgelert

Named as the 8th Best Ice Cream Parlour in the UK by The Independent and one of the best in the world by The Sunday Times, Glaslyn’s in Beddgelert, near Gwynned make all of their ice cream and sorbets in small handcrafted batches at their parlour and have done so since 1970. Enjoy an ice cream at the parlour or in the fresh mountain air with a cone in hand by the River Glaslyn. If you’re feeling a bit more peckish, Glaslyn’s also have a pizzeria in their café, so you can still enjoy a wonderful lemon sorbet – just have it for dessert!

Forte’s in Llandudno

Onorio Forte established Forte’s when he arrived in Wales from a beautiful Italian mountain village in 1926. Still a family-run business today, a whopping 35 ice cream flavours are available, from clotted cream and peaches to taffy apple, bubble gum and classic vanilla. Add these to the range of sorbets and frozen yoghurt and you’ll be a while deciding which one to have.

Red Boat in Beaumaris

With several outlets across Wales, Red Boat’s flagship parlour in Beaumaris serves up their handcrafted ice cream and sorbets for breakfast, lunch and anytime in between, alongside a fry up, sandwiches and coffee if you prefer something less chilly. Tony, trained in the art of ice cream making at the Carpigiani Ice cream university in Bologna (yes, there really is a university dedicated to making ice cream!) is in charge of every drop that is served up.

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