Family holidays come in all shapes and sizes and that’s where North Wales comes into its own. Whether you want a traditional seaside holiday, an adventure trip, an action-packed fun-filled break or a bit of everything, then you’re in for a treat when you select North Wales as your holiday destination.
Here’s our top guide of fun things for families to do:
Full Steam Ahead
No matter how old your children are, travelling on a steam engine is an enjoyable step back in time. Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are two unique narrow gauge railways that take you on two picturesque trips in North Wales. The Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 ½ mile journey from the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog to the harbour in Porthmadog, and Welsh Highland Railway’s 25 mile trip is from Porthmadog to Caernarfon.
Scale the Heights
Scaling Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain is on most people’s bucket list. Whether you want to take one of the many walking routes which are graded so you can pick the one that’s right for you and your family or jump on the Snowdon Mountain Railway train which takes you from Llanberis to the Summit, this 3,560ft high mountain rewards you with impressive views reaching as far as Ireland and Scotland and over to the Peak District on a clear day.
A Voyage on the Wildside
Puffins, seals and dolphins are some of the amazing wildlife waiting to be discovered on your holiday. Take a cruise from Beaumaris to see the puffins at Puffin Island off Anglesey. There are also plenty of seals, cormorants, guillemots, razorbills, eider ducks and kittiwakes so if you have a pair of binoculars they’re definitely worth taking with you.
An Attractive Day Out
There are also plenty of family attractions in North Wales and these are our top ten:
Spend a day in the company of rare and endangered animals from around the world including tigers, monkeys and ostriches, as well as enjoy seeing the golden eagles, otters, the penguin parade, sea lion shows and the chimp encounter.
This a unique attraction as it is the only family adventure park in the UK to provide true eco-friendly rides including the only people-powered rollercoaster in the world and the world’s only solar-powered water ride. Kids can also have fun building a den, taking a boat ride through the jungle and enjoy the open theatre magic shows.
This is a unique aquarium with over 40 tanks displaying the best of British marine wildlife including octopus, lobsters, seahorses, conger eels and catsharks.
This free attraction in Llandudno appeals to all ages. Enjoy tractor and trailer rides, drive your own mini tractor, hand feed goats, deer and llama, watch sheep shearing or take a stroll around the Farm’s large collection of owls. In the Summer months there’s also a 100ft inflatable assault course, face painting and arts and crafts.
Described as one of the finest surviving castles in the UK, this imposing castle was built in the 1280s and gives a glimpse of what life was like in the reign of King Edward I with its great bow-shaped hall, chambers and kitchen and a secluded inner ward with private chambers and a royal chapel.
This fun-filled Centre offers a Cresta Toboggan Run (age 4+), a scenic Permasnow Ski slope for skiing, snowboarding or spinning around in the Sno-Tubes (age 4+) as well as an Alpine Adventure Minigolf course.
This is an all-weather activity, as the world’s first subterranean playground is located in a historic slate cavern offering giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels which are mostly made from netting so there’s plenty of bouncing fun to be had for everyone over the age of 7!
Another fantastic action-packed day awaits families at Zip World Fforest with six amazing activities. Treetop Nets allows you to run, bounce and leap 60ft high in the trees. The Zip Safari is a journey through the canopy of the trees along 23 zip lines and 6 rope course elements.The Plummet Tower is the world’s highest powerfan tree parachute which sends riders on a jaw dropping descent!Skyride is Europe’s highest and first 5 seater Giant Swing. Fforest Coaster is a toboggan ride in the heart of the woodland, and finally Treehoppers is a dedicated activity for 7 to 12 year olds which offers bridges, a balancing beam and zip lines which can be enjoyed at their own pace.
These are the world’s largest prehistoric mines so go underground to discover and learn how the ancient people of Britain lived before the Roman invasion.
- Reaching the Great Orme Summit
These are two unique modes of transport you can enjoy to reach the Great Orme Summit. Llandudno Cable Car is the longest cable car lift in the country or there’s the Great Orme Tramway which is Britain’s only cable-hauled street tram.Both are operational from late March to the end of October.
There are also over 230 beaches in Wales and the seaside resort of Llandudno boasts two – West Shore is a large sandy beach which is ideal for soaking up the sun, enjoying a swim, playing beach games or reading a good book, while on North Shore you can enjoy donkey rides and the nearby Punch and Judy Show. There are also stunning beaches to be found across North Wales but other beaches we recommend visiting are Colwyn Bay, Conwy Morfa and Newborough Beach on Anglesey.
If you’d rather be walking along the coast taking in the sea air, then the Wales Coast Path is for you, and when you step out of the front door of The Imperial Hotel you are on Conwy’s section of the Path and it’ll take you down the Promenade to the Pier and up the Great Orme, or walk the other end of the sweeping bay to Little Orme.
Discover North Wales with your family and make 2019 the year you all enjoy a traditional seaside holiday in Llandudno.