North Wales

Wales at its most mystical and magical

Discover the best North Wales attractions
Cefn Coed Cottages is at the cusp and edge of Wales’s most idealistic of locations being the The Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia. Mountains, forests, valleys and the sea – it has to be Snowdonia! No other park has such a magical mix of craggy mountains and sandy beaches around it. In a single day you can hike a peak, sunbathe on a beach, and lose yourself in quiet country lanes between the two. And yet, Snowdonia is even more than this…Explore castles built by Welsh princes and English invaders. Discover hidden churches, forest mines and fascinating heritage. Get the adrenaline pumping with rock climbing or gorge walking. Mountain bikers can test their skills on Snowdonia’s world-famous Marin Trail, or the technical rollercoaster routes of Coed-y-Brenin. Want to be swept off your feet? Then “fly” along Europe’s longest and fastest zip wire, high above a huge slate quarry. Or plunge from a 100ft tree on a pulley the army uses for parachute training. If it’s raining, so what? Don a helmet and adventure underground. Tour Llechwedd Slate or Sygun Copper mines, and listen to incredible stories at King Arthur’s Labyrinth.

. If the sun is shining then head down the Llyn : beaches come in all flavours – small sandy coves or wide surfing expanses, some with dunes, others with cliffs. The Llyn’s volcanic hills, undulating countryside and coastal paths – including an ancient pilgrim’s route – make for a battered map of walking options. Discover the Llyn Peninsula's vast walls of a hilltop iron-age fort or stumble upon ancient springs and pretty churches.Don’t forget to make time to visit the historic towns of Conwy and Caernarfon, and the picturebook mountain villages of Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert. Enjoy authentic Welsh food at country pubs, rustic cafes or award-winning restaurants. Want to know even more about the Lleyn and Snowdonia? Then come and visit!

2018 is our Year of the Sea

Wales is celebrating its outstanding coastline and inviting you to discover epic experiences all around our shores. Start with our 870-mile Wales Coast Path which passes all manner of seascapes – thrilling, perfect zen, and everything in between. You’ll pass hundreds of beaches, harbours, inlets and islands – while watching porpoises play and bottlenose dolphins dance in the distance.Make this year the time to try a new coastal activity – like kayaking, paddleboarding or coasteering. Or follow the rivers upstream and explore the inland shores of our lakes and reservoirs. Welcome to our Epic Shores.

Children Activities

From a trip to the zoo, to a walk in the park or a visit to the library.
There's lots to do in North Wales if you're an animal lover from visiting a zoo, working farm, meeting underwater life and seeing colourful butterflies. You could meet the chimps at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, rabbits at Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm, or sea creatures at Anglesey Sea Zoo.

Why not take your toddler to Gypsy wood to enjoy some exciting activities or head down to piggery pottery to throw and paint a pot. Ffestiniog Railway is also a great attraction for al the family. It’s the oldest independent railway company in the world, established in 1832. The railway takes you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or even tunnelling through it.

Must see

You don't have to travel the world to make unforgettable memories and experience wild adventures - you can do it all here in North Wales.
The most ruggedly action-packed bit of Wales has towering mountains and a wild coastline, offering every kind of outdoor activity, wet or dry. But there’s a softer side to Snowdonia, too. There are brilliant beaches, lovely old towns, and lots of family attractions.Talk about getting away from it all. Snowdonia is truly one of the most extraordinary corners of Britain. It’s like someone’s grabbed a giant handful of Alps, and plonked them on the west coast of Wales - near the beaches, which was thoughtful of them. There are plenty of other family-friendly peaks to pick. Teenagers love climbing Tryfan, partly because it looks like a giant stegosaurus at the side of the A5, and also because you can knock it off in three hours flat, up and down. The Llŷn Peninsula has three distinct ‘sides’: the sheltered resorts of its south coast are ideal for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing, notably at Pwllheli and Abersoch.

Out on its tip, the more exposed beaches of Hell’s Mouth and Aberdaron are great for surfing. The north coast is wild and hardly developed, and sprinkled with magical coves and the unique Whistling Sands at Porth Oer. The castles, for instance: Norman whoppers like Caernarfon, Harlech and Conwy, built to keep the Welsh in check. Or native Welsh castles, like the wildly romantic ruins of Dolbadarn, Dolwyddelan and Castell y Bere. There’s fascinating industrial heritage in places like National Slate Museum, Sygun Copper Mine and Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Old industrial sites are put to imaginative new use at the Centre for Alternative Technology, or King Arthur’s Labyrinth, or Go Below Underground Adventures. There’s some of the world’s best mountain biking at Coed y Brenin, and at Antur Stiniog’s new centre in the mining moonscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We’ve got white-water rafting all year round at the National White Water Centre near Bala Lake - where there’s also one of the area’s half-dozen steam railways.