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Are you stuck for things to do on your North Wales cottage holiday with your loved ones? We have compiled a handy guide to the best things to do in North Wales for families.

North Wales boasts breath-taking scenery and an interesting history, with attractions and activities to suit a family of all ages and tastes tightly packed into a majestic area. The folds of the Snowdonia National Park play backdrop to a wealth of plunging waterfalls, elegant towns, sandy beaches and medieval castles that await you on your next family adventure.

Read on to discover the best family attractions in North Wales…

1. Snowdon Mountain Railway, Snowdonia

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Tourists flock from all over the globe to enjoy the journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of the highest mountain peak across England and Wales, Snowdon. Families and rail enthusiasts can enjoy a ride to the summit, where one of the most awe-inspiring panoramas is revealed after disembarking the award-winning carriage.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway opened in 1896 and has been operating as commercial tourist railway ever since. The journey takes 2.5 hours with a 30-minute interval at the top, with journeys running every day from mid-March to October.

This wonderful and unique railway is the perfect way to reach the UK’s highest visitor centre and promises to be a great day out for families in North Wales. If you’re looking for a bite to eat during your break, why not take a look at our guide to the best restaurants in North Wales?

2. Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Resting high above Colwyn Bay in one of the most picturesque landscapes in North Wales is the country’s oldest zoo.

Home to over 140 species and far-reaching views of the Carneddau mountains, the Welsh Mountain Zoo promises to be a memorable North Wales day out with the kids. Look forward to spending the day discovering the rare and endangered animals from around the world, including Snow Leopards, Margays and the Sumatran Tiger.

Make your day even more unforgettable and experience an animal encounter to further your understanding of your favourite animal, starting at £75 per person.

3. Conwy


This small yet bustling town is packed with history and attractions, as well as a host of places to eat and drink – the perfect day out during your North Wales family holiday.

Explore the winding streets lined with independent shops before reaching the quaint marina and quay, where you will find the smallest house in Britain, Quay House. This red painted house is definitely worth a few minutes of your time, measuring just 72 inches wide and 122 inches high.

A stone’s throw from here will bring you to a masterpiece of medieval architecture, Conwy Castle, where you can go on to discover the 13th-century town walls. Keen historians also have a range of other castles in Wales to discover – all with fascinating and unique stories to tell.

4. Fairy Glen Gorge, Betws-y-Coed

Fairy Glenn

This secluded and enchanting gorge is located just a short distance from Beaver Bridge on the endearing River Conwy, one of the most beautiful outdoor things to do for families in North Wales.

If captured during the right time of day, where the sunlight shines through the woodlands, this already dramatic scene is the perfect place for a rocky scramble and to take some photographs.

If you are lucky, perch on one of the benches and look forward to catching glimpses of salmon jumping the waters and otters swimming in the pools. This is just one of the many hidden gems in North Wales, just waiting to be explored. Take a look through our Betws-y-Coed Travel Guide for the ideas and inspiration that you need for an experience to cherish.

5. Bounce Below and Zip World Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Bounce Below

Whatever the weather, Bounce Below is an unforgettable underground experience and a fun-packed North Wales family attraction. The world’s first subterranean playground is twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral and is a guaranteed great day out for the whole family.

Embrace your inner child and explore the network of caves are lit up by coloured lights, highlighting the beauty of the once-working slate mine. Here, photos and head-cam hire are available at an additional cost, perfect for documenting your unique experience to share with your family.

After an hour of bouncing around, look forward to refuelling at the Llechwedd Café which serves delicious local produce and home-made cakes. One of the many delightful cafés in North Wales.

6. Portmeirion

Portmeirion Village

The magic of this Italianate village can be found on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, where you can sample award-winning cuisine, detox and unwind in the spa, explore the gardens and soak up the views from the sandy beaches.

Architect Clough Williams-Ellis dedicated his life to building Riviera-inspired houses, making you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale, or a quaint village in Italy. Explore the cluster of shops and cafés before wandering around the sub-tropical gardens and catching the sunset over the sandy beach.

7. Alice in Wonderland trail, Llandudno

Alice in Wonderland trail in Llandudno

Follow in the footsteps of author Lewis Carroll, around the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno to discover his inspiration for this classic fairy-tale. Discover 55 bronze-cast Alice in Wonderland sculptures scattered across the town before settling down to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.

Whilst here, explore the town’s vast array of independent shops before soaking up the views at the quieter beach of West Shore. For even more inspiration for things to do with the family, take a look at our handy Llandudno Travel Guide.

8. Barmouth Beach, Barmouth

Offering breath-taking views towards Cardigan Bay is Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resort, Barmouth Beach – one of the best beaches in Wales.

This sandy beach is the perfect place for a North Wales family day out, offering opportunities for bathing and watersports, as well as more traditional pastimes such as donkey rides, swing boats and amusement arcades.

If you fancy an ice-cream, a short walk will bring you to a selection of amenities within the bustling town before you explore the surrounding attractions.

9. Aber Falls, Snowdonia

Aber Falls

Resting at the foothills of the Carneddau mountain range is the stunning Aber Falls. The 40-meter-high waterfall can be found a short walk from the village of Abergwyngregyn and offers a great route to enjoy on a North Wales day out with the kids.

Follow the well-signposted track through endearing woodlands before discovering the magnificent waterfall. If you are feeling brave, dip into the pool for a cooling swim. Alternatively, find a peaceful spot to soak up the wild mountain scenery with the soundtrack of the waterfall in the background as you tuck into your picnic.

Browse our selection of North Wales holiday cottages from which to base your break, and use our North Wales Travel Guide to plan your next adventure. Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

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