Free Things to do in North Wales

Free Things to do in North Wales

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Discover the Best Free Things to do in North Wales

The best things in life are free, right? With our guide, you can discover the many free things to do in North Wales, featuring something for everyone. From historic castles and fascinating museums to golden beaches and easy hikes, there are so many superb free places to go in North Wales.

Hiking up the jewel in North Wales’ crown should be at the top of your free things-to-do list! Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and at an elevation of 1,085, it promises stunning views all year around. While the climb to the peak is completely free, you will need to pack a picnic and drinks, as well as organising travel and parking. Parking at the foot of the mountain can be expensive, however, park-and-ride options make the activity more affordable.

More free places to visit in North Wales include leisurely walks in country parks. Some of the best parks in North Wales include Alyn Water Country Park, Loggerheads Country Park and Maes y Pant.

If you are visiting the city of Wrexham, walking along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a superb free thing to do. The Overton Yew Trees is also a superb free attraction and is famed for being one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.

Free days out in North Wales can be spent exploring the ruins of Castell Dinas Brân, which towers above the town of Llangollen. Alternatively, you could head to Llanberis to explore Dolbardarn Castle.

You could choose to spend your days visiting the array of waterfalls in North Wales or dipping your toes into the many lakes to try wild swimming. Other free things to do in North Wales include beach days and strolling along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is the highest canal aqueduct in the world.

Continue reading to find the best free things to do in North Wales…

  • Gorsedd Stone Circle
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    1971 Eisteddfod Gorsedd Stone Circle

    North Wales
    United Kingdom
    LL57 2BS

    While Gorsedd Stone Circle may look like an ancient monument, it was actually installed in the 1970s to commemorate the National Eisteddfod of Wales held in Bangor. Visit the stones as part of a walk through the countryside in Bangor.

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  • Aber Falls

    LL33 0LP

    Head into the Snowdonia National Park and discover the magnificent Aber Falls. From laidback strolls to demanding mountain walks, the trails around the falls and the village of Abergwyngregyn offer something for everyone.

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  • Barclodiad y Gawres, Anglesey
    Image Credits: Jeff Buck - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Barclodiad y Gawres

    Ty Croes
    North Wales
    United Kingdom
    LL63 5TE


    Get a glimpse into the lives of our ancient ancestors at Barclodiad y Gawres. Nestled atop the cliffside, this ancient tomb boasts magnificent views and contains prehistoric art, making it more than worth a visit while on Anglesey.

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  • Basingwerk Abbey, Holywell
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    Basingwerk Abbey

    North Wales
    United Kingdom
    CH8 7GH


    Visit the ruin of Basingwerk Abbey and get an insight into the lives of the monks that inhabited it. Founded in 1131 and remodelled in the 13th century, you can see the benches where they once sat for daily readings, the parlour where the monks were able to speak and the dining hall.

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  • Beaumaris Beach

    Beaumaris Beach
    LL58 8RA

    This pleasant patch of sand and shingle is a great place to stop for sea views while visiting the historic town of Beaumaris. Panoramic views of the Menai Straits across to Bangor and Snowdonia make it a great spot to stop for a bite to eat or ice cream.      

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  • path in a country park

    Bodlondeb Country Park

    Bangor Rd
    North Wales
    United Kingdom
    LL32 8NU

    Originally built for a family home, Bondlondeb Country Park is an impressive mix of woodland and parkland. This extensive country park boasts tennis courts, a football field, play equipment, seating and plenty of walks.

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  • Bryn Celli Ddu, Llanfair
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    Bryn Celli Ddu

    Llanddaniel Fab
    North Wales
    United Kingdom
    LL61 6EQ

    Visit this iconic Neolithic tomb and get an insight into the rituals and ceremonies of the stone age. Situated on Anglesey, an island rich in pre-historic remains, Bryn Celli Ddu is a fascinating structure that can tell us many things about the lives of our ancestors.

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  • Caer Drewyn Hillfort

    North Wales
    United Kingdom
    LL21 9HU

    Caer Drewyn is one of the best-preserved Iron Age hillforts in Wales and sits in a stunning position overlooking the beautiful Vale of Edeyrnion. Unlike most hillforts, Caer Drewyn has walls of stone rather than earthen banks and ditches. Come and see this unique piece of Iron Age history for yourself.

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  • Castell Dinas Bran, Wrexham

    Castell Dinas Brân

    LL20 8D

    Come and explore this icon of medieval Powys! You can find Castell Dinas Brân between Wrexham and Llangollen, and it’s a eye-catching sight.

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  • View of Conwy Town Walls

    Conwy Town Walls

    18 Lower Gate Street
    LL32 8BE

    Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Beaumaris and Harlech Castles, Conwy Town Walls are some of the finest and most complete in Europe. Stretching around the medieval heart of the town, the walls are three-quarters of a mile long and have 21 towers and original gateways.    

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