11 Exciting Things To Do In North Wales

Snowdonia National Park, Things to do in North Wales

Are you planning a trip to North Wales? Don’t know what to do? Here’s a list of 11 Top Things to do in North Wales.

Wales is a popular choice for many tourists looking to explore a different part of the UK. North Wales is well known for its range of outdoor adventures, from wild empty beaches to adrenaline-packed zip wires.

Snowdonia National Park, Things to do in North Wales
Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Join us as we explore many of the wonderful things to do in North Wales.

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1. Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park, Things to near Garreg Wen
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As one of the UK’s National Parks, Snowdonia is the largest in Wales and has the highest mountain in England and Wales. Many tourists flock to the area to take on the hike of climbing Snowdon, with 6 different routes to walk to the summit.

Although many are attracted to the area to hike Snowdon, the park is also home to many more attractions and activities;

  • The largest natural lake in Wales is Bala Lake where you can take part in a variety of water sports activities including fishing, kayaking and sailing.
  • Cycling – with many different routes for all different levels of abilities. Choose from family-friendly routes, world-class mountain bike trails as well as other varying levels of off-road cycle tracks. Detailed routes and further information can be found here.
  • Golf
  • Zip wires (see below)
  • Local heritage, farms, adventure parks, restaurants, shops and cafes.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6LF
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

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2. Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle, North Wales
Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle is well worth a visit when you are in North Wales. The 700-year-old Medieval fortress is quite breathtaking – it is certainly one of the most magnificent fortresses in Europe.

The famous castle stands watch over the narrow streets and harbour of the town of Conwy. Now a World Heritage Site, the castle and walls were built in just 4 years by King Edward 1 and his architect Master James of St George.

The restored spiral staircases mean that you can explore the circuit around the battlements of Conwy Castle.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 9:30 AM to 5 PM, Daily
  • Address: Conwy, LL32 8AY
  • Standard Adult Price: £11.70

🏰 Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour 🏰

3. The Centre For Alternative Technology

The Centre For Alternative Technology
The Centre For Alternative Technology

Located in the foothills of the South Snowdonia National Park and within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco-centre.

CAT has been open to visitors for 40 years and offers “seven acres of hands-on displays, examples of environmentally responsible buildings, renewable energy, organically managed gardens and family holiday activities, there is something for everyone at CAT.” – CAT

The visitor centre is a fantastic way to explore and learn about how we can all live respectfully on the planet.

There are plenty of family-friendly activities to take part in, organic and sustainable gardens to explore, woodlands to roam through – as well as a water-powered funicular railway.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 10 AM to 5 PM, Daily
  • Address: Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ
  • Standard Adult Price: £9.50

4. Great Orme Country Park

Great Orme Country Park
Great Orme Country Park

The Great Orme is a huge chunk of limestone that rises out of the sea – at 2 miles long and 1 mile wide, the headland rises 207 metres (679 feet) from the sea. The area has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast, and so is managed as a Country Park and Local Nature Reserve.

Great Orme, the name given by the Vikings and quite literally means ‘sea monster,’ is adjacent to the small coastal town of Llandudno.

The headland is thought to be over 350 million years old and is a fantastic place to explore the interesting history, geology and wildlife of the area. You can reach the top by riding in the cable car, using the Great Orme tramway, or, if you prefer, walk or driving.

From the visitor centre at the top is a nature trail to follow with stop-off points along the way where you can learn more about the area’s fascinating history.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily (Visitor Centre opens from 10 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Address: Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2XF
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour

5. Zip World

Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Photo Credit: Llechwedd Slate Caverns Gallery

Spread across 3 different locations, Zip World offers the ultimate adventures for thrill seekers of all ages.

  • Zip World Fforest can be found in the Conwy Valley, offering a variety of forest adventures including – Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster – the only of it’s kind in the UK), Treetop Nets, Zip Safari, Tree Hoppers, Plummet 2 and Europe’s highest giant swing, Skyride.
  • Penrhyn Quarry is home to Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the world. Located in the world’s largest slate quarry, the super speedy zipwire takes you 500m above the blue quarry lake below, at a speeds of over 100mph. If heights and speed are not quite your thing, there are alternative adventures to choose from – Quarry Karts, Quarry Tour and Big Red (a mobile zipping experience).
  • Slate Caverns is home to both above-ground and underground adventures. Choose from Titan, Bounce Below and Caverns (an underground adventure zip line and adventure course).

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: Varies per location
  • Address: With multiple locations
  • Standard Adult Price: Varies per activity

6. Llangollen Canal

Llangollen Canal
Llangollen Canal

The Llangollen Canal is a 200-year-old attraction that crosses the border between England and Wales. Visitors have been coming to visit the beautiful area to both admire the breathtaking engineering and the stunning countryside that surrounds it.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was awarded World Heritage Site status in 2009, together with the 11 miles of canal. The aqueduct is 126 feet tall and is the tallest navigable aqueduct in Britain. Incredibly, it carries 1.5 million litres of water, fed from the nearby Horseshoe Falls.

Explore the area with a family picnic, a kayak on the canal, a spot of fishing or a canal walk.

7. Rhyl Miniature Railway

Rhyl Miniature Railway
Photo Credit: Rhyl Miniature Railway Facebook Page

Rhyl Miniature Railway opened in 1911, making it Britain’s oldest. Enjoy a pleasurable trip on one of the steam trains around Marine Lake, returning to ‘Central Station’ to learn more about the history of the railway. The museum is enjoyable for all with hands-on interactive exhibits for younger children to enjoy.

Aside from the fun railway to enjoy, there are also other activities including crabbing, a nature trail and a play area.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: Trains run from 10:30 AM to 4 PM
  • Address: Wellington Road, Rhyl, LL18 1AQ
  • Standard Adult Price: £3.50

8. Heritage Railways

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

North Wales is home to the longest, and some of the most scenic railways in the UK. Exploring North Wales by heritage train is the ideal way to sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery rolling past your window.

Enjoy the views as you travel to the top of Snowdon, 3,506ft high, on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Or, hop aboard the oldest narrow gauge railway in the world, Ffestiniog, dating back two centuries.

Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine can ride aboard at Llangollen through a scenic 10-mile journey along the Dee Valley.

One thing is for sure, using the heritage railways in North Wales is about both the journey and the destination.

9. Portmeirion

Portmeirion Village
Portmeirion Village

The popular tourist village of Portmeirion is in Gwynedd, North Wales. The village was designed and built between 1925 and 1975 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the style of an Italian village.

The village is now owned by a charitable trust and is home to a wide selection of shops, cafes, a pretty piazza, colourful buildings and more.

Other attractions include;

  • 70 acres of exotic woodlands with 19 miles of pathways
  • Y Gwyllt – a subtropical woodland garden, home to some of Wales’s largest and rarest trees
  • The white sandy beaches of the Dwyryd Estuary
  • The Amis Reunis, the perfect place for the children to play pirates!

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Daily
  • Address: Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER
  • Standard Adult Price: £18.00

10. Llanfairpwll Train Station


Even if you are not catching a train, many tourists like to visit this train station simply to get their pictures taken next to the station name – the longest name in Europe.

The station attracts thousands, owing to the length of the sign name – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – can you try saying it?!

The station is on the North Wales coastline and was opened in 1848.

Good To Know:

  • Address: Holyhead Road, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrn-, Anglesey, LL61 5UJ

11. St Cwyfan’s Church – The Church in the Sea

St Cwyfan’s Church, Things to do in North Wales
St Cwyfan’s Church

The Grade II listed medieval church is located on the small tidal island of Cribinau, in Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, North Wales. The church dates back to the 12 century and can be visited on foot when the tide is out by crossing a stone causeway.

The idyllic spot is well worth a visit to enjoy the simplicity of the serene white church.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: Check tide times
  • Address: Porth Cwyfan, Llangwyfan, Ty Croes LL63 5YR
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

Final Thoughts on Things To Do In North Wales

North Wales, with its rugged coastline, majestic mountains, and enchanting villages, offers a symphony of experiences for every traveller.

Whether you’re scaling the heights of Snowdonia, delving into the depths of history at its many castles, or simply basking in the serene beauty of its beaches, North Wales never ceases to amaze you.

As our journey through this captivating region concludes, it’s clear that the memories made here linger long after the trip ends, beckoning visitors back time and time again.

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