From the majestic mountains to the charming coastal towns, North Wales offers an array of activities and experiences that cater to families of all ages. Here’s a review of some of the best things to do with kids in this enchanting region.
1.The Fforest Coaster at Zipworld is a MUST MUST DO if you are visiting North Wales with kids. Yes, it is not the cheapest day out, costing 25£ pp or 35£ if you share the ride with your child, but it is a one of a kind experience and you do get three rides on it! Read my detailed post HERE
2. Relax at the Beaches: North Wales is blessed with stunning beaches, perfect for family relaxation and playtime. We spent delightful afternoons building sandcastles, flying kites, and enjoying picnics by the sea. The best one by far for me was the drive on Morfa Bychan (known locally as Black Rock Sands) but our other favourite was Abersoch Beach. Beaumaris Pier, though not strictly a beach, was also quite cool
3. Stand next to a waterfall: There are many stunning waterfalls to choose from but I highly recommend Aber falls for its amazingly accessible, child friendly hiking trail. Here is all you need to know
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4. Go up the cable car or tram in Llandudno: Nestled along the picturesque coast of North Wales, Llandudno is a charming seaside town renowned for its stunning beaches, Victorian charm, and breathtaking views. When visiting the ‘queen of Welsh resorts’, be sure to head to its charming Victorian pier, full of rides, treats, and shops.
Just along the coast, the massive limestone headland, Great Orme rises steeply above Llandudno and offers epic views out to sea and across Llandudno Bay. Don’t worry, you don’t need to walk up. You can drive yourself or take the historic Great Orme Tramway or cable car to the summit.
5. Take a trip to Puffin Island:
Anglesey is undoubtedly one of the best places to encounter Puffins during the breeding season, which runs from late spring to early summer (April-July). Access to Puffin Island is by boat, and several tour operators offer guided boat trips Beaumaris pier, either via cruises or speedy boats.
Puffins, with their distinctive black and white plumage and vibrant orange beaks, take center stage, but you will also see other bird species, including razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, and terns. There’s a resident population of Atlantic grey seals that live on Puffin Island. You’ll see them hanging out on the rocks or in the water on the east side around the island. Puffin Island is also home to the ruins of a medieval monastery, known as St. Seiriol’s Priory, which adds an element of intrigue and cultural interest to the visit. You are not allowed to go on Puffin Island without permission because it’s privately owned by the Bulkley family.None of the Puffin Island tours allow you to step foot on the island itself, you will stay in the boat and explore the island from the sea.
6. Conquer Mount Snowdon: Nestled within Snowdonia National Park, Mount Snowdon stands tall as the highest peak in Wales. If you have walkers and hikers, then yes, by all means embark on the exhilarating hike to its summit. if that is not for you, then you can opt for the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a scenic train journey that reaches the top and makes for a magical experience. Tickets get booked weeks in advance, so book as early as possible, if you are planning on taking the train. If you can not get last minute tickets like us, then just travel around in the car, taking little picnic stops as you drive around and explore the amazing landscape.
7. Delve into History at one of the castles (Conwy or Caernarfon Castle were the most impressive): For a dose of history and imagination, a visit to Conwy Castle is a must. This impressive medieval fortress captivated our kids with its towering walls, spiral staircases, and interactive exhibits and is free for CadW members. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the region’s rich history while letting your children’s imaginations run wild as knights and princesses. While you are in Conwy, see if you can find Great Britain’s smallest house, tucked away along the quayside.
8. Discover the Magic of Portmeirion: If you’re looking for a whimsical escape, Portmeirion is a hidden gem worth exploring. This charming Italianate village features colorful buildings, beautiful gardens, and a captivating atmosphere that made our kids feel like they were stepping into a fairy tale. It’s a fantastic place for a leisurely stroll and plenty of photo opportunities.
Overall, our family vacation to North Wales was a resounding success, filled with adventure, history, and unforgettable experiences. The region’s natural beauty and family-friendly attractions make it an ideal destination for anyone looking to create cherished memories with their kids. We highly recommend North Wales as a top-notch family destination, and we can’t wait to return to explore more of its wonders in the future
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