Top Five Family Activities: North Wales Edition
We may be a little biased, but we think North Wales is pretty cool.
You’ve got incredible, soaring mountain ranges sweeping over ancient quarries and pretty slate villages. You’ve got a gorgeous stretch of coastline, home to pristine beaches, idyllic islands and a huge variety of wildlife. You’ve got castles, ice cream shops, amusement piers and so much more.
Dotted among it all, as you might expect, are some excellent family days out for kids and parents alike to let loose and enjoy some well-earned quality time together. For days out, North Wales has a little something for everyone, from bike rides to Punch and Judy shows.
Snowdonia National Park
Let’s start with the big one. Snowdonia is the jewel in Wales’ illustrious crown. This magnificent national park leaps right out of legend with its spectacular mountains giving way to shimmering lakes and rolling forest. For things to do with family, Snowdonia is unparalleled There’s a whole host of activities you and your family can get stuck into while you’re here. We recommend you start with the obvious: climbing up the mighty Snowdon, the centrepiece of Snowdonia. You can pick from six different paths that all lead to the summit at 3,560 feet high and we’d recommend the Llanberis path for families. It’s the easiest option and even has a halfway café stop for refreshments and replenishment. This handy guide is helpful for preparing for a Snowdon walk with your family – if you’d rather give yourself the chance to soak in the views however, you can always take the train!
Adventure Trail Abergele
There are few family things to do in North Wales that kids will love more than visiting the Adventure Trail in Abergele. Set among lush greenery and tall trees, Adventure Trail Abergele is a large natural playground for kids to go wild in. A smorgasbord of attractions awaits in the woods, including balance beams, tunnels, stilts, trains, chain beams, cargo nets, pirate stations, swings, see saws, the spider’s web, mazes, slides, climbing walls, as well as a dedicated magical area for all the Potterheads amongst us! They also offer Harry Potter or pirate themed birthday parties to take your little one's special day to the next level.
For that slice of pastel-coloured, golden-age, seaside goodness, look no further than enchanting Llandudno whose lively pier and timeless seafront make it one of the top family attractions in Wales. Two golden beaches stretch on each side of the town and to the north sits the indomitable Great Orme, a limestone headland which stretches out into the Irish Sea. There’s a few good family day out ideas to be had in these parts, offering a chance to enjoy the town or to get out in the natural world. Your first stop should be the classic Victorian pier that still straddles the sea – vintage attractions line the pier which kids of all ages will love. From here, head to the beach for a quick dip before continuing along the promenade for some ice cream and a traditional Punch and Judy show.
As far as family experience days go, one of the best ways to combine fun family days out with some good, honest education is by paying a visit to the resplendent Caernarfon Castle. A medieval motte-and-bailey fortress stood over the waters of the Menai Strait, Caernarfon Castle is a wonderful place for families to visit, full of hidden chambers and castle walls to clamber through and discover. Today’s castle’s construction was finished in 1330, but a castle has stood watch over Caernarfon since the first was built by William the Conqueror and as such, a huge amount of history has passed through the castle’s court. Once you’re done, head out through the great doors to explore a bit of Caernarfon itself and uncover one of Wales’ most historical port towns.
We couldn’t publish a list of fun things to do with family in North Wales without dropping a bit of self-promotion now, could we? Here at Zip World, we’ve got a lot of options for families of all sizes and tastes. There are three sites to choose from, with attractions including the fastest zipline in the world, an underground network of trampolines and a forest roller coaster. We offer attractions for the adrenaline junkies, for the casual adventurer and for children of all ages, and as far as family fun day ideas go, you could do much worse.
For family days out, North Wales’ premier adventure destination is just a click away. Find out more about how to set up your own family fun day at Zip World here.