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things to do in North Wales

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December 7, 2021

There is so much to see and do in North Wales, from mountains and waterfalls to castles and beaches.

North Wales is a large region in Wales and therefore it can be quite difficult to find and think of new things to do. So we thought we would give you a helping hand. Since Darwin Escapes HQ is based here we definitely like to think we know a thing or two about all the best things to do in North Wales. In the list below we have made sure to include a range of things to suit all types of groups, so have a read and see what you are going to add into your next day out in North Wales.

Snowdonia National Park

Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6LF

things to do in North Wales - Snowdonia National Park

There is a lot of things Snowdoina National Park is known for, it’s the largest national park in Wales and it has the highest mountain and largest natural lake in Wales. Which we think is pretty impressive. Whether you want to climb up Snowdon or just want to enjoy some beautiful scenery Snowdonia has everything. There are over 100 lakes around this national park and it is home to most of the ever popular Zip World sites that we have explained more about below.

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Zip World

LL21 0HX, LL57 4YG, LL41 3NB

If you are looking for adventure, adrenaline and some unforgettable experiences Zip World will be the place to go. With 3 different locations in North Wales and one down South there are a range of different activities you can try out. From quarry karts to ‘Bounce Below’, deep mine tours and even the worlds fastest zip line! It’s the perfect day out for thrill seekers and somewhere that you could go again and again to try out all the different adventures on offer.

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Llandudno Pier

N Parade, Llandudno, LL30 2LP

things to do in North Wales - Llandudno Pier

Known for being the longest pier in Wales, the Grade II listed Llandudno Pier stretches 2,295 feet and was voted the ‘Pier of the Year 2005’ by the National Piers Society. If you are wanting to take a trip to Llandudno it’s something you cant miss. Locals and tourist all walk along the pier, enjoy an ice cream and browse all the concessions that are on the pier. From British cheese to hats and scarves, ornaments to pieces of art, there are plenty of things on offer along the pier. Whilst on the pier you can also enjoy the amazing views across the Irish Sea.

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Wepre Park

108 Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, CH5 4JR

Located in the town of Connah’s Quay in Deeside, Wepre Park is a 160 acre country park that is home to Ewloe Castle. One of the last fortifications to be built in Wales and had been abandoned in 1277. There are a range of different trails you can take through the woods that will take you up to Ewloe Castle. As well as a children’s playground, café, football pitch, skatepark and a waterfall and stream that you can use and see during your time at the park.

Talacre Beach

Talacre, Holywell, CH8 9RP

things to do in North Wales - Talacre Beach

One of the most popular beaches in North Wales and located just a stone’s throw away from our Talacre Beach Resort, Talacre Beach can provide you with a great day out. With miles and miles of sand dunes and beach there is plenty of room for you to explore the area and sit and relax. On the beach you will also find the Point of Ayr Lighthouse that dates back to 1776! If you fancy some food or drinks or even a play on an arcade in Talacre there is an ice cream shop, bakery, arcade and other little shops along the straight road.

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Great Orme Country Park

Llandudno, LL30 2XG

If you have ever been to Llandudno before you will know about the Great Orme Country Park. It’s hard to miss, right at the end of Llandudno next to the pier you can see the headland that is around 207m high. You can get up to the top of the Great Orme a number of ways, walking, driving, the cable car or the tramway. At the top you will find a visitor centre where you can get food or drinks and enjoy all the views of North Wales.

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Station Rd, Trevor, Llangollen, LL20 7TY

things to do in North Wales - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The function of this aqueduct is to carry the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee. The impressive structure is a 18 arched stone and cast iron bridge and it was completed in 1805. Its purpose is to take narrowboats across the River Dee and is still used and extremely popular to this day. You can have boat tours that go across the aqueduct or you can just go and walk across the narrow path that goes all the way across.

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East Parade, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 3AF

The SeaQuarium in Rhyl has some amazing species that are from all over the world. Their most popular exhibit is their outdoor Seal Cove where you will be able to meet their harbour seals. You get the chance to view the seals underwater in the 330,000 litre pool! Prices for the aquarium vary but they are all under £10. You can explore the tropical reef zone, the beach zone, the rocky coasts and sandy shore zones and more as you learn about each sea life creature.

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Aber Falls

Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan, LL33 0LP

things to do in North Wales - Aber Falls

Known for being one of the most popular tourist attractions in Snowdonia, Aber Falls makes a great day out for everyone. If you park in the Aber Falls car park it takes between one and two hours to walk up to the falls, it’s a gradual incline with stunning views throughout. On a sunny day we recommend taking a picnic and enjoying it when you get to the waterfall. You can also continue walking past Aber Falls and you will find some smaller waterfalls along with occasionally some wild horses.

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Llanddwyn Beach

Newborough, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 6SG

Also known as Newborough Beach, Llanddwyn Beach stretches over a mile in length and has one of the largest areas of sand dunes in the British Isles! At the beach you will find Llanddwyn Island which isn’t exactly an island as it is still attached to the mainland but during high tides it looks like an island. If you venture over to the island you can enjoy fantastic views all the way over to the Llyn Peninsula and even Snowdonia!

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Angel Bay (Penrhyn Bay)

116 Penrhyn Beach E, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, LL30 3RW

things to do in North Wales - Angel Bay (Penrhyn Bay)

Just at the end of the Little Orme is where you can find Penrhyn Bay, most know it as Angel Bay. You can get to it by walking across the Little Orme or parking in a nearby housing estate that has steps leading up to the bay. It’s a fantastic place to go if you want to enjoy some breathtaking views and mainly if you want to enjoy some seal spotting. During the end of September to late November seals come here for their breeding season so you can often find seals and their pups if you visit during this time.

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Loggerheads Country Park

Ruthin Rd, Mold, CH7 5LH

Located in Denbighshire in Wales, Loggerheads Country Park is a great place to go if you want a walk, a bite to eat in a tea room or to take in the views of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley. There is a car park at the park which is close to the tea rooms where you can enjoy a cake and some tea or a bite to eat for lunch. Throughout the park there are a range of different trails that take you to various view points, gorges and cliffs that you can explore.

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Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Rd, Tal-y-cafn, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5RE

things to do in North Wales - Bodnant Garden

Dating back to 1874, Bodnant Garden was first established by Henry Pochin who was a scientist, businessman and politician. With his family he filled the garden with plants collected from global explorers. The National Trust have been caring for the garden since 1949 and now is home to the earliest and grandest laburnum arch which was built in 1880. Whilst at the garden you can explore and discover plants you love and ones you have never heard of!

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GreenWood Family Park

Bush Rd, Y Felinheli, LL56 4QN

Get all the family together and have some fun at GreenWood Family Park. It’s a family attraction park with rides, tunnels, mazes, trails and more to get involved in. It’s perfect for children of all ages and you will easily find different activities that will suit everyone in your family. From a dragon maze to a green dragon roller coaster, the enchanted river ride and the unique ‘Moon Karts’, there are so many great things to keep everyone busy.

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South Stack

S Stack Rd, Holyhead, LL65 1YH

things to do in North Wales - South Stack

You will find South Stack right on the northwest coast of Anglesey and it is an island just off Holy Island. It is one of the must-see landscapes in Anglesey as you can enjoy all the wildlife that use the cliffs at South Stack along with the views of the lighthouse and beyond. There are tours where you can go up into the lighthouse and an RSPB reserve with a vistor’s centre and café along with plenty of parking.

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SC2 Rhyl

W Parade, Rhyl, LL18 1BF

If you are wanting something to keep the kids entertained no matter what the weather is then SC2 in Rhyl will be your best friend. It’s an indoor waterpark, outdoor splash pad, adventure play, ninja tag and food & drink centre that can provide you with a full day of entertainment for the kids. Prices start from £15.50 for adults and £12.50 for children for a 2 and a half hour slot in the waterpark which is plenty of time to have some fun.

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Conwy Castle

Rose Hill St, Conwy, LL32 8AY

things to do in North Wales - Conwy Castle

Built between 1283 and 1289 by Edward I during his conquest of Wales, Conwy Castle is a fortification in North Wales. It was constructed as part of a larger project to create the walled town of Conwy and still stands today over 700 years later. Spiral staircases have been restored in the towers so that you are able to walk completely around the Conwy Castle walls. Whilst you’re up on the battlements of the castle you can also take in all the amazing views across Conwy and beyond.

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The Smallest House in Great Britain

10 Lower Gate St, Conwy, LL32 8BE

Measuring only 72 inches across, 122 inches high and 120 inches deep, The Smallest House in Great Britain is surprisingly not hard to miss. This bright red building sits at the end of a row of terrace houses in Conwy. People come from all over to visit this incredible building, it is usually open from Spring to the end of October and you can go inside the house that was lived in before the 1900’s. in 1891 Robert Jones bought the property and has been owned by his family ever since, his great, great granddaughter currently owns it!

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We have 4 different resorts in North Wales that offer holidays and holiday home ownership options to suit everyone and they would be the perfect base whilst you explore all that North Wales has to offer!

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