Tripadvisor’s Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in North Wales

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With midterm fast approaching and the prospect of having to entertain the kids for a week, we thought we’d try to lend a hand.

We’ve put together a list of the ten best things to do in North Wales with kids according to Tripadvisor.

Some of them may be the perfect option for a family day out during February midterm. Starting with:

10. Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages.

This mammoth construction project ultimately took 47 years and cost a whopping £25,000.

Caernarfon is a dream castle. A legend revived. Even after 700 years, it still stirs the imagination like no other Welsh castle.

The castle is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the month of February.

Cost of tickets: £32.70 for a family of two adults and up to three children. £9.90 for adults. £6.90 for ages 5-17. Free for children under 5.

For more information visit: https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/caernarfon-castle

Caernarfon Castle. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

9. Bardsey Island

Bardsey Island lies approximately 2 miles across Bardsey Sound from the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales. The island is 1.5 miles long and at its widest point it measures just over half a mile in diameter.

Day trips to Bardsey are available with tours to see all of the island’s main features and landmarks. Trips usually take around 3 to 4 hours.

The island was purchased by the Bardsey Island Trust in 1979 and is managed by the Trust with advice from Natural Resources Wales and CADW. The island is designated a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is within the Lleyn Peninsula Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For more information visit: https://www.bardsey.org/

8. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal consist of a continuous group of civil engineering elements from the heroic phase of transport improvements during the British Industrial Revolution.

It was built between 1795 and 1808 by two key figures in the development of civil engineering: Thomas Telford and William Jessop.

It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2009.

There are various attractions throughout the heritage site including the Cefn Viaduct, Valle Crucis Abbey and Horseshoe Falls.

It is the longest aqueduct in Britain and the highest canal-aqueduct in the world.

For more information visit: https://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk/attractions/

The Chief: Aqueduct of Pontcysyllte.  (Photo: Tripadvisor)Aqueduct of Pontcysyllte. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

7. National Slate Museum

In the shadow of towering slate mountains, Llanberis National Slate Museum is housed in the Victorian industrial workshops that once served and maintained the massive Dinorwig slate quarry above.

Attractions include a great introductory film – To Steel A Mountain; daily slate splitting demonstrations by quarry artisans and a giant waterwheel – the largest of its kind in mainland Britain.

The site is open Sunday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.

For more information visit: https://museum.wales/slate/

6. Zip World Forest

There are many activity options based on the Zip World Fforest.

First, there’s the Fforest Coaster – based on the traditional slide but running on rails, it offers a year-round all-weather experience for ages 3 and up.

There are two high ropes courses; Treehoppers for the youngest (5-12 years old) and Zip Safari 2 (9 years old and over).

There are also Treetop nets; giant inflatable nets suspended in the trees.

You can experience the thrill of Skyride 2, the highest five-seater swing in Europe. Or drop 100 feet alone or with a friend in the world’s first tandem drop experience, Plummet 2.

Prices vary depending on the activity.

It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.

For more information visit: https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/fforest

The chef: Zip World Fforest.  (Photo: Tripadvisor)Zip World Forest. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

5. Cemaes Bay Beach

Located near the top of the Isle of Anglesey, Cemaes Bay Beach is ranked fifth best by TripAdvisor.

Cemaes Bay actually has two beaches, Traeth Mawr – Big Beach and Traeth Bach – Small Beach

There are a number of water activities available on the beach, including sea kayaking and windsurfing.

There are places to eat and drink and dogs are welcome too!

4. Snowdonia National Park

Situated on the west coast of Britain, covering 823 square miles of varied landscape, Snowdonia National Park is a living and working area and home to over 26,000 people.

As well as being the largest national park in Wales, Snowdonia has the highest mountain in England and Wales.

There’s plenty to do in Snowdonia, if walking one of the many trails isn’t for you, you can head to one of the National Park’s Zip World locations.

The Surf Snowdonia site offers a wide choice of activities.

Or if a more relaxed day is needed, you can take a trip on the Snowdown Mountain Railway, which gives you breathtaking views effortlessly.

For more information visit: https://www.visitwales.com/destinations/north-wales/snowdonia

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3. Conwy Castle

Using the restored spiral staircases in its grand towers, you can walk a full circuit around the ramparts of Conwy Castle. It is one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses in Europe.

In the distance rise the rugged mountains of Snowdonia and stretch below the harbor and narrow streets of Conwy – still protected by an unbroken ring of 1,400 yard (1.3 km) city walls.

King Edward I and his architect, Master James of St George, built the castle and walls in a barely believable four years between 1283 and 1287.

Conwy takes its place alongside Edward’s other great castles at Beaumaris, Harlech and Caernarfon as a World Heritage Site.

This famous fortress is exceptionally well preserved. It contains the most intact set of medieval royal apartments in Wales. The high curtain wall and eight tall towers rise almost as impressively as when they were built over 700 years ago.

For more information visit: https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/conwy-castle

The leader: Conwy CastleConwy Castle

2. Llangollen Channel

The Llangollen Canal joins number eight on this list, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

As part of the heritage site, the canal shares attractions with the aqueduct in addition to having its own attractions.

There are many walks along or near the canal in the Culture Village, home to the Eisteddfod.

You might have the chance to explore the countryside with a horse-drawn boat ride along the canal.

There are plenty of great pubs and restaurants in Llangollen to re-energize after exploring too.

1. The Great Elm

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The Great Orme is Llandudno’s mini-mountain and is rich in natural and man-made history.

It is located at the end of the ball, next to the longest pier in Wales.

You can take the Great Orme cable car or tram to the top, you can also reach the top on foot or by car.

The Great Orme is recognized as a National Park, Special Area of ​​Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Heritage Coast.

There is a visitor center to learn about the history

There is also the Llandudno ski slope nearby (snow not required)

For more information visit: https://www.visitconwy.org.uk/explore/outdoors/great-orme-country-park

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