Attractions North Wales

Rest or Rainy Day

Things to do on a rainy day

 Snowdonia Mountains & Coast

  • Choose a restaurant to spend a long lazy lunch. Tantalise your taste buds and sample the superb cuisine at Caban Cafe, in Deiniolen near Llanberis whilst enjoying the views of Snowdon. 
  • Roll up your sleeves and have a go at making your own crafts at Corris Crafts Centre, in Dolgellau; you can drop in to paint pottery, dip candles and to make your own herbals! Corris Craft Centre has 10 individual craft workshops where you’ll find unique items for your home and garden and great gift ideas too.
  • Try your hand at engraving on a piece of slate; learn about the success of Inigo Jones Slate Works by taking one of their Self Guided Tours, or wander round the Slate Craft Showroom.
  • Sail underground, through the waterfall, and deep inside the caverns and far back in time at King Arthur’s Labyrinth in Dolgellau. Learn about the tales of King Arthur and other ancient legends. Cool when Hot and Dry when Wet, this is the perfect all-weather attraction.
  • Take a ride deep back in time, through man-made tunnels and caverns to discover the work of the Victorian Slate Miner at Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Slate mining in the town began 160 years ago and continues to this day, so grab a bite of local food and drink in the Miners Arms while your order is being made. Choose from door number plates, place mats, wine racks, coasters and many other options.
  • Discover the enormous 19th century neo-Norman Penrhyn Castle. It is crammed with fascinating items. Explore lavishly furnished state rooms and, enjoy one of the finest art collections in Wales, including a genuine Rembrant. There are also 60 acres of ground and a Victorian walled garden where you can enjoy a picnic or take a leisurely stroll.
  • The fun never stops at North Wales’ biggest and best indoor adventure play centre, The Fun Centre in Caernarfon. While the kids are wearing themselves out on the giant drop slides, ball pools, tubes, bridges, maze, climbing walls, net and ropes... The adults can relax in the restaurant or join the children in the play area.

Coastal North Wales

  • On a rainy day, Llandudno Swimming Centre is a great family attraction. The swimming pool is open 7 days a week and offers a full range of swimming based activities for all ages and abilities. There are Fun Sessions with The Challenge inflatable for children.
  • Explore Mostyn, the foremost contemporary art gallery in Wales, showing leading Welsh and International artists in a programme of changing exhibitions. Mostyn re-opened in May 2010 after a £5.1m revamp. Take the family to see the impressive new building and art on display and, it may even inspire you and them to get creative.
  • If you’re looking for some retail therapy, then Parc Llandudno is perfect for plenty of choice and stress free shopping. The site offers top quality fashion & department stores. What’s more it has free parking for up to 2 hours. When you've had a good root round, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes on Llandudno's Mostyn Street - perfect to rejuvenate your feet after a hard day's shopping!
  • Enjoy the warm tropical weather whatever is going on outside at Rhyl Sun Centre. Rides, slides, pools and fun for all ages.  Stay all day and enjoy the: lagoon pool with tropical storms, surf pool (surf boards supplied), monorail and baby slides.  You will also find hot and cold snacks to keep those hungry mouths happy.
  • Visit the deep blue sea and experience the wonders of the natural world at the SeaQuarium in Rhyl, on the North Wales coast. Get closer to the action with their amazing sea lion show.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy a show at Venue Cymru, in Llandudno – with entertainment to suit all the family. 

Isle of Anglesey

  • See some of the weirdest, most fascinating and deadliest animals on the planet at Wales' largest marine aquarium, Anglesey Sea Zoo What's more, there's a massive bouncy castle, an adventure playground and a great bistro for when you get hungry!
  • Step back in time and walk through the historic Beaumaris Courthouse, constructed in 1614, where many prisoners faced trial. You can even stand in the original dock and view the splendour of the grand jury room! Whilst you’re there, visit Beaumaris Gaol, giving you a fascinating insight into the harsh world of a the prisoner in days gone by.
  • If you’re a culture vulture – take time out to discover the hidden treasures of Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw for FREE; An arts centre set in a magnificent Grade II* Listed Victorian Gothic Mansion. An onsite cafe serves a variety of locally produced food with a spot of retail therapy to end the day in the shop.
  • Learn about the cultural history of Anglesey at Oriel Ynys Mon, with a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions, encompassing art, craft, drama, sculpture and social history.  Visit the gallery’s shop – Jac Do and the newly refurbished Blas Mwy cafe.
  • Tingle your history taste buds and take a stroll round the home of Lord and Lady Anglesey in the National Trust’s elegant Plas Newydd on the banks of the Menai Strait. There are 700 years of history on one site including the biggest Rex Whistler painting at 58ft wide.

North Wales Borderlands

  • Grab a hat, gloves and take a spin on the ice! Visit Deeside Ice Rink with friends and family for a fun day out.
  • Visit the unpretentious little cottage, Plas Newydd in Llangollen which, over the years has transformed into a Gothic fantasy projecting stained glass and elaborately carved oak. Learn the romantic story of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, - the Ladies of Llangollen, from their families in Ireland and their setting up of home in North Wales. 
  •  With three galleries, six artist studios, retail gallery, education and residency workshop and cafe serving locally produced food, there there’s plenty to see and do at Ruthin Craft Centre.
  • Do time in Ruthin Gaol. Visit the Pentonville Cell Block. Explore the cells. Find out about the 'Welsh Houdini'! A state of the art building dated back to the 1770s and it is said to be haunted too.
  • Techniquest Glyndwr, in Wrexham, is a great day out for all the family. At weekends and during school holidays, visitors can enjoy live science demonstrations, special events and family activities that surprise, enthuse and amuse!

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