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Beautiful National Trust Garden in North Wales
Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, covering some 80 acres and situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.
The Garden has two parts. The upper area, around the Hall, consists of formal lawns and herbaceous borders, magnificent Italiante Terraces featuring buttressed walls and brick paths, curved steps and pergolas, the Pin Mill and Lily Ponds.
The lower area, known as The Dell is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Pinetum and Wild Garden, where 200-year old trees tower above azaleas, hydrangeas and hosters.
The season commences in March with wonderful displays of Magnolias and Camellias, and carpets with carpets of golden Daffodils. Gorgeous Rhododendrons and Azaleas flower profusely from mid April to late May, whilst the stunning 55 metre Laburnum Arch is a spectacular sight from around the third week of May until early June. Throughout the summer months the Garden looks delightful with colourful displays of roses, water lilies, clematis, eucryphia, hydrangeas and glorious herbaceous borders. This is followed by amazing autumn colours and berries in October.
Welsh Mountain Zoo - National Zoo of Wales
Go wild in North Wales
Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, its beautiful gardens are home to this caring conservation zoo. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world.
Enjoy our Penguin Parade, Chimp Encounter, Bear Falls, Condor Haven, Lemur Lookout and the Children's Farm plus much more. Visit the 'Sea Lions Rock' and watch our Californian Sea Lions being trained. Enjoy the exciting and extensive Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground. For the more technically inclined, visit our Media Centre, where you can do a virtual tour of the Zoo and play some great educational games.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Discover the unique heritage of Welsh Slate
Llechwedd Slate Caverns of Blaenau Ffestiniog is part of a living, working slate mine still being worked to this day by Greaves Welsh Slate - since 1836.
We offer 2 unique underground tours that take you deep underground to explore the world of the Victorian slate miner. The temperature underground is an ambient 54F making the caverns ideal for a family day out - come rain or shine.
Plenty of all year surface facilities to enjoy - shop, cafe, slate workshop (with daily demonstrations) plus the Victorian Village (April-September) with its traditional tavern and old fashioned sweet shop.
Trefriw Woollen Mills
See the weaving and water powered turbine
At Trefriw Woollen Mills traditional Welsh bedspreads, travelling rugs and tweeds are manufactured from the raw wool. Most of the textile machinery is over 50 years old and is powered by electricity generated by a vintage turbine.
Originally a "pandy" (Welsh for fulling mill), situated on the banks of the river Crafnant to use the soft water to wash the wool and drive the water wheels, the mill is still run by the descendants of Thomas Williams who bought it in 1859.
The wool is carded, spun, doubled, dyed, warped and woven on the premises.
GreenWood Forest Park
Family Attraction North Wales
Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for 6 years running, days out don’t get much better than this! GreenWood Forest Park is set in 27 magical acres, where you will discover bags of woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family fun.
Make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at Archery.
Portmeirion Village and Gardens
PORTMEIRION VILLAGE AND GARDENS
Portmeirion is a fairy tale Italianate village on the coast of Snowdonia with gardens, beaches, shops, restaurants and hotels. Open daily all year.
Portmeirion village and gardens are near Porthmadog on a private peninsula off the Snowdonia coast. There are shops, restaurants, gardens and beaches and 70 acres of woodland walks. The village was built by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1972. The village was used as the location for the 1960s cult television series The Prisoner.
The Riverside Continental Chocolate House
Gets better each each year - thank you - see you next yar
In the quiet mountain village of Pentrefoelas in North Wales, Roy, a Master Chocolatie found, at last, the atmosphere for which he had been searching - the mountains, rushing streams, and a perfect riverside building - now panelled as a Swiss chalet.
Roy's Chocolate House is a unigue, and exclusive, Continenal Style Chalet where everything is hand-made by Roy on the premises.
Relax in the ambience of The Chocolate ouse with one of Roy's now famous Hot Chocolate drinks, which uses the same blend of chocolate as that used in the Chocolate Room, served with fresh whipped cream and covered with chocolate sprinkles.
Foel Farm Park & Anglesey Chocolate Farm
A fun packed day out in a beautiful setting !!!
Foel Farm is situated in a beautiful beachside location with stunning views of Caernarfon Castle, the Menai Strait and Snowdon.
Foel Farm Park offers a great family visit to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real working farm.
Once you have paid the initial fee there is nothing more to pay for. All rides are free, ride on a tractor, bottle feed lambs or calves, have a pony ride, take a picnic on a sunny day you can't beat it.
The chocolate farm opens from 1st March, just before Easter so you could pick up handcrafted Easter Bunnies.
Great Orme Tramway
The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors since it opened on July 31st 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, it's still the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads....
Travel in Style
At the Halfway Station exhibition, discover the fascinating funicular tramway - then enjoy the spectacular ride to the top.
Lovingly restored - Re-live the experience of travel more than 100 years ago in the original tramcars - each named after a Saint. The whole tramway has been lovingly restored, ready for another century of service.
Caernarfon Castle is a World Heritage Site
A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less!
Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. You will also note the colour-coded stones carefully arranged in bands.
Zip World Fforest
Exciting activities near Betws-y-Coed Snowdonia
Zip World Fforest
Nestled in the Conwy Valley, Zip World Fforest offers an idyllic woodland setting for adventures galore.
Challenge yourself with this journey through the canopy of the trees on 22 zip lines and 10 other rope course obstacles. After being given training on the specialised safety system you'll take on Zip Safari. Whilst you're zipping between the trees you will be surrounded by spectacular views of the valley. Feel at one with nature on an exhilarating hands on adventure!
Adventure Duration:Up to 2 hours
Trefriw Trails is a community-led development project improving access to footpaths in and around the village of Trefriw in North Wales
To date, nine trails have been developed ranging in distance, difficulty and taking in a wide variety of terrain.
The Trails promoted here are all existing rights of way but have been waymarked with signs to assist visitors to the area. In most cases the trails are marked to be walked in one direction only, starting and finishing in the village of Trefriw.
Adventure activities, mountain walks and skills courses in Snowdonia
Climb a Mountain, Scramble up a River, Go Canyoning, learn to map read.
This is all available from our base at the Betws-y-Coed Adventure Centre. We provide Adventure Activities, Guided Walks and Outdoor Courses to help you get more out of your outdoor adventures in Snowdonia.
Gorge Scrambling in Snowdonia, North Wales
Also known as canyoning, this involves climbing a local river, jumping into pools, climbing up waterfalls, traversing along rock walls and having a good time.
After getting you geared up with helmet, wet suit and buoyancy aid, we start our adventure making our way up or down the river. You're used to trying to stay dry on the rocks, but it's about to get harder!
There are challenges along the way, which your experienced guide will help you through to the end where the plunge pool waits!
It's an experience you won't forget
Exciting Outdoor Activities and Guided Walks in Snowdonia North Wales
Choose from a wide range of outdoor activities in Snowdonia and Anglesey.
Action packed days of up to 3 activities, leisurely guided walking in beautiful scenery, learn to climb in a weekend, climb Mount Snowdon and much more!
Includes option to hire your own instructor for the day.
- Small and friendly group sizes
- Fully qualified expert instructors
- Top quality specialist equipment provided
- Great value packages with accommodation included
- Activities only option
You’ll be in safe hands with our fully qualified expert instructors who have many years of experience leading in the outdoors.
North Wales Golf
welcome to golf north wales
North Wales offers you a world of golfing opportunities. With easy access via the A55 Expressway which links to the main UK motorways and airports, you'll be surprised at just how quickly you could be playing on some of Europe's most fabulous courses. Take your pick from our great mix of 28 challenging courses.
Variety - Rocky headland or verdant parkland? Sandy dunes or gorse and heather? The choice of courses will leave you spoilt for choice.
Challenges - Scratch golfer or complete novice? Play to win or just for fun? Choose anything from championship challenge courses to something a little more relaxing.
Scenery - Play surrounded by our World Heritage castles, breathtaking mountains, beautiful valleys and along our award winning beaches.
Places to stay - Whether you decide to come to North Wales with friends, family or golf club enthusiasts it's a fabulous place for a memorable golfing break with plenty to see and do after your round of golf and for non-golfers too!
Choice - Choose your accommodation to suit your tastes and budget from award-winning hotels to cosy bed and breakfasts.
Quality - Check out the Visit Wales ratings for your guarantee of quality when choosing places to stay, so you can be sure of what to expect.
Value - We have a choice of golfing packages available all-year-round offering you some of the best value for money golf in the UK.
The locality's claim to angling fame is in having not only good runs of salmon but also excellent runs of sea trout (sewin)
Apart from the pleasures and challenges posed by rod and line, the angler based in Betws-y-Coed is given the opportunity for relaxation and observation within valley, woodland and moorland settings of rich variety and considerable beauty.
Salmon have bred in the Conwy, Lledr and Llugwy rivers for centuries, but spring running fish were not introduced until 1920, when Mr Connell Smith of Gwydyr Hotel obtained eggs from Thurso in Scotland and introduced them to a hatchery he built on the Afon Lledr. A decade later these fish and their progeny were returning to the river in April and May.
The locality's claim to angling fame is in having not only good runs of salmon but also excellent runs of sea trout (sewin);this implies that if river levels are too low or the weather too bright for successful salmon or sewin fishing during the day, there are, at least, reasonable prospects for sewin fishing at night.
Shore fishing at Llanfairfechan, Penmaenmawr,Conwy and Deganwy. Sea fishing trips organised by boatmen at Conwy - contact Harbour Master's Office on (01492) 596253 for details.
Rising on the Migneint, the River Conwy flows down through Fairy Glen and over the spectacular Conwy Falls before settling to a gentler pace below Betws-y-Coed, where it is a salmon and sea trout river. On the upper reaches above Conwy Falls there are some wonderful places to fish for wild brown trout. The river Llugwy, a major tributary of the Conwy, is a trout and salmon river.
Anyone aged 12 or over fishing on lakes, canals or rivers in England and Wales, must have an Environment Agency Rod Fishing Licence, available from Post Offices. In addition to holding a licence you must have the permission of the holder of the fishing rights. To check fishing seasons and byelaws, call (0645) 333 111.
TROUT FISHERIES IN THE AREA INCLUDE:
Conwy Valley Fisheries, Glyn Isa, Rowen,
Tyddyn Mawr Trout Fishery, Nr. Rowen,