The 7 Best Family-Friendly Attractions in North Wales

Attractions in North Wales
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North Wales is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, mountains, and castles in Britain. Though it is often overlooked in favour of more popular destinations like London or Edinburgh, North Wales has plenty to offer visitors of all ages. From zip lining to steam railways, here are seven of the best family-friendly attractions in North Wales.

1. Zip World Velocity 2

Located in Bethesda, Zip World Velocity 2 is one of the fastest ziplines in Europe. Riders are strapped into a harness and fly down a 1,600-metre-long wire at speeds of up to 100mph. With stunning views of Snowdonia National Park, this thrilling experience is suitable for ages 8 and above (under 18s require parental consent). Booking in advance is essential.

2. Bounce Below

An underground trampoline park within a disused slate mine, Bounce Below is a unique adventure for the whole family. With giant netted trampolines, ladder climbs and slides, all surrounded by a soundtrack of classical music, this is an energetic and surreal experience. Kids must be aged 7 or over and at least 1 metre tall to take part.

3. Greenwood Forest Park

The Greenwood Forest Park near Snowdon is spread across 25 wooded acres, with a huge range of play activities. Little ones can splash on the water play area, explore giant timber structures in the treetops, or race down the 130-metre long toboggan run. The park is aimed at ages 2-12 but has something for all ages to enjoy together.

4. Snowdon Mountain Railway

Travel to the rooftop of Wales on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, opened in 1896, making it one of the oldest tourist attractions in the country. The train journey climbs 3,559 feet from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. On a clear day, you can see England, Ireland and Scotland. Kids of all ages will find the journey exhilarating.

5. Great Orme Tramway

For scenic family fun, ride the Great Orme Tramway from Llandudno to the summit of the Great Orme headland. Operating since 1902, its unique tramcars give splendid views over the town and Conwy Bay as you trundle up the one-in-four gradient. At the top, there’s an opportunity to explore the Great Orme Country Park with its trails, play areas and interactive exhibitions.

6. Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Train enthusiasts of any age will love a journey on the historic Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. The narrow gauge steam trains climb through rugged mountain scenery, past lakes, forests and waterfalls. Kids can spot the lineside Moelwyn the Engine Rabbit at various places along the route.

7. Anglesey Sea Zoo

Discover the amazing marine life around Anglesey at this aquarium on the island. Viewed through glass tunnels, the tanks recreate different British aquatic habitats from estuary to reef. See octopuses, conger eels and tiny sea horses up close in daily talks and feeding times. An on-site playground and treasure trail make this a great family day out.

If you are fostering in Wales, any one of these attractions would be a great day out for the whole family. Why not plan your trip today?

With its wealth of natural beauty and variety of family attractions, North Wales promises an unforgettable adventure for all ages. These seven visitor favourites offer interactive activities to educate and entertain kids, surrounded by stunning Welsh landscapes.

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