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Things to see and do in Wales

5 Unmissable things to see and do in Wales

Things to see and do in Wales

Wales continues to be a popular holiday destination and one of the UK's most beautiful countries, offering stunning scenery and exciting days out. It is famous for its stunning national parks, coastline and many attractions including Snowdonia National Park, Llandudno, Aberystwyth, Aberdaron and much more! If you love the countryside and the coast, you'll love a weekend or more in Wales.


1. Llandudno

Discover the best of North Wales in Llandudno, it has so much to offer! Enjoy Llandudno beach, pier, shopping, restaurants, walking and other great activities.

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There are also many hidden gems to discover in Llandudno, so why not make a weekend of it, or even stay for a bit longer? There are many places to stay, whether you are looking for a simple bed and breakfast, hotel, apartment or holiday home – Wales has it all. Most accommodation in Llandudno is close to shops, walks, restaurants and places to see.

Wales is a great place to visit with the family, especially if you love the outdoors. There are many outdoor activities and things to see with the family. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try watersports or adrenalin activities? If you would rather take a walk in the countryside or relax, why not discover Wales’s nature?

Llandudno is a fantastic place to visit, whether you are going out with friends or on holiday with the family. There is plenty to do in Wales!


LL30 2LG
Contact details
01492 596253


2. Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth is a beautiful historic market town and is known as a great holiday resort within Ceredigion, Wales. It is also home to the University of Wales Aberystwyth and attractive coastline. The small town situates between three hills and two beaches as well as a castle, a pier and a harbour. Within the hills, there is the remains of an iron age fort, including a monument to Wellington, offering stunning panoramic views of Cardigan Bay.

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The coastal town is popular all year round, especially on a hot summer’s day! So why not visit the beach with friends, or explore the town with the family? There are so many attractions and things to do, including Rheidol Railway where you can discover the beautiful valley of Rheidol. The railway first opened in 1902, offering great history and travels to all ages for over a century.

Why not stay and make the most of it? There are a range of hotels, B&B’s and holiday parks to stay in, including a great selection of places to eat to drink.

Terrace Road
SY23 2AG



3. Betws-y-Coed

Betws-y-Coed is a small village and community in the Conwy valley of Conwy, which is known to be one of the loveliest spots of North Wales. It is the official gateway to Snowdonia, where there are beautiful waterfalls within the mountains, as well as streams and walks below, covering more than 800 square miles. The park is a region of beauty, rocky mountains, valleys, lakes and forests. Not far away, is the famous Swallow Falls, where you will discover the Llugwy River.

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There are many popular activities and attractions, such as sports, golf, a museum, a railway and stunning gardens. If you are travelling around Wales, don’t miss out on Betws Y Coed - There’s nothing more peaceful!

After a long but exciting day exploring, why not find somewhere to eat? There are many popular restaurants and café’s nearby, as well as places to stay if you plan on staying longer. Whether you are looking for a hotel or apartment, there are various types of accommodation to choose from.




4. Aberdaron

Aberdaron is a popular community and former fishing village at the western tip of the Llŷn Peninsula in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. When the weather is hot and sunny, there are many things to do and see at Aberdaron. Why not explore the beach and relax with a book, or explore the village and find a place to eat?

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Outdoor activities such as kayaking, is a great and fun way to see the village and surrounding areas – why not try fishing or diving? There is so much to do! You can even take a trip to Bardsey Island and discover the Isle of 20,000 saints and the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, where you can see the seals and sea birds. If you’re lucky, you might even see some dolphins!

If you plan to make a weekend of it or decide to travel around Wales, why not see the popular places to stay? From camping, to bed and breakfasts!


Contact details



5. Penarth

Penarth is a Victorian seaside town in Glamorgan, Wales and is around 5.2 miles south west from the city centre of Cardiff. The town is formerly known as a major coal port and terminal for the Bristol Channel paddle steamers. There is also a beautiful view across the Bristol Channel to the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm and the English Coast.

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There is also a lovely walk between Cardiff and Penarth, where you will discover peaceful scenery amongst heritage sites, bringing history to life. If the weather isn’t great, there are many places to stop by.


Penarth Pier
The Esplanade
CF64 3AU
Contact details
029 2070 8849



Top 5 kid’s activities


1. Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh London Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo has so many animals for children to learn about. It is situated in Colwyn Bay, on the north coast of Wales, with a beautiful view over the Irish Sea. The zoo is an education and conservation charity, which is home to various tropical animals, from brown bears to sea lions.

There is also eye-catching gardens which surround the zoo, full of tropical and local plants, including the Welsh Poppy. Children will love visiting Welsh Mountain Zoo and there is also a jungle adventure park for them to burn all of their energy off! Why not stop at The Safari Restaurant, which overlooks the tiger enclosure, or The Penguin Café? – Who wouldn’t want to have lunch with the penguins?

It’s a great day out for all of the family, so why not take your kids to the zoo on the weekend or during the holidays? It’s a fantastic wild adventure in the Welsh mountains!


Opening hours
26 March to 28 October
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 18:00
29 October to 30 November, 1 February to 24 March
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
1 December to 31 January 
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 16:30
Closed Christmas Day.
Adult (16+): £12.70
Child (3-15)/Student: £9.55
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £40.00
Senior (60+): £11.25
Under 3/Wheelchair user: Free
Disabled/Carers: £7.05
Old Highway
Colwyn Bay
LL28 5UY
Contact details
01492 532 938



2. City Sightseeing Llandudno Hop on Hop off Tour

City Sightseeing Llandudno Hop on Hop off Tour

City Sightseeing Llandudno Hop on Hop off Tour is a great and fun way to explore Llandudno! Llandudno is famous for its picturesque views and classic Punch and Judy shows. Enjoy the traditional sea side town of Llandudno, on a red double decker bus! – The kids will love it!

There are 9 stops altogether, which takes you to the longest pier in Wales. Llandudno Pier offers spectacular views of the coastline, so be sure to bring your camera! Why don’t you stop off at the fairground rides and tuck into some candy floss?

Don’t forget to see the town houses dating back to Tudor times, as well as Conway Castle and Aberconway House! There is so much to explore in Wales.


Opening hours
10:15 - 16:45
Tour runs from 5 March to 29 October. 
Adults from £9.00
Kids from £4.00
Last Entry
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. 
Builder Street West
LL30 1HH
Contact details
01492 879133



3. Gypsy Wood

Gypsy Wood Wales

Gypsy Wood Park is a fun and magical day out for children of all ages, which makes it perfect for the family. With 20 acres of beautiful woodland, Gypsy Wood Park is one of Wales’ best kept secrets.

The children will love the train ride through the forest, with so much to see and do. There is also an outdoor park in the foothills of Snowdonia in North Wales, which is a must see attraction for animal, train and outdoor lovers! It would make a great day out for children on holiday.

If you fancy stopping by for lunch, there is an onsite Café and Shop, which offers refreshments such as cold and hot drinks as well as snacks. There is also a great picnic area for families.


Opening hours
27th March to Mid-September
Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 17:00
Child (3-15): £6.49
Toddler: £3.75
Adult: £7.95
Senior: £6.49
Family (2+2): £24.99
Gypsy Wood Park
LL55 2YA
Contact details
01286 673133



4. Zip World at Blaenau

Zip World at Blaenau

Zip World at Blaenau Ffestiniog is the home for all adventurers and has Europe’s first 4 person zip line and other amazing adventures. It’s a fun filled and unique place for all the family – Who wouldn’t want to be flying through the air at 70mph? There is so much beautiful scenery to take in, so make sure to bring your camera.

There are safety talks and equipment to make the zip line completely safe, although the minimum age to participate is 7 years old and 4 feet high.    It is a fun way of seeing Wales with the family, so why not take the children for an energetic day out!


Opening hours
Spring - Autumn, booking required. 
Individual: £50.00
Groups of 4: £180.00
Please note children must be accompanied by an adult.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Blaenau Ffestiniog
LL41 3NB
Contact details
01248 601 444



5. Rhyl Seaquarium

Rhyl Seaquarium

Rhyl Seaquarium is within the beautiful North Wales coastline, displaying various species from around the world.  Children and adults alike will love visiting the aquarium, where they will learn all about the animals and their habitats.

New for 2016, is an exhibition called Fantastic Phobias, where you will see a range of creepy crawlies and outside there is a Sea Lion Cover, where you can watch them swim around in the pool – much less scarier!


Opening hours
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 (some seasonal restrictions to exterior exhibit)
Sea Lion Cove shows: 13:00 and 15:00 and last 15 minutes
Harbour Seals: 12:00 and 16:00
Adult (for 16 to 64 years): £9.50
Child (for 3 to 15 years): £8.50
Under 3s: Free
Concessions: £8.99
East Parade
LL18 3AF
Contact details
01745 344660



Top 5 restaurants in Wales


1. Mamma Rosa Italian Ristorante 

Mamma Rosa Italian Ristorante
01492 870070
11 Mostyn Avenue
LL30 1YS



2. The Cottage Leaf

The Cottage Leaf Llandudno
01492 870762
Market Street
LL30 2SR



3. Seahorse Seafood Bistro and Restaurant

Seahorse Seafood Bistro and Restaurant Llandudno
01492 875315
7 Church Walks
LL30 2HD



4. Signatures Restaurant

Signatures Restaurant Conwy
01492 583513
Aberconwy Park
Aberconwy Resort & Spa
LL32 8GA



5. Valentino Ristorante and Pizzeria

Valentino Ristorante and Pizzeria Llandudno
01492 872074
3A Gloddaeth Stree
LL30 2DD

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