Awesome Rainy Days
There's no denying it, it does rain in Snowdonia, but in general no more or less than any other part of the UK. An amazing fact about Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsular is that we have dramatic micro climates - it could be the most glorious of sunny days in one area, and yet just a mile down the road there’s rain!
For those days when it is raining, don’t you dare let the rain stop you from exploring, grab your waterproof jacket, wellies and umbrella and your sense of adventure and get outside and explore!
We’ve tried to put together some suggestions of things to do. This list is by no means exhaustive and we are not able to recommend one attraction over another, but it should give you a few ideas to consider. Please check opening times etc. with the attractions directly.
- National Slate Museum, Llanberis
Sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, here you can travel into the past of the slate industry and experience the hard life of Victorian slate workers.
- Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber, Anglesey
Taking a step back in time has never been so appropriate, at 5,000 years old this prehistoric chambered tomb is one of the world’s oldest sundials. Bryn Celli Ddu, is accurately aligned to coincide with the rising sun on the longest day of the year.
- Aber Falls, nr. Abergwyngregyn
Admire Aber Falls and discover the surrounding history and wildlife on this dramatic valley walk through the north-west fringes of Snowdonia National Park.
- Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsular
Starting from the car park at the little village of Morfa Nefyn, take a walk along the attractive headland to the fishing village of Porthdinllaen where you will find the distinctive Ty Coch Inn, arguably the best pub in Wales.
For younger children...
Bangor, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, and Pwllheli all have Local Authority run Leisure Centres with indoor swimming pools open to the public. If you are near Harlech why not visit the community run swimming pool with it's climbing wall and café at the foot of the castle.
- Indoor Soft Play Centres
The Fun Centre in Caernarfon, The Den in Pwllheli, and the Empire Play Centre in Holyhead with their age appropriate ball pits, slides, and maze of tunnels, are enjoyable in all weathers for children under the age of 12.
- Piggery Pottery, Cwm y Glo
Get creative and throw a pot, or not feeling that brave have ago at painting one!
- Pili Palas, Menai Bridge
A day out at Pili Palas can be a magical experience for all the family – whatever the weather! It's a steamy experience full of lush vegetation, waterfalls with exotic butterflies flying around you.
For older children...
- Bounce Below, Bleanau Ffestiniog
A shot of pure fun! Discover the world’s first subterranean playground, hidden within a huge network of caverns, and experience the fantastic fun of trampolining deep underground.
- It's a Small World, Blaenau Ffestiniog
A great place to take children or even adults who are still children. It has various slot car racing tracks where you can race along, also a miniature racing boats section which is great fun trying to control the boats, a model railway to operate, and even a indoor crazy golf place.
- King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris
Sail through the magical veil of an underground waterfall into a mythical world filled with dragons, giants, fierce battles and the legendary King Arthur.
- Hafan y Mor - Day Pass, nr. Pwllheli
Have a great day of fun in the Hafan y Mor entertainment complex, where you can use the pools with their water slides, participate in the kids' activities, and use the bars, restaurants, and some sports and leisure activities. Some activities are subject to an additional cost.
See amazing British marine life at Wales' biggest and best aquarium! Enter the shipwreck brimming with Conger Eels and walk the Shark Pool grids!
For adults and older children...
- Zip World Caverns, Bleanau Ffestiniog
Do you dare to try Caverns? Fly, climb and traverse your way through our unique underground course in a slate mine disused for the past 200 years; if you’re up to the challenge that is!
- Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Bleanau Ffestiniog
Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia discover the story of slate. The Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour tells the story of the men who built this incredible industry which roofed the world.
- Surf Snowdonia, Conwy Valley
A world-first inland surf lagoon with guaranteed, consistent waves. Surfing for all ages (5+) and abilities, you can ride the waves with or without instruction.
- Go Below, nr. Betws y Coed
Test your nerve with an adrenaline pumping journey through a mountain via a series of epic underground adventures. Try your hand zip-lining through caverns, climbing through a vertical shaft, boating across a lake, traverse over an abyss, scale a waterfall or abseil your way down to the deepest point in the UK!
- National White Water Centre, nr. Bala
This is so much fun! Try a fantastic white water adventure on raging natural rapids in Snowdonia National Park.
- Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon
The largest indoor climbing centre in North Wales, the Beacon caters for all levels, from first experience to elite performance. And if you want some fun then try the CrazyClimb and the best introduction for children (and parents!) who haven’t tried it befor
- Snowdonia's Narrow Gauge Railways
Journey on board one of the many narrow gauge steam trains in North Wales, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways take you deep into the mountains of Snowdonia, enjoy the scenic splendour of the southern reaches of Snowdonia National Park on the Talyllyn Railway, or the lake side views on the Llanberis Lake Railway or Bala Lake Railway.
- Llanfair Slate Caverns, nr. Harlech
The great family adventure, grab your torch and helmet and descend into the caverns on a self-guided tour and experience the extraordinary achievement of the Welsh miners who excavated millions of tonnes of slate using only hand held tools and candle lanterns.
- Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert
Explore the old mine workings and uncover the secrets of Snowdonia’s rich copper industrial heritage. And all without the need for a brolly!
- The Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
A pioneering eco-centre with exciting interactive displays that demonstrate the incredible power of wind, water and sun, with working examples of sustainable living, environmentally responsible buildings, energy conservation, organic growing and composting. It's a great place for children, with an eco-adventure playground and activities that are both fun and educational.