30 things to do in North Wales during the summer holidays

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The Rhyl Miniature Railway has been running around Marine Lake since 1911.

ANGLESEY

  1. TACLA TAID: The Anglesey Transport Museum, Newborough. Vehicles from the 1920s to the present day. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults £8, reduced fares £7.50, children £4.50. https://angleseytransportmuseum.co.uk/

2. UCHELDRE CENTER: Holyhead. Art center with many activities, including exhibitions and workshops. Visit the website https://ucheldre.org/ to find out what’s going on.

3. COPPER KINGDOM HERITAGE CENTER: Learn how the copper mines of Parys Mountain helped the growth of the town of Amlwch. Daily except Mondays, adult £7.50, OAP £6, child over 12 £4.50.

4. ANGLESEY MARINE ZOO: Brynsiencyn. Discover the wildlife in the seas around Anglesey. Open daily Adult £9.50, concessions £9, children £8.50. https://www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk/

5. MOELFRE SEA OBSERVATION CENTER: Learn about lifeboats and the maritime history of this coastal village. Open every day from Easter to October 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/museums/moelfre-rnli-seawatch-centre

6. PILI PALAS: Menai Bridge. Adults £9.25 to £10.95, child £8.25 to £9.95. Daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online booking only during school holidays. https://www.pilipalas.co.uk/

GWYNEDD

7. HISTORY: Bangor. Museum and art gallery. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. https://www.storiel.cymru/

8. PORTMEIRION: Penrhyndeudraeth. Italian village where the avant-garde 1960s series The Prisoner was filmed. Open every day. Book on https://portmeirion.wales/. Adult £17, concessions £13.50, child £10.

9. FFESTINIOG RAILWAY: And the Welsh Highland Railway. Go back to the days of steam trains. Daily. Visit the website https://www.festrail.co.uk/ for timetables and fares.

10. NATIONAL SLATE MUSEUM: Llanberis. Discover the slate industries, including typical quarry cottages from different eras. Daily 10am-5pm. Free. https://museum.wales/slate/

11. CAERNARFON CASTLE: One of Edward I’s castles. Every day 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult £11.10, child £7.80. https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/caernarfon-castle

12. GYPSY WOOD PARK: Bontnewydd. Walks, rides and animals. Also meet the fairy princess. Open every day from March 21 to September 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online booking only, https://gypsywood.co.uk/

CONWY

13. PENMAENMAWR MUSEUM: Retracing the history of this village of granite quarries from the Neolithic to the present day. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. https://www.penmaenmawrmuseum.co.uk/

14. PENDERYN WHISKEY: Discover how whiskey is made. Tours and masterclasses can be booked online. Daily 9am-5pm. https://www.penderyn.wales/llandudno/

15. GREAT ORME TRAM: Llandudno. Britain’s only cable-hauled tram. Adult £9.50, child £7. https://greatormetramway.co.uk/

16. WORLD ZIP: Betws-y-Coed. Six adventures offered to those who suffer from vertigo. Visit the website https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/fforest for details and prices of these activities.

17. BODNANT GARDENS: Eglwysbach. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult £14, child £7. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden

18. GLAN Y GORS PARK KARTING: Cerrigydrudion. Every day during school holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online reservation only. https://gygkarting.com/

DENBIGHSHIRE

19. RHYL MODEL RAILWAY: Panoramic walk around the Lac Marin. Every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult £3, child £2.

20. RUTHIN CRAFTS CENTER: Purpose-built art center with three galleries and six artist studios. Open every day. http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/

21. BOL CENTER OF NORTH WALES: Prestatyn. Daily, 10am-4pm. check website https://denbighshireleisure.co.uk/north-wales-bowls-centre/ for fees.

22. PLAS NEWYDD: Llangollen. The house of the famous Ladies. Every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free gardens. Tickets, adult £7, child £6 can be purchased at Stableblock Tea Rooms. https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/leisure-and-tourism/museums-and-historic-houses/plas-newydd-llangollen.aspx

23. CAE DAI TRUST: Denbigh. Museum of the 1950s. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. https://www.caedaitrust.org/

FLINTSHIRE

24. GREENACRES ANIMAL PARK: Mancot. Animals from all over the world. Daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. £16. http://www.greenacresanimalpark.co.uk/animals/

25. GREENFIELD VALLEY LANDSCAPE PARK: Learn about the region’s industrial and agricultural past in the museum and historic buildings. Every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult £7, child £4. https://greenfieldvalley.com/

26. DANGER POINT: Talacre. Interactive center that makes children aware of the dangers that await them on a daily basis. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but check in advance if the center is full. Activity fees range from £2 to £7.

WREXHAM

27. ERDDIG ROOM: Wrexham. Open every day. House (12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.), garden (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Garden, adult £9, child £4.50. House and garden, adult £14, child £7. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig

28.XPLORE! SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY CENTER: Wrexham. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during school holidays. Tickets £7.50 for over 4s. https://www.xplorescience.co.uk/

29. MAES Y PANTS: Gresford. Beautiful old wooded quarry, with fully accessible trails. Open every day during the day. http://maes-y-pant.com/index.html

30. WACKY WAREHOUSE – SQUIRE YORKE: Wrexham. Soft Play area. Child £4.50. Sunday-Thursday, 9am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 9am-8pm. https://www.wackywarehouse.co.uk/squire-yorke.

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