in the UK
Leisure Centre is the National Centre for Ice Sports in
Wales. The Centre boasts an Olympic size ice pad and caters for a variety of
ice sports and activities including ice hockey, curling and disco nights. Alongside
the ice rink there is a fitness suite, Spa, Evolution Extreme, football pitches,
Rhyl Sun Centre is a funpool with wave machines, high speed slides, toddler pool and slides and a pool side cafe. Although it was fantastic when it first opened a number of visitors on Tripadvisor have said it is looking a bit dated now.
Whether you want a residential course, a holiday in the outdoors, an update on the weather and climbing conditions, a bar meal and a chat or a qualification that could help you in your work you will find it here at the National Mountain Centre.
The Plas Y Bren centre has a vast range of activities including family holiday, instructor courses, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, hill walking and Navigation, Mountain biking, road cycling, off piste skiing, scrambling and mountaineering, taster activities, D of E, rescue and leadership skills.
Plas Menai National Watersports Centre North Wales is one the best natural adventure playgrounds in the UK and if you enjoy watersports or adventure activities the Plas Menai National Watersports centre is ideal for you.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced there is something for you to try. The centre offers RYA training courses in dinghy sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and cruising throughout the year and has a busy program of youth activities every summer. They can also provide kayaking courses and sea kayak expeditions.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is a zoological garden high above Colwyn Bay with fantastic views and beautiful gardens where you can enjoy relaxing walks along wooded paths and grassy slopes learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world.
There are many special enclosures such sealion's rock, Penguin parade, chimp encounter and bear falls as well as animals such as Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers.
Children can also enjoy the exciting and extensive Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground.
Farm Park -
Greenacres Farm Park has a large selection of Animals to see and also an animal petting area. The animal keepers are on hand to show the children how to handle the animals, and learn more about their care, and feeding requirements.
Seaquarium has over 30 displays plus a chance to get up
close to sea-
The Seaquarium has an under water Tunnel to see sharks, rays, and other sea creatures within their natural habitats. The sealife centre is an all weather Attraction with a full program of feeding demonstrations, talks and special presentations. Staff are available to answer any questions and may even ask for your help feeding the beautiful, friendly rays and other creatures.
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Gypsy Wood Park is a magical fantasy land set in 20 acres of natural beauty where you can explore the woods, find the fairies and make a wish.
The park has a number of activities including a scenic outdoor railway, wetland walk (bring wellies), play area, variety of animals and Gypsy wood to explore.
The centre also has a 60-
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Portmeirion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed in the style of an Italian village and has been the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously serving as ‘The Village’ in the 1960s television show The Prisoner. The village has a beautiful seaside setting with extensive grounds for relaxing walks.
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. Its competitions climax with the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’, which determines the best overall choir of the event.
North Wales can offer lakes to sail on, scenic canals cruises, white water rapid Kayaking, coastal fishing trips, rib pounding power boat rides, wildlife encounters and pleasure cruises along rocky coastlines, the variety is amazing. Below are a few links to help you get started.
Electric Mountain Guided tours (Dinorwig Power Station) start from the Llanberis visitor centre. Tours begin with with a short presentation explaining how water is pumped from a reservoir at the top of the mountain, through the hydro electric plant to a reservoir at the bottom of the mountain generating electricity in between.
Great Orme Mines are over 4000 years old and were revealed by chance in 1987 during a landscaping project. Since then, mining engineers, cavers and archaeologists have been slowly uncovering more tunnels and large areas of the surface landscape, to reveal what is now thought to be the largest Prehistoric mine discovered in the World.
The Great Orme mines are now open to the public between March and November and visitors can enjoy tours that guide you through the labyrinth of tunnels pointing out features such as an amazing Bronze age cavern, excavated using basic tools such as stones and bone chisels and the harsh conditions endured by our prehistoric ancestors in their search for copper.
Join your hooded Dark Age boatman and sail underground, through a waterfall and back across a thousand years. Submersed in the darkest of the Dark Ages, enjoy tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends as you explore the dramatic underground caverns and winding tunnels of the Labyrinth.
The National Slate Museum tells the story of slate through a series of walks, talks and demonstrations from quarrymen, blacksmiths and carpenters. There is a vivian quarry walking tour, a demonstration of slate splitting and the carpenter will show how wood was used in the mine. Outside there is equipment, workshops and quarrymen's houses to explore.
Inigo Jones Slate Works is a combination of a workshop and shop. The works produces a variety of products such as plates and Plaques, kitchen worktops, memorials all from the local slate. Visitors can wander through the workshop to see how these products are made. There is also the opportunity to try your hand at calligraphy and engrave on a piece of slate.
North Wales has many heritage railway lines that offer scenic railway journeys through beautiful Welsh countryside. One of the most scenic railway journeys is on the Snowden Mountain Railway that travels for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales.
The Ffestiniog line was made famous by the childrens
cartoon 'Ivor the Engine'. Recently the railway has reopened the final section
of the long-
Llangollen Railway is a volunteer run and preserved railway that runs 8.5 miles between Llangollen and Bonwm halt. The train runs daily in Summer as well as weekends throughout the Winter months using a wide variety of steam and diesel locomotives.
One station on Angelsea, Llanfair
PG Station, has the longest station name Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-
North Wales has lots of beautiful areas to enjoy walking, cycling and riding. Popular routes include the North Wales coastal path from Conwy to Caernarfon and the Isle of Anglesay coastal path. If you want to escape into unspoilt countryside then Snowdonia is an ideal choice.
Llandudno Ski & Snowboard centre have the
longest toboggan run in Britain and a scenic PermaSnow ski slope. The Llandudno
ski and snowboarding centre offers visitors skiing, snowboarding, toboggan &
North wales has more castles per square mile than any other place in Europe and it would be possible to spend an entire holiday in wales just visiting medieval castles. Three of the more complete castles are shown below.
In pure architectural terms Beaumaris, the most technically perfect castle in Britain, has few equals. Its ingenious and perfectly symmetrical concentric 'walls within walls' design, involving no less than four successive lines of fortifications, was state of the art for the late 13th century.
The site of this great castle wasn’t chosen by accident. It had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The lure of water and easy access to the sea made the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Caernarfon Castle.
The views from the battlements looking out across mountains and sea are breathtaking. It is from the battlements that visitors can see the extent of Conwy's ring of town walls. Its circuit of walls extend for over three quarters of a mile long and are guarded by 22 towers.
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