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If you are wanting activity ideas, take a look at list of indoor & outdoor attractions, most of which are open all year round.

Either way there is always plenty going on.

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Conwy Valley Railway Llandudno Railway Station Llandudno LL30 2AF

About this attraction

The Conwy Valley line, part of the National Rail Network, runs alongside one of the great rivers of Wales, the Conwy and continues along the banks of the turbulent river Lledr after it's confluence with the Conwy at Betws-y-Coed.

From your departure at Llandudno to your arrival at Blaenau Ffestiniog a breathtaking range of scenery unfolds before your eyes, from the historic castle at Conwy, through estuary rich in wildlife, to gentle slopes that give way to majestic crags as the train crosses the Lledr by the dramatic Gethin's viaduct.

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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 0844 493 8120
Address : Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY

About this attraction

Travel by train on Britain's only Rack and Pinion Railway up Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales 3,560ft (1085m). Since 1896, visitors from around the world have travelled on Snowdon Mountain Railway, enjoying Snowdon's dramatic landscape and scenery.

For more than 114 years holiday makers and day trippers have been appreciating the truly spectacular views they have experienced while claiming the ascent of Snowdon as a lifetime adventure. As the train climbs through the atmospheric landscape of Snowdon passengers can absorb themselves in the rich myth, legend and history Snowdonia has to offer.

This unique railway is one of the most popular visitor attractions in North Wales.



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Season Dates : March to October
Contact : 01766 516000
Address : Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

About this attraction

The Welsh Highland Railway is Snowdonia's newest railway. Trains start a spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the castle walls at Caernarfon.

The trains - hauled by the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives - climb from sea level to over 650ft on the foothills of Snowdon, before zig-zagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, nestling in the heart of the National Park, then through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog.



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 575290
Address : Conwy County Borough Council, Bodlondeb, Conwy, LL32 8DU.

About this attraction

Wales Coast Path – the longest continuous coastal path around a country, which enable you to wind your way through 870 miles of stunning coastal landscape - from the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south east.

North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary Section

The north Wales coast is a mixture of wonderful sandy beaches and family friendly towns and villages. There's some 60 miles of sea views from the North Wales path and, at Prestatyn, the Wales Coast Path joins Offa's Dyke Path, Britain's longest ancient monument and a National Trail.

Below list the 4 sections of this coastal walks within easy reach from the hotel:

Little Orme – 0.5 miles – a newly surfaced wheelchair access path. The path takes you out to Angel Bay which is great for bird and seal spotting. For more of a challenge, continue onwards over the Little Orme towards the town of Llandudno.

Great Orme Summit Trails – 1 to 1.5 miles – there are three scenic summit trails all taking in wonderful views over the elegant town of Llandudno and across to the Menai Strait and Anglesey. The paths are steep in places.

Great Orme Circular – 13.8 miles – a route around the Great Orme with fantastic views across the whole of the North Wales coastline. Takes in the ruin of Deganwy Castle.

Conwy Mountain – 3 miles – Conwy Mountain stands proud to the west of Conwy and is served by a good network of paths. In summer the hill turns purple with bell heather. The summit has fine views and is the site of an Iron Age hill fort.



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Season Dates : Mid February to Late October
Contact : 01248 430411
Address : Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ

About this attraction

There's amazing marine life to see at the biggest aquarium in Wales! Enter an eerie shipwreck brimming with Conger Eels then dare to walk the Shark Pool grids and see a Kelp Forest full of huge fishes! With over 150 native species from the familiar to the strange, there's something for everyone!

In 2010 you can visit the newly built No Bone Zone, where you come face to face with slippery beasts like the cunning Octopus and even Peacocks under the sea! Remember to keep an eye out for our baby animals from little Seahorses and weird pipefish to baby Sharks and tiny Lobsters!



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 532 938
Address : The Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, LL28 5UY

About this attraction

Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, its beautiful gardens are home to this caring conservation zoo. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world.

Enjoy our Penguin Parade, Chimp Encounter, Bear Falls, New Condor Haven and the Children's Farm plus much more. Visit the New 'Sealions Rock' and watch our Californian Sealions being trained. Enjoy the exciting and extensive Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground. For the more technically inclined, visit our Media Centre, where you can do a virtual tour of the Zoo and play some great educational games.

We have a vast range of animals for you to meet including snow leopards, brown bears, Sumatran tigers, red pandas, camels, penguins, alligators, wild horses and much more.

We also have a children's farm, where our younger visitors can have a close encounter with goats, rabbits, ducks, chickens and guinea pigs.



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Contact : 01248 671493
Address : GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL56 4QN

About this attraction

Deep in the woods there's eco adventure in abundance.

Brave the Green Dragon – the world's first people-powered rollercoaster - zip down the 70m sledge run. Get your head in the clouds at TreeTop Towers and take a walk on the wild side at Wales's first BareFoot Trail. Embark on a Jungle Boat Adventure, whizz around on Moon Karts, and shoot a Welsh Longbow. Head to the Medieval-style Great Hall for an interactive exhibition, gift shops and the Conservatory Café – the ideal pit stop for hungry forest explorers.

With Tunnel Warren, Little Green Run and Little Forest Playbarn (new for 2010) for the little ones, there's something to suit all ages. Whatever the weather, GreenWood promises a family day out like no other!



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 592358
Address : Conwy Castle, Conwy, Gwynedd, LL32 8AY

About this attraction

Constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his 'iron ring' of castles to contain the Welsh, Master James of St George's design, remains one of the most outstanding achievements of medieval military architecture. The distinctive elongated shape, with its two barbicans, eight massive towers and great bow-shaped hall, was perhaps determined by the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands.



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Season Dates : March - October
Contact : 01248 371337
Address : Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4HN

About this attraction

Built for the wealthy Pennant family on the profits of Welsh slate and Jamaican sugar, this enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It is crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture, in addition it has an outstanding collection of paintings.

The restored kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum, a model railway museum and a superb dolls' museum.

The 24.3 hectares (60 acres) of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection as well as a Victorian walled garden



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 874707
Address : John Nike Leisuresport, Wyddfyd Road, Llandudno, LL30 2QL

About this attraction

Situated 415ft above sea level, Llandudno Ski & Snowboard Centre boasts spectacular views of Llandudno and the Irish Sea.

  • Latest Perma Snow (tm) surface,
  • Training slopes,
  • 750 metre 'Cresta Ride' Toboggan Run
  • Alpine Adventure Golf course
  • Ski & Snowboard courses
  • Sno-tubing sessions
  • Austrian Alpine Bar & restaurant
  • Free parking
  • 'Combo' tickets available for certain activites.


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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01690 710 914
Address : The Woodland,Llanrwst Road, Betws-y-Coed,Conwy, LL24 0HA

About this attraction

Tree Top Adventure is a thrilling, high level, adventurous journey 15.4m (50ft) up in the trees ands involves a series of engaging and exciting obstacles!

Are you ready to be fitted with a harness and helmet, attached to a state-of-the-art safety line and experience this tree top spectacular today?

Tree Top Adventure is ready for you. Cafe and new visitor centre.



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01766 830306
Address : Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB

About this attraction

Take a Tram ride through man-made tunnels and caverns to discover the work of the Victorian Slate Miner or descend into the mountain with the atmospheric Deep Mine tour and take a trip back in time, when Llechwedd Slate was first discovered.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns of Blaenau Ffestiniog is part of a living, working slate mine that has been active since 1836. To this day, we still produce the world famous 'Greaves Portmadoc Slate'™.



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Season Dates : All Year (10am – 5pm. Mon – Sat)
Contact : 01492 879201
Address : Oriel Mostyn Gallery, 12 Vaughan Street, Llandudno, LL30 1AB

About this attraction

The Mostyn gallery reopened in May 2010 following a substantial refurbishment and expansion project led by Ellis Williams Architects which fused the original Victorian terracotta façade and top lit galleries with striking modern new spaces and interior features.

Showing the best contemporary art from Wales and the rest of the world the Mostyn programme is varied, interesting and stimulating with friendly gallery assistants always on hand to help visitors get the most from their visit.

The Mostyn shop stocks original and unique hand made jewellery, ceramics, textiles and glass as well as a wide choice of greeting cards, art magazines and varied selection of art and craft related books.

Café Lux on the first floor offers a range of snacks, cakes and drinks in a beautiful, light and airy space with broad bay windows affording a view over to the sea.

Wheelchair accessible throughout, Mostyn is situated in Vaughan Street which runs between the end of Mostyn Street and the Railway Station.



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Contact : 01492 872000
Address : Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB

About this attraction

Offering a 1500 seat auditorium, a diverse conference facility, including a brand new arena and a stunning restaurant.

Call the box office to reserve your seats for top class musicals, drama, pop gigs and so much more.



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 592423
Address : Conwy Golf Club,Beacons Way, Morfa, Conwy LL32 8ER

About this attraction

Conwy is a big bear of a links course. It's loved far and wide for being one of the most challenging courses in Wales. Which explains why it's been host to The Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open for two years running. And why it held the European Amateur Team Championships in 2009. Sam Torrance, Costantino Rocca and Ian Woosnam are all fans.

Golf Punk, who voted Conwy their Welsh course of the year in 2006, described it as having 'a tightness of fairway that would have even Jim Furyk reaching for his hip flask.' So pack one just in case. Conwy has the whole package: testing holes, lots of character, great facilities and a warm welcome.

  • Course Type: links
  • Yards: 6,647
  • Par: 72


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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 875325
Address : North Wales Golf Club, 72 Bryniau Road, West Shore, Llandudno LL30 2DZ

About this attraction

This is a true links course of championship standard, played out alongside the magnificent scenery of the North Wales Coast. Expect some tricky par 3's including the famously named 'O.L.' and 'L.O.' where a par will feel like a birdie.

The 8th is a great links hole, especially when there's a stiff breeze from the beach. This is also the club where a young Tony Jacklin had lessons during his summer holiday and reduced his handicap from 17 to 1.

  • Course Type: links
  • Yards: 6,254
  • Par: 71


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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 876450
Address : Maesdu golf club, Hospital Road, Llandudno, LL30 1HU

About this attraction

The 18 holes are gently undulating. While playing there are captivating panoramic views of the curving Conwy Bay, the Great Orme and in the distance the Snowdonia mountains, Isle of Anglesey and Puffin Island. The championship course, over 6500 yards, is varied and interesting. A good score is achieved with careful putting on the undulating greens.

  • Course Type: parkland
  • Yards: 6,545
  • Par: 72


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Season Dates : Late March to late October
Contact : 01492 870447
Address : Great Orme Mines, Great Orme, Lllandudno, LL30 2XG

About this attraction

The worlds largest Bronze Age Copper Mine, self guided tour. Walk through tunnels mined over 3,500 years ago. See the amazing prehistoric cavern. Shop and visitor centre open to non mine visitors.



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Season Dates : 20th Feb - 21st Nov
Contact : 01492 650460
Address : Bodnant Garden, Tal y Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL28 5RE

About this attraction

Bodnant Garden (which is owned by the National Trust) is one of the most spectacular and admired gardens in Britain.

Bodnant Garden was voted the winner of "The National Trust Gardens Award" by National Trust members and visitors, and separately it was voted "The Favourite Garden in the Country" by Daily Telegraph readers.

It was created by successive generations of the McLaren family, but was primarily the creation of the 2nd Lord Aberconway (Henry McLaren) who gave it to the National Trust in 1949.

Highlights of the Garden include:

  • the grand formal Terraces facing south-west across the River Conwy to Snowdonia
  • the Pin Mill, an elegant Georgian building which in 1939 was moved from Gloucestershire to Bodnant Garden
  • the famous Laburnum Arch, a curved walk about 55 metres long covered with laburnum which produces a magnificent cascade of long yellow flowers in late May / early June
  • the Dell, a deep valley with numerous streams, towering trees and rhododendrons
  • the design of the Garden and the vast collection of plants, including four National Collections, which ensure colour and interest at all times

The Hall is not owned by the National Trust and is not open to the public.



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Season Dates : Late March to late October
Contact : 01492 877205
Address : Happy Valley, Great Orme, Llandudno

About this attraction

Enjoy a ride on the Llandudno Cable Car during your visit to this beautiful resort. As the cable cars glide silently from Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme (679ft) a magnificient panorama unfolds - breathtaking views of Llandudno, the Little Orme, Conwy Estuary and beyond to mountains of Snowdonia . Choose return (18 minute ride) or single from Happy Valley or the summit, where there is a cafe.

The Cable Car from the Happy Valley to the Great Orme Summit is, at over one mile each way, the longest Aerial Cabin Lift in the United Kingdom. It was built in 1969 and fully overhauled in 2006.



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01766 770000
Address : Portmeirion Village, Portmeirion, Gwynedd, LL48 6ET

About this attraction

Portmeirion stands on a rugged clifftop on its own private peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay. It is surrounded by 145 acres of sub-tropical woodlands and miles of sandy beaches.

Portmeirion was built by visionary Welsh architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who wanted to prove that development did not have to mean destruction of the natural environment. He started work in 1925 and completed the village during the early 1970's. He died in 1978, aged 95.

Portmeirion is now acknowledged as a unique architectural work of art.

Many know Portmeirion for its role as "The Village" in Patrick McGoohan's television series "The Prisoner".



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Season Dates : All Year
Contact : 01492 584091
Address : RSPB Conwy Reserve, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, LL31 9XZ

About this attraction

Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year.

You're welcome to join one of our guided walks along pushchair-friendly paths. We have events to suit everyone from keen birdwatchers to beginners or young families. Birds can always be seen from the visitor centre, and our friendly experts can help you spot godwits and shelducks, or any of the more than 200 different species that have been seen at this reserve.




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Season Dates : Late March to late October
Contact : 01492 879306
Address : The Great Orme Tramway, Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno, LL30 2NB

About this attraction

The Great Orme Tramway is Britain's largest and most spectacular funicular tramway. The Tramway climbs one mile to the Orme's summit offering breathtaking views of Llandudno's magnificient bays and beyond! The Tramway has been thrilling old and young for over 100 years and is a unique attraction not to be missed!