North Wales Childrens attractions

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Childrens' attractions - Snowdonia and North Wales

North Wales Childrens attractions

Anglesey Bird World and Bird of Prey Centre
Dwyran
Anglesey
01248 440627

A beautiful bird park and sanctuary nestling in the south-west corner of Anglesey, commanding extensive views of the Snowdonia range. With over 900 birds of 300 different species and walk-through aviaries, visitors can watch the birds feed, sing, display, build nests and raise their young.

Anglesey Bird World and Bird of Prey
Sealife Aquarium
Rhyl
  01745 344660

Exciting close encounters with marvels of marine life from starfish to sharks, octopus to eel.

Sealife Aquarium
Foel Farm Park
Brynsiencyn
Anglesey
  01248 430646

A genuine working farm situated in a beautiful location on the shores of the Menai Straits. Visitors can help to milk the sheep - the milk is used to make delicious ice cream! Lambs, pigs, ponies, kids, shire horses, goats, piglets and many more, with pony or tractor rides and adventure play areas.

Foel Farm Park
Llangollen Wharf - Thomas Telford Aqueduct Trips
Wharf Hill
Llangollen
 01978 860702

Narrowboat trips along the Llangollen Canal, through the Dee Valley, past castle and river and crossing the famous Pontcysyllte Aquaduct, the country's biggest navigable aqueduct towering 126 feet above the River Dee.

Llangollen Canal
Bala Lake Railway
Llanuwchllyn
Gwynedd
01678 540666

The 2ft gauge line offers a delightful 9 mile return journey along Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), through the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.

Bala Lake Railway
Talyllyn Railway
Tywyn
Gwynedd
01654 710472

   A narrow gauge line using steam locomotives, running inland from Tywyn on the Mid Wales Coast to Nant Gwernol.

Talyllyn Railway

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Aberconwy House
Castle Street
Conwy LL32 8AY
Tel: 01492 5592246

Dating from the 14th century this is the only medieval merchant's house in Conwy to have survived the turbulent history of the walled town for nearly six centuries. The furnished rooms reflect daily life from different periods in its history. A National Trust property where charges apply.

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The Lodge Hotel, Conwy

.... in a peaceful rural village in the heart of the spectacular Conwy Valley, this 3-star family-run hotel lies on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, framed by the Carneddau Mountains.

.. located about 8 miles from Conwy.

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Plas Mawr
High Street
Conwy
LL32 8EF
Tel: 01492 580167

At the heart of medieval Conwy stands Plas Mawr, the "Great Hall", built between 1576 and 1585 for the Welsh merchant Robert Wynn. This richly decorated building is an architectural gem, the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era in Britain. It is especially noted for the quality and quantity of its ornamental plasterwork, now fully restored to its original splendour.

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CLWYD / Bodnant Garden / The Welsh Mountain Zoo

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Bodnant Garden
Tal-y-Cafn
Nr Colwyn Bay
Conwy
LL28 5RE

Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres and is situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.

Telephone: 01492 650460

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Rathlin Country House

.. .. in the beautiful Pwllycrochan Woods conservation area, in a large red-brick B&B set within almost an acre of its own grounds

....just minutes away from Colwyn Bay town centre.

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Lyndale Hotel

.. centrally situated near Old Colwyn village, with sea views

....where you can sample the delights of oriental cuisine at the hotel’s Thai Tamarind restaurant.

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Bryn Holcombe

.. in this friendly accommodation offering a warm welcome, comfy en suite rooms and a tasty, hot Welsh breakfast.

.....offering double, twin and family rooms, all tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard.

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The Welsh Mountain Zoo
Colwyn Bay
Clwyd
LL28 5UY
Tel: 01492 532 938.

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 including Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers. www.welshmountainzoo.org.

The Welsh Mountain Zoo

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CLYWD / Plas Newydd / LLangollen Railway

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Plas Newydd Museum
Plas Newydd
Hill Street
Llangollen
LL20 8AW

Plas Newydd was home to the Ladies of Llangollen, Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, from 1780 - 1829. They became celebrated throughout the country as the story of their friendship spread through Regency Society. The house retains the Gothic features they introduced. Plas Newydd is set in peaceful gardens surrounded by trees and include the font from the nearby Valle Crucis Abbey.

Tel: 01824 708223

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Tyn Y Wern Hotel

.....just outside the picturesque market town of Llangollen, this charming house presents itself as the ideal base from which to explore North and Mid Wales.

.....set within its own beautifully manicured gardens.

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The Royal Hotel Llangollen

.. .. by the banks of the River Dee, in the heart of this historic market town that nestles within the Welsh mountains.

.....with superb views of the impressive Langollen Bridge, the hotel offers modern comforts whilst retaining its original, period charm.

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Wild Pheasant Hotel and Spa

.. ..in a peaceful, idyllic setting, the hotel combines the traditional charm and attractive original features of a 19th century building

.....with the contemporary chic of extensive and luxurious spa facilities.

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LLangollen Railway
Abbey Road
Llangollen
LL21 9 BD

The LLangollen Railway runs for 7 ½ miles along the banks of the River Dee from Llangollen to Carrog through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. It operates on most weekends throughout the year, and on weekdays between June and October.
Tel: 01978 860 979

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GWYNEDD / Penrhyn Castle / Cochwillan Old Hall

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Penrhyn Castle
Bangor
Gwynedd LL57 4HN
Telephone: 01248 371337 (Infoline)

A 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds
and magnificent views over Snowdonia. Unique furniture collection and the best private art collection, in context, in Wales. Large gardens and grounds with formal Victorian walled garden. Dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Matthew Antrobus).

Penrhyn Castle

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Abbeyfield Hotel

.. on the outskirts of the city of Bangor, in a region of outstanding natural beauty. Located just off the A5, it has the mountains, lakes and forests of Snowdonia National Park, as well as Gwynedd's dramatic coastline on its doorstep.

....with eleven en suite bedrooms featuring digital TVs and free wireless internet.

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Cochwillan Old Hall
Tal-y-Bont
Bangor
Gwynedd LL57 3AZ

The hall is considered one of the best examples of a Welsh medieval estate centre and it survives almost unaltered. The most striking feature of the late 15th century hall house is the roof of three bays, divided by trusses of hammer-beam type. The moulded hammer-beams have embattled crests and plain ends with pinholes in them; as these probably originally carried carved heads or heraldic shields, new shields have been fitted to harmonize with the ancestry of the old families of Cochwillan.

Tel: 01248 355 853

Located about 3 miles east of Bangor.

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GWYNEDD / Plas Newydd / Beaumaris Castle

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Plas Newydd
Llanfairpwll
Anglesey LL61 6DQ
Telephone: 01248 715272 (Infoline)

Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views of Snowdonia. One of the UK's finest mansion house settings, with the largest collection of Rex Whistler works. Military museum with relics from the battle of Waterloo. Large gardens, woodland walks and a marine walk along the Menai Straits. A National Trust property where charges apply. (Photo: © NTPL / Nick Meers).

Plas Newydd

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Bishopsgate House Hotel. Beaumaris

.....in a 9 bedroomed Georgian town house where antique furniture, glass and china collections adorn the tasteful interior.

... and an on-site restaurant,one of just 2 Anglesey hotels to have earned an AA rosette.

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The Bulkeley Hotel, Beaumaris

.. ..just yards from the beach and pier alongside the Menai Straits, enjoying stunning views across the water to the mountains of Snowdonia.

.....a Georgian show piece in 1832, the hotel now has 43 en suite bedrooms, a fine restaurant, coffee shop, Real Ale bar and lounge.

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Beaumaris Castle
Beaumaris
Anglesey
LL58 8AP
Tel: 01248 810361

Beaumaris is the great unfinished masterpiece. Started in 1295, it was the last of the massive Edwardian fortresses of the 13th century to be built in North Wales, but money ran out before the fortifications reached reached their full height. It is still regarded as the finest Welsh castle. It is the most technically perfect castle in Britain, with a symmetrical concentric "walls within walls" design that was state of the art for the 13th century.

Beaumaris Castle

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GWYNEDD / Portmeirion / Ffestiniog Railway

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Portmeirion
Penrhyndeudraeth
Gwynedd
LL48 6ER

This unique Italianate seaside village was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925-72, and made famous by TV series "The Prisoner". It is surrounded by the lovely Gwyllt woodland gardens containing rare Himalayan flowering trees and other exotics.

Tel: 01766 770000

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Estuary Lodge

.. set in countryside, this purpose-built 4-star, family-run guest accommodation is a haven for those seeking to discover the natural beauty of Snowdonia’s mountains and coast.

....offering all you need for an enjoyable stay, The Estuary boasts 10 en suite rooms, all of which are located on the ground floor.

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Ffestiniog Railway
Harbour Station
Porthmadog
Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

The railway takes you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or even tunnelling through it.
Tel: 01766 512340

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GWYNEDD / Caernarfon Castle / Welsh Highland Railway

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Caernarfon Castle
Castle Ditch
Caernarfon
LL55 2AY
Tel: 01286 677617

Caernarfon is possibly the most striking medieval monument in Wales, with its scale and commanding presence. Its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and colour-banded walls were designed to echo Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome. Begun in 1283, its symbolic status was emphasized when Edward's son , the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle was the setting for the Investiture of HRH Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.
Tel: 01286 677617

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Seiont Manor Hotel

..... within the countryside of Snowdonia, only a 5 minute drive away from the castle town of Caernarfon, in the the original farmstead of a Georgian manor house.

....where all rooms have either a small balcony or terrace to enjoy the view over the surrounding countryside.

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The Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon

.. ... within the historic town walls of Caernarfon, in an old Inn dating back to 1522, with wooden paneling, low ceilings, and thick wooden support beams.

..within easy walking distance to the town centre, and the famous 13th century Castle.

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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Harbour Station
Porthmadog
Gwynedd LL49 9NF

The Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) - Journey behind the most powerful 2' gauge steam locomotives in the world through the fabulous scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. We offer high-quality carriages with on-train refreshments, the superior comfort of a first class Pullman "Bodysgallen" or you could even experience the scenery with the wind ruffling your hair in our open coaches! The railway runs from alongside the awe-inspiring Caernarfon Castle, snaking around seemingly impossible bends, up hard gradients and around the foothills of Snowdon to arrive at Rhyd Ddu, about 12 miles from Caernarfon and high up in the Snowdonian mountains.
General Enquiries : 01766 516000

Booking Offices: Caernarfon (Limited winter opening) - 01286 677018
Porthmadog - 01766 516024 (Open all year)

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GWYNEDD / Llechwedd Slate Caverns / Ffestiniog Railway

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Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Gwynedd
LL41 4NB

There are 2 underground rides - The Deep Mine tour begins on Britain's steepest passenger railway (1:1.8) for a 25-minute walk through 10 "son et lumiere" sequences in an underground wonderland. The Miner's Tramway is a guided tour through an 1846 network of awe-inspiring man-made caverns of cathedral proportions, supplemented with tableaux and demonstrations of ancient mining skills.

Tel: 01766 830306

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Estuary Lodge

.. set in countryside, this purpose-built 4-star, family-run guest accommodation is a haven for those seeking to discover the natural beauty of Snowdonia’s mountains and coast.

....offering all you need for an enjoyable stay, The Estuary boasts 10 en suite rooms, all of which are located on the ground floor.

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Ffestiniog Railway
Harbour Station
Porthmadog
Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

The railway takes you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or even tunnelling through it.
Tel: 01766 512340

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POWYS / Powis Castle and Garden

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Powis Castle and Garden
Welshpool
Powys SY21 8RF
Telephone: 01938 551944

Powis Castle was originally built as a fortress by Welsh princes but was later adapted and enriched by generations of Herberts and Clives. The beautiful collection of treasures from India displayed in the Clive Museum includes textiles, armour, bronzes, jade, ivory and a magnificent tent. There are sumptuous period rooms and an elegant Long Gallery. The world famous Gardens are spectacular with 4 huge stepped terraces, an orangery and topiary that looks as if it is shaved daily!

Powis Castle

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Mellington Hall Hotel

.....at Mellington Hall, a family-run, elegant Gothic hotel nestling in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside.

....the hotel is 10 miles from Newtown and Welshpool

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POWYS / Centre for Alternative Technology / King Arthur's Labyrinth

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Centre for Alternative Technology
Machynlleth
Powys
SY20 9AZ
Telephone: 01654 705 957

The Mid Wales eco-centre has been open to the public since 1975. The new multimedia display takes visitors on a journey through the last 30 years of the environmental movement from the 1970s up until the 21st century, featuring classic archive images, video clips. It is home to to a water powered cliff railway.

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth

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Wynnstay Hotel Machynlleth

....in a rambling, Georgian building, once the coaching inn for the Shrewsbury Stage, renowned for its atmosphere and critically acclaimed food.

....being the social centre in the town, catering for business travellers and tourists, mountain bikers, golfers, fishermen and those who just want to enjoy the beautiful surrounding area.

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King Arthur's Labyrinth
Corris Craft Centre
Corris
Machynlleth
Powys SY20 9RF

Underground tours. Pottery, Jewellery Studio - Celtic and Contemporary Jewellery, Leather, Candle Studio, Bumblebee Quilting, Café, Glass, Glassware, Furniture, Wooden items.

King Arthur's Craft Centre

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