5 reasons North Wales is a great holiday destination for families
Rural North Wales offers something a little different to much of the UK when looking for a family holiday destination. Dominated by Snowdonia National Park, the region is known for its rolling countryside, historic attractions and quiet beaches. There are also plenty of family-friendly attractions for children, with both indoor and outdoor activities on offer. In this article, we’ll show you five great reasons why North Wales is an amazing holiday destination for families.
1. There are loads of great beaches
Nothing beats a family day out at the beach, and North Wales has plenty of great beaches to choose from. The seaside resort of Aberystwyth is a popular choice for visitors, as is the small isle of Anglesey, boasting 26 largely unspoiled beaches. But for families with young children, it is Llandudno which offers the best diversity of things to do. As the largest seaside resort in Wales, activities to enjoy in the area include riding on a cable car or the Great Orme Tramway, exploring the Victorian pier and seeing the alpacas and other animals at Bodafon Farm Park. This is before you even get to the beach!
2. It’s the perfect place for an adventure
For young children perhaps escaping the busy city for a few days, North Wales offers a great view into country life. The rolling hills and mountains of Snowdonia are the perfect place to take the kids walking, and you can even attempt to summit Mount Snowden if they’re a bit older and up to the hike. If you don't fancy walking up then catch the train to the top so you can still take in the views. The national park consists of more than 820 square miles and is dotted with lakes, forests, rivers and rugged coastline. For a summer break in the countryside, you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere better in the rest of the UK. There are also loads of great campsites if you’d like to take the youngsters on a camping holiday.
3. There’s loads of wildlife to spot
Everyone loves wildlife – it’s something which transcends generations. Kids and grandparents alike are likely to stand in awe watching soaring falcons or porpoises as they leap from the sea. Thanks to its rural location, North Wales retains some of the best wildlife in the UK, with some species spotted here that are found hardly anywhere else in the country. Ospreys are one good example, and orcas (killer whales). Many operators run wildlife safari boat tours from the coastal areas, Anglesey in particular. Puffins, seals and porpoises are some of the other creatures which can be spotted, whilst inland there are red squirrels, pine martens and majestic red kites.
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4. Museums, museums, museums
Museums make for fantastic family holiday destinations, especially if it is raining outside. There are always interactive exhibits to keep the kids busy and cafes where parents can refuel on coffee. Although it is renowned for its outdoor treasures, North Wales offers some great museums as well. Visitors can watch a traditional blacksmith at work in the National Slate Museum at Llanberis. Kids can clamber into the cockpits of fierce fighter jets at the Airworld Aviation Museum at Caernarfon. And the whole family will enjoy a day spent riding the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, travelling through the countryside between Caernarfon and Porthmadog aboard either a steam or heritage diesel engine. And the best thing? Many of these attractions are free to visit, so you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on your family holiday either.
5. There are several excellent castles
North Wales is home to many of the UK’s best castles. Two in particular which stand out are Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle. Built during the Middle Ages and jutting out into the river, Caernarfon Castle is more than 700 years old and is steeped in rich history and legend. And the well-preserved, UNESCO-protected ruins of Conwy Castle are also open to the public, with visitors able to explore all of the battlements and ramparts which have withstood the centuries. With the mountains of Snowdonia rising up in the distance, it is about as picturesque a location as one can find in North Wales. And of course both castles boast amenities such as cafes, gift shops and guided touring.
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In a cramped country like the UK, North Wales offers space. Space that is ripe for exploring. The great outdoors is by far the biggest drawcard for the area, with the lush landscapes of Snowdonia, the long sandy beaches and stretching coastal paths perfect for an adventurous family looking to get away from it all for a few days. But there are plenty of more traditional family attractions too, with great museums and fabulous castles throwing open their doors to the public. However your family likes to spend its holidays, you’re sure to find the perfect adventure in North Wales.