A landscape as green as Snowdonia’s doesn’t come without a price… yes, the good old Welsh rain! But fear not if the heavens open during your visit, as there are plenty of ways to have fun – whatever the weather!
We’ve talked before about things to do on rainy days in Snowdonia, but four years later we felt the list could do with being updated; after all, there’s far too much going on in the area to fit it all into one article!
So without further ado, here are a further ten things you can do in Snowdonia on one of those ‘rare’ rainy days!
1. Bounce Below
One of Snowdonia’s newest attractions, Bounce Below is a series of giant trampolines deep underground in Blaenau Ffestiniog, in a cavern that’s twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral. This record-breaking attraction is believed to be the first of its kind. After being kitted out with overalls and a safety helmet, you’ll be taken on a train ride deep inside the mountain where you’ll have about an hour to bounce and slide in a beautifully illuminated space. An incredible experience that’s not to be missed!
2. Redline Karting
Go karting is lots of fun, but not so much when it’s raining and the track is slippery. You’ll have no such worries at Redline Karting, for at this Caernarfon attraction all the driving takes place indoors. There are karts for adults and children from the age of about eight upwards, so the whole family can enjoy this attraction.
3. King Arthur’s Labyrinth
At King Arthur’s Labyrinth in Corris you’ll combine underground exploration with storytelling and an underground boat ride. Learn the legends surrounding King Arthur, who according to the tales spent a lot of time in the Snowdonia region. This family attraction is very atmospheric and lots of fun – and again, completely weatherproof!
4. Llanfair Slate Caverns
Made over a hundred years ago by candlelight, Llanfair Slate Caverns near Harlech are a breathtaking sight. The slate from the caverns is among the oldest in the world, and can actually be seen all over Britain and Ireland in the form of roof tiles. After you’ve finished seeing and learning about the minerals in the rocks here, visit the shop and buy a few special pieces to take home with you.
5. Go Below
Go Below offer fun experiences underground in Betws-y-Coed. Adventures and activities include underground ziplining, boating and abseiling. Or you could climb up a vertical shaft, or even scale a waterfall. You’ll need to be reasonably fit, if you’re planning to give this a try – but with some of the trips suitable for children aged ten and up, it may not be quite as tricky or scary as you might imagine. Unless you book yourself onto the ‘Challenge Xtreme’ tour, that is!
6. Beacon Climbing Centre
Climbing walls are great for keeping kids entertained, especially on wet days when they might be tempted to sit indoors and play computer games or watch television. At Beacon Climbing Centre there are facilities suitable for all ages (you’ll often see climbers honing their skills there on bad weather days) but it’s the ‘Crazy Climb’ that really gets kids’ attention. With its twelve different challenges to complete, your little monkeys will be kept entertained for ages!
7. Electric Mountain
Underground again, and this time it’s a power station inside a mountain at Llanberis. Your Electric Mountain tour begins with a bus journey below ground, through dark tunnels until you reach the power station. You’ll see the massive pump and turbines in action, watch a film about the building and commissioning of the power station, and then ride the bus back up to the visitor centre where you can enjoy a well-earned cuppa and a spot of retail therapy. Lots of fun, come rain or shine – but particularly on wet days!
8. Henfaes Centre Porth y Swnt
Henfaes Centre Porth y Swnt at Aberdaron is another of Snowdonia’s newer attractions – this time an interpretation centre which teaches visitors about the special qualities which make the Llŷn Peninsula so unique in terms of history, culture and environment. This National Trust property is a great way to combine learning and fun, and being in such a stunning location (even in the rain) it’s a great place for a day out for all the family.
9. Nant Gwrtheyrn
Nant Gwrtheyrn is probably best known as a residential centre where visitors learn to speak Welsh, but it’s also a great place for a day out. The Nant, as it’s known locally, has a great heritage centre with exhibitions about the local area, local myths and legends and the development of the site. There’s also a quarryman’s cottage to explore; this has been renovated to look exactly as it would have in 1910, down to the last detail. When the rain stops there are some great walks to enjoy, and access down to the beach if you’d like to join the Wales Coast Path to explore more of the local coastline.
10. Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, is a 19th century castellated mansion that looks as if it’s fallen from the pages of a fairy tale. It’s packed with interesting things to see and do, from a bed made for Queen Victoria to a model railway museum. If there’s a break in the rain (or if you don’t mind getting wet), take the opportunity to explore the 60 acres of beautiful grounds. There are plenty of events at the castle all year round, but these step up a notch during the school holidays with child-friendly activities, making Penrhyn Castle a fantastic family attraction.