Hoping to get away from it all after a hectic Christmas, but aren’t sure what’s open in Snowdonia during the winter months? Take a look at our handy list and get a few ideas!
One of the great things that visitors love about Snowdonia is the fact that plenty of attractions remain open during the winter; the fun and beautiful surroundings are most definitely not restricted to the summer!
From gentle strolls around sculpted gardens to high-energy underground trampolining, as hackneyed as the phrase is, there really is something for everyone in Snowdonia, whatever the time of year.
If you’d like to get away from it all this winter and have some fun in Snowdonia, here are ten more attractions that will still be open when you visit (you can see our original list here).
1. Beacon Climbing Centre
Get into practice for the mountains in the summer, by using the indoor climbing walls at Beacon Climbing Centre in the winter. With activities suitable for children as young as 5, this is a great way to keep the whole family active – and perhaps burn off a few Christmas calories at the same time!
2. Redline Karting
Rain will never stop play at Redline Karting – because the fun all takes place indoors. Redline is one of Wales’ few independent indoor karting specialists, and offers a range of options for individuals and groups including children aged 8 or over.
3. The Fun Centre
The Fun Centre in Caernarfon is set within a converted church – so there’s plenty of space for fun! There are activities to suit all ages, from toddlers upwards – and a cafe area where parents can enjoy refreshments while their little monkeys have some fun with the ropes, nets, slides and ball pools.
4. Bodnant Welsh Food
Bodnant Welsh Food, in the Conwy Valley, is an interesting place to spend a day out. You can shop for delicious, locally-produced foods at the farm shop, book a place on a cookery course, and even learn about bees at the National Beekeeping Centre Wales, which is based on-site. And if the thought of all that food is making you hungry, Bodnant has that covered too – there’s a fabulous restaurant and tea rooms for when you’re feeling peckish.
5. Electric Mountain
Take a fascinating underground tour of the hydroelectric power station at Electric Mountain, and learn about one of man’s greatest engineering feats. You’ll be taken by bus deep into the mountain at Llanberis, where you’ll see the pumps and turbines in action and watch a film about the commissioning and building of the power station.
6. Bounce Below
Enormous net “trampolines” deep beneath the ground at Blaenau Ffestiniog await your visit to Bounce Below. This is one of Snowdonia’s newest and most exciting attractions – and as it’s underground, it’s open all year round. Each session lasts an hour and is suitable for all ages, and while you bounce you’ll be illuminated by beautiful, atmospheric light shows.
7. Henfaes Centre Porth y Swnt
Visit the historic village of Aberdaron this winter and take a look round the Porth y Swnt interpretation centre, where you’ll learn what it is that makes the Llŷn Peninsula so historically, culturally and environmentally unique. You’ll also learn why the area was so important to pilgrims from far and wide.
8. Plas Glyn y Weddw
There’s always something interesting going on at Plas Glyn y Weddw, Pwllheli. It might be an art exhibition today, or an art workshop tomorrow – take part and perhaps you’ll be exhibiting there yourself one day! If you prefer, you can just enjoy the fascinating Gothic architecture of Wales’ oldest art gallery, or take a walk in the lovely woodlands – either way, you’ll have a great day!
9. Trefriw Woollen Mills
Although some aspects of Trefriw Woollen Mills aren’t available to visitors in the winter months, the showroom and water powered turbine are open all year round, subject to slightly reduced opening hours. The weaving demonstrations start in mid-February and continue until mid-December, so they’re available for part of the winter. But even without the demonstrations, Trefriw Woollen Mills is a great place to go for a day out – there’s plenty of good retail therapy to be had there, for sure!
10. Bodnant Garden
Whatever the weather, it’s always beautiful at Bodnant Garden. And even in winter, there’s plenty of colour to be seen; like the spectacular dogwoods, calicarpa and hellebores. Take a stroll around the terraces, the wooded valley, the ponds and the manicured lawns, and stop for refreshments at the tea rooms. And whatever you do, don’t forget to pack a camera!