Whatever your dad’s interests and hobbies, there’s an attraction or activity in Snowdonia just for him! Here are a few ideas for fun days out for dads in Snowdonia this Father’s Day.
If you’re looking for a great treat for Dad this Father’s Day, how about a trip to Snowdonia? Whatever his interests and hobbies, he’s bound to enjoy a day trying out the attractions and activities Snowdonia has to offer, from steam trains to castles and boat trips to bouncing! There’s so much to see and do in Snowdonia though, perhaps you should make a weekend of it!
If your dad is always up for a bit of an adventure, Snowdonia is hard to beat. Adrenalin-fuelled days out are a bit of a speciality of the region, so if you have a high-energy dad who enjoys testing his physical limits, there’s plenty of choice.
- Zip World – suspended on a zip line high above a quarry, give Dad a bird’s eye view of Snowdonia.
- National White Water Centre – give Dad a ride through the rapids on a white water rafting trip
- Tree Top Adventures – give Dad the chance to play Tarzan for a few hours
- Go Below Underground Adventures – abseils, zip lines, freefall jumping – all underground in the heart of Snowdonia
Green fingered dads
For dads who love nothing more than pottering around in the garden, a day out with a green-fingered theme will be a real treat.
- Caerau Uchaf Gardens – at over 1,000ft, the highest private garden in North Wales to be open to the public.
- Portmeirion Village – as if the architecture and iconic 60s TV show background weren’t enough, the gardens at Portmeirion are stunning.
- Plas Brondanw – ancestral home of the late Clough Williams-Ellis, Brondanw has beautifully manicured gardens and an excellent topiary collection.
- Bodnant Gardens – acre after acre of gardens and woodlands, and a spectacular collection of plants from all over the world.
Young at heart dads
Is Mum always complaining that Dad is like a big kid? Give him a Father’s Day treat for the young at heart, and set his inner child free! These are also great days out for fathers with younger children who’d like to help their dad celebrate his special day.
- GreenWood Forest Park – a family attraction that’s as much loved by adults as it is by kids! Young at heart Dad will especially love the people-powered rollercoaster.
- Go-Karting – there’s a little bit of the Stig in every dad, so a go on the karts at Glasfryn Parc or Redline Indoor Karting is just the ticket.
- King Arthur’s Labyrinth – another family attraction that adults can’t get enough of. Listen to tales of King Arthur’s adventures while you take an underground boat ride.
- Bounce Below – gigantic trampolines suspended above deep underground caverns, with amazing colourful lights for added ambience.
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There’s something really fascinating about steam trains – it’s not just dads who love them! If your dad is among those who never grew out of their obsession with trains, he’ll be glad to spend Father’s Day enjoying Snowdonia’s train-related attractions.
- Steam train journeys – there are a good many steam railways in Snowdonia, so you’re never very far from one when you visit. A few worth visiting are the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, Fairbourne Railway, Talyllyn Railway, Llanberis Lake Railway, Bala Lake Railway and what many would consider the ultimate Snowdonia steam railway – the one that takes passengers up Snowdon.
- Conwy Valley Railway Museum – lots of model railway exhibits, a miniature ride-on steam railway and a model train shop are among the attractions here.
- The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum – over 1,000 railway artefacts and memorabilia.
- Welsh Highland Heritage Railway – two train rides including one on a seven inch gauge miniature railway, and a good look around the engine sheds.
If Dad enjoys the Arts, he won’t be disappointed when he visits Snowdonia. There are plenty of museums, galleries and theatres in the region which are an absolute delight for our more cultured visitors.
- Plas Glyn-y-Weddw – a Gothic mansion, transformed into a wonderful gallery space which also hosts events and workshops.
- Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery – some really fascinating relics of times past, including Roman and iron age artefacts, and exhibitions by local artists.
- Galeri – a wonderful art, film and performance space in the historic town of Caernarfon.
- The Royal Cambrian Academy – a wonderful collection of fine art at Wales’ longest-surviving artist-led organisation.
- Nant Gwrtheyrn – book a residential course to get Dad fluent in Welsh, or just visit for the day and find out more about Welsh culture and heritage and local folklore.
For dads who love the sea, Snowdonia’s 200-mile coastline won’t disappoint. Snowdonia may be famous for its mountains, but its beaches deserve plenty of credit too – and of course the seafaring heritage of the region is pretty impressive!
- Bardsey Island – the ‘isle of 20,000 saints’ lies off the coast of the Llyn Peninsula, and a boat trip over to the island is a magical way to spend a day.
- Ribride Adventure Boat Trips – for something a little more adrenalin-fuelled, a ride on a RIB on the Menai Strait will definitely do the job!
- Porthmadog Maritime Museum – learn about the town’s fascinating maritime history.
- On the Quay – this Barmouth attraction (actually several attractions in one) includes the Sailor’s Institute. You can also visit the lifeboat station.
- Sea fishing trips – set out from Conwy and spend a day catching fish at sea.
For dads who seem to spend every London trip at the Science Museum, there is plenty to see in Snowdonia. Thanks to the area’s rich industrial history, there are several attractions that celebrate technology, engineering and machinery – perfect if Dad is a bit of a ‘techie’!
- Electric Mountain – guided tours of the hydro-electric power station deep underground at Llanberis.
- Centre for Alternative Technology – this attraction is all about eco-friendly solutions to modern living, complete with a very steep water-balanced cliff railway.
- Mining and quarrying – an important part of Snowdonia’s industrial history. Sygun Copper Mine, Llanfair Slate Caverns, Corris Mine Explorers, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, the National Slate Museum and Inigo Jones Slate Works all offer fantastic days out for those with an interest in industrial history.
Many dads love nothing more than a day in the outdoors. Snowdonia is the UK’s number one outdoor activity centre, so if your dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day is one spent in the open air, you couldn’t pick a better venue!
- Walking – we couldn’t list every option here as there are so many! Mountain walks, coastal walks, forest walks, urban walks – Snowdonia has them all, and more besides!
- Cycling – dedicated cycle paths, cross country cycling, mountain biking for all abilities – whatever type of cycling Dad wants to do, he can do it right here in Snowdonia!
- Fishing – there are some great places for anglers in Snowdonia. The region has many lakes where fishing is allowed with a permit, and of course the coast is great for sea fishing.
- Horse riding – seeing the countryside on horseback is a real treat, so give Dad an opportunity to unleash his inner cowboy!
- Golf – there are plenty of fantastic golf courses in Snowdonia, many of which are part of the James Braid Trail.
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The Snowdonia region is jam-packed with historic attractions, ancient ruins and of course the ubiquitous castles for which Wales is so well known. If Dad is a bit of an armchair historian, he’ll really appreciate a Father’s Day trip to Snowdonia!
- Wales is said to have more castles per square mile than any other European country. The most famous in Snowdonia are those from the age of Edward I at Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Criccieth, but there are many more besides.
- Ty Mawr Wybrnant – 16th century birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, the first person to translate the bible into Welsh.
- Plas Mawr – wonderful Elizabethan town house with beautiful restored original features.
- Segontium – a Roman fort on the outskirts of Caernarfon; some of its stones were later used to build Caernarfon Castle.
- Tre’r Ceiri – Iron Age hill fort where the remains of round houses can still be seen. As it sits atop a mountain (Yr Eifl on the Llyn Peninsula) a bit of a walk is required, but you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views.
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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If your dad is a kitchen whizz and you want to tickle his taste buds as a Father’s Day treat, there are plenty of options.
- Bodnant Welsh Foods – a great day out for would-be chefs. Shops stocked with good quality local produce, and a variety of cooking courses to help keep Dad’s kitchen skills honed.
- Pantri Cymraeg – this tiny shop in Caernarfon is jam-packed with a great selection of Welsh produce including preserves, baked goods and alcoholic drinks.
- Blas ar Fwyd – a big delicatessen in Llanrwst stocking a wide choice of fabulous foods from Wales and beyond.
- Hooton’s Farm Shop – pop into Fron Goch Garden Centre, Caernarfon, to stock up on beautiful local vegetables and meat.
- Pysgod Llyn – this fantastic little fishmonger in Pwllheli has a wonderful array of locally-caught fish and seafood, but it’s also famous locally for its delicious ready-meals.