Groups and Coach Travel North Wales
Below are suggestions of how itineraries can be made by grouping together closely themed attractions to create a memorable day or break. Specific itineraires can be tailored for individual organisations and made into half day or day long group visits by contacting the Attractions of Snowdonia office
TERRIFIC TRAIN JOURNEYS
Jump aboard a steam train at Llanberis Lake Railway to enjoy the spectacular sights of Snowdonia, including stunning views of Snowdon and the beautiful
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only public rack and pinion railway in the UK. See why visitors from around the world have made this one of the most popular attractions in North Wales.
The historic Ffestiniog Railway climbs over 700 feet on a 13 1/2 mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Snowdonia’s newest railway, the Welsh Highland Railway takes visitors on a spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the castle walls at Caernarfon. Climb mountains, pass through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls and around tight bends on the terrific trains Snowdonia has to offer.
For those who fancy a day steeped in history, Snowdonia is full of opportunities to explore the intriguing culture of this area.
Snowdonia is home to the mighty “iron ring” of castles built by the English monarch King Edward I. Many of these sites are now World Heritage Sites.
The gritty dark-stoned fortress of Conwy Castle has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere and its powerful presence demands as much attention as the dramatic skyline behind it.
The late 13th century Harlech castle is a fortress designed to contain the Welsh in their mountain fastness. With its marvellous sense of majesty and foreboding might, Harlech Castle is the castle of fairy tales.
Possibly the most famous of Wales’ many castles, Caernarfon Castle was intended not only as a military stronghold, but as a seat of power.
History comes alive along the loft wall walks, beneath the twin-towered gatehouse and within the imaginative exhibitions located within the towers. Standing on headland between two beaches, Criccieth Castle is a prominent North Wales landmark and a stronghold of the native Welsh princes.
The unfinished masterpiece, Beaumaris Castle is regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles, described in architectural terms as the most ‘technically perfect’ castle in Britain.
There’s plenty of rip-roaring fun to be had at our many family friendly attractions. Snowdonia’s unique eco-attraction GreenWood Forest Park is home to the world’s first people-powered roller coaster.
While Anglesey Sea Zoo is home to over 150 species of native marine life including sharks, lobsters and seahorses in Wales’ largest aquarium.
Thrill seekers should head down to Glasfryn Parc Activity Centre offering activities from go karting, quad biking and wakeboarding to ten pin bowling.
For an adrenalin rush like no other, take a trip to Tree Top Adventure where you can negotiate rope bridges, zip lines and balancing beams and plummet from the 100 foot summit of its Tree Top Tower.
The Fun Centre allows kids of all ages to use every bit of energy on its giant drop slides, ball pools, tubes, bridges, maze, climbing walls, and net ropes while adults can relax in the café or explore the interactive museum.
No visit is complete without stopping by Cadwalader’s Ice Cream Café, where parents can enjoy a gourmet coffee, while the children sample the famous ice cream.
Take a stroll around Snowdonia’s stunning parks and gardens. The beautiful Bodnant Garden is some 80 acres of land set above the River Conwy and overlooking the majestic Snowdonia range. Owned by the National Trust, the garden contains a variety of plants from all over the world that can be enjoyed by families, photographers, gardeners and artists.
Portmeirion is a famous Italian style village built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. This unique architectural work of art is home to many colourful shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels.
Magical Penrhyn Castle is a historical gem. Explore the 50 acre Victorian Walled garden, a wealth of exotic trees and shrubs and the panoramic views of mountains and coast.
Wales’ oldest art gallery, Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw houses 10 airy gallery spaces, a magnificent Jacobean staircase and hammer beam roof. As well as taking in its magnificent art, visitors can also explore the grounds with the newly opened
Enjoy two, very different underground tours at the Slate Caverns at Llechwedd. Descend 500 metres into Europe’s steepest mining railway through winding tunnels to a spectacular underground lake. Alternatively, the 1/2 mile Miner’s Tramway tour will teach you all about the history of Welsh slate.
Immerse yourself in the myths and legends of King Arthur’s Labyrinth, hidden deep beneath the mountains of Southern Snowdonia. A mysterious hooded boatman will take you on an adventure underground, through a waterfall and back in time to the hero and legend
Experience the underground world of the Victorian miner at Sygun Copper Mine and learn how ore was extracted and processed in the 19th century. Marvel at the stalagmite formations and beautiful coloured caverns.
Be educated and entertained at the same time with a visit to the Electric Mountain where you can find out all about the amazing powers of hydro-electricity. Descend into the labyrinth of dark and imposing tunnels deep inside the Elidir Fawr Mountain on a fully guided tour.
HERITAGE & HISTORY
Explore Wales’ proud heritage and history with a mix of exciting attractions. Discover the life and times of First World War Prime Minister David Lloyd George with a mix of insightful exhibitions and unique collections at the Lloyd George Museum.
The National Slate Museum is home to one of the largest waterwheels in the world. Enjoy demonstrations of slate splitting, visit the quarrymen’s homes, and watch the industrial workshops in action.
Visit Nant Gwrtheyrn, a remote Victorian quarry village set in a secluded wooded valley. Now a Welsh Language and Cultural centre, this is a place of both beauty
Plas Mawr in Conwy is the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era to be found anywhere in Britain.
Explore Wales’ industrial heritage with a trip to Trefriw Woollen Mill. See raw wool turned into finished fabrics using traditional techniques.
Discover the secret of Welsh slate at the Inigo Jones Slateworks. Watch and learn about slate through a series of informative presentations, exhibitions and demonstrations. You can even turn your hand at calligraphy and engraving.
For a captivating history of Gwynedd and North Wales, visit the Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery. The museum’s collections of archaeology, furniture, textiles, prints, art and domestic items give great insight into the social history of the area.