Things To Do
Losts Of Fun For Everyone
The Garth Guest House
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Bangor is an historic University and Cathedral City which is dominated by the “college on the hill”. It has a busy high street shopping area, good restaurants and fun nightlife. The Hotel overlooks the 1500 ft Victorian pier, which was fully restored in 1988, and provides the best views of the Menai Strait and surrounding countryside. A short drive over Telford’s Menai Bridge takes you onto Anglesey with its many bays and beaches. For outdoor enthusiasts Snowdonia National Park offers everything for walking, climbing, canoeing and biking.
The Garth Guest House is conveniently situated across the road to Bangor’s newly refurbished Aquatics and Healthy Lifestyles Centre.
The £850,000 makeover includes four new diving boards, a bubble machine and video facilities for recording and replaying dives.The building has also been given a new ceiling with LED smart lighting and eight new indoor Wattbikes. It boasts a larger fitness room looking over the pool, with state of the art gym equipment, an array of fitness classes and activities and even a sauna!
For more information: Bangor Aquatics and Healthy Lifestyles Centre
- If arriving by train we are 2 minutes drive from the station or 10 minutes walk.
- In Bangor itself you have the University which has over 10,000 students attending every year.
- Then there is Penrhyn castle which is historically connected to the Penrhyn slate quarry, a really interesting day out.
- Snowdon mountain railway 20 minutes drive from bangor
- Beaumaris Castle, on the isle of Anglesey, 20 minutes drive from Bangor
- Caernarfon Castle, 20 minutes drive from Bangor
- Snowdonia, 20 minutes drive from Bangor
- Irish Ferry for Dublin 20 minutes away
Zip World Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda is home to Velocity, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. Even as a spectator you can enjoy the view of adrenaline seeking zippers from our viewing area or experience the Quarry Tour on one of our famous red trucks.
Zip World Velocity is the nearest thing to flying, taking you on the Little Zipper first to build your confidence before you journey up the quarry taking in the stunning views before descending down the Big Zipper, 500m above the quarry lake, often reaching speeds well in excess of 100mph..
GreenWood Forest Park
Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for seven years running, days out don’t get much better than this! GreenWood is set in 27 exciting acres, and it’s easy to see why it’s a full day out – discovering woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family fun.
Make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at Archery.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Ever wondered what lurks in the seas around the coast of Wales and Britain?
Would you like to know all about British seas and the kind of creatures that live in them? Want to see sharks, seahorses, octopus, lobsters and other exciting British marine animals up close and learn all about them? Then this is the place for you!
As well seeing all our animals, you can learn all about British marine habitats and the research and conservation work which is helping to save them, both here and further afield, including our British seahorse breeding programme and the Lobster Hatchery of Wales. Explore British marine habitats including a colourful reef and incredible invertebrates in the No Bone Zone, the wolf fish lair, a real crashing wave, a creepy shipwreck and a kelp forest full of big huge fish and our new jellyfish display!
Portmeirion is a fairy tale Italianate village on the coast of Snowdonia with gardens, beaches, shops, restaurants and hotels. Open daily all year.
Portmeirion village and gardens are near Porthmadog on a private peninsula off the Snowdonia coast. There are shops, restaurants, gardens and beaches and 70 acres of woodland walks. The village was built by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1972. The village was used as the location for the 1960s cult television series The Prisoner.
The village has many colourful shops and restaurants including Castell Deudraeth (lunch includes free village entry), The Hotel Portmeirion (table d’hote menu and lounge menu), The Terrace Self-Service Restaurant, Cadwalader’s Ice Cream Cafe and Caffi Glas pizza restaurant and Caffi’r Sgwar coffee shop. All the cottages in the village are let as suites and rooms as part of the Hotel Portmeirion.
Bodelwyddan Castle and Park
Bodelwyddan Castle & Park is a family-friendly museum set in over 200 acres of grounds. In our museum we have a magnificent collection of Welsh Art , as well as fine furniture and decorative arts all displayed in beautiful Victorian rooms. For younger visitors our interactive galleries, explorer buckets, trails, quizzes and hands-on activities are a real success story. New for 2017 is our ‘Faces of the Great War’ display, over 50 portraits and certificates relating to World war One – a haunting and evocative display.
The expansive deer park with breath-taking views features an adventure play area and the unusual remains of First World War practice trenches, now a scheduled monument.
Situated above the River Conwy, with spectacular views of the Snowdonia Range, Bodnant Garden is one of the finest in the world and the holder of four National Plant Collections.
The season starts will wonderful displays of daffodils, magnolias and camellias and the rhododendrons and azalaeas are a truly magnificent sight throughout the spring, whilst the world-famous original Laburnum Arch (a 55m long golden tunnel) is spectacular from mid May to early June. These are followed by herbaceous borders, roses and water lilies in the summer and glorious colours in the autumn and the delightful Winter Garden can be enjoyed post-Christmas.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Since 1896 Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming guests to the little village at the foot of Snowdon, Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, to experience the awe inspiring journey by rack railway to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England.
From the moment you leave the station your train will begin the journey upwards to the clouds, a journey experienced by some 12 million intrepid travellers since 1896.
If you are lucky enough to have tickets on the ‘Snowdon Lily’, or ‘The Snowdon Mountain Goat’ your carriage will be pushed by one of our original 1896 steam locomotives and you will immediately begin to hear the noble engine exerting its effort as you climb upwards and on towards the roof of the principality.
Go Ape tree top adventure
Complete with heights of up to 30 metres, prepare yourself for a day of blood-pumping high rope activities that are sure to test your nerve. Bring friends, family, loved ones, or colleagues and enjoy a tree climbing adventure like no other. If you’re a little nervous, or new to the Tarzan-inspired world of tree top climbing, rest assured that our friendly Tribe are at hand to fully prepare you and spur you on – go for it!
The Conwy RSPB nature reserve is a wetland on the east bank of the Conwy estuary, created from material dug out during construction of the A55 road tunnel. It is now home to a variety of wildlife, and a great place to introduce families to nature.
Enjoy a great family day and evening out, whatever the weather at Wales’ premier activity centre. Activities include: go-karting, quad biking, cable-wakeboarding, paddle-boarding, kayaking, mini golf, archery, ten pin bowling, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, soft play centre and licensed café and bar.
All our activities include full instruction, and, where appropriate, protective safety equipment.
We serve homemade food all day in our café and dining room until late and our licensed bar is open daily. Our gift shop sells local gifts and crafts as well as local produce and traditional meats.
The Tramway climbs a mile (1500m) high up the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve with the unique journey beginning at Victoria Station then climbing to the Halfway Station exhibition, where you can discover the history of the fascinating funicular and view the Victoria engineering. Change trams at the Halfway Station and continue your journey to the Summit where the views are breath-taking!
Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies an extraordinary story: it’s a rock revolution that shaped the look and feel of the world as we know it. A way of life which built communities and defined generations of families in North Wales.
The story of slate began 500 million years ago, with deposits of mud and clay on an ancient seabed. Slate was used by Romans in the first century AD and by medieval kings to shore up their defences. But it wasn’t until the advent of the Industrial Revolution that demand for the mighty grey rock really exploded. At its peak, the slate industry in Wales employed an army of 17,000 men. By the end of the 19th century they were extracting half a million tonnes of slate per year and their hand-split wares were being exported to all four corners of the earth.