Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
- Porthmadog Gwynedd
- phone: 01766 516000
The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the World - being founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832.
Sunday December 23rd, and 'The Earl' leaves Porthmadog with the 10.30 Santa Special
The railway was built as a gravity and horse drawn line to transport slate from the quarries in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog. As the slate industry flourished, so did the railway and the town of Porthmadog. Slates from Blaenau Ffestiniog were exported to ports all over the globe - many in ships built in Porthmadog.
- Tal-y-Cafn Conwy
- phone: 01492 650460
Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, covering some 80 acres and situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.
The Garden has two parts. The upper area, around the Hall, consists of formal lawns and herbaceous borders, magnificent Italiante Terraces featuring buttressed walls and brick paths, curved steps and pergolas, the Pin Mill and Lily Ponds.
The lower area, known as The Dell is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Pinetum and Wild Garden, where 200-year old trees tower above azaleas, hydrangeas and hosters.
The season commences in March with wonderful displays of Magnolias and Camellias, and carpets with carpets of golden Daffodils. Gorgeous Rhododendrons and Azaleas flower profusely from mid April to late May, whilst the stunning 55 metre Laburnum Arch is a spectacular sight from around the third week of May until early June. Throughout the summer months the Garden looks delightful with colourful displays of roses, water lilies, clematis, eucryphia, hydrangeas and glorious herbaceous borders. This is followed by amazing autumn colours and berries in October.
GreenWood Forest Park
- Y Felinheli Gwynedd
- phone: 01248 671493
Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for 2012 and 2013, days out dont get much better than this! GreenWood Forest Park is set in 17 magical acres, where you will discover bags of woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family fun.
Great Orme Tramway
- Llandudno Conwy
- phone: 01492 879306
The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors since it opened on July 31st 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, it's still the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads....
Sygun Copper Mine
- Beddgelert Gwynedd
- phone: 01766 890595
Winner of the Prince of Wales award for tourism, Sygun Copper Mine is one of the wonders of Wales - a remarkable and impressive example of how our precious industrial heritage can be reclaimed, restored and transformed into an outstanding attraction.
Portmeirion Village and Gardens
- Portmeirion Gwynedd
- phone: 01766 772311
Portmeirion is a fairy tale Italianate village on the coast of Snowdonia with gardens, beaches, shops, restaurants and hotels. Open daily all year.
Trefriw Woollen Mills.
- Trefriw Conwy
- phone: 01492 640462
At Trefriw Woollen Mills traditional Welsh bedspreads and tweeds are manufactured from the raw wool. Most of the textile machinery is over 50 years old and is powered by electricity generated by vintage turbines.
- Rhyl Denbighshire
- phone: 01745 344433
Rides and slides and pools and fun for every member of the family
Loads of seating - Mums & Dads, Grandma & Grandad, make yourself comfortable in the tropical warmth and RELAX
Llechwedd Slate Caverns.
- Blaenau Ffestiniog Gwynedd
- phone: 01766 830 306
Llechwedd Slate Caverns of Blaenau Ffestiniog is part of a living, working slate mine still being worked to this day by Greaves Welsh Slate - since 1836.
We offer 2 unique underground tours that take you deep underground to explore the world of the Victorian slate miner. The temperature underground is an ambient 54F making the caverns ideal for a family day out - come rain or shine.
Plenty of all year surface facilities to enjoy - shop, cafe, slate workshop (with daily demonstrations) plus the Victorian Village (April-September) with its traditional tavern and old fashioned sweet shop.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo
- Colwyn Bay Conwy
- phone: 01492 532938
Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, its beautiful gardens are home to this caring conservation zoo. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world.