Things to do in North Wales for families

There are so many things to do in North Wales for families, including plenty of activities and attractions that make it an ideal destination for a fun-filled family getaway for all ages and personality types.


Whether you want to get your history fix at Conwy Castle or visit the famous Snowdonia National Park, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Staying at an Away Resorts holiday park is the perfect base for your North Wales family trip, providing an excellent opportunity to delve into its scenic beauty.

This can include hiking, and visiting the stunning beaches, alongside plenty of other things to do in North Wales with kids. So, let's make a start on the exploration of this beautiful location!

10 of the best things to do in North Wales with kids

When it comes to family holidays, there are so many things to do in North Wales with kids, meaning you’ll likely need our guide to help in finding some of the top choices.

It can be tricky to keep the little ones entertained, whilst also having activities to suit the rest of the family.

Here are some of the best things to do in North Wales for families, especially if you have kids with you:

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Zip World

If you’re after a family adventure, Zip World offers a variety of zip-lining activities in North Wales, including the fastest zip line in the world - reaching speeds up to 100mph. Zip World has locations in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bethesda, and Penrhyn Quarry, where you can zip across former quarries and slate caverns.

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Snowdonia National Park

This scenic national park in northwest Wales with rugged mountain peaks, glacial lakes, valleys, and quaint villages. There are plenty of popular activities to try out at Snowdonia, including hiking up Mount Snowdon, exploring the Llanberis mountain pass, taking in views of Snowdonia from Llyn Gwynant, and visiting historic castles like Dolbadarn.

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Coed y Brenin

Near Dolgellau, this forest park is a great area to visit. It has excellent mountain biking trails, hiking trails, and a high ropes course. The biking trails here range from gentle green routes that would be one of the most perfect things to do in North Wales with kids. And with bike hire available here, you’re guaranteed a fun family day out!

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Welsh Mountain Zoo

For even more wildlife, this conservation zoo is located near Colwyn Bay and a 20-minute drive from Golden Sands, which is home to endangered species like snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, chimpanzees, and red pandas. With these stunning animals set in large enclosures, you can see the animals in settings similar to their natural habitats.

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Rhyl Miniature Railway

This miniature railway in Rhyl along the coast features working steam locomotives and railcars – perfect for any little ones who are fascinated by trains. The 12-inch gauge railway rides along the promenade with views of the beach and tide as well as through a mini countryside with tunnels, bridges, and lakes.

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Manorafon Farm Park

Something that the kids will definitely love is this family-friendly farm in Abergele with animal interactions, tractor rides, go-karts, indoor play zones, and more. The whole family can feed lambs, goat kids, and piglets, or collect fresh eggs from the chickens. Plus, there are themed activities for when Easter comes around.

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Conwy Castle

This well-preserved, medieval fortress dates back to the 13th century and with eight large towers connected by a ring wall, it’s a spectacle to witness! It offers panoramic views of the Welsh coastline and surrounds the quaint coastal town of Conwy. There are arts and crafts activities, educational visits, a perfect North Wales family trip.

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An image of Llandudno, a wonderful Victorian seaside town with masses of history!


There’s nothing better than a seaside resort town along the Irish Sea known for its Victorian pier, making Llandudno one of the best things to do in North Wales with kids. The pier is filled with shops selling sweets and souvenirs, and to keep the entire family entertained, there are amusement arcades and funfair rides to suit all ages.

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Greenwood Family Park

Located in Y Felinheli, this family theme park has attractions like interactive shows, Bulgy's Adventure Train ride, waterfall walks in ancient woodland, and miniature steam train rides with views across the Menai Strait. They host seasonal events too, so your children will be entertained throughout the various half-terms.

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Pili Palas Nature World

You’ll find a butterfly house, otters, meerkats, monkeys, and more, as well as the world’s only people-powered coaster. What makes this attraction even better is that come rain or shine, there’s always something to do. When it’s raining, you can visit the Enchanted WoodBarn – a mystical world of indoor play!

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Things to do in North Wales for families FAQs

There are many things to do in North Wales with kids and you’re truly spoilt for choice, but here are some frequently asked questions that might make your holiday planning that little bit easier.

What are the top-rated tourist attractions in North Wales?

There are so many top-rated tourist attractions in North Wales that you can fit into your next family holiday, but here are just a few that you should add to your itinerary:

  • Llandudno which is home to the Great Orme
  • Gower Beach, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Anglesey Beach
  • The Llýn Penninsula
  • Snowdonia National Park
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

What's on for kids in North Wales this weekend?

If you’re planning a weekend trip, there are plenty of things on for kids, not only for this weekend but whatever weekend you plan to go.

Of course, it’s best to check opening times and any restrictions before heading to these attractions, but here are some of the best weekend activities for kids and the whole family:

  • Zip World, Conwy
  • Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno
  • Seawake Anglesey Boat Trips, Beaumaris
  • Children’s Farm Park, Harlech
  • Dolgoch Falls, Tywyn

Where to go in North Wales when it's raining?

You may never know what the Welsh weather will bring, but fear not as you can plan your holiday activities around this. If it does happen to be a rainy holiday, there are plenty of places to go in North Wales when it’s raining:

  • National Slate Museum
  • Penrhyn Castle
  • Great Orme Copper Mine
  • The Smallest House in Great Britain
  • Conwy Castle

Where are the best beaches in North Wales?

If you’re looking for the best beaches in North Wales to have some family fun, there are plenty to choose from, including:

  • Staying at Barmouth Bay holiday park, you get access to Tal-y-Bont beach
  • Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog
  • West Shore Beach, Llandudno
  • Newborough Beach, Anglesey
  • Absersoch, Gwynedd

What makes this even better is that the entire family could come, as both the holiday parks you choose to stay at and several nearby beaches are dog-friendly, too! Just be sure to check for any seasonal restrictions before visiting.

How can I spend four days in Wales?

There are many ways to spend four days in Wales. Some of the top things to cover include taking in the mountain scenery at Snowdonia, and visiting ancient castles, like Conwy Castle.

So, how will you spend four days in North Wales, and which holiday park will you choose to be the base for your next family adventures?

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