Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (< 1 mile)
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
We are a short railway line and hands on interactive museum in Porthmadog, Wales, ideal for families with young children. The train takes a short trip through the countryside, then stops at the Engine Sheds where you can climb inside our steam and diesel locomotives and see how things work.
Welsh Highland Railway (< 1 mile)
Welsh Highland Railway
is Snowdonia’s newest railway. Trains start a spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the castle walls at Caernarfon.
Ffestiniog Railway (< 1 mile)
Travel by steam train through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Portmeirion (2 miles)
Built by Clough Williams-Ellis on a private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia to show how a beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it. It has shops, cafes and sub-tropical woodland gardens. Contains playground and sandy beach for kids to play on, worth a visit.
Harlech Castle (5 miles)
A combination of magnificent medieval architecture and breathtaking location, Harlech is an unmissable castle, a fact reinforced by its status as a World Heritage Inscribed site.
Criccieth Castle (5 miles)
standing on its headland between two beaches, is a prominent North Wales landmark. It is also a landmark historic site, one of those rare castles with a foot firmly in both camps and a true testament to the varying fortunes of war.
Harlech Beach (5 miles)
Sandy beach with acceptable swimming (if you don't mind jellyfish), also offering locally a castle, nature reserve and promontory with an unusual abundance of sea shells.
Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm (6 miles)
Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm
Children are allowed to handle a selection of different types of animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and puppies, as well as hand-feeding many of the larger animals such as pigmy goats, alpacas, rhea, donkeys, ponies, pigs and lambs.
The Childrens Farm Park (6 miles)
The Childrens Farm Park
Found within the Llanfair Slate Caverns Park. Visit Floss the donkey and her friends: various pigs, rabbits, calves, ducks, hens and many others too, all indoors. Plus their new arrivals 10 baby pigmy goats!
Llanfair Slate Caverns (6 miles)
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Descend Jacobs ladder and wonder through the tunnels and chambers, and look for the old drilling holes, and the likeness of a human face in the mighty no 6 cavern. As you emerge from the caverns, you face the breathtaking view of Cardigan Bay.
Sygun Copper Mine (6 miles)
Sygun Copper Mine
Audio presentation tour also with special lighting and sound effects. Plus Adventure playground, Panning for Gold, Pottery Painting, Metal Detecting.
Ropeworks (9 miles)
YOU can: zip through the air, swing from a trapeze and tip toe across a high wire. Just some of the breathtaking challenges waiting for you, all outside on the beautiful North Wales coast. This is where the fun starts and YOU really can do it!
Llechwedd Slate Caverns (10 miles)
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
is an underground slate mines tour. With outdoor play area. Underground adventures plus underground overground zip-wires planned to open Easter 2014.
The Silver Mountain Experience (10 miles)
The Silver Mountain Experience
A character touring experience with the Magic of Woo Hoo Wood and the terror of the Black Chasm as options, plus play areas, gem panning and more.
Glasfryn Parc Bowling and Activities (11 miles)
Glasfryn Parc Bowling and Activities
Wakeboarding behind a cable on our lake (8yrs+); Go Karting with senior and junior go kart tracks; quad bike trekking (separate circuit for children); archery; ten pin bowling (licensed bar until late and homemade food until 9pm); Indoor Soft Play Centre and Ball Pool; Outdoor play area; Cafe and Dining Room with piano bar; award-winning Farm Shop; camping facilities and self catering cottages
Inigo Jones Tudor Slate Works (12 miles)
Inigo Jones Tudor Slate Works
The tour of the slate workshops includes a Geological Historical Calligraphy and Letter Cutting exhibition. There is a quiz with a slate prize and a chance to have a go at calligraphy and to engrave on a piece of slate that you get to keep as a souvenir.
Go Ape! Coed-y-Brenin (12 miles)
Go Ape! Coed-y-Brenin
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park (12 miles)
Coed y Brenin Forest Park
If you fancy trying some exciting outdoor activities, this has everything from challenging geocaching to world-class mountain biking trails. The younger children won't be bored either with 3 playgrounds to choose from including an area where they can make dens and dam streams.
Parc Glynllifon (12 miles)
Green Flag Awarded historic gardens and country park. There are water features to play in, modern sculpture trails, and locally run treasure hunts and orienteering courses.
Electric Mountain (13 miles)
The hydro company's visitor centre, this provides tours of the power station at Dinorwig. Plus indoor adventure play for under 12s and a great climbing wall too.
Ropes and Ladders (13 miles)
Ropes and Ladders
Outdoor adventure activities for kids and adults from four years upwards. Dedicated adventure ropes course for four to eight year olds, high ropes activities for over eights and adults. All equipment and instruction provided. Adjacent trains, museums and country walks to keep the family entertained all day.
Snowdon Mountain Railway (13 miles)
Snowdon Mountain Railway
is a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. Snowdon, at 3,560ft dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park. Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime’s achievement.
National Slate Museum (13 miles)
National Slate Museum
In the shadow of Elidir mountain and the vast Dinorwig quarry, step straight into the past in Victorian workshops that tell a very special story. Designed as though engineers have just downed tools and left the courtyard for home, enjoy slate-splitting demonstrations, tours, the stunning countryside and much more.
The Llanberis Lake Railway (13 miles)
The Llanberis Lake Railway
The Llanberis Lake Railway is one of several great attractions in Llanberis, the lakeside village at the foot of Snowdon. There's so much to see and do, and something for everyone.
Tan y Ddraig Paint a Pot Studio (13 miles)
Tan y Ddraig Paint a Pot Studio
Come and wake your inner artist, choose a piece of pottery and paint it yourself. Create a personalised treasure, celebrate a birthday, make a unique gift or reminder of your visit here to Snowdonia. All welcome including groups.
Airworld Aviation Museum (15 miles)
Airworld Aviation Museum
Based at Caernarfon Airport, this vast indoor interactive Aviation Museum and Shop is host to an impressive collection of aircraft, with entry allowed into many of the cockpits
Pavilion Leisure Centre (15 miles)
Pavilion Leisure Centre
Colourful new soft play zone, a ball pool, toddler trikes, amongst other things. All suitable for the under 5s, and sporting opportunities including badminton and climbing.
Mawddach Woodlands RSPB Reserve (15 miles)
Mawddach Woodlands RSPB Reserve
A wonderful location for wildlife spotting, hiking and photography, with the shifting sands of the Mawddach estuary on one side, and the rugged beauty of Cadair Idris on the other.
Redline Indoor Karting (15 miles)
Beacon Climbing Centre (15 miles)
Beacon Climbing Centre
Is a really exciting, massive new indoor climbing centre with the World's first CrazyClimb installation, climbing walls up to 17m high and a premium cafe with spectacular views overlooking the climbing areas. All day fun whatever the weather, with full instruction available for all ages and abilities.
Caernarfon Castle (16 miles)
Surely one of the most impressive of Walesâs castles, with unusual polygonal towers, the Eagle Tower being the most stunning of these.
Fairbourne Steam Railway (17 miles)
Fairbourne Steam Railway
Pleasant short train ride which can connect with a ferry trip. There are also a play park and an amusement park nearby.
Zipworld (17 miles)
With speeds of 75 mph, travelling 700ft above the mountain lake, be ready for a ride of a lifetime! Forward posture makes it the closest you're likely to get to flying! For over 7s.
Abersoch Beach (17 miles)
Sandy beach with spectacular views ideal for bathers and watersports lovers alike, though there is no lifeguard cover. Another quieter beach lurks around the corner.
Foel Farm Park (17 miles)
Isle of Anglesey
Foel Farm Park
- offers a great family visit to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real working farm. We invite all visitors to meet, touch and feed the animals.
Hells Mouth Beach (17 miles)
Hells Mouth Beach
Nearly four miles long and facing south west, Hells Mouth or Porth Neigwl is considered by many to be the best surf beach in Wales. Suited to strong swimmers only, this sandy beach is rarely over crowded.
Biscuit Ceramic Art Studio and Cafe (17 miles)
Biscuit Ceramic Art Studio and Cafe
Come and “Take the Biscuit” in the seaside village of Abersoch because painting your own pottery is fun art not fine art.
Find us in a contemporary barn studio but with the added benefit of an enclosed walled garden for painting and creating outside when the sun shines.
Anglesey Sea Zoo (17 miles)
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Anglesey's Leading All Weather Family Attraction! There is amazing marine life to see at the biggest aquarium in Wales! Will you enter the Seven Sisters Shipwreck, or dare to walk the Shark Pool grids?Over 150 native species, from the familiar to the strange, there's something for everyone!
GreenWood Forest Park (18 miles)
GreenWood Forest Park
Discover endless Family Adventure, including the world's first people-powered roller coaster and Wales's longest sledge run!
Conwy Valley Railway Museum (18 miles)
Conwy Valley Railway Museum
A miniature railway takes you on a 10 minute trip around the beautifully landscaped grounds. Kids can also enjoy dodgem cars and rides.
Anglesey Model Village (18 miles)
Anglesey Model Village
Set in one acre of beautifully landscaped gardens with water features and a working railway, this an intricate and imaginative miniature village will delight and entertain the small ones.
Plas Newydd (19 miles)
Large gardens, woodland walks and a marine walk along the Menai Straits, accessible by boat (optional). Also featuring a military museum with relics from the battle of Waterloo. Plus adventure playground and frisbee golf course!
Llanddwyn Bay (19 miles)
Sandy Blue Flag Award winner with plenty of character and very safe swimming. It's isolated but toilets and parking are nearby.
LlanfairPG Station (20 miles)
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - visitors love to see the station's name up on the side of the building and pose for a picture. It is also a novelty to print off a very long train ticket, which features the station's full name.
Ribride Adventure Boat Tours (20 miles)
The Play Centre (21 miles)
The Play Centre
At âThe Play Centreâ parents can relax in their comfy zones whilst the children play happily for hours on end in this safe and secure environment.
National White Water Centre (21 miles)
National White Water Centre
Guided white water rafting and canoeing on the incredible River Tryweryn for over 10s. Canyoning and other options available for over 12s.
Penrhyn Castle (21 miles)
19th century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds, dolls museum, extensive Victorian kitchens, railway museum and adventure playground, Terrific views.
Bangor Swimming Pool (21 miles)
Bangor Swimming Pool
Disability friendly water park with two water slides, three diving boards, football pitches and an outside paddling pool, as well as a good cafe.
Pili Palas Nature World (21 miles)
Pili Palas Nature World
Enter a jungle of butterflies, exotic animals and amazing creatures including the new Meerkats. Indoor soft play area for young children, adventure play areas, giant bouncy castle, ride-on tractors, nature trail, picnic areas, café and much more, there’s something for everyone here!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Porthmadog with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in North Wales can enjoy the great day out as well.
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