10 Things to do in Snowdonia with Kids
We’re delighted to be starting off our guest blog posts with the fabulous Karen Beddow from Mini Travellers…
As well as running Mini Travellers Karen is also a Trustee, Lawyer and Board Member which may be an eclectic mix but it does mean she has a variety of skills. Karen left her full time role as a commercial litigation solicitor when her three children were 6 and 5 (twins) to concentrate on her Family Travel blog Mini Travellers and try and create a more flexible lifestyle for her and her family.
Karen has used her skills developed over 15 years in a professional environment to create and then turn Mini Travellers into an established business, that has meant she can work from home and spend more time with her three children.
Karen also works from home for a law firm Ortolan Legal providing property litigation advice to clients and sits on a Housing Association Board.
Snowdonia isn’t very far from us at all and when we don’t know what we are going to do for the weekend or week at a time, we often pop down there, so we decided to put together a list of Things to do in Snowdonia with Kids.
This list has been compiled with assistance from a number of other bloggers too who all have favourite things to do in Snowdonia with Kids too. Some of the blog posts may have been compiled when families were there to review but others weren’t. They’ve all simply been submitted here because they are great things to do in Snowdonia with Kids.
So what are the Snowdonia Attractions?
Surf Snowdonia – Things to do in Snowdonia with Kids
Right at the end of the summer 2016 I was invited to spend 2 nights and 3 days at Surf Snowdonia with my 3 girls (all under 6). We stayed in a new glamping pod at the side of the world’s first inland surf lagoon in North Wales – Random – yes I know! It was however a lot of fun!
I’d heard about the 300-metre surf lagoon which is the main reason people visit but what I hadn’t heard about was all the other stuff to try out too! If I had, I think we would have visited sooner. The ‘other stuff’ I refer to is a Crash & Splash lagoon (suitable for anyone who can swim) bodyboarding, a giant pillow to jump off, kids bungee trampoline and inflatable obstacle course, as well as kiddies’ indoor soft play.
We had a fabulous time and if you’d like to read the full review of Surf Snowdonia a fabulous Snowdonia Attraction why not pop along and read it now.
You can also read a fabulous review of Glamping at Surf Snowdonia over on Otis & Us.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns – Things to do in Snowdonia with Kids
Tips for visiting Llechwedd Slate Caverns with children
You would struggle to do this tour with a pushchair, take a baby carrier if needs be.
When you first enter the cavern it is very dark and younger children may find this scary.
If at any time you feel the need to leave the cavern during the tour your guide will need to arrange for you to be escorted out. You cannot leave the tour on your own.
Wear warm clothes and sensible shoes whatever the time of year BUT you will have a great time, read our full review about Llechwedd Slate Caverns with children here.
Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog on a Steam Train
We visited the Ffestiniog Railway mainly because my friend who I was away with staying at Surf Snowdonia used to visit this area of North Wales every year with her family when she was growing up and she had very fond memories of taking the steam train down to Porthmadog for the day and spending the day on the beach. The day we visited wasn’t exactly beach weather, despite it being August, more a rain coats and wellies day, but it didn’t put us off for one second. We were in Snowdonia after all and all you need is the right clothes.So we put our waterproofs on and headed down to the railway. The kids were bemused I think more than anything at the sight of the train and the steam coming from the front. There was lots of Thomas the Tank Engine references and Chuggington discussions.
You can read our full review of Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog on a Steam Train here!
Over40 and Mum to One also loved the Snowdon Mountain Railway and Ffestiniog Railway too. Beautiful scenery whatever the weather. Their full review is here.
Greenwood Forest Park
Daisy at Dais by These highly recommends Greenwood Forest Centre as one of her best things to do in Snowdonia with kids. Her kids absolutely love it.
Based in Snowdonia, GreenWood Forest Park is the UK’s only eco-adventure theme park. It is located in the small village of Y Felinheli, right on the northern coast of Gwynedd in North Wales.
Voted the Best Family Attraction in North Wales for 5 years, this is one very green attraction and has won many awards for its eco credentials.
I haven’t actually visited myself but we had a guest post sent in all about how amazing Greenwood Forest Park is which you can read here!
You can also read a great review of Greenwood Forest Park from Jennifer’s Little World here too.
Pink Pear Bear recommends you visit Aberdyfi! (Aberdovey) Four miles of seriously beautiful award winning beach, a jetty for crabbing (or jumping off if you feel brave!) and an ice cream shop selling the most delicious home made ice cream. You can also see dolphins in the bay on a nice day.
If you’re thinking about visiting Aberdovey you could always stay at the wonderful Trefeddian Hotel.
Cardiff Mummy loved visiting Beddgelert as a child. It’s a grave stone dedicated to a dog – the name translates as Gelert’s Grave. The legend, which dates back to the 13th century, says that Prince Llywelyn came home one day to find blood in his dog’s mouth and his baby missing. Thinking Gelert had murdered the child, he drew his sword and killed the dog. As Gelert lay dying, Llywelyn hears the baby crying and finds him unharmed under the crib, along with a dead wolf, which Gelert had killed to protect the baby.
The story may be a little ghoulish for younger kids but older ones will love the story too and think of it as one of the best things to do in Snowdonia with kids too.
‘The Ugly House’ in Capel Curig
If you’re in the area Let Them Be Small can really recommend a visit to The Ugly House in Capel Curig where there is a gorgeous tea and cake shop plus a mini bee museum as well as stunning woodland walk. They were there for around 2.5 hours and it was a really lovely little visit. Afterwards they went into Betws-y-Coed for a stroll which the children enjoyed too. You can read their review here.
Whilst this might not seem like the obvious choice. Walking up Snowdon can actually be done with really young children in carriers, with older children like in the post below, or I actually saw a 3 year old on her way back down last time we hiked up (without the kids). Now I’m not saying all 3 year olds could do it, I’m sure mine wouldn’t have at that age, but it all depends on you and your child and the route you take. Take a look at the routes here and if you’re with children identify the more relaxed ones!
If all else fails you can always take the Snowdon Mountain Railway!
Here is a great blog I found about it – Taking a Child up Snowdon.
Zipworld – The THING to do in Snowdonia with Kids
There are so many activities at Zipworld in Snowdonia. It has to be the epitome of things to do in Snowdonia with Kids. You can read a great review of a lot of the activities on The Family Adventure Project’s blog post here.
Bear Grylls Survival Academy
Test your family mettle in the outdoors at Bear Grylls Survival Academy. The Bear Grylls Survival Academy aims to pass on the skills you may need if you are stranded in the wilderness. The Family Adventure Project attended a half day taster course in Snowdonia together and found that whilst ‘self rescue’ is the thing, more than little bonding goes on too. Although it does come with a health warning; ‘It may hurt a little…’ Well. that’s what you should expect from a family survival course, isn’t it?
You can read their full review here on why you should give Bear Grylls Survival Academy a go!