ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
Just a short distance from the market town of Llanwrst, Maes y Bryn campsite makes the ideal base for a holiday in North Wales. On the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, the campsite is well placed for hiking the many trails and paths that criss-cross this amazing landscape. From challenging hikes on Snowdon or Cader Idris to more leisurely strolls around the many pretty villages and beauty spots, there really is something for everyone in this part of Wales. Llanwrst itself is well worth a visit, with its rich history dating back more than 1,000 years. The historic market square is a delight, and the 16th century Gwydir Castle is a must-see for history lovers. The Gwydir forest and the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall are perfect for a family-friendly ramble, with stunning scenery at every turn.
Not far from Llanwrst is Trefriw, where visitors can explore a traditional Welsh Woollen Mill. The lakes at Geirionydd and Crafnant are both excellent locations for a waterside walk, taking in the abundant wildlife, birds, trees and wildflowers that surround the lakes.
For those who like a few thrills and spills on their holidays, North Wales has plenty to offer. The region has fast become known as the outdoor adventure capital of Europe and it’s easy to see why. Zip World offers adrenaline-fuelled zipwire rides across a disused quarry at speeds of more than 100mph, whilst Surf Snowdonia is a unique destination for surfers and wannabe surfers – its inland surf lagoon provides guaranteed swells for surfers of all abilities. Tree Top Adventure is another thrilling day out, with tree-top walks that will have you negotiating a series of hair-raising obstacles. Will you dare to ‘Plummet from the Summit’?
North Wales is an area that is steeped in history, from the Bronze Age remains of Bryn Celli Ddu, on Anglesey, to the many medieval castles that stand proud against the majestic Welsh countryside. Caernarfon Castle and Conwy Castle are not to be missed, and are perhaps two of Wales’ most famous castles, but there are many more castles to explore, each with their own unique charms and incredible settings. The castles at Harlech, Denbigh, Penrhyn and Beaumaris are all stunning and very atmospheric…close your eyes for a moment and you can almost hear each castle’s former inhabitants going about their daily lives.
Other must-see destinations include Portmeirion, the beautiful Italianate village on the Snowdonia coastline – this unique place really does feel like you are stepping into a Mediterranean village, and there is nothing else like it anywhere in the UK. For a fun family day out, try Pili Palas Nature World at Menai Bridge, or head to Anglesey Sea Zoo to get up close and personal with all kinds of marine species.
North Wales’ market towns are packed with independent retailers and boutiques, with plenty to offer the whole family. Go hunting for treasures and curios in Conwy’s antique stores or explore the region’s many delicatessens and food shops – this part of Wales is known as a foodie hotspot!
Whatever you plan to do on holiday in North Wales, and whatever you are looking for from your stay, we’re sure that Snowdonia and the wider North Wales area will delight you. And where better to base your holiday than Maes y Bryn campsite? With traditional tent pitches as well as glamping options and a well-equipped touring park for caravans and motorhomes, our friendly campsite is ready to welcome you.
At Trefriw Woollen Mills traditional Welsh bedspreads, travelling rugs 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 a vintage turbine.
During the Summer the Weaver’s Garden contains plants which provide natural fibres, soaps and dyes. Rag rug making is demonstrated every Tuesday and hand spinning is demonstrated every Wednesday.
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.
Ribride Anglesey. A Great Day Out in Anglesey. Whether its the adrenalin rush of high speed turns or the encounters with wild life, you are sure to leave the boats with a smile on your face.
They cater for individuals or groups of any age wanting a one hour ribride, to those more adventurous chartering a rib for the day to go around Anglesey or to chill out on a secluded beach.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an altitude of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside Scotland.
It is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, and has been described as “probably the busiest mountain in Britain”.It is designated as a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna.
Tree Top Adventure is a high level adventurous journey through the trees that involves negotiating a series of obstacles. Participants are fitted with a harness and helmet and attached to a safety line.
Adventurers are fitted with a full body harness and helmet and then attached to a revolutionary safety system that permits progression from obstacle to obstacle without the need to detach from the safety line at any time.
The Fun Centre is a multi-award winning family attraction. Come and enjoy the biggest and best indoor adventure play centre in North Wales. 25ft high giant drop slides, swinging ropes, ball pools, rope bridges. Seperate under 5’s play area, cafe and patio area.
Zip World Forest is nestled in the Conwy Valley, Zip World Fforest offers an idyllic woodland setting for adventures galore. Zip Safari lets you challenge yourself by going through the canopy of the trees on 22 zip lines and 10 other rope course obstacles. After being given training on the specialised safety system you’ll take on Zip Safari. Whilst you’re zipping between the trees you will be surrounded by spectacular views of the valley. Feel at one with nature on an exhilarating hands on adventure!
RSPB Conwy Reserve Get closer to nature at the RSPB’s Conwy reserve. Explore our wetland, search for frogs and dragonflies in the ponds in summer, or marvel at thousands of waterbirds on the estuary in winter.
Welcome to the Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden; a revolutionary world-first inland surf lagoon and the UK’s most compelling outdoor adventure destination for you, your friends and the whole family to enjoy. Visit the world’s first publicly accessible surf lagoon in Snowdonia with waves ranging from 2m to 0.5m for beginners, in a 300m long lagoon.