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Free Family Days Out in North Wales

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Live in North Wales and could really do with a few hours off to spend with your family, but everything costs so much? Well we’ve put together a few places that you can enjoy without paying unnecessary admission fees.


Thousands of visitors travel annually from far and wide to explore Snowdonia National Park and take in the sights of the wonderful landscapes. It is considered to be right up there with some of the most beautiful sights in the world.

At 3,560 feet the spectacular Mount Snowdon is not just the highest mountain in Wales, but also the whole of England. It doesn’t matter what time of the year you come here as each season displays it’s own special stunning scenery. However, it can be very cold and become colder the further up you travel so dress accordingly.

There are not enough superlatives to describe this place as you can spend hours, days or weeks here and never grow tired of the amazing views that nature has to offer. Walk, cycle, climb, or mountain bike your way around at your own leisure.

There are also attractions on offer that require a fee including underground audiovisual tours, railway rides through breathtaking countryside and to the top of the mountain, plus white water rafting for the more adventurous.

There is a charge for the use of their car park which can vary so check before setting off. Stop for a picnic or they do have a café available if you prefer near the car parking area. You can pick up a colour coded map of all the walks and climbs which is really useful.


Located East of Caerarfon and West of Betws y Coed, if you haven’t visited here before, be prepared to be blown away (pardon the pun!)

National Slate Museum

This is a pocket of history more than a museum that will take you back in time to experience the industrial lifestyles of the workers, their families and the community as a whole.

Free entry and you can grab a train that takes you underground into the mountain and to different levels and chambers of this slate mine with a former worker guiding you firsthand of the excavations  and extractions.

The workshops and buildings were built in 1870. You will feel like you’ve stepped back many years to another age and it is a truly worthwhile and rewarding adventure. 

The museum is situated in Llanberis within the Padarn Country Park.   

Harlech Beach

Considered as one of the finest beaches in the country, this beautiful beach stretches four miles long and is located within Snowdonia. The uninterrupted walk of pure flat golden sand and peaceful waters make for a wonderful way to stretch your legs any way you fancy.

The area has been claimed as a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the fantastic sand dunes that also feature alongside.

There is a shop and café next to the beach and a car park.    

Ceredigion Museum

You will find this unique little museum in the centre of Aberystwyth based at the Coliseum and is housed inside an old ornate theatre with free entry. It displays a quaint array of curiosities and objects, depicting Welsh history over a number of years.

The museum also show temporary exhibitions and hold events.They regularly play some very old black and white Buster Keaton movies and there is a shop selling some very interesting and unusual items.

Flint Castle

This was one of a few medieval castles built by Kind Edward 1st at the end of the 13th century to form a circle around North Wales and was named the Iron Ring. Now you can view the remaining ruins daily with free entry and wonderful views towards the Wirral.

The castle is situated in Flintshire and not far from there is Flint market. Just a little further is Holywell the home of St Winefrides Well, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. Flintshire council is presently providing free swimming for children and youths.

Rhyl Miniature Railway

This train ride isn’t free as there is a minimal charge of £2.50 per adult and £1.50 for children (under the age of 2 years old go free). But the whole experience is great fun and well worth it.

It is Britain’s oldest miniature line and has been in existence for more than a century. It is located at Marine Lake, Central Station in Rhyl and near the new iconic pedestrian bridge Pont y Ddraig. 

The train ride is a mile long and takes you around Rhyl’s Marine Lake. There is a small museum with free entry and a cafe. Afterwards you can take a short walk to the bridge and visit the harbour and sand dunes.

Oriel Ynys Môn

A small local cultural museum and arts gallery located in Llangefni, Anglesey, featuring the works of Kyffin Williams, Charles Frederick Tynicliffe and others. This centre exudes classic charm and has free entry. There is a cafe on site that cooks everything fresh to order including home made scones. A nice place to spend a couple of hours whatever the weather.

The Dingle (Nant y Pandy) Nature Reserve

Set in a 25 acre wooded valley which is steeped in history and wildlife within Llangefni, this beautiful area offers lovely scenery to walk or cycle around, but there is a £1 car parking charge for 2 hours. 

Stroll along the Dingle via the board walk and come back via the footpath, or carry on up to the Cefni resevoir if you want to walk longer. Fabulous changing wildlife throughout the year including red squirrels, herons and waterfowl in the river.

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