Snowdonia is well known for being one of the most majestic spots in the United Kingdom. The main attraction in the area is Mount Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales – from which the surrounding locality draws its name. The endless acres of rolling terrain offer countless opportunities to reconnect with nature, as well as lots of activities for all ages.
If the weather turns against you, putting outdoor pursuits off limits, then never fear. There are plenty of indoor attractions in the surrounding vicinity… here are five of the best:
1. Bounce Below
This subterranean playground is the first of its kind. Gargantuan trampoline nets are suspended deep underground in a beautiful slate cave. The two are connected with slides and walkways, meaning you can explore the cave in a truly unique way.
Bounce Below is illuminated in a spectrum of colours, showing off the magnificent remnants of this Victorian mining cavern. The attraction really shouldn't be missed – even if the sun is shining. It's advised that you book in advance and each session lasts an hour.
2. Anglesey Sea Zoo
A fascinating aquarium offering an insight into the waters surrounding the United Kingdom, Anglesey Sea Zoo is a wonderful way to introduce children to the wonders of the sea. There are no large sharks and exotic tortoises here, but many other species of underwater delights, including jellyfish and crabs that lurk in the waters surrounding the British Isles.
The aquarium is also a hub of marine research and hosts daily talks where you can learn in detail about many of the animals that you can see in the museum. There is also a cafe, a gift shop and a ‘pick your own pearl’ facility. Here, you can watch your oyster being opened, before having the pearl set in a piece of jewellery.
3. Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog
This historic home was constructed in 1857 for Elizabeth Jones Parry and retains much of its original charm today. The house has been open to the public for over 100 years, showcasing the grand interiors and stunning grounds, as well as an art gallery. There are several exhibitions and events held throughout the year, so be sure to check their calendar!
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is also set in acres of natural woodland, which now belong to the property. So when the sun breaks through the cloud, make sure you get outside and explore.
4. The Lloyd George Museum
This quaint museum is dedicated to former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. The childhood home of the maverick politician who led Britain through the First World War is an excellent place to learn about political history and the local area alike. The house remains furnished as it was when Lloyd George lived there back in 1864 and 1880.
5. Inigo Jones Slate Works
The local area is known for its historical production of slate. You can learn about the trade at this fun, interactive museum, which will keep the kids entertained all afternoon. Founded back in 1861, this working museum has supplied slate for luxury liners and distinguished memorials – and you can see how it all works in their regular tours.
They sell a range of slate goods, ranging from the simple to the sublime, and there's a nice onsite cafe where you can stop for a coffee and a bite to eat.
Explore this stunning mountainous region no matter what the weather has in store. If the rain sets in, then head to one of these attractions, before returning to the lush Welsh countryside.
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