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The Glan Dwr Mountain Lodge at Capel Curig, North Wales is perfect bunk house accommodation for for groups with plenty of visitor attractions.
Take a trip on the narrow gauge Llanberis Lake Railway, taking in the village, Dolbadarn Castle, the Padarn Country Park and the shores of Llyn Padarn. Enjoy breathtaking views of Snowdon, and have a lakeside picnic at Cei Llydan. The vintage steam engines which pull the trains were rescued from the nearby Dinorwic slate quarries.

Climb some trees
At Ropes and Ladders, set in the beautiful woodland of Padarn Country Park, you can enjoy a thrilling treetop adventure. Climb, leap, swing and zip your way through the trees while enjoying spectacular views of Snowdonia's lakes and mountains. Each group of visitors is accompanied by an instructor, and there's a children's course suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years.

Learn about Snowdonia's slate heritage
Visit The National Slate Museum in the Victorian workshops of the old Dinorwig Quarry and learn about slate quarrying in Snowdonia. Tour the workshops and buildings, hear the story of slate, and watch demonstrations of slate-splitting. Visit the old quarrymen's cottages and learn about all the dramas, suffering and community of a quarryman's life. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Snowdonia's industrial heritage, and a fascinating day out for the whole family.

Explore inside a mountain
Electric Mountain is the visitor centre of the First Hydro Power Station in Llanberis. Entry to the visitor centre, with its gift shop and cafe, is free; but for a very reasonable fee you can take a bus tour through the inside of ancient Elidir Mountain and see the power station's massive pumps and turbines at work. The tour includes an underground film show explaining the building and commissioning of the power station.

Take a walk in the park
Padarn Country Park is set in some of Snowdonia's most spectacular scenery and is open all year round. The 800-acre nature reserve is home to two Sites of Special Scientific Interest - Coed Dinorwig Woodlands and Padarn Lake - and there are five themed nature and heritage trails to follow, as well as extreme sports including rock climbing, orienteering, scuba diving, rowing, canoeing and sailing.

Explore an ancient castle
Dolbadarn Castle was the stronghold of Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Wales from 1201 until 1240. The masonry of Dolbadarn Castle is considered among the finest of the remaining Welsh castles, and Dolbadarn's round tower - the first in an independent Welsh castle - still stands today, although most of the other buildings have been reduced to faint traces over the centuries. Atmospherically set in the lakes and mountains of Llanberis, Dolbadarn Castle is a must-see when you visit Snowdonia.

Go boating
Motorised craft aren't allowed on Llyn Padarn Lake, but you're welcome to bring your canoe or sailboat for a day of watery fun. You'll need a launching permit, which you can get from the park wardens or from the information kiosk at Gilfach Ddu. If you don't have your own canoe or boat you can still enjoy a trip on the lake, on the Snowdon Star cruiser.

Get some retail therapy
There are some excellent shops in Llanberis. As well as the many outdoor shops selling everything you'll need for climbing, walking and camping, Llanberis is home to some excellent gift and craft shops. Look out for the craft outlets and workshops at Padarn Country Park, selling locally-crafted pottery and slate goods.

Visit the Quarry Hospital Museum
An attraction with a difference, the Quarry Hospital Museum at Padarn Country Park gives a tantalising glimpse of the horrors that could befall 19th century quarrymen. Features a restored ward, operating theatre, mortuary and gruesome Victorian medical instruments.

 

Snowdonia For Children: Ten Snowdonia Attractions For Under-12s

Towering mountains, mile after mile of sand and shingle coastline, and open countryside as far as the eye can see. That's probably what you see in your mind's eye, when you think of Snowdonia. Not a huge amount to keep smaller children entertained, you might think... but you'd be wrong!

In fact, as well as being the UK's number one activity centre, Snowdonia is a fantastic holiday destination if you're travelling with children. All over the region you'll find plenty to keep the younger members of your family entertained, whatever the weather - here are ten of our favourites.

  1. Gypsy Wood Park

Gypsy Wood Park, just outside Caernarfon, is a great place to visit if you're travelling with children. There's a wonderful petting farm where your children can meet llamas, ducks, rabbits, pygmy goats, miniature donkeys and Shetland ponies - among others. There's a fantastic model railway featuring some of the great little trains of Wales. And there's also a lovely half-mile wetland walk through marshes and woodland - so bring your wellies and don't forget to look out for fairies!

2.   Shell Island

Shell Island is at Llanbedr, just south of Harlech. This little peninsula on Cardigan Bay has three gorgeous bathing beaches, one of which is backed by some of Wales' tallest sand dunes. There are shops and restaurants on-site, but the biggest attraction for children is the shells which give the peninsula its name; over 200 species of shells can be found at Shell Island, some of which are so tiny that you can only see them with a magnifying glass.

3.   Yr Hwylfan

Yr Hwylfan - or The Fun Centre - in Caernarfon is a popular attraction for children visiting Snowdonia. Set in a converted church, Yr Hwylfan offers 14,000 square feet of family fun. With its giant drop slides, ball pools, bridges, tubes, maze, climbing walls, nets and ropes, Yr Hwylfan is the perfect place to let your little ones run riot in a safe environment. There are also special areas for toddlers, so your tiniest children won't feel left out.

4.   Greenwood Forest Park

Greenwood Forest Park is an amusement park with a difference: all the rides are powered by you! This includes the famous Green Dragon, the world's first people-powered rollercoaster. There are many excellent rides for children to enjoy at Greenwood, as well as a den building area and plenty of family-friendly entertainment and craft activities.

5.   Coed Y Brenin Forest Park

Coed Y Brenin, near Dolgellau, is a perfect spot for keeping children active. There are many waymarked walking trails, and a variety of cycle paths suitable for all abilities; bring your own bikes, or hire one from the hire centre. Kids will also love the tiered adventure playground, and the guided walks and craft activities provided by the Forest Junior Rangers Club.

6.   Barmouth Beach and Funfair

Barmouth is one of those wonderful, typically British, seaside resorts loved by visitors of all ages. Beautiful sandy beaches backed by stunning mountain views, a good old-fashioned promenade, ice creams and plenty of lovely gift shops are just some of the attractions at Barmouth - but kids will especially love the small funfair, which has rides that are ideal for smaller children.

7.   The Play Centre

New to Bangor is The Play Centre, a fun attraction for families. As well as dedicated toddler zones and junior zones for younger children, there's a mini football pitch where children of all ages can enjoy a kick-about. While the kids are enjoying themselves, parents can relax in one of the comfort zones with complimentary newspapers and magazines and free wi-fi.

8.   Dwyfor Ranch

Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm and Animal Park is at Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth. At the Ranch your little ones will have a lovely time cuddling rabbits, guinea pigs and puppies, and hand-feeding pygmy goats, alpacas, donkeys and lambs. There's an on-site cafe if you'd like to grab a snack during your visit, and there's also a lovely picnic area if you'd prefer to bring your own lunch.

9.   King Arthur's Labyrinth

King Arthur's Labyrinth is an exciting underground adventure for all ages. Take a boat ride through ancient caverns as you hear tales of the adventures of King Arthur and his knights. This is a delightful attraction for young and old alike; atmospheric, exciting and lots of fun.

10.   Piggery Pottery

Piggery Pottery, Llanberis, is an unusual attraction but one that will keep small children quiet for hours on end. You can buy plain piggy banks and masks for your children to paint and decorate with all sorts of glittery goodies on-site, which they'll be able to take home with them. But you can also buy professionally decorated piggy banks, night lights and other beautiful children's pottery items at the Piggery Pottery shop.