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Places to visit in North Wales

North Wales makes a wonderful destination for a family holiday, with lots of stunning countryside and striking coastline to explore. It's easy to see why holidays parks in North Wales are so popular – offering a magical blend of medieval heritage, sparkling beaches and soaring summits. Although still something of a hidden gem, holidays in North Wales offer so much to see and provides the perfect backdrop for a truly memorable family getaway.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
Family walking along the dunes

Beaches

Black Rock Sands

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Black Rock Sands is an ideal spot for coastal walks to enjoy the lovely scenery and the opportunity for birdwatching. Parking available adjacent to the slipway or further north behind the dunes.

Address:

Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9YB

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dog restrictions may apply
 
Lifeguards: Daily 19 May-30 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
Less than a mile from Greenacres, Garreg Wen, Cardigan View
Train on the railway

Attractions

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

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The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is a little bit different, as you won’t be on the train for most of the time. The train also stops at the Engine Sheds, where you get chance to climb into the cabs of steam and diesel locomotives, find out how things work and even try blowing the whistle or sounding the horn.

Address:

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, Tremadog Road, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9DY

Open dates: Departure times vary throughout the year. Please visit attraction website for full information.
Distance from park:
3 miles from Greenacres
3 miles from Garreg Wen
3 miles from Cardigan View
Criccieth Castle from afar

Places of interest

Criccieth Castle

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Perched on a headland looking out to sea, the commanding double gatehouse of this fortress was a sought after military castle.

Address:

Criccieth Castle,Castle Street, Criccieth, LL52 0DP

Open dates: 24 March - 4 November
Distance from park:
4.8 miles from Hafan Y Mor
6.4 miles from Greenacres
6.4 miles from Garreg Wen
6.4 miles from Cardigan View
9 drivers in a go-kart race

Attractions

Glasfryn Parc

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Experience a fun-packed family day out with karting, bowling, quad-biking, fishing, archery and a soft play area.

Address:

Glasfryn Activity Parc, Y Ffor, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6PG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
5 miles from Hafan Y Mor
14 miles from Greenacres
14 miles from Garreg Wen
14 miles from Cardigan View
Sunrise at Pwllheli Beach

Beaches

Pwllheli Beach

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Pwllheli beach is a vast expanse of sand with landscaped dune areas and exceptional views to Cardigan Bay. Great for swimming, fishing, and water sports, you may also spot harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins in the bay. Take a walk on the seafront promenade and child-friendly beach.

Address:

Pwllheli Beach, Pwllheli, LL53 5PG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
15 miles from Greenacres
15 miles from Garreg Wen
15 miles from Cardigan View
5 miles from Hafan Y Mor
A picturesque view of Portmeirion

Places of interest

Portmeirion

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The beautiful unique village of Portmeirion is surrounded by sub-tropical woodland gardens.

Address:

Portmeirion, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
13 miles from Hafan Y Mor
Snowdonia National Park

Places of interest

Snowdonia National Park

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Come and experience 823 sq miles of wonderful, untouched countryside. Enjoy an adventurous mountain walk or a leisurely stroll in this beautiful part of the country.

Address:

Snowdonia National Park Information Centre, Canolfan Hebog, Beddgelert, Gwynedd. LL55 4YD

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
10 miles from Cardigan View
10 miles from Greenacres
10 miles from Garreg Wen
16 miles from Hafan Y Mor
Father and daughter at Sygun Copper Mine

Attractions

Sygun Copper Mine

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A rare opportunity for those with a sense of adventure and curiosity to discover the wonders of a historic copper mine. Explore tunnels and even try gold-panning in the heart of Snowdonia National Park.

Address:

Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, LL55 4NE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
17 miles from Hafan Y Mor
Bodelwyddan Castle

Attractions

Bodelwyddan Castle

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Bodelwyddan Castle is a beautiful, historic house with well-maintained gardens and nature woodland. Children will enjoy the adventure playground, garden maze, and Victorian games room.

Address:

Bodelwyddan Castle, Bodelwyddan, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 5YA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
11 miles from Presthaven Sands
Copper mine cavern

Attractions

Great Orme Mines

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Walking through tunnels mined out over 3,500 years ago gives visitors a feel for the harsh conditions our prehistoric ancestors faced in their search for copper. Uncovered in 1987 during a scheme to landscape an area of Great Orme, the copper mines discovered below ground represent one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent time.

Address:

Great Orme Mines, Great Orme, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 2XG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
28 miles from Presthaven Sands
Picturesque view of Snowdonia

Places of interest

Offa’s Dyke Path

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This National Trail opened in 1971, starts in England at Sedbury Cliffs and goes north through the Clwydian Hills, into Prestatyn; the 177 mile long trail offers spectacular views and scenery for you to enjoy.

Address:

Offa's Dyke Path, Prestatyn LL19 9PH

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
4 miles from Presthaven Sands
Family running along the boardwalk

Beaches

Prestatyn Central Beach

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A promenade runs along Prestatyn beach, with ramp access from the car parks, and the beach adjoins Barkby and Ffrith beaches in a five-mile stretch of sand. Water sports include windsurfing and sailing. There is a leisure centre and amusement arcades nearby, and also a local wildlife reserve.

Address:

Prestatyn Central Beach, Prestatyn,Denbighshire, LL19 9TT

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dogs are not allowed on certain parts of the beach
 
Lifeguards:Daily 26 May-3 June, weekends only 9-24 June and daily 30 June-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
Less than a mile from Presthaven Sands
Seal swimming in the water

Attractions

SeaQuarium

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Discover creatures from the deep at the SeaQuarium.

Address:

SeaQuarium Rhyl, East Parade, Denbighshire, LL18 3AF

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
7 miles from Presthaven Sands
Red panda in a tree

Attractions

Welsh Mountain Zoo

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Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world including snow leopards, chimpanzees, red pandas, and Sumatran tigers!

Address:

Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Caernarfonshire, LL28 5UY

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
21 miles from Presthaven Sands
3 people on zip lines at Zip World

Attractions

Zip World

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A unique range of very special adventures. Experience Europe's longest zip lines or our massive underground trampolines & high-rope cavern adventures.

Address:

Zip World, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3NB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
15 miles from Cardigan View
15 miles from Garreg Wen, 
15 miles from Greenacres 
22 miles from Hafan Y Mor
Trees overlooking the river Bodnant Garden

Attractions

Bodnant Garden

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With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant. A haven of rarity and beauty with a stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia is a delight for the senses.

Address:

Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL28 5RE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
26 miles from Presthaven Sands
Children walking along the sand

Beaches

Barkby Beach, Prestatyn

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A long sandy beach with a promenade and rocky breakwaters. Barkby Beach is great for water sports like windsurfing and sailing and jet-skiing (with a permit).

Address:

Barkby Beach, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 7LG

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dogs not allowed from 1 May-30 September
 
Lifeguards: Daily 26 May-3 June, weekends only 9-24 June, daily 30 June-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
4 miles from Presthaven Sands
Coastal view of the beach

Beaches

Llanbedrog Beach

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A sandy beach on the south coast of the Lleyn Peninsula. Kayaking, windsurfing and sailing are among the popular sports that take place here. A short walk up to the headland is rewarded with some spectacular views.

Address:

Llanbedrog Beach, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7TR

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions Dog restrictions apply
Distance from park:
20 miles from Cardigan View
19 miles from Garreg Wen
19 miles from Greenacres
8 miles from Hafan Y Mor
Caernarfon Castle © Joseph Echeverria (flickr)

Attractions

Caernarfon Castle

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Edward I wasn’t messing around when he built this polygonal 13th century castle on a former Roman fort. Part of the coastal World Heritage Site, the mighty Caernarfon remains one of the most visually arresting sights you’ll ever see. Exhibition rooms also feature at a landmark to stir the senses.

Address:
 
Caernarfon Castle, Castle Ditch, Caernarfon LL55 2AY
Open dates:
 
1 March - 30 June 2018
Distance from park:
22 miles from Hafan Y Mor
22 miles from Greenacres
22 miles from Garreg Wen
20 miles from Cardigan View
Coastal view of the beach

Beaches

Llanbedrog Beach

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A sandy beach on the south coast of the Lleyn Peninsula. Kayaking, windsurfing and sailing are among the popular sports that take place here. A short walk up to the headland is rewarded with some spectacular views.

Address:

Llanbedrog Beach, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7TR

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions Dog restrictions apply
Distance from park:
20 miles from Cardigan View
19 miles from Garreg Wen
19 miles from Greenacres
8 miles from Hafan Y Mor
Conwy Castle overlooking the harbour

Attractions

Conwy Castle

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Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289.

Address:

Conwy Castle, Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8AY

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
25 miles from Presthaven Sands