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North Wales has a surprisingly diverse array of different activities available for tourists and habitual explorers alike, the vast majority of which are perfect for the entire family, from little Jimmy all the way up to Grandma Dot.

Of course, most people associate Wales with castles (and sheep, but they’re hardly a tourist destination…), and it’s true – there are plenty of magnificent examples of castles in Wales, in varying states of decay.

But there are a number of other fun activities in Wales, North Wales especially, so if you’re looking to get out of the house, we’ve rustled up this list to provide some inspiration!

Conwy Castle, Conwy

Okay, we said Wales has more than just castles, but bear with us – this is a particularly well-preserved example! It gives off an authentic medieval atmosphere with its dark stone, and the eight huge towers are overbearing and impressive.

The views from the castle – currently a World Heritage Site – will take your breath away, looking out over the mountains and sea, and the town walls which accompany the castle are some of the best in the world!

Tree Top Adventures, Snowdonia

Set in the beautiful Snowdonia park, Tree Top Adventures is perfect for any thrill-seeking family! From gorge walking to abseiling, scrambling to kayaking, there is a little something for everyone.

Deep in the Betws y Coed forest, Tree Top Adventures is also home to the awe inspiring Powerfan Plummet – the world’s highest Powerfan Parachute Simulator! There’s also a fully licensed bar and a Tree Top Trail, designed for the little ones. Visit their website for more information.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Proud winners of all the biggest tourism awards, Llechwedd Slate Caverns offer a number of activities, both above ground and beneath! Firstly, you have the Deep Mine, where you’ll take a trip on the steepest passenger railway in the country, with the ghost of a Victorian miner as your tour guide!

After that, you can go on the Miners’ Tramway, then take a stroll through the Victorian Village – maybe you’ll grab some old sweets from the Corner Shop before popping into the Village Pub for a swift half!

Llangollen Wharf, Llangollen

There are many canals around the country such as Llangollen, but this one is unique. For a start, you can hop in a canal boat and get pulled along by Togg and Geordie, the resident horses, all the way up to Horseshoe Falls!

Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay

With panoramic views of the beautiful Colwyn Bay, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is a unique experience fit for the whole family. One of the most popular attractions in North Wales, the zoo is home to brown bears, red pandas, Sumatran tigers, snow leopards and Albert and Nancy, the Mississippi alligators.

There’s also a children’s zoo, where the little ones can get to know their goats, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Who would have thought all this was in Colwyn Bay?