Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB (approx. 1 mile away)
Travel 500ft underground on a cable railway to an underground lake for a recreation of a mining adventure. Includes special effects and light projections. Quarry explorer off-road truck tour also available. Pushchair and wheelchair friendly. There is a restaurant onsite and a gift shop selling cheese aged in the slate cavern. Zip world and Bounce Below are also here at the Slate Caverns offering more underground fun (www.zipworld.co.uk choose slate cavern adventures).
Sygun Copper Mine
Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4NE (approx. 6.5 miles away)
Self-guided audio-visual tours of the caves and old workings to see into the lives of Victorian copper miners. Walk through tunnels and chambers, seeing stalactite and stalagmite formations and copper ore veins with traces of gold and other precious metals. Also onsite is an adventure playground and restaurant, with activities such as panning for gold, metal detecting and pottery painting.
Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL48 6ET (approx. 9.5 miles away)
Explore the village, gardens and woods at the place where The Prisoner was filmed. Picnics are allowed and there is a brasserie onsite. The village is built overlooking the estuary of the Dwyryd river and at low tide there is an expanse of sand making a pretty little beach.
Conwy Valley Railway Museum
The Old Goods Yard, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0AL (approx. 9 miles away)
Look at model railways and take a ride on a miniature railway. There are also dodgem cars and a café onsite.
National Slate Museum
Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY (approx. 11.5 miles away)
See slate splitting demonstrations and the machinery that made tools. There are usually lots of activities for children during the summer holidays and a play-area all year round. Combine a visit to this museum with a steam train ride on the Llanberis Lakes Railway.
Harlech Castle & Caernarfon Castle
Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2YH (12 miles away) and Castle Ditch, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2AY (approx. 18 miles away)
Both castles were built by Edward I in the late 13th century. Restaurants onsite and picnics allowed.
Castle Street, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0DP (approx. 16 miles)
This castle was built (and destroyed after it fell to the English) by powerful welsh princes. It is in ruin but offers incredible views over the town and cardigan bay. It is flanked by award-winning beaches.
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2SA (approx. 13.5 miles away)
Enter manmade tunnels and caverns built over 100 years ago by candle-light and emerge with a spectacular view of Cardigan Bay, from the Preseli Mountains to the Lleyn Peninsular. At low tide, you can see the 14-mile natural causeway of St Patrick. There is a shop exhibiting a collection of naturally-formed gemstones and welsh slate gifts and a café onsite. The Children’s Farm Park is nearby.