So it rains a bit in North Wales? So what! We have some of the best rainy-day visitor attractions in the country. Here we describe three of the best… so put that brolly away and join us!
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below
Technically three attractions, but this complex just outside Blaenau Ffestiniog has so much going on underground you could spend a day down there and still not get to try everything!
We’ve already talked about Zip World Caverns here. If zip wires aren’t your thing, how about a spider’s web of trampoline nets and tunnels festooning vast underground spaces? Bounce Below is just that, and with a kaleidoscope of lighting to illuminate your adventures, this is an experience like no other!
If all this seems like just too much effort, Llechwedd Slate Caverns offer an incredible Victorian Slate Mine tour that includes the steepest cable railway in Britain. You will marvel at the size of the caverns, including four that have remained out of public reach for the past 50 years. Learn about the harsh life of the miner through the inspiring stories told by workers as young as 12.
Electric Mountain, Llanberis
Go deep underground another mountain, only this time the massive man-made caverns are all about hydro-electric power, not slate.
Dinorwig Power Station has a special place on the National Grid. Specifically, when a large TV audience gets up during the adverts to put the kettle on, six turbines in Europe’s largest man-made cave get to work, supplying all the extra power needed for millions of cups of tea. Dinorwig is the UK’s biggest “peak demand” electricity provider. Although it’s 21 years old now, it’s still the largest scheme of its kind on the continent – an awesome feat of engineering.
Tours from the visitor centre on the shores of Llyn Padarn take you deep into Elidir mountain and along some of the station’s 16 kilometres of tunnels. The visitor centre also has a shop and café, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied indoors as you wait for the rain to pass.
Plas Newydd, Anglesey
You don’t have to go underground to escape the weather. North Wales’ boasts many fine castles and mansion homes, and one of the best of Plas Newydd on the Anglesey side of the Menai Strait. Just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel, this National Trust property recently featured on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. It clearly wowed presenter Fiona Bruce and all those who saw the programme!
The grand interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association and contains his exquisite romantic mural and the largest exhibition of his works. A military museum holds relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey’s tenure, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.
Visit the Plas Newydd website here
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