Portmeirion

Architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis drew up his vision for the perfect coastal village between 1925 and 1976. Lucky for us, his vision came to life in the form of colourful Portmeirion. There, Italianate architecture juts from lush exotic woodland, offering miles of beautiful walking territory, meandering estuaries and romantic cliff-top sights.

Portmeirion Village in Gwynedd
Portmeirion, North Wales

Bardsey Island

There's so much charm on this trust-owned island. On Bardsey, there are the ruins of 6th century monasteries, the tallest lighthouse in the UK and amazing natural habitats, but only a tiny population. Rocks and rugged scenery are its calling cards, not to mention dolphins, seals and Neolithic circles.

Lighthouse on Bardsey Island
Bardsey Island

Ogwen Valley

Even by the standards of the surrounding Snowdonia National Park, Ogwen is pretty special. Take the Llyn Ogwen circular walk around some of the most dramatic natural geological beauty anywhere in the world and see your reflection in the glaciations of the Nant Ffrancon valley, created by ice thousands of years ago.

Image of Llyn Ogwen, in the Ogwen Valley
Llyn Ogwen, Ogwen Valley, North Wales

Tŷ Siamas

Folk music is embedded in the history of Wales. The grand 19th century  Siamas building in Dolgellau has been a grain store and disco venue in its time, houses performances and exhibitions that bring the story to life. Enjoy a guided tour before sampling some traditional local delicacies.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Opened during the 1970s, Llechwedd Slate Caverns is an homage to slate history. It's won just about every award going, and you can find out why by descending 500 feet underground inside the steepest mining cable railway in Europe. Imagine what life would have been like without electricity during a tour of the craggy, torchlit tunnels.

Alternatively, release some energy at the on-site underground trampoline park, Zip World Bounce Below. Or, for an aerial experience like no other, head for Zip World Titan – Europe's largest zip-lining zone. There, you can zipline on parallel lines over three different zip wires!

People bouncing on underground trampolines at Bounce Below in Gwynedd, North Wales
The Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales

Trefriw Woollen Mills

Watch hand-spinning craftspeople and towering hydro-electro turbines in majestic action at Trefriw Woollen Mills, one of the last mills that's still in operation in Wales. The history of this place stretches back 150 years. Make the most of the beautiful work going on there by picking up some natty knitwork.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Get inspired at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), a futuristic shrine to sustainability. It features interactive displays, the latest innovations in energy generation and insights into organic growing. An eco-house, a railway, electric vehicles and organic gardens are among the highlights. Anyone needing persuasion to go green will be enchanted by this place.

The funicular railway at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Mid Wales

Snowdon Mountain Railway

If you don't fancy mountain walking, you might think you've got no chance of seeing Snowdon’s summit up close. Well, think again. Originally conceived during the 19th century (when a donkey ride was one of the options for visitors wishing to scale the awesome mountain), the Snowdon Mountain Railway lets you climb aboard and head to the summit. It's an unforgettably scenic journey, and you'll barely break a sweat.

Snowdon Lily carriage going up the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Train near top of Snowdon, Snowdon Mountain Railway, North Wales

The Menai Strait Rib Ride

Get closer to the spectacular Menai Strait on a state-of-the-art Rib Ride boat tour, zipping along the coast at up to 50 miles per hour. A journey to the largest breakwater in Britain, a whizz past statues of Lord Nelson and a blast under the Menai suspension bridge are among the exhilarating range of trips.

People on a rib boat ride on the Menai Strait
RIB boat ride on the Menai Strait, Anglesey, North Wales

Be safe!

Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.