Caernarfon is a beautiful medieval town set on the north coast of Wales. With miles of sandy beaches and rugged mountains a short drive away, it’s a great central place to enjoy a bit of town life and history whilst being on the door stop to experience the great outdoors. Here’s our quick guide to Things To Do In Caernarfon.
CAERNARFON CASTLE A visit to the castle is a must of course when visiting Caernarfon. Its impressive structure and incredible history will keep you and the family entertained for hours.
SNOWDONIA WATERSPORTS Snowdonia Watersports offer great adventures days incorporating canoeing, kayaking, climbing, and coasteering. You can pick from either one of their bespoke days to a one-off activity – all ages groups and abilities are catered for.
GREENWOOD FOREST PARK Voted the best family day out in North Wales, Greenwood Forest is a mini theme park set in the woods aimed more towards a younger age group. Fun rides, lots of adventure, arts and crafts and shows are all on offer.
GYPSY WOOD A family oriented adventure playground where you can meet and feed the animals, ride the little steam train and play on the zipwire and playground. A great day out in the great outdoors.
BEACON CLIMBING WALL A fantastic indoor climbing wall for all ages and abilities. The best indoor climbing wall in North Wales, it is a great place to learn, practise and a fantasic place to go when it rains!
This aviation museum that allows you to get up close and personal with the planes on show. Its a great day out for those rainy days.
SNOWDONIA RIDING STABLES
Seeing the Snowdonia mountain side by horse back is quite an experience. From 1 hour to half day hacks, these guys offer a great opportunity to see Snowdonia on horseback.
A great country house set in a park is a great place to go for a walk – beautiful woodlands to explore.
A great long sandy beach that has a play area, ice cream shop, chippy and toilets near by – what else do you need for a day on the beach?!
THE FFESTINIOG AND WELSH HIGHLANDS STEAM TRAIN starts in Porthmadog or Caernarfon, taking you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past.
PORTMEIRION VILLAGE is a little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in Wales was created by Clough Williams-Ellis during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings and gardens. Famous for its filming of the Prisoner in the 60’s it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the village along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.
ZIP WORLD has offers 10 incredible activities in North Wales…
- Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
- Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs throug the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
- Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).
SURF SNOWDONIA is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes
THE NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions. https://youtu.be/olBngRW2ZGA
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous. Mud and Routes is a great resource to use if you are looking for inspiration as to where to go. If you are looking to tackle Snowdon, you might find this blog post useful: Our very own ‘REALLY SIMPLE WALKING GUIDE UP SNOWDON’
GEOCACHING. If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these nd so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!
MOUNTAIN BIKING | CYCLING
LON LAS EIFION Starting in the historic town of Caernarfon, this 16 km route runs along the Welsh Highland Railway south towards the village of Brycir on the outskirts of the Llyn Peninsula. A great family ride for all ages and abilities.
Based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
Uplift and down hill MBT trails. Voted as the best up lift service in the UK, there are 6 trails for both novice and advanced riders. Its costs £32.50 for the day and is suited to more dedicated mountain bikers. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
BIKE HIRE – Beics Menai in Caernarfon
This recent post we did on mountain biking will give you more information: SNOWDONIA STYLE ADVENTURE | MOUNTAIN BIKING
The Black Boy Inn offers great pub food having received a certificate of excellence.
The Gors Bach Inn offers a Welsh based pub menu.
The Ship and Castle is like your local home from home.
Wal on Palace street is set in an eclectic menu set in a stunning building steeped in history.
Osteria offers a great Italian menu.
Ouzo and Olives is a great Greek restaurant.
Fu’s is a fabulous contemporary chinese restaurant on the harbour.
Molly’s Bar and Restaurant is based just outside on the town on Coed Helen Holiday Park and offers a great bistro menu.
The Mill is a bistro set between Caernarfon and Llanberis
Palas Caffi offers traditional cafe food but with amazing ice cream!
Y Gegin Fach offers good soup and sandwiches.
Scoops is a Dutch pancake and ice-cream cafe and it is as good as it sounds!
Bengal Spice is the Indian offering
Bangor Hospital (Ysbyty Gwynedd) , Bangor; TEL: 01248 384384
Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand.
NATWEST, HSBC, LLOYDS and BARCLAYS Banks are all available in Caernarfon.
TESCO’s and MORRISON’s are in Caernarfon
Transport for Wales is the train service provider for North Wales: Transport For Wales Website
By Coach, National Express services run to Bangor and Caernarfon from London and Manchester. Arriva operate the service from South Wales to Caernarfon as part of the Traws Cambria network:
Local taxi firms include:
Town CABS – 01286 676091
M and R Private Cars – 01286 831867
Holiday Cottages In Caernarfon
And of course, if you’re looking for some holiday cottages in the area please visit
DIONI HOLIDAY COTTAGES IN CAERNARFON