Rainy Day Activities in North Snowdonia
This post is part of our new rainy day activities series which covers the best things to do when your planned trek or walk has been rained off. The series kicks off with North Snowdonia so if you find yourself here then these attractions should help keep you occupied and active until you can get back out into the great outdoors.
Underground Adventure Trips, Betws y Coed
What better way to get out of the rain than to head underground. Go Below operates underground adventure trips in the abandoned mines of Snowdonia. But these aren’t just any old mine tours, they are packed with exciting activities such as zip lines, abseiling and climbing to keep your pulse raising and give you a full workout, while those above ground are either sitting indoors or getting waterlogged out on the trails. The two tours available that explore these former slate mines take between 4.5 to 6 hours to complete, so it makes for a great day out for adults and kids alike, located just a few miles south of Betws y Coed.
Indoor Climbing at Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig
When the rain falls head inside to this indoor climbing wall at The National Mountain Sports Council in Capel Curig. If you’ve prepared yourself for a day of exertion and physical activity, only to find your plans scuppered by the rain, indoor climbing is a great way to burn off that pent up energy while also keeping the kids and family entertained. Visit the Plas y Brenin website to find out more about their indoor climbing activities.
Shorter courses and taster sessions open to adults and kids are available at the Beacon Climbing Centre, located between Caernarfon and Llanberis.
Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
This five-star rated attraction according to TripAdvisor.com is the perfect cultural day out when walking is out of the question. If it is raining and you have no choice but to stay indoors, why not do it in a Victorian Gothic mansion such as this. Plas Glyn-y-Weddw was built in 1856 and it really is an impressive structure that has to been to be appreciated. Once inside, there are art galleries to view and the interior of the house to explore and marvel at. You can cover plenty of ground here so even if your walk is called off, you can still get some exercise in, despite the rain.
Should the weather pick up, then there are woodland walks to be enjoyed around the grounds with amazing views of the sea. The beach can also be accessed by some steep steps once the ground has dried. All in all Plas Glyn y Weddw in Llanbedrog is a great way to spend a rainy day in North Snowdonia.
Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis to Snowdon Summit
This tourist railway is the perfect way to idle a day away and take in the spectacular scenery that this area is famous for, even when it is raining. The route is 4.7 miles / 7.6 km long and as this railway is renowned for operating in the harshest weather around, unless the rain is particularly aggressive, at least part of this route is likely to be running, although do check first. Starting in Llanberis, the Snowdon Mountain Railway includes five stations in total, ending with the Summit station which is actually 68 feet / 21 metres below the summit. This is pretty impressive when you consider that is the highest peak in England and Wales.
For more information on this rainy day attraction visit the Snowdon Mountain Railway website
If one railway isn’t enough, the Llanberis Lake Railway should keep you occupied until you can get back out on the paths.
Hopefully these suggestions of active activities to do in North Snowdonia when it’s raining will keep you busy and allow you to salvage something form your visit, even if it isn’t the walk or trek you had planned.