Things to do in North Wales when it’s raining
North Wales is a playground for outdoor adventurers, but the good times don’t stop when the weather turns. There are plenty of indoor activities in North Wales to provide a change of scenery and a great day under cover. Just take a look!
Venue Cymru, LlandudnoFrom Madam Butterfly and Strictly Come Dancing to risqué comedy and contemporary theatre, the Pavilion Theatre Rhyl is all about spectacular performances. This incarnation opened in 1991, 90 years after the first one burnt down.
Venue Cymru, Llandudno is built where a theatre opened on the promenade spot over a century ago, but since 2007 Venue Cymru has stood in its place. Catch famous singers, best-selling theatre shows and exhibitions.
The independent Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn, is housed in the original Assembly Rooms built in the 1800s. It boasts a well stocked bar, hosts live music, comedy and poetry performances as well as a packed itinerary of movies with a state-of-the-art cinema system.
Adventures and activities
Go Below Underground Adventures, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales by Go Below Underground Adventures 2015Rain or shine, you can climb at the Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon! Daredevils can attempt a wall which is 17 metres high, while everyone else can try one of the colour-coded climbs to suit their ability. Look out for the kaleidoscopic CrazyClimb for family scalers.
Why go over a mountain when you can go through it? Abseil, zip line, scramble, traverse, boat and climb around the abandoned mines of Snowdonia with Go Below. You’ll encounter deep blue lakes, lofty caverns and forgotten mining machinery as you go.
Bounce Below, in Blaenau Ffestiniog, has to be one of the most unusual rainy day activities North Wales has to offer! Three trampolines, one above the other, are suspended in an underground cavern the size of a cathedral. It’s all connected by slides and ladders and lit by psychedelic multi-coloured lights, so you can jump, slide and climb your way through the deep dark course. Or try nearby Zip World Caverns where five huge underground slate caverns have been turned into a unique adventure playground. They house zip lines, rope bridges, balance beams and tunnels, with plenty of breath-taking stretches and one-of-a-kind views. A 3 hour adventure for children aged 10 years upwards.
Curiosity and culture
Great Orme tramline, LlandudnoThe story of life inside this Spartan gaol during the 1800s doesn’t pull any punches. One visitor described her visit to Beaumaris Gaol, Anglesey, as both ‘grim’ and a ‘great morning out’. It features one of the few working treadmills in the UK and once featured on the television show Most Haunted.
Passionately run in a modest museum, Stone Science, Anglesey, is a treasure trove of geology. It has stacks of rocks, minerals, fossils and incredible dinosaur artefacts. Dig through the discoveries on show and find out more from the people who put together this quirky collection.
The National Slate Museum, Llanberis is based in a former slate quarry built in 1870. The dramatic industrial setting is perfect for this acclaimed museum, with displays that faithfully recreate the lives of workers at the Dinorwic site. Take part in workshops and demonstrations or simply explore this pocket of culture.
The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors for over 100 years. An engineering marvel of its age, it's the only cable-hauled tramway operating on British public roads. At the Halfway Station exhibition, discover the fascinating funicular tramway then enjoy the spectacular ride to the top.
Oriel MOSTYN Gallery hosts consistently excellent contemporary art shows within an elegant building. You can expect to see major established artists and the best up-and-coming practitioners at the venue. Discover something new or have a go at drawing what you see.
From baby sharks and seahorses to spider crabs and jellyfish, Rhyl's aquarium is full of aquatic wildlife. The underwater world is divided into nine zones, plus there are short shows and feeding times to watch. Anglesey Sea Zoo features British sea life, including sea horses!
Try something new
Tan y Ddraig Ceramic Cafe, Llanberis by Tan y DdraigPut your family's creative talent to work and create a unique souvenir of your holiday by decorating a pottery mug, plate or trinket at the friendly Tan y Ddraig studio in Llanberis. Foot or hand imprints can be glazed. Books, food and drink are available for inspiration. The Piggery Pottery in Caernarfon offers pot throwing as well as pottery painting. Ruthin Craft Centre holds regular workshops and exhibitions, or don your wellies and follow the Ruthin Art Trail around the town. Corris Craft Centre offers chocolate making, candle making and pottery painting, or there's more underground action at King Arthur's Labyrinth and Corris Mine Explorers.
Far be it from us to encourage you to come to Wales and sample Spanish cuisine, but Olif, Betws-y-Coed, is not your average tapas bar. The only food not sourced locally are the olives. Once you’ve gorged yourself silly, you can crash overnight in one of their 5-star luxury rooms.