Things to do on rainy days in North Wales

North Wales is a playground for outdoor adventurers, but the good times don’t stop when the weather turns. Here’s a selection of indoor activities to provide a change of scenery and a great day in.

  • Terrapin sunning himself on a log at the Rhyl SeaQuarium

    Terrapin at Rhyl SeaQuarium, North Wales

     by Saberlynx

    From baby sharks to sprawling spider crabs, Rhyl's aquarium is full of rock pools, seahorses, terrapins and jellyfish. This underwater world is divided into nine aquatic zones, and the regular shows in the Sea Lion Cove and feeding time for the Harbour seals are particularly worth seeing.

  • Exterior of the Venue Cymru building, Llandudno

    Venue Cymru, Llandudno

    A theatre first opened at this spot on the promenade more than a century ago, but since 2007 the new Venue Cymru has been the place to see major touring shows. Catch big name singers and best selling theatrical productions here, as well as the Welsh National Opera and a revolving exhibition programme.

  • The atmospheric charm of this cinema and arts centre reflects the building’s old school origins dating back to 1893. The Magic Lantern hosts live music, comedy and poetry performances as well as a packed itinerary of movies in its state-of-the-art cinema. The bar is reportedly well stocked and the staff extremely friendly, which seals the deal as far as we’re concerned.

  • Inside of a Victorian laundry room at the Beaumaris Gaol
    Beaumaris Gaol, Anglesey

    The story of life inside this Spartan gaol during the 1800s doesn’t pull any punches. One visitor described her visit to Beaumaris Gaol as both ‘grim’ and a ‘great morning out’. It features one of the few working treadmills in the UK and it comes as no surprise whatsoever that the gaol was featured in an episode of the popular television show Most Haunted.

  • A pantomine at Rhyl Pavilion
    Rhyl Pavilion, North East Wales by Neil Whiteley

    From Madam Butterfly and Strictly Come Dancing to risqué comedy and contemporary theatre, the Pavilion is the place to see a performance. The current Pavilion, the third to have been built in Rhyl, opened in 1991, 90 years after the first one burnt down, and is the place to see a leading performers on the North East coast of Wales. 

  • A model railway exhibition at Ty Siamas
    Tŷ Siamas, Dolgellau by Keith O'Brien

    Built in the late 19th century, the grand building lauded as the home of Welsh folk music has been used as a granary, cinema, dance hall and gig venue. Tŷ Siamas
    opened in its current guise in the summer of 2007, featuring an exhibition honouring its harpist founder, Elis Siôn Siamas of Llanfachreth.

  • A workman working at a forge at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, North Wales
    National Slate Museum in Llanberis, Snowdonia

    Built in 1870, this former slate quarry lies within a dramatic industrial setting. But step inside the National Slate Museum and you'll find out why it's become an acclaimed museum – the displays faithfully recreate the lives of workers at the Dinorwic production site, taking in workshops, houses, demonstrations and chances to have a go.

  • A child climbing on the childrens climbing wall at Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon
    Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon, Snowdonia by Beacon Climbing Centre

    This newly opened climbing centre is one of the finest in Britain, and although you can attempt a wall which is 17 metres high, its areas, colour-coded according to their difficulty, aim to be exciting rather than intimidating for beginners. Look out for the kaleidoscopic CrazyClimb for family scalers.

  • Passionately run in a modest museum, Stone Science is treasure trove of geology has the personal touch as well as stacks of rocks, minerals, fossils and incredible dinosaur artefacts. Dig through the array of discoveries on show and find out more from the people who put them together in this charming, quirky collection.

  • A ceramic clock with childrens foot and hand prints made at Tan y Ddraig Ceramic Cafe
    Tan y Ddraig Ceramic Cafe, Llanberis by Tan y Ddraig

    Put your family's creative talent to work and create a unique souvenir of your holiday by decorating a pottery mug, plate or trinket at Tan y Ddraig's friendly painting studio. Foot or hand imprints can be glazed (the paint is non-toxic), with books, food and drink available for inspiration.

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