Things to do

Things to do while you’re here - here are some of our best. 

Feeling energetic?  you might like to-

go hillwalking up Snowdon:  the nearest footpath start-point up Snowdon is Rhyd Ddu, 14miles. There are, of course, lots of other really beautiful (and much quieter) mountains, too. If you want our favourites, just let me know and I’ll send you our walking info.

go go-karting, quad biking, 10 pin bowling, archery, fishing and indoor soft play area at Glasfryn Parc (5 miles)

have a go at canyoning, climbing/abseiling, kayaking and canoeing - highly recommended  by a guest 

have a swim on one of the Llŷn peninsula's lovely beaches, inc Blackrock sands at Porthmadog, (sandy, huge, busy) Cricieth (sandy / pebbly), Morfa Nefyn on North side, and many others all along the peninsula, both N and S.

go surfing at Hell's Mouth (massive beach at far end of the peninsula, 18 miles) 

try Europe's longest zip-wire at Blaenau Ffestiniog  Book well ahead, it’s popular.

try Bounce below -trampoline in a cave

play golf underground  in the mines

trampoline in tree tops and more at Fforest  

try an escape room in Porthmadog

go pony trekking- Friends recommend Gadlys (0788 0732880 just 3m or so before Caernarfon, and Snowdonia Riding Stables ("excellent") Snowdonia Riding Stables 01286 650342. 

hire bikes from  Beddgelert bikes, in Beddgelert   (01766 890 434) or  Beics Menai Cycles in Caernarfon (01286 676 804, 13 miles) and ride Lôn Eifion cycle path very nearby.

go white water rafting: National Whitewater rafting centre nr. Bala  (35miles)                                                                  

Go golfing- excellent courses at Nefyn, Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Caernarfon-  all are superbly scenic and welcome visitors. 

go fishing Lots of sea fishing all along the peninsula, from beaches and in the rivers. Also at  Glasfryn (see above) or Bron Eifion, 6 acre coarse fishing lake nr Criccieth (7 miles) The angling shops in Criccieth (Criccieth Bait Box) and Pwllheli (Llŷn Angling) sell tackle and permits.

go crabbing  all along the peninsula. 

stand-up paddle boarding available in Criccieth, we hear from a guest. /paddleboarding.html

play a round of golf underground if you’d like a really surreal experience. . Who dreamed that one up? 

walk up a local hill - Tre’r Ceiri- to visit an impressive Iron Age hillfort/ The photos don’t do it justice, it’s truly extraordinary.

Looking for a more relaxed time?    

see a castle (or 4) Cricieth castle (7 miles), Caernarfon Castle  (13 miles), Harlech Castle  (19 miles) and Conwy castle (37 miles). 

go to Portmeirion Italianate village ( 13 miles) world-famous, extraordinary .

visit Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli- Island of 20,000 saints)- at the far end of the peninsula- this is a lovely day trip- boats go from Porth Meudwy, nr  Aberdaron, leaving at c 10.00, but not every day, it’s very weather/tide-dependent. Details of ferries on website: 

go up Snowdon the easy way: take a train! Snowdon mountain railway :  

visit a garden: Plas Brondanw (13 miles) up the Croesor valley, was the home of Clough Williams-Ellis, the man behind Portmeirion. Beautiful Hidcote-style garden with amazing views                    .                 

Plas Newydd , NT, (25miles) just across the water on Anglesey: extraordinary trompe l’oeil mural by Whistler. You may see red squirrels in the garden- we did 

Plas yn Rhiw is towards the end of the peninsula, also NT, perched on a hillside overlooking the sea- a lovely house and garden.

Bodnant (40miles) – world-famous National Trust garden

ride a narrow-gauge train: Ffestiniog railway runs from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog ( The Welsh Highland railway runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. (  Jump off at Snowdon Ranger stop and zip up the path to Snowdon!

try an escape room in Porthmadog 

watch the ospreys at the RSPB centre at Glaslyn, just N of Porthmadog: free RSPB centre there with CCTV camera- magic. They arrive late March, and migrate August/September.

go down Llechewedd slate mine (20miles)

visit the National Slate Museum at Llanberis- free and absolutely fascinating (20 miles)

go down Sygun copper mine (16 miles)

visit Ty Coch: pub on a beach (Porthdinllaen) nr Nefyn- grand day out! 

visit the Llŷn Maritime Museum while you’re at Nefyn 

sample our local wine: – yes, really!  Pant Glas vineyard is nearby at Penygroes. They do great cider, too. Lovely cafe, guided tours etc

visit our local brewery, Mws Piws (Purple Moose) in Porthmadog. Tours & sampling                                         

enjoy birdwatching anywhere on the peninsula. You can often see buzzards from the yard itself  also swallows, cuckoos, ravens, wagtails, etc.

see a really starry sky on a clear night at Bryn Engan- Anglesey and the Llŷn Peninsula are designated ‘dark sky areas’. We’ve actually seen the Milky Way from Bryn Engan, truly magical. 

Rainy days

There’s still plenty to do when it’s raining - 

pay table tennis or pool at Brynengan

go down a mine , see above.

take the brewery tour in Porthmadog, see above.

visit Caernarfon  or Harlech castle

go for a swim (you’re going to get wet anyway…)

Bounce below – trampolining underground, see above

golf underground (see above)

visit National Slate Museum in Llanberis (see above) 

go 10 pin bowling in Glasfryn (see above)

try an escape room in Porthmadog 

For younger children

You can go a long way along the sea at Criccieth with a buggy. Go to the sea and turn right.  And you can walk about half-way along the Miner’s footpath up Snowdon with a buggy, too. There’s a nice walk you can do with buggies along the valley at Gelert’s grave (Beddgelert)

Beaches are great . Blackrock sands at Porthmadog are huge and will be busy, but there's space for all there. There are lots of lovely smaller beaches on the North and South coast, too: make a day of it with a nice pub lunch by going to Ty Coch pub on the beach near Morfa Nefyn, up on the N coast? 

The castles are good: Harlech / Caernarfon especially. 

There's a rabbit farm near Llanystumdwy.

Lots of lovely narrow gauge railways, too, see above.

There’s a Sealife centre just over in Anglesey we hear good things about.

Also ‘Pili Palas’ on Anglesey- our grandchildren loved it there (all under 10)

Swimming pool in Porthmadog leisure centre

Or simply

Have a drink/ lunch in Ty Coch overlooking the beach at Porthdinllaen (nr Nefyn): "the third best pub on the beach in the world!"

Eat ice cream on the seafront at Criccieth- Cadwaladers icecream is legendary

Eat out at one of the many great local pubs and restaurants in Criccieth, Porthmadog, Pwllheli etc . 

Watch the stars- the Dark Sky areas of the Llŷn peninsula and Snowdonia National Park are legendary. We’ve even seen the Milky Way from Bryn Engan.

Please let us know about anything good you discover - new things keep popping up!

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We stayed here in April, and I cannot actually put into words how magical and amazing this place actually is. It is so quiet, the views are beautiful and the place itself is just so serene. We all had ...

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