As holiday season kicks off, we're delighted to see the return of visitors to the region, it's been too long! For many visitors the lure of Snowdonia is the beauty of the Great Outdoors but what do you do when it rains? This is Wales, after all!
Well, the good news is a bit of rain won't stop you having fun! There are many excellent all-weather attractions across the region suitable for all ages and tastes. In this blog, we’ve selected our five favourite rainy days out.
1. National Slate Museum, Llanberis
A short walk from the hotel, the National Slate Museum explores our slate heritage. Recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, the region has a rich history of slate mining which dates back over 2,000 years. In its heyday, North Wales slate literally roofed the world and was exported by sea from Caernarfon and Bangor. Visit the museum and experience what is was like to live and work in the quarries for the men, women and children of Snowdonia.
2. Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-y-Coed
You'll need your brolly for this one as there's an unmissable part of the museum experience that takes place outdoors - a miniature steam train ride! Afterwards, head inside the museum to get dry and learn more about the history of the Conwy Valley Railway. You'll also get the opportunity to operate the model trains and browse railway memorabilia.
3. Pili Palas, Menai Bridge
Billed as Anglesey's top family attraction, Pili Palas will transport you away from wet Wales to the sweltering tropics. Here you can get up close and personal with an array of animals, ranging from tiny butterflies and insects to much larger friendly farm animals! There's a cafe, a massive indoor play centre and well-stocked shop to take home a memento of your visit too.
4. Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn
Another unmissable all-weather wildlife attraction on Anglesey, this conservation aquarium works tirelessly to protect and preserve the inhabitants of our British waters. Walk through several fascinating underwater areas, including the spooky shipwreck, the kelp forest and even go under the pier to catch a glimpse of our watery neighbours!
5. Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
This 18th century folly or mock castle managed by the National Trust resembles something straight out of a storybook! Explore the stately public rooms in the main house and discover the castle's - sometimes infamous - history. If there’s a break in the weather, head outside and take a stroll around Penrhyn's beautiful gardens.
So, there you have it; even when the weather takes a turn for the worse, you'll never be at a loss for something to do near The Royal Victoria Hotel!