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9 Amazing Things To Do In North Wales When It’s Raining

by Chloe Gunning

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From castles and aquariums to adrenaline activities and mountain trains, there are plenty of amazing things to do in North Wales when it’s raining.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

North Wales is a fantastic place for a holiday, with beautiful mountain scenery, gorgeous beaches, cosy holiday cottages and plenty of fantastic historic and cultural attractions.

However, the beautiful lush, green countryside comes with a slight downside – North Wales gets a lot of rain! In fact, the Welsh weather can be notoriously unpredictable, so whatever time of year you visit, you’ll probably want to have a few ideas up your sleeve in case the clouds turn grey on your North Wales holiday.

North Wales countryside

The beautiful North Wales countryside

The good news is that North Wales offers a whole host of rainy day activities that you can enjoy whatever the weather! This region is known for its mining history, and although the mines have long since closed, there’s still plenty to explore both above and below the ground.

Kids and adventure lovers will adore the trails, trampolines and zip lines deep in the subterranean caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog. If, on the other hand, you’d rather keep your head above ground, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with castles, museums, aquariums, and hothouses galore!

Llandudno, North Wales

Rainbow over Llandudno, North Wales

Still looking for ideas? Here are my top tips for what to do in North Wales when it rains.

Top things to do in North Wales when it rains

1. Head underground at Blaenau Ffestiniog

Blaenau Ffestiniog is known as the former ‘slate capital of the world’, and was once one of the most important mining centres in North Wales. Today, however, this unique spot, with its scree-covered slopes and slate caverns, is a hub of underground adventure activity.

Zip World Caverns

Zip World Caverns

Bounce Below is, without a doubt, one of the coolest things to do in North Wales when it’s raining! Imagine a huge series of trampolines, zip lines and a climbing centre in an underground cavern the size of a cathedral.

Bounce Below, Wales

Bounce Below is a great place to visit in North Wales when it’s raining

Zip World Caverns also offers the possibility of an underground tour involving a via ferrata, rope bridges and eerie tunnels, passing through historic mining caves. This is one of our favourite things to do in North Wales when it rains (or even when it doesn’t!)

2. Visit Anglesey Sea Zoo

The waters of North Wales are teeming with incredible sea life, and the Anglesey Sea Zoo is one of the best places to learn about this amazing habitat. The aquarium specialises in the rare and wonderful wildlife found in British waters, including moon jellyfish, beautiful seahorses, conger eels, rays and longspine snipefish.

Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo is a great place to visit in North Wales when it’s raining

There’s a strong emphasis on education and conservation, and a fascinating seahorse breeding programme. For families, this popular all-weather attraction is one of the ideal things to do in North Wales when it’s raining.

3. Ride the Welsh Highland Railway through Snowdonia National Park

Walking in Snowdonia is one of the most popular activities in North Wales, but it’s not much fun when the rain is pouring and it’s cold and foggy. However, wet weather doesn’t have to mean that you need to steer clear of the mountains.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

How about a trip on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways on a rainy day?

The Welsh Highland Railway is a beautiful heritage railway, beginning at Ffestiniog and passing through 40 miles of the most beautiful scenery in the Snowdonia National Park.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

Incredible views on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in North Wales

It may be wet outside, but the stunning landscape shines even when it’s under cloud, and you can observe it from the dry, warm and comfortable carriages of the mountain train!

4. Take a spa day in North Wales

If the weather’s really getting you down, we’ve got the perfect indoor activity for you – a luxurious spa day! Forget the clouds and sink into a haven of pampering and relaxation.

View of Lake Vyrnwy from Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa

View of Lake Vyrnwy from Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa – not a bad place to visit in North Wales when its raining

We think that Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa is one of the nicest spas in North Wales, with a full range of treatments on offer, a fully equipped thermal suite, a whirlpool overlooking the lake, and panoramic views of Snowdonia.

Curling up in a cosy spa has got to be one of the best things to do in North Wales in the rain!

5. Visit the National Slate Museum

Slate is an important part of North Wales’ history, and has shaped the landscape, culture and economy of the region over the centuries. There’s no better way to learn a little more about this important aspect of Welsh heritage than by heading for the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, where you’ll get to experience the awesome power of a Victorian slate workshop and quarry.

National Slate Museum, North Wales

National Slate Museum, North Wales

Watch live demonstrations by the quarry craftsmen, and marvel at the immense waterwheel, the largest in mainland Britain. Although it might not sound like an obvious choice as part of a visit to North Wales, this fascinating museum is well worth a trip, and is a fantastic indoor attraction for families.

6. Eat at one of the best restaurants in North Wales

If the weather outside is cold and wet, we’d suggest heading for a slap up meal at one of the best restaurants in North Wales. No longer considered an outlier in fine dining, North Wales has recently stepped up its culinary offering, with a number of restaurants drumming up innovative, contemporary Welsh cuisine.

Dinner at Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Dinner at Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

The most famous restaurant in the region is Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, a beautiful mansion situated in a 200-acre park. Their excellent restaurant serves sophisticated, delicious dishes and is the perfect place for a special night out.

Chateau Rhianfa, Wales

Chateau Rhianfa, Wales – a beautiful place for a romantic meal in North Wales

For a romantic, dreamy experience, you can’t beat Chateau Rhianfa, a beautiful French-style castle overlooking the Menai Strait. The team of up-and-coming chefs do a mean afternoon tea, and the award-winning evening restaurant is well worth a visit.

Sosban and The Old Butchers

Gourmet cuisine at Sosban and The Old Butchers in Menai Bridge


Finally, if you’re in the mood for something more contemporary, head for the Michelin-starred Sosban & The Old Butchers, a tiny restaurant with a rustic feel, and a menu of local specialities, transformed into unique culinary experiences by talented chef Stephen Stevens. You can check out our other picks of the best Michelin starred restaurants in Wales here. 

7. Explore Penrhyn Castle

Perched on the Menai Strait, the imposing Penrhyn Castle is a striking feature of the North Wales landscape. The red brick architecture is matched by opulent, luxurious interiors, littered with an excellent collection of fine art, so this is one of the best things to do in North Wales in the rain if you’re an art or history buff.

Penrhyn Castle

Visiting Penrhyn Castle is one of the best things to do in North Wales in the rain

The cleverly designed exhibits also showcase North Wales’ colonial history, and contextualise the Victorian development of the region in the global story of slavery – the Pennant family fortune was based on wealth derived from their sugar plantations in Jamaica.

Today, this beautiful castle and grounds is a haven of peace, and a fantastic place to visit on a rainy day in Wales.

8. Take a tour at Conwy Brewery

North Wales certainly hasn’t escaped the recent craft beer revival, and the popular Conwy Brewery is one of the region’s best microbreweries.

Conwy Brewery, North Wales

How about a pint at Conwy Brewery, North Wales?

This small, friendly business offers a range of tours that are perfect for a rainy day in Conwy, from a simple, short tour of the brewery (accompanied by tasting samples) to their fantastic ‘brewer for a day’ tours, where you’ll shadow a master brewer and get to learn about the brewing process first hand.

This is a must for craft beer fans, and a great option if you’re looking for things to do in North Wales when it’s raining.

9. Explore the natural world at Pili Palas

When the weather outside is grim and miserable, head to Pili Palas Nature World for a little taste of the tropical! With lush butterfly and bird houses, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the rainforest, where you’ll meet a whole range of animals, birds and insects.

Pili Palas, North Wales

Pili Palas is a great place to visit in North Wales when it’s raining

With beautiful Macaws, African Grey parrots, rare Argentinian Black and White lizards and countless butterflies and moths, there’s plenty here to help you forget the rain outside!

You’ll even find a meerkat tunnel, bug zone, snake house, and a small petting zoo (in case you’d rather hang out with something a little more cute and cuddly). If you’re an animal lover, this has got to be one of the best things to do in North Wales when it’s raining.

Pili Palas, North Wales

Hop on board the train at Pili Palas, North Wales

There are so many wonderful things to do in North Wales, come rain or shine! Fingers crossed this guide has given you a few ideas just in case the heavens open during your holiday!

Don’t forget to let us know in the comments if you have any other tips for what to do in North Wales in the rain.

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