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Child Friendly Hidden Gems to visit near Snowdonia

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track child friendly locations scattered near Snowdonia, Wales.

Whether you're looking to hike along the picturesque Snowdonia, or discover hidden gems perfect for picnics, this guide will lead you to some of Wales best-kept secrets near Snowdonia, ensuring a memorable and family-friendly experience for all!

Here are some of our favourite hidden gems near Snowdonia which are child friendly, however we do recommend doing your own research, as each child is different.

So grab your walking boots, pack your picnic (or a change of nappies!), and get ready to explore the hidden gems that await you and your little ones in the captivating Wales!

Image of Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve in Wales

1) Swallow Falls

Swallow Falls is one of the finest and must visit waterfalls in the North Wales. The force of the water falls is so high and it's just a treat to the eyes. If you close your eyes for a minute, you can feel and enjoy the nature and trust me it's a make you float in the air!

It's worth nothing there is an entry fee of £2 per person; either pay by coins or contactless on the gates.

Image of Swallow Falls in Wales

2) Sappers Suspension Bridge

The Sappers Suspension Bridge is a great thing to go and see if you are in the area or passing through. You can really fell the bridge swaying in the wind and with the foot traffic.

Visitors will also have a great view of the church as well as the river. So if you're ever in the village of Betws-y-Coed, you definitely need to have a look at it.

Image of Sappers Suspension Bridge in Wales

3) Llechwedd Slate Caverns

The Llechwedd Slate Caverns is an underground high level assault course with lots of zip wires at a very high level. When we visited, we found it absolutely terrifying at first but once you get into the swing of it (pun intended) it was great fun and actually perfectly safe!

Image of Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales

4) Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve

This place is regarded as one of the best places in Wales, with many explorers hiking here in all the seasons of the year and the views never cease to amaze them. They even say it's truly one of the greatest walks in Britain!

It’s about an hour hike around the lake or a 2 hour hike if taking the longer route by hiking up the mountain a bit before rejoining the shorter route.

Image of Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve in Wales

5) Aber Falls

Aber Falls is a beautiful waterfall at the end of a beautiful valley. There is step free access all the way to one side of the waterfall, as well as access to the other side however this requires descending irregular steps to a bridge and the climbing more steps to the opposite bank.

Even though it involves a tougher walk, it does offer a good view of the waterfall from a higher viewpoint which is part rocky and part gently sloping grass.

Image of Aber Falls in Wales

6) Dinorwic Quarry

This dramatic view brings together two Welsh icons. In the distance sits the country’s highest mountain, Snowdon, while the towering walls of slate in the foreground nod to an industry that has reshaped the landscape here over the centuries.

There are a few tunnels with surprises in them but be careful as rock falls occur and kids should be supervised at all times!

Image of Dinorwic Quarry in Wales

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known child friendly hidden gems which are scattered near Snowdonia. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Wales trip even more memorable!

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