by Menai Holidays
What comes to mind when you think of Easter? We’re sure it has something to do with eggs, probably the chocolate variety, cute fluffy or feathery creatures and spring flowers in bloom. But, could it also be the dreaded feeling of finding plenty of things to keep everyone entertained?
Here we provide a few free ideas that will have you leaping for joy instead of being hopping mad at having to spend a fortune! North Wales is the perfect place to spend an Easter break; whether it be an extra long weekend or a week or two, there’s plenty to keep everyone smiling. Read on to find out the best free things we think the region has to offer.
Walking is top of our free things to do list and thanks to the peninsula, Snowdonia National Park and the Isle of Anglesey, there is so much variety you wouldn’t have to walk the same path more than once! With more mountains than you could name, miles of coastal path and plenty of trails to wander, the region is an explorer’s paradise. Add in the incredible wildlife that can be found here and you’re onto a certain winner! Spot red squirrels within the trees, see a seal lounging in a bay or a peregrine falcon gliding amongst the peaks; not forgetting the playful puffin’s that cling to the South Stack cliffs from Spring. We recommend packing your binoculars if you’re a keen spotter. Why not plan walking routes with places to stop off along the way; if your little ones aren’t sharing your passion for a stride out, consider a route that takes in some great places to eat, especially an ice cream or fish and chip shop! You are on holiday, after all…
If mountains aren’t your thing, then consider a beach day or a coastal jaunt. With rock pools to explore and beaches to comb for shells and other treasures, you could lose yourself wandering North Wales’ many miles of golden sand.
North Wales is rich in heritage and history but visiting them doesn’t have to cost you a King’s weight in gold – there are numerous historic sites that you can enjoy completely free of charge! For example, you can wander the walls surrounding Conwy at your leisure whilst enjoying fantastic views across this historic harbour town and beyond; or why not head to Llanberis and extend your walk around the stunning Llyn Padarn to explore the remaining ruins of Dolbadarn Castle – a definite photo opportunity!
There are many prehistoric sites across North Wales, in the care of Cadw, that are free of charge. Take Bryn Celli Ddu, for example, which is a burial chamber that lights up beautifully during the summer solstice (to read more about this Anglesey site click here).You could do a tour of the regions Roman, religious and prehistoric sites and not pay a penny for entry – take a look at all the locations here. Again not only could this keep you busy for a while, it is also a brilliant way to learn more about the history of North Wales!
Talking about North Wales’ history, this can’t be explored fully without you coming across it’s wealth of quarrying history. The incredibly rich industrial heritage will engage and surprise you; and is best brought to life at the National Slate Museum. The site was originally the Victorian Workshops, which now come to life through talks, demonstrations and being able to see exactly the way things were when the quarry closed its doors. You can also visit the quarrymen’s hospital which recreates the hospital setting of the late 19th and early 20th Century. This is also free to enjoy.
This Easter the National Trust have numerous Easter events right across the region to make sure everyone makes the most of their time in North Wales. There are Easter trails, crafts, tours, egg hunts, storytelling, a dragon hunt, bug bingo, pond dipping and more! To see a full list of family fun click here.
With walking, wildlife watching, history, heritage and egg-citing events we’re sure you won’t be hearing the dreaded words ”I’m bored”, but we have backups too! There are of course plenty of places to enjoy over Easter that may incur a cost but are most definitely still worth it. Such as a trip up the Great Orme, or a day on the Ffestiniog Railway, a stroll around the beautiful Bodnant Gardens, Castles aplenty; Caernarfon, Conwy, Criccieth to name only a couple. Then there are the attractions that may induce a little more adrenalin, such as Surf Snowdonia, the Zip Wire or Bounce Below. North Wales really has something for everyone!
All in all we think you’ll agree that North Wales is pretty legendary – so why not book a break and make your own legendary Easter adventures?
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