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Quirky things to do in Wales - Here are some suggestions for a potential challenge to the most imaginative and energetic of us.

North Wales 

 
  • Visit the island of 10,000 saints

    Bardsey Island has been noted as a place of pilgrimage since the early years of Christianity and today is a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Llyn Environmentally Sensitive Area. Day trips are available from Pwllheli and Porth Meudwy or you can stay on the island on a self catering basis.
  • Climb Mount Snowdon

    (or you could take the train if you must!) it’s the highest mountain in England and Wales. Pick a fine day and enjoy a stroll up to the peak and treat yourself to a cup of tea and a welsh cake in the new visitor centre and café at the summit.
  • Go down the Bronze Age

    After taking the Edwardian tramway railway from Llandudno, visit the copper mine on the Great Orme.  This may have been the biggest copper mine in the world in 600BC.
  • Spend the night on Cader Idris

    You may wake up as a poet or mad.  
  • Visit the Ty Coch pub at Nefyn

    It’s got the biggest lounge bar in the world – the whole beach at Porth Dinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula. And you can only get to it on foot by walking along the sands at low tide! 
  • Travel on a canal boat from Llangollen Wharf

    Two hour trips on the motorised canal boat through the Vale of Llangollen and across the famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct. The aqueduct towers 126ft (38m) above the River Dee held by 18 stone piers - and it's a World Heritage Site!
  • Learn Welsh

    Nant Gwrtheyrn is a Welsh language heritage centre located on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales in a secluded Victorian village which was a former quarry. Visitors can experience Welsh heritage and culture, learn about the history of the village and the Welsh language and experience family life at the beginning of the 20th century in the quarryman’s cottage. Group tours can be tailored accordingly if prior notice is given. It also offers 5 star accommodation for a maximum of 120 guests.

     
 
  • Make a Welsh Walking Stick

    Tony Espley is a traditional walking stick maker based in Trefnant, Denbighshire. He specialises in Welsh mountain rams horn handles sticks, particularly plain market sticks and shepherds crocks but also decorated handles with animal cravings. Tony now offers stick making tuition for a maximum of 2 persons per day by prior arrangement.
  • Surf in the Mountains

    Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc in the village of Dolgarrog is set in the foothills of the Snowdonia National Park. It showcases the world’s first publicly accessible Wavegarden artificial surfing lagoon and generates powerful and consistent waves, of varying heights up to 6 feet, in a 300m long lagoon. It’s great for families too with its Crash & Splash activity lagoon and catapult blob. As well as surfing you can try stand up paddle boarding, canoeing & kayaking and gorge walking. With a surf side café, deli, restaurant and on-site glamping there’s everything you need on-site.
  • Zip Over and Underground

    Zip World offers a unique range of adventures in the heart of Snowdonia. The Bethesda site includes a pair of zip lines a mile long where riders can exceed 100mph, 500ft high and experience the nearest thing to flying. Zip World Titan at Llechwedd Slate Caverns is the first 4-person zip line in Europe. It is also home to Zip Caverns and Bounce Below. Bounce Below is a subterranean playground with huge bouncy nets hidden underground in a 176-year old disused cavern that is twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral. At Zip Caverns test your nerve by journeying through a mountain via a series of adventurous challenges on one of three epic underground adventures.
  • Off-road Adventure

    The Quarry explorer at Llechwedd Slate Caverns is an off-road thrilling guided adventure in a 4 x 4 military truck, taking you into the heart of Llechwedd’s man-made mountains with amazing views of the landscape. Tours lasts approx. 1 hour 30 minutes and each truck seats up to 16 passengers. There’s also a deep mine tour and the Llechwedd Slate workshop to experience. Shop and café on-site.
 

 

Mid Wales 

 
  • Steer a Canoe or Kayak

    Travel down the racing river Teifi at Llandysul. It’s one of the best white rivers in Wales – which means lots of thrills and spills. Llandysul Paddlers offers courses and kit hire and even offer accommodation in a hostel type environment as well as a camping ground.
  • Find the Nanteos Cup

    The Nanteos Cup is known as the Welsh Holy Grail. The wooden relic has an amazing history and is housed at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. The fragile medieval mazer bowl claims to have supernatural healing powers and people from the 1800s drank from the bowl or nibble at its wood to take in its mystical powers. During its many years, the bowl has been damaged and stolen but the origins surrounding it are still a mystery. Some believe it was made from the cross of Christ, while others believe it escaped with Cistercian monks during the Dissolution of the Monasteries of the 1500s where they hid at Nanteos Mansion and gifted it to the family passing it down through the generations.
 
  • ‘Off the Wall’ events

    Green Events hosts many wacky, weird and wonderful outdoor events in and around Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain. Events include the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Man V Horse Race, Real Ale Wobble and more.
  • Osprey Watching

    In 2011, for the first time in over 400 years Ospreys bred in the Dyfi Valley on the beautiful setting of the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve site. Facilities include a visitor centre with a small shop and café, a 360 Observatory and picnic areas.
  • Four Falls Walk

    A beautiful and versatile walk to an area with the highest concentration of waterfalls in Wales. It begins in the Cwm Porth car park and takes in Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd yr Eira, where you can actually walk behind the thundering water if you’re brave enough.
 

 

South West Wales 

 
  • See the bleeding yews of Nevern

    This is an avenue of huge old yews leading from the churchyard gate to the porch of a church that has a fine example of ancient Ogham stones inside and a wonderful carved stone cross outside. One of the trees is called “the bleeding yew” because it oozes its red sap every year in sympathy with the suffering of Christ.
  • Climb down the cliff to St Govan’s Chapel

    Set in the fissure of a cliff at St Govan’s, South Pembrokeshire, a small cell can be found where the Irish monk St Govan spent his latter life as a hermit in the 6th century. There are many steps to get down to the cave, but legend has it that the same number of steps will not be counted going up as was going down. In the 13th century, a chapel was built over the cave. There is a large car park not far from the cliff leading to the chapel, which also gives access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

     

    Note: Access is within the vicinity of a Ministry of Defence range, which is closed when the range is in use. It is open to the public most weekends and also on public holidays. Live firing notices are published in local newspapers and outside the Café at Bosherston. Information can also be obtained from the website below and by calling +44 (0)1646 662367 (recorded message).

    Castlemartin Firing Notice 
  • See a collection of Coracles

    Cenarth in Pembrokeshire is the home to the National Coracle Museum which houses a unique collection of coracles from around the world, including Wales. Guided tours of the exhibition centre and 17th century mill lasting around 30 minutes are available on request. There is also a gift shop, tea rooms and local pubs to enjoy. Within Cenarth village, there is ample room for coach parking. The Museum is open from Easter through to September, Sunday to Friday.
  • Go mountain biking in the Afan Valley

    Afan Forest Park is home to four world class trails - the Penhydd, The Wall, Skyline and White’s Level and boasts over 100km of single track heaven. Afan Forest Park was the only UK trail destination to feature in What Mountain Bike Magazine as one of the best ten places to ride “before your die”.
     
 
  • Go coasteering in Pembrokeshire

    Climb the cliffs and jump off them, explore the coast, dive into the deep water. It’s an exciting, adrenaline-packed outdoor pursuit.
  • Take a boat ride to go dolphin watching in Cardigan Bay

    It’s one of only two places to spot dolphins and porpoises in Britain. The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is dedicated to conserving Cardigan Bay’s marine wildlife. See bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, seals and birds on 2, 4 or 8 hour guided boat trips.
  • Dare to enter the National Show Caves Centre for Wales - Dan yr Ogof

    Bone Cave and Cathedral Cave are top of the must visit list at the award winning National Showcave Centre. You can even get married deep underground in the Cathedral Cave!
  • Laverbread and Cockles at Wales’ largest indoor market

    Swansea market is Wales’ largest indoor market. It is home to over 100 traders, some of which sell traditional products from Wales, including laverbread and cockles. Laverbread is a made from local edible seaweed called laver and oatmeal. After hours of preparation, it is formed into cakes and fried in bacon fat.
  • The Egypt Centre

    This is a small Museum, specialising in Egyptian antiquities. There are over 5,000 items in the collection. They offer one hour guided tours set over two rooms in various languages. They can accommodate coaches at the University. There is a lift to both floors and the Museum, Cafe and WCs are all fully accessible.
  • Try a bug at the Grub Kitchen

    Located at the bug farm in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, the Grub Kitchen is UK’s first insect restaurant. Why not try the signature bug burger, a blend of toasted crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers, mixed with spinach, sundried tomato and seasonings and for desert a cricket crepes with bamboo worm fudge ice cream. The kitchen was actually an old pig sty and the pantry a converted water tank!
     

 

 

South East Wales 

 
  • Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium Stadium)

    Experience the full range of emotions, from hope and optimism to probably angst and frustration, by watching a Wales home rugby match at the Principality Stadium. If you’re not lucky enough to watch a match take a stadium tour and listen to the roar of 74,500 fans as you walk down the player’s tunnel. If sport is not your thing, there’s always a pop concert or something going on.
  • Cardiff International White Water

    Experience all the fun of water at Cardiff International White Water where you can Hot Dog, Paddleboard, Surf or walk on the Air Trail.

 
  • ‘See the Heads, hear the Tales’ at The Royal Mint Experience

    Britain’s oldest manufacturing organisation and the world’s leading exportmint, currently making coins and medals for approx. 60 countries worldwide. Go behind the scenes to follow the coin journey and see another side to the coins in your pocket. Gift shop and café available.

     

 

 

Pan Wales

 
  • The Great Little Trains of Wales

     

    The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. All are narrow gauge steam railways and some have a history spanning well over 100 years. All of them have in common the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paintwork and brass. Many of the railways offer driver experiences too offering a real challenge and an exciting insight into the daily running of a heritage railway

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