Things to do

Your journey takes about an hour, but you won’t be on the train for most of the time!

We’ll take you on a short train ride, then we stop at the Engine Sheds where you get to climb into the cabs of the locomotives and see how things work. Find out about the narrow gauge railways of Porthmadog and how they became famous around the world with your free visitor guide.

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Portmeirion is a popular tourist village. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust.

Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.

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Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia.

The English monarch Edward I built Harlech in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role. It was one of the most formidable of his ‘iron ring’ of fortresses designed to contain the Welsh in their mountain fastness.

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The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

It’s a rural byway where the pace of life is gentle, the average speed of the train is still less than nine miles per hour, and passengers can have an unhurried journey along the beautiful and unspoilt Fathew Valley. Both the original locomotives and all the original carriages remain in regular use to this day.

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Go Ape is a giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines.

They kit people out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, give them a 30 minute safety briefing and training and let them loose into the forest canopy, free to swing through the trees. Of course, instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests.

The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all (no pun intended), it’s just great fun.

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Corris Craft Centre, near Machynlleth in Mid Wales, has ten Craft workshops packed with unique hand crafted items for your home, garden and gifts for others.

Talented craftspeople can be seen producing a range of quality items ranging from traditional, rustic and contemporary. Visitors to the Craft Centre will see the Craftspeople at work and can buy directly from them. The perfect place for very special, yet slightly unusual, items for your home and gifts for others. Also a great place for your Christmas shopping.

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The Corris Railway is a narrow gauge preserved railway based in Corris on the border between Merionethshire (now Gwynedd) and Montgomeryshire (now Powys) in Mid-Wales.

The line opened in 1859, and originally ran from Machynlleth north to Corris and on to Aberllefenni. Branches served the slate quarries at Corris Uchaf, Aberllefenni, the isolated quarries around Ratgoed and quarries along the length of the Dulas Valley.

The railway closed in 1948, but a preservation society was formed in 1966, initially opening a museum; a short section of line between Corris and Maespoeth was re-opened to passengers in 2002. The railway now operates as a tourist attraction. A new steam locomotive was built for the railway, which was delivered in 2005. The two surviving locomotives, plus some of the original rolling stock, are preserved on the nearby Talyllyn Railway.

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Step back in time with Corris Mine Explorers in Mid Wales as you explore the workings of an old Welsh Slate Mine.

This rare opportunity takes you into the vast underground caverns of the disused mines and way back to 1836 when the mines were first worked. See the machinery and miners’ tools, their candles and even a packet of cigarettes. It feels as if the miners have just gone with lots of things they left behind still in place.

Your guide will help you to discover the old Braich Goch Mine and give you a real insight into the tough working conditions endured by our forefathers.

This is a part of our heritage and a truly authentic Welsh experience. Definitely not to be missed.

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Sail underground,, and deep inside the spectacular caverns of the Labyrinth and far back in time.

Once inside the Labyrinth, your hooded boatman guides you through tunnels and vast caverns, whilst you enjoy tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends. Stories of dragons, of giants, of battles and many more are told, complete with dramatic scenes, sound and light effects.

Cool when Hot and Dry when Wet, this is the perfect all-weather attraction.

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Built in an old slate quarry in the foothills of Snowdonia our visitor centre has 7 acres of interactive displays, organic gardens, cafe, shop and adventure playground. It opened in 1974 when CAT was only a small community starting to put sustainable living to the test.Now the organisation has grown in size and reach, welcoming 50,000 visitors and school children every year, providing free information to over 200,000 people and offering postgraduate courses to 500 students each year.

Living more sustainably saves money, creates green jobs, provides a healthier lifestyle and makes sense. There are many solutions already available to tackle the issues our planet faces. Come and explore what you can do.

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Coed y Brenin is home to some of the finest mountain biking in the UK with waymarked technical trails and a newly opened family route, all based from the Visitor Centre at Dolgefeilliau.

There are also a number of waymarked all-ability and family walking trails, two running trails, a magnificent tiered childrens play area, bike hire and a stunning cafe with views to die for!

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Based near Bala, North Wales, we developed the first commercial white water rafting operation in the UK in 1986, and since then we have grown to become the largest and most well-respected white water rafting organisation in the UK.

The Tryweryn is a dam released river so water is often flowing when other British rivers are dry, thus producing a unique year round white water venue.

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Bala Lake Railway offers a delightful 9-mile return journey alongside Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid), through the beautiful and natural Snowdonia National Park.

The 2ft narrow gauge steam trains give excellent views of the lake amid its surrounding pastoral and woodland scenery, and of the nearby mountains, Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.

Llanuwchllyn (the village above the lake) is the Railway HQ and regular trains link the village with the delightful market town of Bala.

At Llanuwchllyn, visitors can see the steam locomotives being serviced prior to coupling onto the train, can view the 1896-built Signal Box in operation and can enjoy light refreshments in the Station Buffet. Often, visitors can visit the railway’s other engines in their shed.

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Machination is the only permanent exhibition of contemporary Automata (mechanical moving models) in the UK.

Our hands-on interactive moving model characters spin, whirl or bob up and down with fascinating mechanisms displaying cogs, cams and levers – an infinite variety of movement.

The friendly staff in our open plan cafe will serve you great home made meals and snacks, give you local information, sympathy for the travel weary and a general hearty welcome. There is a painting table permanently set up for children and a basket of toys too so plenty to entertain the young ones while the older generation enjoy tea.

We also have a shop with unusual gifts and toys for all ages.

There is our rabbit village that provides endless entertainment, watch them from the cafe window or go out to feed and stroke them.

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Nationally and internationally renowned, Royal St David’s is one of Wales’ premier golf courses. It provides a challenging test of golf in a breathtaking setting in the most beautiful and scenic part of the Principality and dominated by the brooding presence of Harlech Castle.

Established in 1894, Royal St David’s Golf Club is the home of one of the finest traditional links courses in the world. The undulating fairways and fast true greens are all that would be expected of a championship links course.

The course is rated 73rd in the Golf Digest Best 100 courses outside the USA, 43rd in Golf World’s Top 100 courses in Britain & Ireland and 45th in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 in the UK & Ireland.

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