Dog friendly attractions in Snowdonia
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Snowdonia is an amazing place to visit for the whole family including your furry friends, having two dogs ourselves we understand the importance of them being able to join in on some of the family fun and be including in making those all-important memories.
The main town in the Snowdonia National Park, it has many dog-friendly shops, and a railway station. There is even a chance for dogs to swim in the river. You may wish to keep them on the lead for visits to nearby Swallow Falls, which look even more spectacular after a rain shower. There is also the smaller Conwy Falls, which has a dog-friendly café
2. Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park
Set within the Snowdonia National Park, this is an ideal location for families where some but not all have a need for speed, especially downhill on bikes. The park has a variety of mountain bike trails of different difficulty levels.
There’s something for everyone at Coed y Brenin…
• Visitors Centre with Café open 7 days a week
• Bike Shop, Bike Hire & Bike Wash
• Running Shop & Shoe Hire
• Dedicated Waymarked Mountain Biking, Walking and Running Trails for a range of abilities
• Mountain Biking Skills Area
• Animal Puzzle Trail, MP3 Trails, Orienteering Trails and Geocaching Trails
• Conference Facilities
• Range of events for throughout the year…
3. Criccieth Castle
The Castle was built by Llywelyn the Great in the latter part of the 12th century and later improved by Criccieth Castle was originally built by Llywelyn the Great, in the early 13th century. Llywelyn was a Prince of Gwynedd, and ruled Wales for over 40 years. After his reign, the castle was succeeded by his son.
Much later, Edward I took control of Criccieth Castle, which eventually led to the Welsh residents of the area revolting against this. Just over 100 years later in 1404, the castle was completely sacked and was never reoccupied – leaving only what can still be seen today.
An exhibition on the Princes of Gwynedd can be found within the castle, where visitors can learn more about the town’s rich history and take their four legged friends with them to enjoy the site.
This coastal resort offers superb views of Tremadog Bay, beaches with most areas being dog friendly, fine restaurants, Dylans is great dog friendly restaurant, booking is recommended, there is also an outdoor area where you can enjoy a drink with you four legged friend.
4. Dinas Dinlle
This lovely sandy beach lies between Porthmadog and Caernarfon, and there is a large dog-friendly area where dogs can have great fun chasing tennis balls across the sand, occasionally going to the water’s edge to cool their paws from the hot sand. The facilities for their human companions are just as good with free car parking, public toilets and perhaps most important – a fish and chip shop!
5. Greenwood Forest Park, Y Felinheli
Voted the best attraction in Wales on several occasions, this park offers all types of attractions to keep children of all ages occupied. From archery to ascending turrets, from sledge runs to shoes and socks off for a barefoot trail. Dogs are welcome in the park, just keep them on a lead for the protection of the native and wild animals that have made the park home. Greenwood is definitely one of our most favourite attractions, it is one that my step children really enjoy, we can take the dogs and as adults we also have a great day. We would definitely advise spending a day here.
6. Llandudno and the Great Orme
Llandudno is a great Victorian seaside resort, but a visit up the Great Orme will show you this area of Wales has been inhabited for thousands of years. The climb up and down the Great Orme is made far easier by the tramway, which welcomes dogs on leads and takes visitors up the Great Orme from very near the centre of town. This will lead you to a Bronze Age copper mine and a Stone Age fort, plus the chance to admire the stunning views!
7. Penrhyn Castle
A 19th century fantasy castle. Discover Penrhyn’s history, its vast rooms, neo-Norman stairways and Victorian kitchens. The extensive grounds are perfect for exploring with your dog and enjoying spectacular views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast. Little explorers can climb trees, make dens and run wild in the adventure playground.
8. Black Rock Beach, Porthmadog
This two-mile-long sandy beach takes its name from the cliffs that tower over its western edge. Here is a beach for the active, with either kites on the shore or windsurfers over the sea. It is great for dogs to stretch their legs and for a family game of rounders. The beach is fringed by the Morfa Bychan Nature Reserve so there may be a chance for bird-spotting.
9. Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog
These two heritage lines offer a true chance to unwind in the marvellous scenery of the area. The lines take you past mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, lakes and waterfalls. From a new combined station is Porthmadog, you can either ascend 700 feet to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, or breeze along the coast past the foot of Mount Snowdon to Caernarfon. Both lines are happy to carry dogs at a small additional charge
Snowdon is the eponymous mountain that towers majestically over this area and dogs are most welcome to accompany their owners in walking the mountain – fitness depending, of course. Long- and short-legged walkers who love exercise will revel in it. As some of the paths are stone and slate consider those poor paws and how you can protect them.