I spent a lot of my childhood in beautiful North Wales (holidaying in what once was Pwllheli Butlins now Haven) so it feels like a second home for me.
There are still so many places I’ve yet to see and things to do (I still haven’t visited Abersoch and Portmerrion Village which both look pretty insta worthy) but here are some pointers based on my personal experiences so far. 😊 Whilst we go often, we visit family and although we love days out we are often quite content on the beach with a picnic (after grafting away on the reno project of course) and a cheeky shandy with our toes in the sea!
Literally overwhelmed by the amount of messages inquiring about Pluen Cottage already, makes me a little emotional actually that you guys have such faith in the holiday let! We are hoping she will be ready to let next Spring. Next door are also renovating a similar project & the actual road needs re laying so we want to get everything spot on before we let her out! I’m so excited about the thought of spending a family Christmas themed weekend there in mid December! Yes I did just say the C Word #sorrynotsorry.
So let’s get down to business!
The A55 is the main arterial road to the Llyn Peninsula, and the majority of it is coastal. Not only does it provide beautiful scenery but boasts a bounty of great things to do/days out along the way.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Children under 3 go free
Great variety of animals with interesting, engaging presentations a petting zoo for children. There is also play area. Staff are really friendly and super helpful. Enough said!
I liked the fact you don’t have to go through the gift shop to exit, as Al had way exceeded his holiday toy quota at this point in our last trip!
Worth noting: I guess this sounds obvious but I wouldn’t recommend taking a buggy/pram into the grounds as you are literally up a mountain & it felt like a bit of a hike in parts (a great work out for those quads ha ha). Maybe baby wear if you have a little! Car park also fills up quickly but overflow parking is available.
Pili Palas Butterfly & Bird Palace
Children under 3 go free
Indoor tropical wonderland with an indoor play zone.
Worth noting: It gets pretty warm/muggy! Take a cool bottle of water around with you.
Halenmon Salt Tour Anglesey
Children under 8 go free although its primarily aimed at adults
If you are a salt fiend like me you will love this place. The shop is gorgeous and sells lots of beautiful kitchenware items as well as salt based food stuffs. Even Barack Obama is a fan of the yummy salt!
Worth noting: There are three tours a day and it’s best to book in advance to save disappointment. If you are a foodie you will also want to buy everything from the shop!
Anglesey Sea Zoo (next door to Halenmon)
Children under 3 go free
Brilliant aquarium which showcases an amazing array of sea life (eels to octopus) located around Britain. There is a complimentary bouncy castle and play area.
Haven Holiday Camp – Day pass
Children under 3 go free
I holidayed here as a child (when it was Butlins) so I have the fondest of memories. I haven’t stayed here overnight so can’t comment on accommodation or all facilities but from what I saw it’s great. Perfect for a kid’s day out. £10 day pass provides access to the leisure centre, play areas, outdoor sandpit and more. There are amusement centres and lots of places to eat and drink. The indoor leisure centre toddler pool for us was a highlight and there are fun looking water flumes for older children. 😊
Worth noting: Pre book for a day pass. Call the Hafan y Mor site directly (for a day pass and collect from the leisure centre. I was turned away from the main reception due to it being ‘check in day’ in error. I also found the changing room floors super slippy/wet so be careful and maybe take an old towel to put down!
I haven’t spent a lot of time here but Alex enjoyed the small funfair (remember it being really reasonably priced possibly even £1 a ride) and amusement arcade. There are also some cute sweet shops and coffee bars.
Castle Ruins, Small informative info centre with lots of The views are just spectacular.
The best fish & chips in my opinion (eaten the ONLY way – out of the wrapper/tray on the beach rocks) can be found at Castle Fish & Chips. You can bag a delicious ice cream for dessert from nearby Cadwaladers! Have a mint choc chip for me eh?!
Worth noting: It can get quite windy at the top (cliff edge) so please bear this in mind & stay safe (keeping an extra eye on children and pets)!
Hitting the Coast
Morfa Nefyn/ Porthdinllaen Beach (Pluen cottage is located within this area & it’s the area I know best)
Ty Coch is arguably the best beach bar in the UK. OK, I haven’t been to that many but honestly it’s pretty epic! There is no where I would rather be on a Sunny day. Even in winter, you can stick on your big coat and wellies & take yourself down for a mulled wine or two! Really pet friendly. We enjoy the ploughman’s platter as an occasional treat – delicious! Soft drinks set you back at around £2 each.
Worth noting: Food is only available during the day and the pub can often close weather permitting during low season. If you head a little further down the beach you can take picnics to save on costs.
The stretch of beach is my favourite perfect for collecting ‘mermaid’s treasure’ shells, sea glass and the like during low tide. You often see people paddle boarding, water skiing, wake boarding, sailing, fishing, rock pooling with nets. It offers fantastic views of Yr Eifl and Anglesey.
At the other end of the beach you will find a restaurant/bar called the Cliffs. Great for a drink (outside seating area) & they usually show the sports to keep the fellas happy hehe!
Nefyn Beach – Lots of good quality sand for sand castles!
Whistling Sands – One of the most noteworthy beaches. The quality of sand is so good it literally squeaks underneath your feet!
Borth y Gest – Set beside a Victorian village. We did a lovely hike around this stretch of Coast last year. I found it great for picking wild sloes just in time to start making the Christmas gin batch! See earlier blog piece for my fool proof recipe. 😊
Aberdaron Beach – a rather picturesque village with cute gift shops, lovey eateries and a beautiful sandy beach. Quaint little bakery. We had just eaten so didn’t try anything but the strawberry tarts looked (and smelled) superb! Next time for sure!
So many National Trust spots and picturesque country/coastal walks on the Lynn. Why not check some them out here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
My top tips
1: I have found the Lynn to be a somewhat of a microclimate. One day you have glorious blazing sunshine, the next there is a rain pour with blustery cold winds. Whether it be spring, summer or Autumn, pack for all weather, layering up. A hoody, waterproof jacket or cagoule, flip flops and wellies are a must! Stripes are always welcome!
2: Take travel games, pack of cards, books, DVDS for those rainy days.
3: There are lots of small shops scattered about selling buckets and spades and wet suits but ALDI sell wet suits and sea shoes too! I also picked up some great buckets and spades in Pound land of all places!
4: If you have specific dietary requirements i.e. require gluten free bread, soy milk etc you may wish to take this with you in say a freezer bag as you would do in any touristy spot. Grocery store options can be limited.
5: Pwllheli has a Lidl store and Home Bargains to stock up on supplies, give you a greater variety & avoid the tourist prices.
6: If you are taking a pet dog, do your research before hand. Some stretches of beach etc have a no dog policy during the summer months.
7: Lots of car parks are National Trust (great if you are a member) others are pay and display so be careful and check times!
If you are heading over there this summer I hope you have the best time! If you spot us, be sure to come say hey!
*This post is in no way sponsored & all views are my own*
Thanks for reading 😊 I really hope you find this helpful.
Until next time,