Looking for Snowdonia family activities for your February break?

There’s plenty of family activities to keep kids of all ages entertained on a Snowdonia holiday during February half term.  Our Snowdonia holiday cottages make a great base for family attractions open during February.

Here’s some ideas for things to do with the family on your Snowdonia holiday and tips on attractions open for February half term.

Snowdonia family activities all year round at our holiday cottages

Head to the beach

Yes, even in February! Whether it’s for a windswept blast along the beach or a quick dip for the adventurous, we’ve got wonderful beaches within a few minutes drive. Walk over the famous bridge to Barmouth for the beach, fish and chips and a hot chocolate. Youngsters may want to try their hand at crabbing off the harbour quay. All the beaches are dog friendly too. Download this fun marine activity pack for families produced by North Wales Wildlife Trust 60 Seaside Shore-Nanigans

Tip: Check the tides first if you plan to paddle or build sandcastles at Fairbourne beach

Get on the bikes

The traffic free Mawddach Trail runs for 9 miles between historic Dolgellau and seaside Barmouth right past Graig Wen. The flat trail runs along the coast through outstanding scenery and kids love riding over the iconic Barmouth Bridge for treats in Barmouth.

For mountain bikers Coed y Brenin trail centre is just 15 minutes drive from Graig Wen and our Dolgellau holiday cottage. The vast forest has trails suitable for different levels as well as beautiful walks to waterfalls. The jumps in the skills area and twisty berms of the blue graded Minotaur trails are hugely popular with families. There’s also a children’s playground, animal puzzle trail and cafe.

Tip: Bike hire for all the family is available for both the Mawddach Trail and at Coed y Brenin

Stay up and stargaze

Eryri / Snowdonia National Park is one of 18 International Dark Sky Reserves in the world.The winter night skies here can be breathtaking. You will be dazzled by stars and the milky way on clear nights. Our holiday accommodation is in one of the darkest areas of the Dark Skies Reserve. If you’re staying at Graig Wen why not take a  hot drink and some marshmallows out to our camp fire area?

Tip: Take a warm blanket and head up to Cregennan Lakes for least light pollution.  

Family attractions open near our holiday cottages in Snowdonia

These Snowdonia family attractions are open during February half term and are all within 45 minutes drive of Graig Wen and our Dolgellau holiday cottage:

Zip World Llechwedd

Bounce, jump and slide your way around illuminated slate caverns on giant trampolines at Bounce Below

Take on the 18-hole Underground Golf course, set deep below the ground in a disused cavern, and only accessible by Europe’s steepest cable railway

The challenging Caverns experience is popular with adventurous older teens. Set in a historic slate mine, the tunnels and chasms have been brought back to life with 13 zip lines, as well as via ferrata, rope bridges, tightropes

The Deep Mine is a highly recommended tour suitable for all the family. Learn about the rich history of the slate mine’s underground levels, where local men and children risked their lives to bring out the world famous slate.

Tip: Book Early for Zip World adventures: https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/slate-caverns

Harlech Castle

This epic ruined castle is a world heritage site. Kids of all ages love to climb up the high battlements for epic views of the beach and mountains

Tip: The cafe has wonderful views, super tasty Welsh rarebit and fabulous cakes


This unique, coastal Italianate village has something beautiful, quirky and surprising around every corner. A magical natural playground to fire and delight the imagination of children. It’s highly photogenic for the keen picture takers in your family.

Tip: Head down to the stone boat at the estuary and walk along the coast path to explore the acres of wild gardens. 

Steam Trains in Snowdonia open during February Half Term

Fairbourne Railway is just down the road and a great favourite with younger children. Jump out at the Point to take pictures of Barmouth Bridge and the mountains.

Talyllyn Steam Railway – Book a trip to remember on the wonderful vintage steam trains that inspired the creator of the Thomas the Tank Engine books . You can hop on and off to explore waterfall walks in the Celtic Rainforest en route.

Ffestiniog Railway – the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Climb over 700 feet into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls.

Anglesey Sea Zoo

It’s a bit further away but if you’ve got a longer stay with us it’s well worth the drive up to Anglesey Sea Zoo – the whole family will be amazed and delighted at their displays of exclusively native British marine wildlife. Combine with Anglesey Model Village for a fun day out!


Availability for February Half Term at our Snowdonia holiday cottages

Isfryn Cottage – in a quiet courtyard in the lovely village of Dolgellau. Sleeps 3 in two bedrooms.  Walk to cafes and pubs. Dogs welcome.

Ty’r Adâr cottage at Graig Wen – Cosy cottage with woodturner in rural location on Mawddach Estuary. Dogs welcome

Check out our Late Escapes page for last minute availability and special offers. When you book we also send you our popular welcome guide which works like an app and is packed with holiday tips.

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