Museums in North Wales

This time of year is usually a time when the weather does not guarantee being able to get outside. So what do you do if you fancy a winter break away from it all but you don’t want to be sat in your room all week? What can you do if the weather is cold or the rain is hammering against the windowpanes?

North Wales is home to some great museums which can educate, entertain and give an insight into the local area, so it’s a great place to come for a winter break. Come and relax, recharge and experience the history of North Wales.

Here’s our pick of museums to visit this winter:

Cai Dai 50s Museum

This museum is a treasure trove of all things 50s. With a shop, coffee bar and 50s style rooms to look at and an opportunity to reminisce if you lived through the era. There are also toys and games, a demonstration of home entertainment from the 50s,  film memorabilia and if the weather is nice there are large grounds which you can explore, with orchards, meadows, woodland walks and a working farm.

Centre for Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology is an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions across all sorts of environmental areas such as green living, renewable energy and woodland management.

There are lots of interactive displays both indoor and outdoor and if the weather is good you can try the woodland and quarry trails or visit the organic garden.

Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum

Set in the towers of Caernarfon Castle, in this museum you get the benefit of a castle and a museum in one! The museum tell the story of  over 300 years of one of the oldest infantry regiments through sound, models and film with lots of original exhibits. Admission to the museum is free with entry to Caernarfon Castle.

Oriel Ynys Mon

Anglesey’s centre for art and history, the museum tells of the history of the people and the origins of Anglesey, through artefacts, art and archaeological finds.

The centre also shows art exhibitions by Welsh artists and during December there’s a Christmas craft fair on as well. Pop into the shop for locally made gifts and crafts.

National Slate Museum

The National Slate Museum tells the story of the area’s slate heritage. With demonstrations such as slate splitting where you can learn the art of dressing and splitting slate, as well as watching the craftsman create works of art out of the slate. The water wheel is a must see, alongside the talks and demonstrations that go on regularly. There are also currently two exhibitions: Poppies for Remembrance and Historical Slate: a series of photographs featuring some of the artefacts and the quarry.

Why not pop in for lunch at our restaurant on your way to a museum, or make a break of it and stay at our hotel in Porthmadog where you can experience luxury accommodation in a really unique setting.