Whatever your passions, whatever your age, there’s a day to suit you in Denbighshire and Flintshire. Let’s take off in top gear with a visit to one of the longest running indoor karting centres in Europe at Sandycroft, Deeside. Apex Kart caters for complete beginners and seasoned petrol heads, corporate clients, families and juniors aged over eight. For a bird’s eye view of Denbighshire head to Llangollen Wharf for a narrowboat trip over Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Look over the sides to absorb a view which really will take your breath away. Two-hour long trips cover five miles of Llangollen canal World Heritage Site.
For typical seaside revelry, venture to the Nova Regency Centre or Ffrith Beach Fun Park, Prestatyn or the Palace Fun Centre, Rhyl. The sandy Rhyl beach stretches for two miles from the Clwyd Estuary to Splash Point meaning that although it can get busy in summer there’s plenty of space for all. Among the Rhyl penny slots and amusement arcades you’ll also find SeaQuarium, featuring exotic aquatic species and an outdoor sea lion cove giving an underwater view of seals in a 33,000-gallon pool.
There are some real historical gems awaiting visitors to Denbighshire. Plas Newydd is a historic house in the town of Llangollen is where Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby captured the imagination of society. They received a stream of visitors to the unpretentious little cottage which, over the years, they transformed into a Gothic fantasy of projecting stained glass and elaborately-carved oak. Winner of a 2016, 2017 and 2018 Visit Wales Hidden Gem award, Ruthin Gaol is the only purpose-built, Pentonville-style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction. People can spend time exploring its nooks and crannies and learn about life in the Victorian prison system. The attraction is closed during winter, so it’s worth checking opening times.
5 Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN
Llangollen Railway is the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales, located beside the historic Dee Bridge, in the centre of Llangollen town. The journey is a relaxing 10 miles travelling through the stunning Dee Valley to the lovely town of Corwen the cross roads of North Wales. The views from the carriages are breath taking and constantly changing from season to season, you will see the first spring lambs and the ever changing colours of the beautiful vista. Visit website
Hill Street, Llangollen LL20 8AW
Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby captured the imagination of Regency society. They received a stream of visitors to the unpretentious little cottage which, over the years, they transformed into a Gothic fantasy of projecting stained glass and elaborately carved oak. Inside Plas Newydd today, an exhibition including some of their possessions and an audio tour bring their story to vivid life. You can stroll through their gardens and along their riverside walk. And you can take tea, as Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott and the Duke of Wellington have all done before you. Visit website
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park
8 Greenfield Road, Greenfield, Holywell CH8 7GH
Explore an exciting 70 acres of woodland at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park – with lakes, streams, monuments, historic factories around every corner… all for free. Visit the museum and visitor centre to discover the amazing history, from early beginnings as an Abbey, to the industries of the 19th century. With a giant adventure playground, educational activities and a changing programme of events – there’s fun to be had every day at Greenfield Valley. Visit website
West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1BF
SC2 Rhyl has something for every visitor, whether you’re a thrill seeker, a paddler or just want to put your feet up and relax. The main waterpark area is suitable for all ages and abilities and children will be able to explore and enjoy water at their own pace with a maximum depth of 900mm.The water confidence area graduates from 00mm to 300mm and is perfect for parents and toddlers to enjoy a paddle and a splash about. In this colourful environment, younger children will be able to develop their confidence before moving on to the bigger splash features. Visit website
Nantclwyd y Dre
Castle Street, Ruthin LL15 1DP
Take a trip through the seven ages of Nantclwyd y Dre, Wales’s oldest dated timbered town house. The house was started in 1435 and has been added to, updated and upgraded throughout the centuries. Nantclwyd y Dre has been beautifully restored to demonstrate the changing fashions and the lives of its residents. Visitors can observe a colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats in the attic rooms via ‘bat cam’, participate in a quiz and use interactive media screens to learn more about the house and its inhabitants. You can also visit the fully-restored Lord’s Garden – admission is included in the entry price to the house. Visit website
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