Gwynedd, North Wales
Average time spent – 2+ hours.
Things to do at Parc Glynllifon review
Parc Glynllifon is a park in North Wales that we knew little of before we visited. Their website is part of the council website and there is little information on there. It ranks relatively well on Tripadvisor and it was just a 15 minute drive from where we were staying so we decided it was worth a visit.
The park is Grade 1 listed and is home to a number of follies, modern sculptures and an amphitheatre made of Welsh slate. It is also home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in the country plus a whole host of wildlife including some very rare horseshoe bats.
They do advertise a playground but it was taken away pre lockdown. They are hoping to have something installed in its place soon. Kids will love the magic of the parc though especially discovering all the follies. There’s a couple of things for kids to play in by the entrance including a very dark tunnel if they dare.
Sadly, you can’t look around the very grand house, you can’t even get near it for all the fencing. But wow what a house! It was bought for around 3 million and the owners spent around 20 million doing it up. They have since gone bankrupt and the house is in limbo.
We were handed a map to follow and a friendly member of staff advised us on the best way to go. It’s a gorgeous walk through woodland alongside a beck. There are mini waterfalls and you can access the water in places if you fancy a paddle. We found many pretty bridges (perfect for Pooh sticks) along the way and lots of different follies and sculptures. The highlight was exploring the new amphitheatre. If you have long enough legs there’s also some stepping stones here.
We did a loop around the beck that went on a different path there and back with just a small diversion to a hermitage. It took us around 2 hours. I recommend arriving for opening at 10 am (Thursday to Sunday for non members). It was a lot quieter with only three other families. Plus you can then enjoy lunch in the Black Cat Cafe. The food here is excellent and the staff are lovely and friendly. We can highly recommend it.
Parc Glynllifon – Important Information
Eating – There is the black cat cafe with indoor and outdoor socially distanced tables. They serve hot and cold food and drinks. This is next to the only toilets on the site.
Facilities in brief – Woodland walks to see follies, an ampitheatre, sculptures and more. A large shop, a cafe and toilets. Dogs are allowed on a lead.
Entry price – *Cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap. You can only purchase tickets on the day. An adult ticket is £4.00 and £2.00 for a child. They have family tickets and you can purchase an annual pass.
Opening: Post lockdown they are currently on their winter opening hours. This is members only Mon-Wed 10:00-17:00. Everyone Thu-Sun 10:00-17:00. These hours etc. could change soon. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Information on accessibility – Some of the paths, but not all, are accessible. Please ask in the shop for advice on where to go. There is a disabled toilet.
Address: Glynllifon, A499, Caernarfon LL54 5DY, North Wales. Phone: 01286 831353
Category – Park – Great outdoors – suitable for all ages.