Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies an extraordinary story: it’s a rock revolution that shaped the look and feel of the world as we know it. A way of life which built communities and defined generations of families in North Wales.
The story of slate began 500 million years ago, with deposits of mud and clay on an ancient seabed. Slate was used by Romans in the first century AD and by medieval kings to shore up their defences. But it wasn’t until the advent of the Industrial Revolution that demand for the mighty grey rock really exploded. At its peak, the slate industry in Wales employed an army of 17,000 men. By the end of the 19th century they were extracting half a million tonnes of slate per year and their hand-split wares were being exported to all four corners of the earth.
Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique aquarium with over 40 tanks displaying the best of British marine wildlife! Don’t expect to see large sharks, tropical fish or sea turtles – instead you’ll find fascinating creatures from around the coasts of the UK, such as octopus, lobsters, seahorses, cuttlefish and catsharks! You’ll also learn about British marine habitats and the research and conservation work which is helping to save them.
Bodelwyddan Castle has a long-established reputation as a haunted house and has been investigated by the curious public, experts and various TV programmes. Join the in-house paranormal team and take part in an investigation to experience Bodelwyddan after dark for yourself.
Where else will you find woodland trails, a children's playground, formal walled gardens and replica World War 1 trenches built close to the archaeological remains of the originals.
Recommended place to visit from our guests. check-out the link below! on the right
Zip World offers a unique, exhilarating adventure in 3 stunning locations across North Wales that provide adventure and fun in a safe environment. You can have a memorable and potentially once in a lifetime experience with these unique alternatives to traditional outings.
we have had a few groups stay with us at the westbourne that have been to zip world and have had a spectacular day out.
would certainly recommend check out the link below ! on the right.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is home to a SPLASH-TASTIC enclosure for our Californian Sea Lions. All of them enjoy their ultra-modern home where they have plenty of room to show off with their amazing tricks!
The fabulous pool and activity area covers 300 square meters and is home to one of our most exciting and popular displays. Sea Lions Rock contains half a million litres of water and boasts an impressive underwater viewing facility where all our visitors can watch the sea lions enjoying their large swimming area.
This facility enables the pool water to be recycled and includes special ramps for our disabled visitors.
Our Californian Sea Lions all love to dive and dip, swim and play at Sea Lions Rock!
The Great Orme Tramway is Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway and has been delighting visitors from near and far since it opened on July 31st 1902.
The Tramway climbs a mile (1500m) high up the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve with the unique journey beginning at Victoria Station then climbing to the Halfway Station exhibition, where you can discover the history of the fascinating funicular and view the Victoria engineering. Change trams at the Halfway Station and continue your journey to the Summit where the views are breath-taking. check out the link below!