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The heart of North Wales and Snowdonia

According to the Guardian newspaper, North Wales has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list.

Placed fourth on the list of regions to visit, North Wales is the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings, which are compiled by a panel of the travel publisher’s writers and experts.

North Wales was praised for its host of new adventure attractions, such as Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley, an inland surfing lake described as “the most headline-stealing example of the region’s reinvention”.

Other attractions that drew Lonely Planet’s attention are Zip World which has attractions at three locations in north Wales, including the world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line, the first four-person zip line, and Bounce Below, a network of giant trampolines rigged together in the caverns beneath Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Check out this blog post of when we sent Jim and Tracy Cotton (Pen Y Garth Lodge owners) with their kids on a surprise whirlwind tour of just a few of the attractions on offer nearby.

Below is an overview of things to see and do in Bala (as you enter from the lake).


Bala Lakeside Activities. All lakeside activities 01678521615

Bala Leisure Center: Swimming pool, gym, sauna etc 01678 521222

Cinema: Time-table on the door.
Capel Clai: Pottery Work Shop 01678 520984

Aran Ice Cream: Homemade ice cream cafe and takeaway

North Wales Activities: For the BEST outdoor adventures 01678 521 239


Siop Ria: Gifts that includes lovely jewellery, bags, Sunglasses etc 01678 521800

Tan yr Hall: Gallery of work by local artists and gift shop 01678 521854

Post Office and gift shop

Cyfnod Bistro and Cafe: Y Cyfnod Café and Bistro LL23 7AB: 01678521260. .... never fails! Delicious food, friendly and lively atmosphere lovely staff and Mehmet the owner is a star! Open all day until 10.00pm

Pharmacy: 01678 520250

Henblas Garage 01678 520237


Texaco Garage 01678 520210

Stori: (The Tap Room) 01678 520501 - You can take your own takeaway here and buy a lovely Welsh beer to wash it down! Excellent selection of Welsh beers and wines and lovely gifts
Bala Spice Spice Indian Restaurant, Bala 01678 521935 - Award-winning restaurant. Just pop a few doors down to Stori for your wine or beer as they are not licensed but welcome customers to bring their own alcohol Open all day until 11.00pm

Pren: Where timber is turned into gifts 07979 074 320

Cocoa: Local chocolate gifts 01678 521280

White Lion: Good pub, nice atmosphere 01678 520314

Kebab Takeaway: A very popular takeaway 01678520064

Mana: Christian / Fairtrade Gift Shop


Badell Aur: Traditional Fish and Chips! 01678 520310

Gwyniad. For all you fishing information including fishing licence 01678 521654

Siop Hefin: Antiques Shop

Awen Meirion: Welsh Books, Music and Gifts 01678 520 658

Plas yn Dre: 01678 521256 - Lovely food and family friendly. Great place to eat outside and watch the world go by. Open all day until 11.00pm

Ty Coffi Best Paninis and salads in town and a great place to sit outside in the sun. Open all day until 5.00pm

Kps: Hair and beauty Salon 01678 521684.
Beics Bala: RH Cycles in Bala hire mountain bikes. 01678520252

T J Roberts: Best butcher in North Wales!!
Gorwelion: 01678 530493 / 07894164273 - This is a must for small (and big kids!)
It has an indoor play area. There is also a restaurant there offering proper home made food. They also cater to groups and parties during the day and evening.

Things to do in and near to Bala

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National Whitewater Centre

White water rafting sessions, and a great place to kayak and canoe throughout the year.
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Health Spa

Relax in Style at Bala Lakeside Hotel
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Bala Golf Club

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Bala Railway

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Zip World

Zip World have an amazing range of adventures for all ages .. rain or shine !
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Surf Snowdonia

An inland surfing lagoon and the only guaranteed surf break in the UK
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The Majestic Caernarfon Castle

Castles and History

After all these years Caernarfon Castle’s immense strength remains undimmed.
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GO Karting

This spectacular go-kart track is open all year
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Local Watersports

Our Parks are all within easy walking distance of Bala Lake
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Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Discover the history of Slate in 3 unique tours
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Coarse Fishing

There is great coarse fishing to be in and around Bala
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Porth Iago

Nearby beaches

North Wales and the Lleyn Peninsula have some of the best beaches in the UK.
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Pen Y Garth Luxury Holiday Homes

Rhos y Gwaliau, Bala,
Gwynedd, LL23 7ES
  01678 520485

Bala Caravan and Chalet Park

Llanycil, Bala
Gwynedd, LL23 7YG
  01678 520485

Hendre Mawr Caravan Park

Llanuwchllyn, Bala,
Gwynedd, LL23 7UF
  01678 520485

Bythynnod Bryncaled Cottages

Bryn Caled, Bala,
Gwynedd, LL23 7SU
  01678 540523