Things to do in BalaPublished on 4 Mar 2016 by Gwion Llwyd
Bala is set right in the heart of Snowdonia amongst mountains, rivers and lakes. Walking, white water rafting, cycling, sailing, canoeing, kayaking are readily available and the town itself has a great range of restaurants, pubs and cafes, catering for all tastes.
This family run business offers a variety of activities all run from the famous Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). Activities include: canoeing/kayaking, climbing/abseiling, windsurfing, sailing, archery, camp craft, raft building, mountain biking, powerboating, hill walking, gorge walking, and whitewater rafting. From a day out to committing to a number of courses, there are many options for everyone – one of the great things to do in Bala.
This 10 hole course is situated 1000 above sea level, so as you can imagine, the views are incredible. Booking is available online and green fees start from £15.
Based at the foot of Snowdon, this company offers a diverse range of activities including wild walks, guided hill and mountain walks, orienteering programmes and award schemes. They have recently introduced wilderness expeditions.
Get Wet offer paint balling, high ropes course, gorge walking, raft building and white water rafting. They offer various packages which you also have the option to add in a pub lunch if you so wish!
This 9 mile trip around the lake take approx an hour. All trains start and finish their day from Llanuwchllyn. There is free car parking as well as a buffet, souvenir shop, toilets and picnic tables. Prices start from £6.50 for an adult single or £9.50 for a return.
Is a family run business and one of the largest karting circuits in the UK. As well as being open to the public, they hold a number of professional, televised events that are held throughout the year. There are a number of different activities available and there is a cafe on site.
Glan Llyn offers a 4 lane bowling alley that is open at certain times to the public. So if you are stuck on a rainy day, you might want to see if its ope
Adventure underground into the abandoned and forgotten world of the slate miner. Braich Goch Slate Mine in Mid Wales was hand dug by Victorian miners in 1836 and worked for more than 130 years – discover the virtual time capsule that was left behind as the door creaked shut for the last time in the 1970s.
A wonderful selection of pieces of all styles, the work on show is constantly changing and always worth a look. Many of the artists look after the gallery during the week so there’s every chance you can meet and talk with them about their work.
The Glassblobbery is based in the old church hall at Glanrafon near Corwen. This is one of the most beautiful parts of North Wales and the United Kingdom. Well worth a visit.
As well as the activity centres on the lake, there are a number of sandy areas that you can sit and enjoy the waterside; swimming, enjoying a picnic and taking in the views. If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous, join in one of the many activities available on the lake.
Barmouth is the closest beach to Bala itself and has a great promenade where there are a number of beach front cafes, a little train running up and down throughout the day and a harbour at the south end that houses some great restaurants and cafes. The amusement park is a stone’s throw away. Part of Barmouth beach has a blue flag status and so needless to say, swimming here is good. There is plenty of food and drinks available throughout the day from surrounding cafes and shops so you don’t have to lug a great picnic bag down here if you’re not in the mood.
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- Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
- Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs through the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
- Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).
An artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air. Adrenaline Indoors has some awesome weatherproof adventures, ninja assault and extreme slides, indoor adventure climb, indoor caving, high ropes, soft play, outside a zip-line and pump track, climbing wall, and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes.
On the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous and whilst in the area, you absolutely should take advantage of this. For some ideas of where to walk, you might be interested in these websites:
Mud and Routes is a great information resource for walking in the area. Simply enter where you would like to walk and it will give you some tried and tested routes.
Geocaching is popular in this neck of the woods and if you love a treasure hunt, then this is a great way to while away an afternoon.
If your interested in tackling Snowdon itself while you are here, then here is a simple guide on how to do it: Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
Based just north of Dolgellau, is mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
This is an uplift and downhill MBT trails and is better suited to more advanced mountain bikers. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer
(Barmouth – Dolgellau) this trail follows the old train tracks. If you leave from Barmouth and cycle across the bridge, you turn left at the end and follow the trail all the way down to Dolgellau. A good day trip is to cycle to the George III pub and have lunch or a drink and then cycle the 7 miles back. Its flat all the way and so a good family route as well as for those looking for a leisurely day.
R. H Cycles and Gro Cycles are the local places to hire bikes in the area.
The Bryntirion Inn (The Bryn to the locals) is in the town and offers fine ales and good food.
The Eagles Inn again is in Bala itself and offer a good pub menu, fines ales and a pub garden.
The Plas Coch offer wide variety of food throughout the day including breakfast.
White Lion on the high street also has a good pub menu.
Palé Hall is where to head if you have a special occasion to celebrate. A privately owned, Victorian manor house which in the past has seen the likes of Queen Victoria stay. A British / French modern and classic cuisine and be sure to adhere to the dress code to avoid disappointment.
The Bison Grill on the Rhug Estate offers incredible steaks, burgers and the like – all from the farm so fresh and organic are top of the list. It closes at 5.30pm.
Manons Riverside Cafe situated at the National White Water Centre and having the best view of one of the River Tryweryn’s most popular white water rapids. Ty Coffi Plas-yn-Dre Coffee House on the high street is more of focus on drinks and cakes Caerau Uchaf Cafe at Caerau Gardens always comes highly recommended.
New China covers the chinese option
Bala Spice is the local Indian.
FISH AND CHIPS:
Y Badell Aur (The Golden Frying Pan) is where the locals go and that says alot!
Tiffany’s High Street
Aran Hufen Ia Ice Cream High Street.
- Hafan Health Centre, Bala LL23 7BA 01678 520308
Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand.
- BARCLAYS: 68-70 High St, Bala
- HSBC: 56 High St, Bala
- NATWEST: 46 High St, Bala
- THE POST OFFICE: 50 High St, Bala
- BALA CO-OP: 78-86, Stryd Fawr, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7AD
- BALA SPAR: 9 Stryd Fawr, Bala, LL23 7AF offers a good range of products.
- ASDA: will deliver to you, but you need to ensure the delivery comes after your arrival.
- BISCUIT TRAVEL: 07969 334 923
- Tacsi Elly: 07434 718 283
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