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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: David Atkinson

There’s a buzz around Adventure Parc Snowdonia, the artificial surf reef and activity centre in the Conwy Valley. That has only been accentuated with the opening of its new hotel and spa, the Hilton Garden Inn.

The hotel has rooms overlooks the inland surf lagoon and customers have direct access to existing Parc activities. The accompanying Wave Garden Spa offers treatments and a wellness space on a thalassotherapy motif.

It’s a contemporary, activity-based stay for families and thrill seekers in the rural Cowny Valley.

Surrounding area

The rural setting of the hotel contrasts with the hive of water-based activities outside the door.

It’s just a short drive from the hotel through the bucolic Conwy Valley to Bodnant Garden, the National Trust property famed for its spectacular Laburnum Arch display each May.

The medieval, walled town of Conwy is also just a short drive for local exploring on a more historical theme.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Zip World Penrhyn Quarry [Zip-lining]

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)[15 miles]

Hard-core adrenaline lovers will make a beeline for this adventure-packed quarry site near Bangor. It’s home to the world’s fastest and longest zipline, with speeds of up to 100mph.

Best for ages: 13+ | £12 | 2+ hours

National Slate Museum

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)[19.9 miles]

This industrial-heritage museum celebrates the international significance of Welsh slate in ‘roofing the 19th century world’. There are plenty of hands-on exhibitions for families and history buffs alike, plus regular talks and workshops.

Best for ages: 10+ | Free

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

The artificial surf reef and activity centre in the Conwy Valley is an adventure hub with activities for all ages; activities on offer include indoor high ropes courses, soft play, caving and climbing, and outdoor climbing, zip lines, and surfing. There’s a Hilton hotel handily placed next door.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)[5.7 miles]

The formal gardens surrounding Bodnant Hall are the most spectacular in Wales with sections of wildflowers, rare species and water features. The highlight comes every May when the 160ft laburnum arch explodes into its canary-yellow finery.

Best for ages: 13+ | £14

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Walk to Swallow Falls

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)[9.8 miles]

A 2-mile walk through the forest to this cascading falls is the most popular day-walk trail in the region, moderately strenuous but accessible by all.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free | 1.5-2.5 hours

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)[10 miles]

Built by the English King Edward I during his 13th-century – one of the so-called ‘Ring-of-Iron’ castles – Conwy remained a refuge of kings and usurpers until it was ruined in 1665 by the English government to prevent further revolt. An evocative complex with all the castle ingredients – keeps, moats, towers and battlements you can walk around.

Best for ages: 4+ | £11

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Snowdonia National Park

Wales, United Kingdom (UK)

Snowdonia’s national park is the rural heartland of North Wales — think mountains, glacial valleys, and sparkling waterfalls. But there’s also plenty here for families, history buffs and Sunday strollers.

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