When I think of Wales I picture ancient castles, rugged mountains and wild beaches, and at Min Y Don campsite you can tick all of these boxes.
We stayed at Min Y Don campsite earlier this year and you can’t get a more stunning location. A 13th century World Heritage Castle, a beach with incredible sand dunes, and spectacular mountainous views help Harlech to stand out. And set within the Snowdonia National Park, it’s a great base for exploring, with loads to offer close by.
The campsite is found on the coast road that heads down to the beach (and having a beach within walking distance is a big tick for us).
The views from Harlech beach are incredible. A backdrop of the Snowdon mountain range, miles of sand, enormous dunes, and in the evening a floodlit castle, it’s breathtaking.
A couple of times we headed into Harlech village. It’s walkable from the campsite, but our little ones struggled with the hills so we ventured in the car. It’s a pretty town set high on the hillside. There are a few handy stores, a pharmacy, local independent shops, and quaint pubs and restaurants, all gathered around the historic castle.
Harlech also has a community run indoor swimming pool. It’s a lovely facility that’s close to the site. We spent a morning there, where there is also a gymnasium, sauna, tennis court, climbing wall. Harlech also has a theatre.
And if you are tempted to venture further via rail, the campsite is very close to the main train line. Here you can catch a speedy train to Pwllheli, Criccieth, Barmouth and Aberdovey.
Min Y Don is a large flat site with 100 touring pitches. It’s immaculate and uniformly laid out. A lot of hard work goes into keeping the place looking top spec.
The site also boasts some pretty impressive facilities. We all love a warm clean shower, and Min Y Don has one of the best bathroom facilities we’ve seen. It has a huge, modern facilities block, with large spacious showers, so cleaning up the kids was pretty straightforward, phew.
Children’s play area
Our daily routine invariably involves a trip to a children’s play park, and here the facilities are top class. The play park is enormous with a mix of activities suitable for children of all ages.
There’s a large playing field, areas safe for cycling and scooting and loads of green space (surrounded by beautiful views).
Within minutes of us arriving our eldest had scaled the impressive climbing frame.
Our most curious camper Angus was also welcome here. The large dog walking field is great for friendly dogs to play. And it’s next to the play area, so easy to keep an eye on all the little creatures at the same time.
Things to do in and around Harlech
We booked Mim Y Don because we wanted to explore more of Wales, and we did venture far and wide. We also stumbled across a few gems that we didn’t expect to find.
It’s impossible to stay in Harlech and not visit the castle. We enjoyed a fab day exploring and taking in the stunning views. There’s a fab new play park next door to the castle which our little ones loved.
You can visit Barmouth by hopping on the train at Harlech. Its a lovely journey with stunning views. The seaside town has an enormous expanse of beach and a lovely funfair for the kids. We enjoyed a delicious fish and chip supper on the beach, and watched the sun go down.
Penmaenpool Toll Bridge
We stumbled across Penmaenpool Toll Bridge by chance as we were exploring the coast and it was amazing. The bridge stretches across a wide expanse of water, it’s something very different and a little bit nerve-wracking!
We all fancied a trip on a steam train, and I booked Talyllyn Railway as the reviews are fantastic. It’s about an hour drive from Harlech through the beautiful Snowdonia mountains. Talyllyn Railway is a wonderful day out; waterfalls, playparks and activities on the station platforms along the way. Well worth a trip.
One hour North along the coast is the upmarket (and busy) town of Abersoch. We had a fun day on the beach, watching the watersports and motorboats bobbing close to the shore. Later we ventured to Mickey’s Boat Yard and Beach Cafe, for a BBQ tea, live music and dancing next to the beach, a perfect end to the day!
What makes Min Y Don special?
We enjoyed lots of things about our stay, the beach is incredible, the views are stunning, and the site is fantastic for families. Min Y Don Campsite and the small town of Harlech, with itsÂ stunning castle, are lovely. It’s a great base to explore Wales.
Next time, we hope to venture to the summit of Mount Snowdon (the train was fully booked during our stay) and also a trip to the private coastal village of Portmeirion. There’s so much more to do!
NB: Everything about our stay was organised and paid for ourselves, and all views expressed are entirely those of Curious Campers.
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