Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Plas Menai, National Outdoor Centre, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1UE

Contact: 0300 3003112 or 01248 670964



As the National Outdoor Centre for Wales, based on the banks of the Menai Strait and a short drive from Snowdonia National Park, Plas Menai is the ideal venue for outdoor adventure.

For over 30 years, we have been delivering action-packed, adventure activity programmes which provide pupils with a wide range of positive outcomes and can generate experiences that will remain with them long after their visit. 

The inspirational natural environment of north Wales is a stunning backdrop to the Centre’s activities and provides us the opportunity to offer a range of activities second to none. All our programmes are designed to help encourage the physical, social and personal development of pupils as well as being fantastic fun.

We are open all year round and offer land and water-based activities, so regardless of the weather or time of year there is always plenty to do.

Activities available include;

•             Catamaran Sailing

•             Dinghy Sailing

•             Keelboat Sailing

•             Windsurfing

•             Paddleboarding

•             Powerboating

•             Canoeing

•             Kayaking

•             Raft building

•             Mountain Biking

•             Gorge Walking

•             Coasteering

•             Climbing

•             Orienteering

•             Team Games

•             Den Building

•             High Ropes Challenge

•             Low Ropes Course

Whether you want to come for a day, a week or anything in between, our flexible single or multi-activity programmes are suitable for all children aged 8yrs upwards.

So challenge and excite your pupils with the ultimate outdoor adventure

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What group sizes do you cater for?

We can accommodate up to 140 people. For our activities we work to National Governing Body guidelines which dictate ratios of instructors to pupils, these vary depending upon the activity but on the water this is usually 1:6 or 1:8 and for land-based activities it is usually 1:10

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

We have a choice of accommodation, either twin-bedded en-suite accommodation within the main Centre complex or we have three on-site dormitory-style houses.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Working closely with group leaders and organisers, we tailor each activity programme to meet the individual needs of each group. We operate low and high season pricing and our per day rates include 2 activity sessions, packed lunch, evening meal, evening activity, overnight accommodation and breakfast. Please contact us directly to discuss your needs so we can put together a programme specific to your group.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We are regularly inspected and hold RYA, Canoe Wales, AALS, LOTC, Adventuremark and DofE accreditations. All activities are risked assessed and a copy of our current risk assessment pack is available to download from our website   

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Having managed group visits for over 30 years we fully appreciate the time, effort and energy it takes to plan a trip. Our dedicated bookings team are ready to assist and support you in the planning and booking of your visit and to answer any questions or queries you may have.

If you would like to talk to somebody about bringing a group to the Centre please contact our bookings team direct on 0300 300 3113 and we will be happy to discuss your needs and requirements.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All our instructional staff  hold valid first aid certificates.

Please list facilities available.

With a choice of accommodation (centre based ensuite, or dormitory-style houses), an indoor swimming pool,  mountain bike track, climbing wall, dining room, lounge, recreation room, classrooms and a large slipway offering direct access onto the Menai Strait, the facilities and the range of activities we can offer is unrivalled.

What are your disabled facilities?

We have disabled access accommodation, changing rooms, a lift to all floors and hoist in the pool. Please contact us directly to discuss your specific requirements so we can tailor-make a programme suitable to your group’s needs.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round. The Centre’s main operating hours are 8.30am-9.00pm however there is a member of staff on duty at all times.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Plas Menai for the fantastic time we had… The children had an amazing time and they all benefitted immensely from all the activities they tried…The staff, were truly incredible and their patience, experience and dedication was much appreciated…I have no hesitation in recommending Plas Menai as the perfect venue for a school residential visit and I look forward to many more visits in the future.” Lesley Bulmer, Kennington Primary

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We offer 1 free leader place for every 10 places booked and we are happy to come along to your school and do a presentation to pupils, teachers and parents.

We are happy to visit your school and do a presentation about the Centre to teachers, parents and children.

One more thing…before you bring you pupils why not teach them a little Welsh?

It always goes down well with the team, particularly in the kitchen…you might even get an extra slice of bacon in the mornings!

Welcome - Croeso

Good Morning - Bore Da

Thank You - Diolch

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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