Picture of Caernarfon's Fun Factory Yr Hwylfan

What's the attraction?

Home of Gog the Dragon, it's an indoor adventure play centre with 14,000 sq ft of family fun in an former Caernarfon church.

What's on offer?

Ball pools, rope bridges, drop slides, tube slides, dark maze (exactly what it sounds like - a maze with the lights off!), a small dark slide, and loads things to climb up/down. Also an under fives play area, mini go-carts, laser "space sport" arena and an interactive museum. But we had so much fun playing we forgot to go and look at the museum.

How did you get there?

We took the A487 straight into Caernarfon and just followed the signs. Plenty of parking space, and good bus service. Nearest rail station 10 miles away in Bangor, but buses between Bangor and Caernarfon every 20 minutes or so - about 30 mins bus ride.

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How long did you stay?

All afternoon, we were all worn out afterwards. We really didn't think we'd be there for long but we couldn't get the kids away. However, it wasn't that busy when we went, time may be limited on busier days.

Did you take a brolly?

It's all indoors, so no. It's a brilliant way to spend a rainy day, and an excellent, inexpensive way of getting rid of excess energy.

What did you do there?

Climbed over things, up things, through things, under things, and slid down things. Great fun! Simon and Mark enjoyed shooting targets (and each other) in the laser arena.

How much did it cost?

It's £4.50 for children, £2 for adults, under-threes free. Take change for go-carts (£1 a time), laser arena (£1.50) and gift/toy vending machines. We spent £16 on meals and drinks. Plastic not accepted so make sure you have enough cash on you.

How about food and drink?

Café with meals priced from £3-6, kids' sandwiches and soft drinks (tea £1.10, filter coffee £1.20). Also licensed to sell alcohol. All food cooked fresh. Tasty, good sized meals. There is outdoor seating for food/drink if you fancy a more peaceful meal, as the café's right next to the play area, and it can get quite loud in there.

Are there any shops?

Not on site, but several sweet and toy vending machines.

Is it OK/safe for kids?

Absolutely - designed for play and the kids loved it. Younger kids may need some supervision in the main play area - our three-year-old loved the older kids' play area, but needed a little help with some of the bigger obstacles. Big enough for parents to play, too. Staff were good, unobtrusive, but there to sort any problems/ keep things running smoothly.

Can people with disabilities get around?

Access seemed fine, with a lift to first and second floor. However, as an adventure/play area, may not be suitable for kids with mobility difficulties.


Separate baby changing facilities.

What was the best bit?

Watching the kids run riot in a safe, controlled environment - and being able to join in. We couldn't get Jack off the tube slide, and Simon loved the big drop slide - all 25ft of it. It might not sound that high, but it's a bit more daunting when you're sat at the top of it. As parents, we also enjoyed the fact the kids were so tired after the day's play, they went to bed with no fuss and slept like the proverbial.

Opening times?

Every day during holidays 10am-5pm. Call 01286 671911 for more details or visit http://www.thefuncentre.co.uk/

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