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Plas Menai

If it’s outdoor adventure you’re after, Plas Menai has got it all. It is The National Outdoor Centre for Wales and is situated on the banks of the Menai Strait in North Wales.

Its mission is to unleash the power of adventure. And it does exactly that. 

It offers action-packed activity days, weekend adventure activity clubs, and youth adventure holidays camps for children aged 8-17 years old. It opens its doors to schools, groups and thrill-seeking corporate teambuilders.

Owned and operated by Sport Wales, the centre’s staff are highly qualified and are the go-to people in the outdoor industry for advice and know-how. In fact, they instruct the instructors. 

As a recognised RYA and BCU training centre, Plas Menai offers a range of technical courses and instructor training in dinghy sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, cruising and kayaking. Their flagship training is the 16 week and 22-week Multi-Watersports Instructor course, perfect for anyone wanting to break into the outdoor industry.

Water rescue training courses are available all year round, suitable for organisations that have employees working in or around the water.

Private tuition, bespoke courses and activity packages can be created, tailored to you. Just get in touch!

Water Fun on the Menai Strait

Plas Menai Leisure Facilities

With on-site leisure facilities, Plas Menai has much to offer:

  • Swimming Pool – a busy programme of public sessions and swimming lessons are on offer for all ages. Use of the pool is free for residents.
  • Fitness Room - a small but well equipped fitness room is available for both residents and the general public to use.
  • Trac Jackson - enjoy the thrills of mountain biking on the on-site mountain bike skills track. Four trails of varying difficulty create over 1km of riding. Open to the general public.

Where is Plas Menai?

Plas Menai is conveniently situated between Bangor and Caernarfon, on the North Wales coast. 

The centre is just a short drive from the Snowdonia National Park and overlooks the Isle of Anglesey. The nearest train station is Bangor.

Further Information

Please visit 


Plas Menai, Sport Wales National Outdoor Centre Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1UE
0300 300 3112

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