Best North Wales Ice Cream

June 19th, 2019

Summer days are just made for ice-creams, so check out the best places in North Wales to indulge in the perfect treat!

1: Cadwaladers Ice Cream, Criccieth

Although the Cadwaladers chain of ice cream shops now has branches across Wales and northern England, the famous name now synonymous with some of the best Welsh ice cream had humble beginnings. Dafydd Cadwalader and his wife Hannah first began selling home-made ice cream from their grocery store in Criccieth in 1927. The only flavour they made was vanilla, and it had a secret recipe which included “6lbs of shan’t tell you” and “a great deal of love and care”. The tiny shop in Criccieth has since expanded, but the emphasis on good quality dairy ice cream remains the same.

Cadwaladers Ice Cream Parlour, The Iris, Castle Street, Criccieth, Gwynedd. LL52 0DP 01766 523665

Live jazz nights at the café every Thursday from September to June (19:00 – 21:00).

Cadwaladers also has coastal branches at Pwllheli, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and Cardiff Bay.


2: Knickerbockers Ice Cream Parlour, Barmouth

At the traditional coastal seaside resort of Barmouth you’ll find golden sands, colourful arcades, donkey rides, multi-coloured rock and of course a brilliant ice cream parlour. Knickerbockers, on Barmouth’s quayside is renowned for selling the finest ice cream in Barmouth, with flavours such as “Cheeky Chimp”, “Cookies & Cream” and “American Cheesecake”, as well as the more traditional flavours like vanilla, chocolate and mint. And if you need to burn off some extra calories after an indulgent cornet, then why not head for a walk over the iconic Barmouth bridge for stunning views of the Mawddach estuary?

Knickerbockers Ice Cream Parlour, The Quay, Barmouth, Gwynedd. LL42 1ET 01341 280133


3: The Sweet Shop, Aberdyfi

You can’t miss this bright little shop in the heart of the pretty seaside town of Aberdyfi. The Sweet Shop is perfectly situated on the seafront overlooking the beach and sells a huge range of old-fashioned sweets, delicious chocolate bars and their own selection of sumptuous home-made ice cream, made using local milk and cream. And when you’ve had your fill of ice cream, how about a bracing walk on the beach to meet the donkeys while you listen out for the Dyfi Bells, which hang underneath the pier and ring when the tide comes in.

The Sweet Shop, 2 Seaview Terrace, Aberdyfi, Gwynedd. LL35 0EE 01654 767222 Seasonal opening – March to September.

4: Don Gelato, Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth’s reputation as a fine seaside resort dates back to the mid nineteenth century when tourists began flocking here on the new railway network from the busy industrial cities of England, looking for restorative sea air and coastal calm; the town was once dubbed the “Biarritz of Wales”. So where better to enjoy a traditional seaside treat than on one of Aberystwyth’s most famous landmarks, the Royal Pier. Built in 1865 as a tourist attraction, the pier as it stands today is much shorter, thanks to a series of devastating storms and winds, but it is still home to one of the finest ice cream parlours in Aberystwyth.

Don Gelato Ice Cream, Royal Pier, Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. SY23 2AZ 01970 636106  

5: Red Boat Gelato, Beaumaris

In the shadow of Edward I’s historic medieval castle in the small town of Beaumaris is the fantastic Red Boat Gelato ice cream parlour, bringing traditional Italian gelato to this little corner of North Wales. Gelato is thought to date back to the 16th century, and literally translates to “frozen” but real gelato contains much less air than ice cream, so the flavours are deeper and more intense. The dozens of flavours are freshly made every day at the parlour, so as you tuck into your delicious gelato cone, spare a thought for the medieval knights at the castle who probably had no such delights.

Red Boat Gelato, 34 Castle Street, Beaumaris, Anglesey. LL58 8BB 01248 810022

10: Parisella’s, Conwy

When Domineco Parisella found his way to North Wales from Italy in the early 20th century, he worked for the famous Forte Ice Cream Parlour in Llandudno. But it wasn’t long before he put his new-found talents into his own business and started Parisella’s Ice Cream in the town of Conwy, creating his own brand of delicious ice cream. Domineco’s ancestor’s still run the family business today, and as well as supplying outlets across the country, the kiosk on Conwy quayside is packed full of their delicious and traditional Italian ice cream, yum.

Parisella’s Ice Cream, The Kiosk, Conwy Quay, Conwy. LL32 8BE 01492 592448