Snowdonia’s national park is the rural heartland of North Wales — think mountains, glacial valleys, and sparkling waterfalls. But there’s also plenty here for families, history buffs and Sunday strollers.
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Zip World Llechwedd
Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)|www.zipworld.co.uk
Based in the former Llechwedd Quarry, one of the key slate-mining sites of Wales’ industrial revolution, this Zip World site really makes the most of its lunar-style landscape with activities for families and adrenaline junkies alike.
It’s home to five experiences, including two popular all-weather underground adventures: Bounce Below is a series of giant underground trampolines; and ‘Caverns’, a brilliant 3-hour underground via Ferrata course with swings, rope bridges, tightropes and more.
The big draw, though, is Titan 2, the first four-person zipline in Europe; now part of tour and double-zip experience descending from the heights of the area’s manmade mountains. Takes 90 minutes. Ages 7+.
For the less adrenaline, more culturally-inclined, the fascinating ‘Deep Mine Tour’ delves back in history to recreate the conditions for 19th century miners working on the Llechwedd mine’s 16 underground levels.
Getting there & doing it
The three Zip World sites are all located within roughly a 20-mile radius (with a new, fourth site located in South Wales).
Zip World Slate Caverns is located near Blaenau Ffestiniog and just off the A470 through the Conwy Valley. It’s primarily a driving destination for independent visitors.
It’s advisable to book in advance and the booking fee is cheaper for tickets booked online (as opposed to by phone).
Remember to wear suitable clothing for an outdoors setting.
When to do it
This is a year-round, all-weather experience. Expect busy periods and queues during school holidays, and always check the Ride Status page before setting out.
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