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 Penrhyn Quarry [Zip-lining]
Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)|www.zipworld.co.uk|
Located near Bangor in what once was the world’s largest slate quarry, Penrhyn Quarry is a multi-adventure site better suited to families with older children. There are four adventure options on site, including Quarry Karts, a three-wheeler descent down an obstacle-filled slate track (ages 15+).
It’s best known, though, as home to the death-defying Velocity 2 zip wire, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. Strap in for speeds of up to 100mph.
For something less white knuckle, try the Penrhyn Quarry Tour, in army truck, to learn more about the history of the quarry and the Welsh slate industry. The heritage is now recognised by UNESCO as part of a wider World Heritage site.
Getting there & doing it
The three Zip World sites are all located within roughly a 20-mile radius, spread (with a new, fourth site located in South Wales). Zip World Penrhyn Quarry is located near Bethesda and just off the A55 main expressway through North Wales. 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). The minimum age for the zip wire is officially 3, but you need to be 1m tall to ride it. Remember to wear suitable clothing for an outdoors setting.
There’s a handy on-site restaurant, Blondin, (closed Wednesday) for brunches, main meals, and pizzas. The outdoor terrace offers spectacular views, while the name refers to an aerial ropeway to transport slate.
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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