by Katy Depledge
Home to three epic sites in North Wales and 15 iconic adventures, Zip World is a must for anyone visiting Snowdonia.
Soar at speeds of up to 100mph on the world’s fastest zip line, take a ride on the enchanting Fforest Coaster or challenge yourself to an underground obstacle course. There’s an experience for everyone.
Not sure which adventure to embark on? Here’s our ultimate guide to Zip World Snowdonia…
Located in what was once the largest slate quarry in the world, Zip World Penrhyn is home to the world’s fasted zip line, the UK’s only mountain cart track and a delicious bistro-style restaurant. If you’re looking for adventure, you’ve come to the right place.
An adventure like no other. Velocity 2 is a truly exhilarating experience. Soar through the skies as you travel at speeds of up to 100mph over Penrhyn Quarry and take in unbeatable views of Snowdonia National Park.
Velocity 2 is one of our favourite things to do in Snowdonia and is a bucket list experience for all the adrenaline junkies out there.
Price from £75.00 | Total Duration: 2 Hours | Age 10+
Quarry Karts is the UK’s only mountain cart experience. Starting 1,500ft above sea level, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Snowdonia National Park before you set off on your exhilarating journey.
Mount your gravity fuelled three-wheeler and descend down the obstacle-filed slate track. You get two runs, each taking approximately 5 minutes as you drift around corners and tackle obstacles.
Price £45.00 | Total Duration: 2 Hours | Age 15+
Don’t fancy the high-speed zip-line? Then the Penrhyn Quarry Tour is for you. This 90-minute experience takes you 1,500 feet above sea level in a red ex-army truck. A great opportunity to learn all about the history of Penrhyn Quarry from an experienced tour guide.
Witness stunning views of the Ogwen Valley and Menai Strait – all whilst keeping both feet firmly on the ground. You’ll hear all about the oldest slate quarry in the world, watch the brave zip-liners soar across the quarry and then return to the Blondin Restaurant, where you can enjoy some tea and cake.
Price £20.00 | Total Duration: 1.5 Hours | Age 5+
The newest addition to Penrhyn Quarry. The Quarry Flyer is a zip-line experience for children and adults not quite ready for the white-knuckle ride of Velocity 2.
Take on two zip lines, covering a total distance of 200m alongside your sibling, partner or friend. A great alternative to the main zip-line and a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Price £10.00 | Total Duration: up to 45 min | Age 3+
Penrhyn Slate Quarry is located near Bethesda, North Wales.
Address: Zip World Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, LL57 4YG
Browse our range of holiday cottages near Zip World for a holiday to remember in North Wales.
Nestled within an enchanting woodland setting, Zip World Fforest is home to a whole bunch of forest adventures. Enjoy the UK’s only alpine coaster or try out Europe’s highest giant swing!
A toboggan style rollercoaster through the dense forests of Snowdonia, Fforest Coaster is the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind. Soar through the trees as you reach speeds of up to 25 mph.
Don’t worry, this adventure isn’t just for adrenaline junkies – you can control the brakes ensuring you travel at whatever speed you’d like. And thanks to the canopies attached to the coasters, this is the perfect rainy day activity in North Wales.
Price £30.00 for driver and child | Total Duration: 3 rides, 6 minutes each | Age 3+
If you’re looking for a great day out with the kids in North Wales, Tree Top Nets is the ideal choice. A series of nets suspended 60 ft high in the trees creates the ultimate bouncy adventure for your little ones.
Bounce, hop and jump along the netted walkways, explore treehouses and discover exciting slides amongst the trees. The Treetop Net experience is sure to tire out even the most energetic of adventurers.
Price from £13.00 | Total Duration: 1 hour | Age 3+
A treetop adventure 60 feet above the ground, Zip Safari 2 is a challenging outdoor activity for the whole family. Home to 21 zip lines, rope bridges, balance boards and a treetop surfboard, Zip Safari is a fantastic way to experience the great outdoors.
With stunning views of the Conwy Valley, this sheltered course is ideal for all weather conditions. Are you up for the challenge?
Price £40.00 | Total Duration: up to 3 hours | Age 9+
Located just outside of Betws-y-Coed, you’ll find Skyride 2, Europe’s highest giant swing. This five-seater swing provides stunning views of the Conwy Valley and beyond.
Completely gravity-driven, this impressive swing is set 80 feet up in the air and provides a sense of speed and weightlessness as you fly through the Welsh air.
Price £10.00 | Total Duration: 30 minutes | Age 9+
An assault course designed for the mini-adventurer. Taking place 7 meters above the ground, Zip World Snowdonia’s Tree Hoppers assault course is a great introduction to an outdoor ropes course.
Encourage your little ones to experience the exciting 12 zip lines, balance beams and rope bridges before enjoying an ice cream from the Fforest Caffi.
Price £18.00 | Total Duration: up to 1 hour | Age 5+
Plummet 2 is an impressive 100-foot tower with a tandem drop experience. Stand over the trapdoor, anticipating the drop, before the nerve-wracking countdown takes place and the trapdoor releases.
Experience the exhilarating drop alone or in tandem with a friend. It could even be an adventurous Valentine’s Day idea in North Wales!
Price £15.00 individual or £20.00 tandem | Total Duration: 20 minutes | Age 7+
Zip World Fforest is located in the Conwy Valley, just outside of Betws-y-Coed.
Address: Zip World Fforest, A470, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0HX
Browse our selection of holiday cottages in Betws-y-Coed for a restful place to stay before or after your Zip World Fforest experience.
There is something for everyone at the Zip World Slate Caverns. Home to North Wales’ slate mining history, the Slate Caverns now boast five epic adventures both below and above ground.
Jump, bounce and slide your way through a disused mine during this underground net adventure. Bounce Below is a fun-filled activity for children and big kids alike, with spectator areas for those who’d rather relax at the sidelines.
Spend an hour enjoying the six trampoline-style nets built into an area twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral. Great for a group of friends, families or adventurous couples.
Price £20.00 | Total Duration: 1 hour | Age 7+
A thrilling tour and zip-lining experience, Titan 2 was once Europe’s first four-person zip line. Today, the adventure begins with a 45 minutes tour through the Llechwedd Slate Quarry, 1400ft high up in the incredible manmade mountains.
It’s then time to get ready for an exhilarating 1km descent back down through the quarry. This zip-line experience is seated, giving you plenty of chance to take in the panoramic views of Snowdonia National Park.
Price £60.00 | Total Duration: 2 hours | Age 7+
Set in a historic slate mine, Caverns is an underground course designed to challenge and thrill as you crawl through tunnels and chasms, climb across rope bridges and experience the thrill of 13 zip lines.
Not only will the Caverns push your bravery and endurance to the test, but they will provide memories and a sense of achievement to last a lifetime.
Price £65.00 | Total Duration: 3 hours | Age 10+
Step back in time and experience the rich history of Llechwedd’s interesting past. The Deep Mine Tour starts aboard an underground train, taking you on a journey 500ft deep through the mine’s 16 underground levels.
Learn where Llechwedd Cheese is matured, the interesting history of the former miners, see first hand where the world-class slate was produced and experience an impressive light display.
Price £60.00 (up to 4 people) £80.00 (up to 6 people) | Total Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes | All Ages
Feeling competitive? Race your friend or other half to the end of this epic zip-line, with two side-by-side lines. Once found at Penrhyn Quarry, Big Red has moved to the stunning location at Zip World Llechwedd.
Zip wires are suspended 30 feet high and each ticket includes two goes. A fantastic introduction to the wonderful world of zip-lining.
Price £10.00 | Total Duration: up to 45 minutes | Age 5+
Zip World Llechwedd is located on the outskirts of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Address: Zip World Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3NB
Why not stay in one of these Blaenau Ffestiniog Holiday Cottages for a relaxing holiday after a day exploring the Llechwedd mines.
Zip World Tower is the fourth Zip World Site to open and is located in South Wales on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled within the Rhigos Mountain Range, Zip World Tower is an adventure hub home to three awesome experiences.
Take on the fastest seated zip-line in the world; Phoenix, the adrenaline-fueled Tower Coaster or the family-friendly Tower Flyer. Whatever you choose, you’ll experience stunning panoramic views from the old Tower Colliery coal mining site.
Zip World Tower is the first Zip World site to be located in South Wales.
Address: Zip World Tower, Rhigos, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF44 9UF
Zip Word really does make Snowdonia the adventure capital of the UK. If you’re looking for a place to stay whilst experiencing the thrill and excitement of Zip World, browse our selection of holiday cottages in Snowdonia. Our range of accommodation will provide the perfect sanctuary after a day of adventure.
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