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Attractions and Activities in Snowdonia National Park and the Lleyn Peninsula

Whether you want to take a train up a mountain, take the family to a forest park, learn a skill at a slate quarry museum or enjoy a fishing trip - this area of North Wales has it all!

Dragon Raiders Activity Park

Dragon Raiders Activity Park - Segway, Paintball & Bear Grylls Survival Academy

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Dragon Raiders Activity Park, set on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula, is a perfect place to spend the day outdoors getting up close and personal with nature. Take part in the exclusive Bear Grylls Survival Challenges where Bear Grylls himself has set out adventurous tasks and survival skills. You can learn how to build a fire and a shelter, how to forage for wild edible foods and how to identify animal runs. You can either choose a Half Day Adventure or the overnight Wild Camp Survival. Set in over 30 acres of woodland, you can also try your hand at paintballing within their four specially designed gaming zones, or get moving with their Segway tracks through either relaxing forestry or challenging rally treks. It really is a perfect activity that caters for everyone.

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Zip World Titan

Zip World Titan

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Zip World Titan is an excellent and exhilarating attraction in North Wales, and has the only 4 person zip line in Europe! Soaring over mines, mountains, countryside and buildings, riders will reach up to an impressive speed of 70mph - the equivalent of a car driving on a motorway! If you’re visiting between March and October, your 2 hours experience consists of cruising down three separate zip wires which have a combined length of over 8km. Due to weather conditions during the winter season, the experience will last approximately 1½ hours and will take you down 2 zip wires - the third zip wire, open during spring and summer, is prone to high winds throughout the winter months so is not offered for health and safety reasons. Due to its popularity, pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Please check the Zip World website for regular updates and further information.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

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Take a guided tour of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and learn about the hard daily life of Victorian families. Plus, hear stories of not just men working in the mines, but also the life of the young boys that worked underground too. Your tour will take you hundreds of feet underground via the steepest cable railway in Britain, where you can marvel at how well the tunnels were built, and the size of the magnificent chambers. Watch demonstrations of how the mine was worked for slate using the various dangerous tools of that era, then have a chance to experience how hard the work was for the miners by having a go at splitting the slate. This was a very important job for miners as the slate would need to be chipped away at to make it perfect for resale - and all with hand-held tools!

Tree Top Adventure

Tree Top Adventure

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Tree Top Adventure is pretty self-explanatory - an adventure among the tree tops! The ropes course is made up of obstacles that will test your skills, balance and endurance. Sounds fairly easy, but with the ropes course being high up off the ground the challenge will excite and enthrall you from beginning to end. If the ropes course doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping enough, have a go at the Powerfan Plummet, the world’s highest powerfan tree parachute simulator.. Climb 106ft to the top of the tree and jump! This unique experience makes it feel like a free fall, but don’t worry there are many safety precautions in place that will stop you before you hit the ground! When you’ve completed the ropes course and the powerfan plummet, have a go on the SkyRide which is Europe’s highest, and first, 5 seater Giant Swing. Get strapped in and get hoisted over 80ft into the air and feel the thrill of being released from the ropes and reaching speeds of up to 60mph within just a second of being released.

Greenwood Forest Park

Greenwood Forest Park

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Greenwood Forest Park has been voted the Best Family Attraction in North Wales for the past several years, and it’s not hard to see why. The park offers the longest (70 metres) sledge run in North Wales, a people-powered Green Dragon Roller Coaster, a barefoot trail where you take you shoes and socks off and feel the different terrains under foot, and Britain’s only boardwalk maze. Other activities at the park include pulling yourself along the canal using just ropes and paddles, riding a donkey, bouncing on the ‘Giant Jumper’, or just letting the kids have a run around the enchanted wood barn. With so much to do both outdoors and undercover, Greenwood Forest Park is sure to entertain the whole family whatever the weather.

King Arthur's Labyrinth

King Arthur's Labyrinth

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Take an exciting trip to the underground caverns and tunnels and learn about the myths and legends of King Arthur. Your adventure begins by boat, where a hooded boatman will lead you through an underground waterfall before docking on the other side to walk through the dark and winding tunnels. The underground scenes will captivate everyone’s minds through fantastic storytelling and incredible sound effects, recounting not just the history of King Arthur, but also other well-known Welsh legends. The temperature in the caverns and tunnels is a lot cooler than temperatures above ground, so a coat is highly recommended. At the end of your tour, visit the on-site cafe to warm up with a hot drink, and pop over to the craft shops to buy a smoking dragon which makes for a perfect memento of your day! With boat rides, waterfalls, a hooded boatman, dragons, and ancient legends, your day at King Arthur’s Labyrinth will be something the family will talk about for a long time!

Corris Mine Explorers

Corris Mine Explorers

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First excavated in 1836, the Braich Goch Slate Mine in Mid-Wales closed around 40 years ago. Take a trip into the mines with Corris Mine Explorers and see first-hand the kind of conditions miners had to work in. At the peak of the mine being worked in 1878, 250 men were mining for slate in the dark and damp underground tunnels. Spookily, as you explore, it feels like the miners have just downed tools and finished work for the day. Come across tools, machinery and personal artefacts that have not been touched in decades, and in some cases, over a century! All explorations of the mines are guided by professionals with full health and safety equipment provided depending on how far into the mine you would like to venture. The guides will also amend your visit to ensure it is suitable for your friends and family. Due to this, pre-booking is essential.

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

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The Centre for Alternative Technology is situated within an old slate quarry and spans 7 acres. Visit the centre and learn an economically healthier way to live your life. The interactive displays, organic gardens and demonstrations are family friendly and is a great place for children to learn more about helping the environment, all in a fun and friendly way. Inbetween learning about the great things the centre demonstrates, let the children run free in the playground, and have some fun exploring the natural surroundings. The centre is completely sustainable and uses the environment to keep the centre running - from collecting their own water to generating power through a wind turbine. Even the cliff railway that you jump on in order to get into the centre is water-balanced! Very impressive, especially considering that this eco friendly railway is one of the steepest cliff railways in the world!

Inigo Jones Slate Museum

Inigo Jones Slate Museum

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Since 1861, Inigo Jones Slate Works has been using 500 million year old natural Welsh slate to produce a wide range of products for your home and garden. Take a self guided tour around the workshop and learn about the history of the company, as well as watching skilled craftsmen and machinery making products from the Welsh slate. The machinery is used to cut, plane, polish and engrave the slate. However, hand work is then performed by a craftsman for the final finish. You can also learn the art of calligraphy and engrave some writing on to the slate that you will be able to take home. After your tour, visit the Slate Works shop and browse the many different products that have been made on site such as plaques, clocks, mirrors, wine racks and much more.

Bounce Below

Bounce Below

North Wales aims to please its visitors with their unique attractions and activities, and Bounce Below can be added on to this exciting list! Located underground in a previously worked slate cavern from over 170 years ago, Bounce Below is made up of giant trampolines placed on different levels within the cavern. Each trampoline is linked together with walkways, slides and tunnels made up of ropes so you can expect some movement! The one-hour long experience is located over 100 feet from the bottom of the cave, and is made extra special with a light display that illuminates the entire cavern in a beautiful array of colours. What could be better than bouncing on a giant trampoline and feeling like you’re in a disco? Young children can take part in Junior Bounce which is only for children aged between 3 and 6 years. The age limit for Junior Bounce ensures that your children can also experience the thrill of what they would most probably call ‘ginormous trampolines’!

Zip World Velocity

Zip World Velocity

Zip World Velocity is the longest zip line in Europe and with potential speeds of up to 100mph, is the fastest in the world! Your exhilarating experience starts with a taster zip wire called ‘Little Zipper’ which has speeds of up to 45mph. From here, jump on an off-road four-wheeler which takes you through the Penrhyn Slate Quarry, with your guide explaining how the quarry was once the biggest in the world, and stories from when slate was mined in the area. After trying to put you at ease with the interesting history of the area, you then reach ‘Velocity’. This zip line is over a mile long and showcases the majestic quarry as you speed your way to the end of the line. On a clear day the view stretches as far as the beautifully scenic North Wales coastline and sometimes even further. When you’ve reached the end of the wire, you’ve been unhooked, and have got your legs steady again, you will realise that this experience is something you will never forget and will want to do over and over again.

Home Front Museum

Home Front Museum

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This unique indoor attraction gives you the opportunity to take a self guided tour and see some items from World War II. Set in scenes, the museum will help you see what life was like during the war. Start your tour with an old military torch, and as you step through the first door, stop for a few minutes and listen to Churchill’s speech when he addressed the nation declaring war on Germany. Some of the other scenes within the museum will show wartime toy shops, grocery shops, schools and even homes where you will be able to see gas masks, ration books, toys, and much more. Take a seat in the Anderson shelter (with full sound effects) and imagine how terrified people would have been sat there and being able to hear the air raids above. Your experience will give you a clearer understanding of how people tried to live during the war, and the thought-provoking scenes and soundtracks may bring more than one tear to your eye. Finish your tour in the shop where you can remember your experience with a war souvenir.

Llandudno Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre

Llandudno Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre

Overlooking the popular seaside town of Llandudno, the Ski Centre offers skiing, snowboarding, sno-tubing and tobogganing. The artificial ski slope is covered with Perma-snow meaning that you can go skiing and snowboarding all year round, even if the sun is shining! The centre allows people to take to the slopes on their own, but for people new to these sports, group and individual lessons can be provided. The most popular activity at the centre is sno-tubing. Sit in a large inflatable ring and slide your way down the hill. If you would prefer not to do it on your own, the inflatable rings can be joined together so you can share your adventure with your family and friends. Once you’ve been on the slopes, why not ride the longest Cresta toboggan run in Wales? Once your toboggan has been pulled 250 metres up the hill, speed your way 750 metres back down it!

Glasfryn Parc

Glasfryn Parc

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Glasfryn Parc offers a huge range of both indoor and outdoor activities making it a perfect day out whatever the weather. The 600 metre floodlit go karting track at the park has been split into two - a junior and senior circuit. This allows the adults to put their foot to the metal and go faster without worrying about younger children in the other karts! For quad-biking, try the Quad Safari where you can explore four miles of the estate. Wakeboarding is another favourite activity here. Towed by an overhead cable, you can go on the beginner’s lake, or show off on the advanced lakes with a wide range of obstacles. For something a little less energetic, you can also try archery, clay pigeon shooting and fishing. Finish your adrenaline fuelled day by having a relaxing game of tenpin bowling, or sit back and let the kids run around the indoor soft play area. Glasfryn Parc have enough activities to keep you and your family entertained so make sure you visit if you’re in the area.

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

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Covering an area of 37 acres, the Welsh Mountain Zoo has a wide range of animals, which include seals, penguins, monkeys, alligators, tigers, pandas and much more. Shows are held throughout the day so you can learn more about these fascinating animals. Go and see the Chimp Encounter Show and learn about their lives before they were rescued and brought to live here. Or you can go and watch the sea lions at feeding and training time and see for yourself the impressive tricks that they can do. The zoo also gives you the opportunity to walk around the lemur enclosure where you can be within touching distance of the mesmerising primates. With no barriers at all between you, this experience is certainly one that you will talk about to your friends and family. Our Wales Cottage Holidays staff member, Amy, has been to the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Please click the Welsh Mountain Zoo picture on the left to read the review of hers, and her families, fantastic day.

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National White Water Centre

National White Water Centre

The National White Water Centre is based in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, and is home to white water rafting and kayaking in the UK. The centre has been used for world championships on several occasions over the years, as it is the best location for year round white water events. This experience will have you rafting on the fast flowing River Tryweryn - a Welsh mountain river which is dam-controlled allowing activities to have the perfect conditions to raft in, even throughout the summer months. If you would prefer to control your own descent down the river, try white water paddling instead where you take a kayak down the river on your own. The centre also offers something a little bit different - canyoning. This involves scrambling, sliding and swimming your way through the river, and jumping into a deep gorge. For the ultimate thrill, your guide will also give you the opportunity to go down a zip wire which passes by a huge waterfall.

Great Orme Tramway

Great Orme Tramway

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Opened on 31st July 1902, and prized as a part of Llandudno’s heritage, the Great Orme Tramway still uses the original tramcars to transport visitors to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. Jump on board Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway, and take in the breathtaking views of Llandudno and beyond. On clear days, you can see as far as the Lake District over 80 miles away! Once you’ve ridden the mile long journey up the mountain in a tramcar, have a relaxing sit-down at the summit cafe for a drink and snack, whilst the kids enjoy the large playground outside. Be sure to stick around at the Halfway Station where you can see the tramways winding gear and wander around the exhibition to learn its fascinating history over the past century.