Zip World Slate Caverns
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB (approx. 1 mile away)
www.zipworld.co.uk (choose slate caverns adventures)
The largest zipline zone in Europe, including a 4-person zipline (aged 7+). Zipline course for aged 10+ and “Bounce Below:” a playground for ages 7+ all underground!
Zipworld also at Penryhn and Betws-y-coed
Zip World Fforest
Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0HX (approx. 10 miles away)
This is a high ropes course including treetop nets, obstacles and zip safari, a skyride (a swing for up to 5 people) and 100ft drop Plummet. There is also an alpine coaster over woodland for ages 3+. Restaurant onsite.
Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL24 0PN (approx. 8.5 miles away)
Exciting challenges all underground! Includes abseiling, ziplining, scrambling, boating and climbing (aged 10+ with more extreme versions for 18+). Bring food for a subterranean picnic! Evening activities and treasure hunts also available.
Bridge Café complex
Church Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3HD
- The Bridge Café and tea garden – serves cakes, afternoon tea and hosts weekly acoustic evenings and poetry group.
- It’s a small world – 8 hole crazy golf, 6 lane Scalextric, indoor R/C boating lake, G-scale railway, mini dragster and NASCAR tracks and model shop.
- The Cave-in – indoor caving, potholing and infra-red laser gun battles
- 3D Jigsaw world
- Mike’s ice cream parlour
Spy Mission Treasure Trails
Porthmadog slate railway heritage
These are self-guided treasure hunts on short routes of a couple of a miles. Download clues as a pdf from the website and crack codes along the way until you find the treasure!
There are also treasure trails at Caernarfon and Betws-y-Coed.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway
Blaenau Ffestiniog station LL41 3ES; Porthmadog station LL49 9NF; Caernarfon station LL55 2YD
Travel Ffestiniog Railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, stop for a nature trail at Tan y Bwlch; or ride a steam powered Welsh Highland train that runs 25 miles from Caernarfon castle walls, climbs to the foothills of Snowdon, then down to Beddgelert and Porthmadog. See website for details of all stops and timetable.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TT (approx. 11.5miles away)
Take this rack and pinion railway to Hafod Eryri (the visitor centre at the summit of Snowdon). Note that it runs to the summit May-October (weather permitting) and from Mid-March-May it stops ¾ of the way up.
Llanberis Lake Railway
Rheilffordd Llyn Padarn, Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis LL55 4TY (approx. 11.5 miles away)
Ride on a vintage steam engine retrieved from the slate quarries at Dinorwic, alongside lake Padarn, past Dolbadarn Castle and Llanberis’ twin lakes with beautiful views of Snowdon. The train stops at a lakeside picnic spot at Cei Llydan and at Gilfach Ddu where you can visit the National Slate Museum. 5-mile round trip.
11 Lower Cardiff Rd, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 5BY (approx. 12 miles away)
Large indoor soft play centre for ages 0-12. Restaurant onsite.
Children’s Farm Park
By Llanfair Slate Caverns, Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2SA (approx. 13 miles away)
A little farm on the Cardigan Bay Coastline. Children can feed goats, chickens and ducks and bottle-feed lambs and calves in spring. There are also tractor rides, crazy golf, an indoor sand pit and a shop.
National White-Water Centre
Frongoch, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7NU (approx. 13.5 miles away)
Activities include: white water rafting, canoeing, canyoning, scrambling, swimming and tandem kayaking. For confident swimmers! There is also a woodland trail and café onsite.
Ddol Helyg, Cwm y Glo, Caernarfon LL55 4DA (approx. 15 miles away)
Learn how to throw a pot (book ahead for this) and choose an item to paint. You can take it home with you or you can leave it until the next day for staff to varnish it for you.
Glan y Gors Park Karting
Cerrigydrudion, Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0RY (approx. 15 miles away)
A 1600m outdoor track with junior and pro karts.
Greenwood Family Park
Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, LL56 4QN (approx. 17 miles away)
Thrill rides (including roller coasters, solar powered water ride and sledge run), live shows of magic and comedy, face painting and arts and crafts activities. Also houses the Enchanted Woodbarn which is an indoor playcentre for kids.