Zip World

Zip World is ever expanding with the closest adventure just 9 minutes’ drive from Benar Cottages. There are fantastic adventures for children and grownups as well as well as cafes and restaurants to keep you entertained. The underground adventures are perfect for a rainy day so, once you’ve booked your cottage, why not book your Zip World adventure!

  • Fforest – Betws-y-Coed: here you can ride the Fforest Coaster, try Zip Safari, Plummet from a 100ft tower, try the Skyride or race around the Treetop Nets (great for little ones!)
  • Llechwedd – Blaenau Ffestiniog: at Llechwedd, you can try the Zip lines, play golf underground, Zip through underground caverns, Bounce on the enormous underground net adventure or have a deep mine tour.
  • Conwy: this is Zip World’s newest site in the area with Soft Play and a number of adrenaline inducing climbing adventures
  • Penrhyn Quarry: Zip World Penrhyn Quarry houses the world’s fastest, and Europe’s longest zip line, known as Velocity 2. You can’t visit Benar Cottages without trying this adventure!…

Get ready to fly! The old Penrhyn slate quarry, almost a mile long and 360m deep, is where you will find Europe’s longest – and the world’s fastest – zip line – Velocity 2. When you’re suited and booted you’ll try the ‘Little Zipper’ before Velocity, shooting over the lake at the heart of the quarry at speeds of up to 125mph.

Travel time from Benar Cottages: 35 minutes

Zip World, a bit like Yr Wyddfa, is one of those things you have to do when visiting North Wales and we suggest you make a full day of it. You will spend at least a couple of hours enjoying the adventure so then, how about lunch at their Blondin Restaurant (a modern, bistro-style venue featuring locally sourced delights). After lunch, you could walk part of the Slate Trail!

We highly recommend a trip to the National Trust’s Penrhyn Castle and Garden – just 10 minutes from Zip World. In the pleasant surroundings, you will learn how Penrhyn Castle’s foundations were built on a dark history: one of exploitation, Jamaican sugar fortunes and the transatlantic slave trade. After your visit, you will definitely see the quarry you zipped across through new eyes.