If you’ve visited Snowdonia before and feel that you’ve seen all you want to see of ‘obvious’ attractions, on your next visit why not try something a bit more out of the ordinary? Here are ten suggestions for unusual things you can do in Snowdonia.
Next time you visit Snowdonia, try something really different. We’re not talking about something as obvious as choosing a different mountain to climb, or trying wakeboarding instead of surfing… we mean really different. Like activities and attractions that are unique to the area or simply those you would never have dreamed you’d ever get the chance to try.
Our ten suggestions for unusual things to do in Snowdonia include llamas, rabbits and even a purple moose… underground activities and those high up in the sky… and a roller coaster powered by its riders.
Make sure you check the opening times of these attractions on their websites before you visit, as some will be closed or operating shorter hours during the low season.
1. Take a llama for a walk
Black Rock Llamas in Porthmadog offer you the opportunity to go on a trek accompanied by llamas. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally travelled to Peru instead of Wales when you meet your new fluffy friends. Take the llamas on a nice long walk in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, or try your hand at llama agility – these gentle, friendly creatures will give you a great day out!
2. Ride a water-balanced cliff railway
At the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) at Corris, one of the first things you’ll do is ride a water-balanced cliff railway – one of the steepest in the world, in fact. Then you’ll learn about making your home more sustainable, organic gardening and composting, wind power, solar power and many other eco-friendly ways of living. That’s just the start – put aside a whole day for this attraction, as there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your visit.
3. Hurtle through the air at 100mph
At Zipworld you’ll feel like you’re flying. Five hundred feet above a lake and at speeds of up to 100mph, you’ll have the flight of your life attached to a zipwire running from one side of Penrhyn Quarry to the other. In preparation for the ‘main event’ you’ll also have a go on a shorter line – well, you’ll want to get your practice in first, won’t you?
4. Abseil down to the deepest point in Snowdonia…
…or boat across an underground lake… or scale a waterfall… or try some underground ziplining… you’ll get to try all these activities and more, with Go Below Underground Adventures. Activities are suitable for ages 10 and up, but do require some level of physical fitness. You can opt to skip some of the activities if you don’t fancy them.
5. Meet some rabbits…
…and puppies, guinea pigs, alpaca, goats, donkeys, rhea, ponies, pigs and lambs. Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm and Animal Park in Llanystumdwy has been welcoming visitors for over 30 years, and over that time it’s become very popular – particularly with younger visitors. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may be able to feed baby animals or even witness a birth.
6. Look around a brewery
The Purple Moose Brewery – home to some of Snowdonia’s best known alcoholic exports – offers tours of the whole brewing process, often led by the brewers themselves. You’ll get to walk up the gantries and see the beer being brewed in its various stages. And best of all? At the end there’s a free glass and a tasting session. Hic!
7. Underground storytelling
King Arthur’s Labyrinth is a favourite among Snowdonia’s younger visitors – and when you visit you’ll understand why. Take a lamp-lit boat trip underground, while simultaneously hearing stories of the deeds of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh folk tales. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy this attraction, but being young at heart definitely helps!
8. Experience Victorian life
At the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy, younger visitors can dress up as Victorian schoolchildren and enjoy a lesson in a Victorian classroom. They can also cook food on an open fire and wash clothes the old fashioned way, with a tub, dolly and mangle. For visitors of all ages there’s plenty to see and do, with interactive displays about Victorian life and of course the great statesman himself, David Lloyd George.
9. Ride a miniature steam railway
At the Conwy Valley Railway Museum not only can you see (and in some cases, play with) model railway sets and rare pieces, but there’s also a model railway shop selling everything you need to start your own collection. The most fun part of your visit, though, will no doubt be a trip on the miniature steam railway which takes you on a round trip of the external areas of the museum, which is located in Betws-y-Coed. Heaps of fun – choo choo!
10. Power a rollercoaster, just by being in it
Kids and adults alike love GreenWood Forest Park, for all sorts of reasons. One of the biggest has to be the people-powered rollercoaster – the only one in the world – and then there’s den building, moon karts, a 70-metre sledge run and much, much more. With tons of special events organised during every school holiday, no wonder GreenWood remains one of North Wales’ most popular visitor attractions.