Take the Mountain Railway to the Top of Snowdon

The Snowdon Mountain Railway started Construction In 1894, at the time one of the most impressive and challenging Victorian feats of engineering, One Hundred and Fifty men blasted their way through solid rock, built handful of bridges and laid five miles of railway track on a one in seven incline to the top of a mountain. For fourteen months the work continued and little did they know that over one hundred years later the little railway on the side of the mountain would still be in use attracting visitors and steam enthusiasts from all over the world with over half a million visitors every year. Of all the small locomotives built in Switzerland that were specially designed to climb steep hills four of the engines are still in use today. There was at the time no other machine capable of climbing mountains and the steam train with the rack and pinion system developed by Dr. Roman Abt proved so reliable that the engines have never been replaced. The team and Snowdon Mountain Railway estimate that No. 2 Engine has travelled almost two million miles up and down the short track to and from the summit of Snowdon and this wonderful workhorse has been carrying people since 1896. There are now, modern (in comparison to steam) Diesel powered trains and you will be asked when booking whether you want Steam or Diesel – Steam is a little more expensive but worth it in so many ways. Today the Snowdon Mountain Railway is steeped in history and is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wales, if not the world. For any steam enthusiast the working engines that never seem to run out of steam are a joy to watch, hear and smell. Likewise, for families with young children, not only is the railway an easy way to reach the top of the mountain, but kids will squeal and giggle will delight as they chuff, chuff, chuff their way to the top. Getting higher and higher and through the clouds the Snowdon Mountain Railway excites children of all ages and sets the imagination on fire. A trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway is truly a grand day out and the service operates, subject to weather conditions, from Mid-March to the end of October.  A journey time of two and half hours includes half an hour at the summit where a […]

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GreenWood Forest Park-Sustainable Family Attraction

If you want something for all the family when you come to visit North Wales then Greenwood Forest Park is for you. Voted the number one family attraction in North Wales for the last 6 years it is an attraction that appeals to anyone and plays its part in making and keeping tourism in Wales eco-friendly. GreenWood Forest Park is all about sustainability and fun for every member of the family and has a variety of things to do with rides and more that make it must visit attraction. As many attractions as possible are eco-friendly and this includes the roller coaster, sledge run and the new water ride.  Who says having fun can’t be green? People Powered Roller Coaster The Roller Coaster is one of the major attractions of the park and it is the world’s first people-powered ride of its kind. This thrilling ride carries 20 people along a crazy 250 track that includes a full 360-degree horizontal loop that will leave kids and adults screaming for joy. The whole ride is powered by people and is the greenest ride of its kind in the world… Kudos to GreenWood Park. Solar Powered Splash However, it is not just the roller coaster that is green; nearly everything in the park is eco-friendly. The brand new solar powered water slide is the first of its kind in the UK and has proven to be a hit with visitors. The Solar Splash is a series of water shoots and tubes that are reached by a 64-step climb. At the top one would question why they would want to leave because the view is so spectacular, but leave they must, 80 metres down to the bottom. Climbing through Nature Excitement, adventure and appreciating nature all come together at this outstanding theme park. Another part of the fun that makes this park what it is has to be Treetop Towers and for the very little ones Tunnel Warren.  Treetop Towers is a challenge for the entire family with an array of netted walkways and rope bridges strung between four towers open for exploration. Tube slides add to the fun and if mum and dad don’t want to join in they can enjoy a coffee below knowing the kids are safe to explore above.  These attractions use nature for fun and make them extremely eco-friendly allowing kids to get up close with nature while […]

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Making Waves at Surf Snowdonia

When the average person thinks of surfing one thinks of places like Cape Town, Hawaii and in the UK, Newquay. But if you were asked to surf in Snowdonia you would be quite right to scratch your head and wonder how.  Snowdonia is better known for its mountains, walking trails, castles and steam railways not surfing but you are wrong so here goes… Surfs Up Wales, Surf Snowdonia! Surf Snowdonia brings big wave surfing to the heart of North Wales and is the world’s first inland surfing lagoon.  For any avid surfer or for anyone who has ever fancied riding the waves Surf Snowdonia in Conwy is perfect. The 300-meter lagoon is one of the top tourist attractions in the UK and Europe and has been designed to match the qualities of ocean surfing areas around the world. While surfing and the water are the main attraction, Surf Snowdonia has plenty of other supporting things to do both on and off the water. There are places to eat and drink and even places to hook up your campervan or surf-truck and the location is easily accessible and easy to find. On the water, even the most experienced of surfers will be challenged by the waves and some of the best in the world have been known to wipe out in the surf. Surf Snowdonia offers surf training and has a fully equipped surf shop with equipment to purchase or hire. For those who don’t want to surf but still want to get wet, or should I stay try and stay dry, Crash and Splash is the ultimate agility challenge and is perfect for families or corporate team building. Crash and Splash is a crazy and challenging water obstacle course.  A series of ropes, monkey bars, moving platforms and floating obstacles creates a place where getting wet is all part of the fun as you try your hardest to stay as dry as possible. Safety is assured and all safety equipment is available to hire. If testing yourself on this crazy assault course is not enough the Crash and Splash ends with a hair-raising catapult blob. This catapult is easily the biggest splash in the whole of Wales and is the perfect way to end a full of energy day out. It is not all water at Surf Snowdonia, especially for the little ones. With this in mind, although many youngsters […]

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Game of Thrones comes to Conwy at The Tournament

2017 is the year of Legends for Welsh Tourism and at the very top of the list of events and attractions is an absolute cracker The Tournament – Conwy. Whether or not you are a follower of Game of Thrones,  Last Kingdom or any medieval, fantasy story or not The Tournament will set your soul on fire. The Tournament is a true medieval tournament that will revive the days of legend, kings, queens, knights and damsels in distress. On 24th and 25th June, Conwy plays host to the biggest and most exciting medieval tournament seen in many centuries and will be something no tourist to North Wales will want to miss. Since days of old, Conwy has hosted fairs and markets that have attracted tradesmen and merchants from all over the kingdom and The Tournament revives the tradition bringing it bang up to date for 2017. Merchants in traditional medieval dress will purvey goods with a medieval theme that include food, period clothing, jewellery and a host of interesting and unique items. This market is a must for the whole family with its sights, sounds and smells will creating the feeling that you have travelled back in time over 700 years. Throughout the event world renowned medieval re-enactors will recreate battles, scenes that include fearsome Vikings who pillaged their way through much of Britain towards the end of the Dark Ages through to brave, and handsome knights in shining armour. Every aspect of life from ancient times that are almost forgotten from cooking to falconry to arrow making will all be re-enacted with many opportunities for visitors to try their hand at some of the tasks. Authentic music plays a part in this outstanding event and some of the biggest names and most authentic performers of historic and medieval music invite guests to simply sit back and listen or join in the festivities and dance. One of the biggest names in this kind of music is Serpentyne who leave their audiences mesmerised with haunting melodies and tunes that reach deep inside the soul. No tournament would be complete without the impressive sport of Jousting. Taking place among the battlements of Conwy Castle, The Tournament will host one of the most impressive jousting tournaments Wales has ever seen. The whole family will feel the rush of adrenaline as legions of brave and gallant knights fight for the hand of a fair […]

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Experience Hero Xtreme with Go Below

Wales is well known for its natural beauty. The valleys full of song with lakes, mountains and tranquil streams are the stereotype that is what Wales is for so many. Coal mines, tin mines and railways all form part of the image of Wales.  The combination of all of these makes for a very unusual and unique attraction in Snowdonia, Hero Xtreme with Go Below, close to Bryn Bella Guest House. Mining has dominated Welsh history and going underground has always fascinated mankind. The Welsh mountains have been a source of income for local communities for hundreds of years and Go Below has created another source of income by going underground for a completely different and somewhat crazy reason. Go Below has nothing to do with mining but it is one of the most exciting underground tourist attractions in Europe, perfect for those who want a little bit of adventure and excitement. Go-Below defines what they offer as “The Ultimate Underground Adventure” doing things inside a mountain that one would assume can only be done on the outside of a mountain. Go-Below is the adventure everyone who wants to push himself or herself to the limit of enjoyment and physical ability has been waiting for. Go-Below a fun day out but don’t expect it to be a walk in the park, if you want a walk in the park head above ground and enjoy a stroll. Just what is Go Below? The Sunday Times called Go Below “The scariest assault course in the UK” and ITV said “A Thrilling, Exciting and Exhausting day out all rolled into one” Go Below takes visitors on a hectic tour of an unused mine, left exactly as it was the day the last miner arrived back on the surface.  A series of tunnels and caves explored on foot, using ropes to conquer gorges and ravines buried deep underground, Go-Below is not for the faint-hearted nor those who are out of shape.  Rowing a dinghy along underground lagoons and then traversing sheer rock faces to get up and out at the deepest, darkest end is just part of the challenge. Go-Below is the perfect team building or group fun activity anywhere in the UK. With a choice of “Adventures”, you can put yourself and your team to the test with either the “short” 5-hour challenge that includes abseils, ziplines, ladders and a little bit of […]

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Zip World Fforest Coaster

Snowdonia is a spectacular place to visit and is one of the UKs top tourist destinations and according to Lonely Planet, number 4 in the World’s Top 10 Regions. For decades, the mountainous region was known for the simple pleasures of walking and fishing in the countryside, a place that welcomed tourists who just needed a peaceful break away. The lakes, rivers and the ocean provided a wealth of things to see and do. Now we have Zip World Fforest Coaster! Over the years, Wales and Snowdonia have seen a drop in the historical economic activity of mining and farming. Changes in the global economy have forced the people of Wales to think out of the box and develop new and equally sustainable sources of income and trade. The solution has been tourism and this has seen the already popular destination become even more popular. Now, the challenge is to further grow the popularity and find evermore reasons for people to come to one of the most beautiful places on earth. The challenge to attract tourists, not just the traditional walkers, kayakers, mountain bikers and climbers or simply those just looking to relax has begun, in the last few years a number of innovative attractions have been developed. Mines and mountain caves have been opened up for the public to enjoy, castles and other buildings of interest have been given a touch of Welsh magic and made even more attractive for tourists; Wales has got to grips with adventure tourism and doesn’t want to let go. Modern day lifestyles have had to be considered; people want a little more excitement yet they still want to get close to the natural beauty that makes Wales the destination that it is. Having fun has been the number one driver behind some of the latest attractions and fun is an understated way to describe the brand new Fforest Coaster that has opened up a short walk from us here at Bryn Bella. Zip World is renowned for turning nature into an experience both above and below ground, the highly innovative company has just opened the UKs very first Forrest Rollercoaster ride here at Betws-y-Coed within Snowdonia National Park. The Fforest Coaster is the only Alpine Coaster in the UK and is essentially a high-speed toboggan run on rails that races down the side of a mountain through the trees. This exhilarating family attraction […]

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