Zip World Karts | Go Karting Fun in Snowdonia

Zip World Karts | Go Karting Fun in Snowdonia

May 28, 2021 15 By Kerry

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If you’re an adrenaline junkie in search for adventure, then you will absolutely love the Zip World Karts in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Do you want to rally down the welsh slate mountain tops taking in incredible views? Are you wanting to race your friends or family in a friendly competition (or rivalry!). Have you wondered what it feels like to tackle corners in a go-kart that is only being propelled by gravity? Of course you have! The Zip World Quarry Kart’s make a fantastic day out for the family. But instead of just taking  Zip World’s word for it, read on to find out what the go karting in Snowdonia is really like from the travellers who have done it.  

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Where is the Zip World Karts?  

The Zip World Quarry Kart track is carved into the mountains that surround the Penrhyn Slate Quarry in Snowdonia, North Wales. The location for your satnav is Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, LL57 4YG.

Penrhyn Quarry is a sight to behold in itself, let alone the Zip World Karts adventure that awaits you! Lush green mountain tops, sheep (who’d have guessed) and shards upon shards of beautiful welsh slate.  Best of all, there is a mesmerizing crystal blue lake in the middle of the quarry. It’s that spectacular, it’s hard to take your eyes off it!

Everything you need to know about Zip World Karts

If you’re looking for adrenaline quarry go karting then you’ve come to the right place. The Zip World Quarry Karts will certainly get your heart racing! I’ve pulled out all of the key details so you can plan your trip and know what to expect from your go-karting experience.

So, if you’re wondering whether quarry karts are worth it? The short answer is yes! The Zip World Karts are the only mountain go-karts in the UK and the scenery in itself is worth the trip. Prepare for the ride of your life.

What is the price of the Zip World Quarry Karts?

The cost of the Zip World Karts is £45 which will give you 2 runs down the mountain. If you want to buy action camera footage of your ride, this will cost £12. This includes a video of your first run and captures the views you see as you race down the track. It also includes some photos.   

Bookings for the go karts should be made in advance to guarantee availability. Before booking directly through zip world, I recommend searching around for the best deals. There is often bundle offers you can find or discounted tickets based on two-people booking. The companies to try are listed below:

  1. Red Letter Days
  2. Buy a Gift

Are there any restrictions on who can drive the Zip World Karts?

The go-karts require good control and as with all adventurous experiences, carry a little risk. For that reason, you need to be 15 or over to ride and anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by a participating adult.  The weight limit is Min 30kg Max 120kg and height is between 1.3 – 2.1 meters.

Make sure to check the details in advance, particularly if you have any existing health conditions. As with all extreme sports, you will need to sign a waiver in advance so read this thoroughly before you take part.

What is the Zip World Karts really like?  

So you’re intrigued about what the Quarry Karts are actually like? Well look no further, the full go-karting experience is detailed below.

Arriving at the Zip World Karts

It takes roughly 15 minutes to walk from the main Zip World reception to the Quarry Kart entrance and it’s a very scenic journey. Some of it is uphill.

You will typically be asked to arrive at the go-karting location 10 mins in advance of your scheduled booking. This gives you time to get a helmet, shoulder pads, balaclava, and gloves. You can also purchase the video camera of your experience here if you choose to.

Zip World Karts - a woman with a crash helmet on giving the thumbs up on the ride up the quarry to go go-karting

Getting to the Quarry Karting track

The adrenaline quarry go-karting experience takes place in a group of 12. Once everyone has arrived, you will take a ride to the top of Penrhyn Quarry in the back of a truck. Your packed in tight so expect a cosy ride. The views will take your mind off it though and you’ll start to see people go-karting down the track as you ascend. The journey is very bumpy and will take about 15 minutes. 

Once you arrive, the staff will put the go-karts into position before they let you off the bus. I recommend you to stay seated until you’re told as it will take a few minutes.

You’re given a moment to take in the views of the track and the stunning scenery of the quarry. It was a little rainy when I went which led to the creation of a beautiful rainbow over the track.

Zip World Karts - the view from the top of the quarry looking down at the blue lagoon at the bottom of the track
The rainbow gods favoured us on our trip. This is where the quarry karts start from

Quarry Karts safety briefing

After a few minutes you will receive a safety briefing. I’m not going to lie, they really hammer home that you are responsibile for your own safety and that of others. There have been some terrible accidents here in the past (as with all similar experiences) and they typically happen on the second run when adenturers tend to drive that little bit faster.

Just listen carefully and take it slow, particularly around the bends. The corners are clearly marked so you know they’re coming. Be careful not to go to slow as this can be a hazard in itself as you could slow down to a stop, or create an issue for the people behind you.

Ready, Set, GO!

After you’ve familiarised yourself with the kart (there’s really nothing to it aside from the steering wheel), you will form a line. The team release people down the track once the driver in front reaches the first corner.

Overtaking is allowed, provided it’s done safely. At the end of your first run, you will need to wait to be taken back to the top to finish your final run.

The zip kart track length is 3km and there are various fun obstacles for you to navigate. Imagine zipping through chicanes, tunnels and bank corners. Go Karting in Snowdonia really is a thrilling experience.

Zip World Karts | a woman on her go-kart getting ready for some adrenaline adventure sports
The mountain carts are literally wheels, a seat and a steering wheel… Rock on

What are the facilities like at Zip World Karts

Zip world is a great day out and there is ample outdoor seating for dining and drinking outside. Take your own lunch or make use of the food hut on the grounds. The prices are reasonable and there are some good options; well if you like pizzas, sandwiches, soft drinks and beers.

Zip world also has an upstairs terrace that houses the Blondin restaurant. Eating here will give you excellent views of the people zip-lining on Little Zipper and Velocity 2 which are also activities I highly recommend. The décor is modern and cater to a bistro style menu of locally sourced food.

Top tips while you’re at the Zip World Karts:

  • Unfortunately accidents do happen, so make sure to wear something durable just in case you do overturn. Long sleeves, jeans; whatever. You can make it work.
  • Prepare for rain. The quarry karts will still go ahead in most weather conditions so make sure you’re prepared with adequate footwear and waterproofs if you need them.
  • While Zip World generally don’t support you taking your own action cameras, you might be able to get away with a camera attached to your chest. Wear something with zip pockets so you can put it away in case you’re told to. Also good for stashing your phone.

Zip World Karts - a statue set against the welsh slate mountains with a single arm in the air
That moment you conquer the mountains through adrenaline quarry go karting

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