Attractions featured in The Apprentice
If you're a fan of BBC One's The Apprentice, then task yourself to discover more about the Welsh places featured in the 2022 series. Get fired up by visiting a steam railway, or fire yourself over a quarry on a zip-wire.
Zip World Penrhyn Quarry
Recently featured in The Apprentice, Zip World Penrhyn Quarry doubles up as an intense I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! type trial as well.
Feel the fear and get ready for an exhilarating adventure strapped into Zip World's Velocity 2 - the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe. Flyers can reach speeds of an eye-watering 125mph, flying 500 feet above the historic site of Penrhyn. Although, be warned you'll probably be doing more shrieking than sightseeing while you're up there.
If a thrilling, high-speed, downhill obstacle course in a mountain kart is more your thing, take on your friends and family with the Quarry Kart challenge. Starting 1,500ft above sea level, you'll hurtle 3km towards the bottom of the course in a gravity fuelled mountain kart. Twice.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Also featured on The Apprentice, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are heritage steam railways that meet in Porthmadog. Both have unique vintage charms and are a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery.
The Ffestiniog Railway heads towards Blaenau Ffestiniog, clinging to the mountainside above the Dwyryd river before heading into the mountains. The railway was originally built to carry slate to the coast. These slate mines are now home to several adventure activities, including Zip World Llechwedd, Antur Stiniog and Go Below Xtreme.
Caernarfon is the Welsh Highland Railway's northern terminus. Powerful Garratt locomotives haul the trains as they snake their way through narrow mountain passes, skirting the base of Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa, then heading towards the coast terminating right opposite mighty Caernarfon Castle.
While you're in Caernarfon, head to previous The Apprentice candidate Alana Spencer's Ridiculously Rich by Alana cake shop. That definitely won't be a trial.
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! trip ideas
If you're inspired by the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! where the celebrities bedding down in Gwrych Castle (2020 and 2021), why not plan your own series of adrenaline fuelled trials in Wales, and see if you can crown yourself Queen or King of the castle?
Live like royalty - sleep in a castle
The I'm A Celebrity... contestants were based in Gwrych Castle. It's a Grade I listed 19th-century country house near Abergele in Conwy, North Wales. The castle is open to the public, everyday from 10am – 5pm, offering general admission or a range of guided tours. Annual passes, gift vouchers, gifts and official I'm A Celebrity branded merchandise are also available to purchase from the castle.
If you fancy living like royalty for a while, then why not book yourself a room in a castle? Here in Wales, we've got plenty of castles that you can actually stay in. From medieval fortresses to Tudor marvels, we've got historic buildings across the country, waiting to give you a comfortable break. And unlike the celebs in Gwrych, you won't even need to get a friend to pump water for the shower for you.
Our picks for the perfect castle stay are Brecon Castle, Craig-y-Nos Castle, Castell Deudraeth, Cardigan Castle, and Roch Castle.
Jump off a cliff...
...into the SEA. Scared of heights? Don't like getting wet? There's nothing like facing those fears and taking the plunge into some bracing waves from a great height.
This leisurely pastime is called coasteering and was actually invented here in Wales, by surfers in Pembrokeshire as they scrambled around the coastline trying to find a way into the waves. We've got a lot of cliffs and over 800 miles of coastline, so you can see where the idea came from. These days coasteering is a treasured Welsh adrenaline past time, with sessions run for groups of all abilities and with different accessibility requirements. You can even do it in fancy dress, if you like!
Coasteering without an accredited guide can be dangerous, so we recommend that you search our list of accredited coasteering providers who can ensure that your adventure is a safe one.
The 'full on adrenaline day' trial
If you want to be holistically challenged, then luckily for you Adventure Parc Snowdonia (APS) is just the ticket. APS offers three adventure zones - Surf Snowdonia, where you can try surfing on the world's first inland surf lagoon. Then there's Adrenaline Indoors, with indoor caves, extreme slides, zip lines, climbing walls and a ninja assault course! Finally, head to Outdoor Adventures, where you'll find outdoor climbing walls, zip lines, pump track, and more!
If this all sounds exhausting, then challenge yourself to a 'relaxation trial'. Treat yourselves like a celebrity at the Hilton Garden Inn with the adjoining Wave Garden Spa, perfect for some well deserved rest and relaxation.
Scare yourself silly at a haunted pub
Give yourself a break from the thrills to enjoy a different type of adrenaline rush as you experience the chills of this ghost story at one of the most haunted pubs in Wales. The Skirrid Mountain Inn near Abergavenny used to be a courtroom. Local legend tells us that nearly 200 convicted felons were hanged from an oak beam over the staircase at the inn. The name of the inn comes from the mountain behind it, named for the Welsh word for shiver - ysgyryd. Some say in the hours after the crucifixion of Jesus, the mountain itself showed its anger - shivering and breaking into two halves, creating the 'the Great Shiver' (Ysgyryd Fawr) and 'the Little Shiver' (Ysgyryd Fach).
While we can't comment on the accuracy of the legends, we're definitely not going in without a flashlight. If you're still not scared, check out our guide to Haunted Wales.
Snorkel through a bog
Believe it or not Wales is actually home to the International Bog Snorkelling Championships. It's a unique test of endurance and skill like no other, and was described by Lonely Planet as one of the world's top 50 'must-do' experiences.
Although it might sound like just a bit of fun, people train year round for this event. After all, there's a world title up for grabs! Can you beat the bog?