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Zip World

The Longest & Fastest Zip Line in Europe

Zip World Open DayZip World has the longest and fastest zip line in Europe “The Nearest Thing to Flying”!!

The Zip World site contains two specially constructed and spectacular zip lines, the first will take you down to the bottom of the quarry where you will pick up your specialised vehicle for a magnificent quarry tour, before zip lining back for a mile to the start.

Just recently we have been fortunate to have BBC News and the BBC One Show visit us to run a feature on the quarry and the zip line. Also Blue Peter who sent Barney over to tackle the zip line and the Daily Mail also ran a feature on us too which has been fabulous and we look forward to seeing you here very soon.

You will be reaching speeds of up to 100 mph and you will be traveling 500ft above the mountain lake so be ready for a ride of a lifetime!

A Journey Through Time

The Zip World Experience is located in the most dramatic of settings – Penrhyn Quarry which is nestled amongst the mountains of north Wales.

For more than 200 years men have laboured to extract valuable Welsh slate. In its heyday, more than 2000 men were employed as quarrymen. Today machinery has replaced all but 200 men but the quarry is still exporting slate to the far side of the world.

The Zip Lines are located in part of the quarry that has been decommissioned for ten years and already flora and fauna are reappearing. The rides provide a bird’s-eye view of 200 years of history, the working quarry and the spectacular north wales coast including Anglesey and on a clear day even the Isle of Man.

History has and continues to be made in Penrhyn Quarry.
•It was once the largest slate quarry in the world
•The first operations (in North Wales) using general anaesthetic were successfully performed in the quarry hospital
•It was where the first zip lines were built more than 100 years ago to extract rock (these were known as Blondins after the famous tightrope walker)
•Infamously it is where the longest dispute (strike) in British Industrial History took place
•Today we have the longest and fastest zip lines in Europe

From the end of the Short Zipper to the start of the Long Zipper you will be transported by means of a specially adapted off road vehicle. Along the journey there is evidence of an industrious past which your professional drivers will bring to life and the will astound you with their knowledge and compelling stories.

News & Special Offers


  • £50 per person
  • £180 for family ticket (2 Adult+2 Under 16)
  • £220 for family ticket (2 Adult+3 Under 16)
  • For groups of 20+ please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Open all year round except Christmas day and New Years day subject to weather conditions.

Contact Details

Zip World


Penrhyn Quarry Bethesda Gwynedd LL57 4YG Wales

Tel: 01248 601 444

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