Zip World Penrhyn Quarry

Zip World Penrhyn Quarry

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Set in North Wales near the stunning Snowdon range, in what once was the world’s largest slate quarry, Penrhyn Quarry is now home to the fastest zip line in the world, Velocity 2, where you can fly 500m above the bright blue quarry lake. Learn all about the history of the quarry on the Penrhyn Quarry Tour or watch the zippers fly by from the Blondin Restaurant or Café.

Zip World won international acclaim when it opened Zip World Velocity at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda in March 2013. The quarry continued to be owned by the Pennant family until management and part ownership was passed to the McAlpine construction group in 1964. Let us explore the rides we can enjoy over there.

Velocity 2

The fastest in the world since 2013!  Soar over Penrhyn Quarry, where you can travel at speeds of up to and over 100 mph while taking in unbeatable views of Snowdonia. Velocity 2 will take you zooming down our 1.5-kilometer zip line, providing you with up to 2 hours of an incredible adventure. With 4 parallel lines over 2 separate zip lines, Velocity 2 allows you to enjoy the experience alongside your family and friends. Speeding over the Penrhyn Quarry Lake, you’ll enjoy picturesque views of Snowdonia without missing out on that all-important adrenaline rush.

Quarry Karts

Located at the iconic and world-renowned Zip World Penrhyn Quarry site, Quarry Karts is the UK’s only mountain cart experience, seeing gravity-fueled three-wheelers descend an obstacle-filled 3-kilometer slate track. It all begins with transportation up to the top in our red, military trucks, with the start taking place 1,500 ft. above sea level, where you’re treated to incredible views ahead of an intimidating descent that lasts around 3-5 minutes. The unique vehicles have a low center of gravity and a wide wheelbase, making them extra-stable, with hydraulic, independent disc brakes that allow you to slide and drift around corners. Pushing your driving ability to the limit is a series of obstacles including tunnels, chicanes, and banked corners, while you get two runs included in your booking – so you can learn the ropes on your first attempt.

Quarry Flyers

Take a flight from the top of the Penrhyn Quarry adventure terminal in this dual zip line adventure ideal for kids or anyone not quite up to the white-knuckle adrenaline rush of Velocity 2. After climbing the steps to the Adventure Terminal terrace, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the Penrhyn Quarry site and the bright blue lake below. Having been clipped in by a Zip World instructor, the first of two zip lines will send you flying 110 meters through the air, from the Adventure Terminal to the tower that forms the launch point for your second zip line. Keep an eye out for the brave adventurers taking part in Velocity 2 as you speed along! Once you’ve landed safely on the tower, you’ll climb another small flight of stairs before zipping a further 90 meters back down to the ground. Over the 200 meters of zip line there’s an elevation drop of ten meters that lets you pick up plenty of speed, while with two parallel lines side-by-side, it’s a perfect adventure for siblings, couples, or best friends to take on together! Whether you’re on the hunt for a family day out that everyone can take part in, looking for an activity to keep the kids happy before you take on Velocity 2 yourself, or simply need an alternative to our bucket list zip, the Quarry Flyer at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry is a great choice.

Penrhyn Quarry Tour

Zip World Penrhyn Quarry is well known as a place to experience high-speed, high-adrenaline adventure, but it’s also home to the Penrhyn Quarry Tour. A great opportunity to learn all about the history of this iconic location, it’s a 90-minute trip up to the top of the quarry at 1,500 feet above sea level, taking in stunning views of the Ogwen Valley, Menai Strait, and Snowdonia National Park.

Once you embark on one of our red ex-army trucks, you’ll be treated to an in-depth tour by an experienced guide of what is the oldest slate quarry in the world. What was also once the world’s largest manmade pit, it’s now filled with brilliant blue water creating a truly stunning spectacle. From the top, you’ll be able to watch the brave zippers taking part in Velocity 2, the world’s fastest zip line, while keeping your feet safely on solid ground!


The Blondin Restaurant is located at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda. It's a modern, bistro-style venue featuring locally sourced delights. The Blondin Restaurant will serve drinks, coffee, and cakes, as well as snacks and meals. The 150-cover restaurant offers a combination of indoor seating and an outdoor terrace with views across the famous slate mine and over the turquoise waters of the lake in Penrhyn Quarry. Just meters above the terrace is the fastest zip wire in the world, Velocity 2, affording diners the sight of adventure closes up.

Quarry Karts, the Zip wire is such an amazing experience for adventure seekers, that will surely make one’s heart race, but still gives you a surety of being 100% safe because of their awesome staff.