Penrhyn Slate Quarry, located near Bethesda in North Wales, is now home to Zip World Velocity, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe.  Enjoy the view of adrenaline seeking zippers from our viewing area, experience the Quarry Tour on one of our famous red trucks, or take on Zip World Velocity itself!

Penrhyn Quarry history

At the end of the nineteenth century it was the world's largest slate quarry; the main pit is nearly 1.6 km long and 370 metres deep, and it was worked by nearly 3,000 quarrymen.  It has since been superseded in size by slate quarries in China, Spain and the USA.  Penrhyn is still Britain's largest slate quarry but its workforce is now nearer 200.

Zip World Adventure Terminal

Construction of the Adventure Terminal is well under way. It will include a state of the art restaurant, viewing area, shop and conference room.  The construction will provide work to local firms and tradesmen and will employ even more locals when it opens in early 2017.

On-site facilities

  • Free car parking
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments available from kiosk
  • Viewing area with picnic benches (currently limited indoor space)
  • Photographs (additional cost applies)