Zip World, the outdoor adventure company responsible for the world’s fastest zip-line, has launched Tower Coaster, hailed as the first rollercoaster of its kind in Europe.

The coaster is being launched at Zip World Tower, which opened in South Wales in April 2021.

The Tower Coaster boasts an industrial style toboggan rollercoaster design. It takes riders along a 1km track, reaching speeds of up to 25mph around the historic Tower Colliery site.

Visitors whizz through tunnels, over dips and peaks and around banked corners, while experiencing what was once the oldest continuously working deep coal mine in the UK.

The coaster was supplied by Wiegand, a family company located in Rasdorf, Germany that supplies rides, slides and attractions for indoor and outdoor use.

Since opening, Zip World Tower has already welcomed more than 10,000 visitors. The site has created 56 local jobs. With the impending launch of the Tower Coaster, a further 25 members of staff will be employed at Zip World Tower this summer, adding to the venue’s growing team.

Zip World’s founder, Sean Taylor commented on the launch of the Tower Coaster: “Over the past couple of months, it’s been fantastic to see this new chapter in the Tower Colliery story and the excitement Zip World Tower has created in the local community and beyond. The Welsh tourism sector is bouncing back after going through some really tough times and it’s been incredible to see people come together to create special memories at our sites across the country once again.

“As we continue to grow our brand, we have big ambitions to keep investing in our sites to push the limits and further establish them as the best adventure locations in the world. The Tower Coaster is a result of lots of hard work by the team and we can’t wait to see you all there.”