Llechwedd Slate Caverns – Blaenau Ffestiniog

by Admin on 06/08/2010

Half a mile north of the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog (on the A470) you will find one of North Wales’ top ten family attractions – the fascinating world of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, part of a living, working slate mine that has been active since 1836.

They still produce the world famous ‘Greaves Portmadoc Slate’™, which is why you might hear the sound of blasting coming from the Slate Quarry, owned by their sister Company – Greaves Welsh Slate Co Ltd

You can explore the underground world by taking 2 tours:

The Miners' Tramway

The Miners' Tramway

The Miners’ Tramway Tour
Ride into the network of spectacular man-made chambers. At various points, you will alight to learn the various skills needed to extract slate, as well as experience the sights and sounds of the late nineteenth century mining conditions.

The Deep Mine Tour
Descend into the Deep Mine and be guided on foot via ‘sound and light’ sequences. Experience the unforgettable beauty of the underground lake – as the story of the slate miner’s life unfolds.

Visit the Victorian Village with its own currency, shops and exhibits, including:

  • The Miners’ Arms (village pub)
  • Banc Greenway & Greaves Bank
  • Ffestin’s Victorian Sweet Shop
  • The Smithy, Cobblers & Printers
  • Slates To The Sea Museum


Open daily from 10am, 2010 prices (both tours):

Adults £13.50
Children (under 3’s FREE) £10.50
Seniors £12.50

A 10% discount is available for family (1+1, 2+2) – but only if you take both tours

Website: www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk
Tel: 01766 830306
Postcode: LL41 3NB

FREE Car Parking
Full range of catering available at the Cafe or Miners’ Arms

This information has been provided to help families staying in North Wales find activities to do. If you have recently visited Llechwedd Slate Caverns and would like to share your experience, please feel free to make a comment below.

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