Llechwedd explores the history and machinery of slate-mining in Wales. The Deep Mine tour explores the lives of the men who built the industry; experienced from the point of view of the miners, the tour uses cutting-edge enhanced reality technology to tell their story. Also on offer is the Quarry Explorer; a 90-minute journey to the top of the man-made summits some 1,400 feet about sea level. Travelling in a military 4x4 truck you'll drive up to the top of the quarry into the massive craters made by blasting the tops off the caverns.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily first tour 9.30 (last tour 4.45)
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About the area
The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.
Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.
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