Inigo Jones Slate Works welcome visitors from all over the globe and one of the main features is ‘The Great Slate Tour’. The tour allows behind the scenes access to the original and still functioning workshops established in 1861 at Groeslon, 6 miles south of Caernarfon.
With recent improvements to the tour, the new personal audio devices featuring several languages now tells the story of the origins of slate in North Wales and how its uses have evolved over the years, using the preferred language of the listener. On offer is Welsh and English for home visitors, or German, French, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese for overseas guests.
A self-guided approach to the tour allows participants to take their time in discovering more about the rich heritage and skill of working slate. Not only does the tour allow guests to learn about the skills in the Slate Works but there is a chance to also try them out. The interactive elements to the tour include calligraphy and even try hammering the designs out on slate, with the letter cutting exercise! It's easy to be lost here for hours!
As a working factory, visitors may also see the workmen crafting new and bespoke products before anyone else! Recent commissions have included the slate peace plaque at Treborth and Llanberis, the Memorial plaque at Ffestiniog Highland Railway commemorating railway staff who served during the Great War, and a slate plaque in recognition of Chris Gunter’s record 93 caps for Wales! The workmen are happy to talk and answer any questions put to them.
Also on sight is a Craft Showroom which offers a wide collection of products, a café and a farm shop. There is ample parking for coaches.
Published 13 September 2019