King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris

Step on a boat and wind through King Arthur's Labyrinth - a labyrinth of history, a litany of Dark Age tales told against the backdrop of luminous expanses of water. A hooded boatman is your guide for this voyage with a difference through the tunnels and caverns of historic southern Snowdonia.

Face of red dragon with eyes lit up
man with hood in foreground with cave and water light up in blue in the background
attraction at underground labyrinth showing man with mouth open
King Arthur's Labyrinth

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

History and adventure combine to brilliant effect in the heart of Snowdonia with two customer experiences: the Deep Mine Tour and the Quarry Explorer. The Deep Mine Tour is a family friendly interactive tour with new technology; the first to use augmented reality in an underground setting with iPads providing a window on the past. You access the caverns using Britain’s steepest cable railway to levels of 500ft underground. The Quarry Explorer is an off road adventure that will take you right into the heart of Llechwedd’s man-made mountains (made by blasting the tops off the hundred-year-old caverns) in a military 4x4 truck.

slate cavern light up with brightly coloured lights
father and two sons with hard hats holding onto poles
exterior view of cavern with visitors stood looking down
Llechwedd Slate Caverns

National Showcaves Centre, Powys

This location has three main caves for you to explore. Dan yr Ogof is cavernous; Cathedral is full of atmosphere, and Bone has a deathly twist: the three main caves will capture your imagination at the National Showcaves Centre, this Centre, which also offers a huge park dedicated to dinosaurs, an Iron Age Village, a Shire Horse Centre and a museum in one amazing day out.

Inside a cave at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales
Dinosaur sculpture at Dan yr Ogof.
Dan yr Ogof, National Showcaves Centre

Sygun Copper Mine

More than a century after being abandoned in 1903, Sygun tells the story of Victorian copper miners in colourful fashion. This is the place to trace copper ore veins, silver and gold within the confines of illuminated caves, then relax within its beautiful natural surroundings in the hills of Snowdonia.

Electric Mountain Visitor Centre

Currently closed until 2020 for a major refurbishment to their visitor centre.

Get the buzz by finding out the secrets behind hydroelectricity at the Electric Mountain Visitor Centre - an eye-catching tribute to scientific history, full of towering inlet valve chambers and astonishing turbine generators. Then, travel through a labyrinth of darkened tunnels, following in the footsteps of some of the earliest engineers. Includes tours, play and refreshment areas.

The Silver Mountain Experience

Where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure with a choice of guided tours discovering the history of an original Victorian Silver-Lead Mine, or experience Welsh fantasy and myth in one of our theatrical experiences. So what are you waiting for? Come and explore!

A woman looking at the mine workings at Silver Mountain Experience.
Waterwheel at Silver Mountain experience.
Underground tunnel at Silver Mountain Experience.
Silver Mountain Experience, Mid Wales

Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Set in the shadow of the glorious Cothi Valley, Dolaucothi Gold Mines provide a unique insight into Roman gold mining methods 2,000 years ago. Guided tours will tell you the story of the 20th century workers in these caverns and there’s even a chance to try gold panning for yourself.

dark gold mine with visitors with hard hats with lights
three children panning for gold with two adults helping
people with hardhats walking towards mine with fence and gate in the foreground
Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Llanwrda

Great Orme Mines, Llandudno

Craggy, echoey and about as atmospheric as they come, the Great Orme Mines site was uncovered in 1987 and features a Bronze Age Cavern dug by miners with stone and tool bones 3,500 years ago. Don a hard hat and witness the latest discoveries in one of the world’s largest prehistoric mines.

A woman in a tunnel in Great Orme Mines.
Exploring underground at Great Orme Mines, Llandudno

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon

Another great mining attraction not to be missed is Big Pit, the National Coal Mining Museum. Located in the World Heritage Site of Blaenafon this former working mine opened as a museum in 1980. Led by former miners you can discover what the mine was like as you descend 100 metres underground into it’s dark depths. Entry is free.

Wagons and the pit head tower at Big Pit.
Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon, South Wales

Corris Mine Explorers, Corris

Get kitted up and embark on an intrepid tour with Corris Mine Explorers. You'll explore a mid-Wales mine first used in 1836. Chambers, disused machinery and even personal items left behind by the workers give this place a real sense of history.

people with hard hats with lights on exploring mine with shaft of light coming through and rope being held
Two men with hardhats with lights looking at wall of mine
Family with hard hats with lights smiling and looking through the hatch in mine
Corris Mine Explorers

Rhondda Heritage Park

Rhondda Heritage Park stands on the site of the former Lewis Merthyr colliery, which was once one of more than 50 collieries in the surrounding valleys, only closing during the 1980s. Taking a cage underground, you’ll be looked after by the people who wore hard hats for real. The tour guides are all former miners, so you can be sure they’ll have a few good stories to tell.

People sat in dark with light show (mining experience)
exterior of mining attraction with flowers in foreground
Distance view of Rhondda Heritage Park with hills in background
Rhondda Heritage Park

The Winding House, Caerphilly

Housed in a striking glass-walled building on the site of the former Elliot Colliery, the Winding House details the industrial history of the Rhymney Valley. The centrepiece is the massive winding engine that once carried workers and coal between the surface and the mine below. This incredible piece of engineering is kept in working order by a team of devoted volunteers and you can even see it in action on the final Saturday of each month. As well as the engine, the Winding House is home to a collection of documents, photographs and objects which illustrate day to day life here in South Wales at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

South Wales Miners' Museum

Take a trip back in time and discover the industrial heritage of the South Wales Miners Museum in the Afan Valley. Exhibits include an extensive collection of photographs and mining artefacts, a replica miner’s tunnel, a Blacksmith Shop, Lamp Room and an Engine House.

Exterior shot of museum with wheel and path and bench in foreground
South Wales Miners' Museum

Go Below

Go Below, based in Snowdonia, offer three different adventures - Go Below Challenge, HeroXtreme and UltimateXtreme. Each trip offers hours of mine exploration combined with zip lines, cave climbing, traversing and abseiling, all underground!

Teams traverse on of the underground bridges at Go Below Xtreme experience
Go Below

Llanfair Slate Caverns, Harlech

Explore nine caverns at this virtually untouched slate mine and find out what the conditions were like for the workers. The tour is self-led - perfect for taking your time to absorb the atmosphere. You are provided with a hard hat and a torch and dogs are welcome to go along as well. 

Find out more on the Llanfair Slate Caverns website.

Video of Llanfair Slate Caverns, near Harlech, North Wales

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