Llechwedd Slate Caverns
The Deep Mine Tour is open with reduced capacity - please book online via the Llechwedd website beforehand.
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.
National Showcaves Centre, Powys
This award-winning 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. Please check the National Showcaves Centre website for the latest visiting information.
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. Please check the Sygun Copper Mine's website for opening hours and visitor information.
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!
Head to the Silver Mountain Experience website for opening hours info.
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. Check out the Great Orme Mines website for visitor info.
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. Open from 1 September 2020. Visit the National Coal Mining Museum website for more details.
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. Visit the Rhondda Heritage Park website to book your trip.
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. The tours are led by expert guides and they'll tailor the tour for the audience. You can even spend the night underground! They were also awarded the 'Best Activity / Experience in Mid Wales' at the 2019 Mid Wales Tourism Awards.
South Wales Miners' Museum
Please contact the South Wales Miners museum before visiting for up to date information on opening.
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.
Electric Mountain Visitor Centre
Currently closed 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.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines
Currently closed for 2020 - check out the Dolaucothi Gold Mines website for further information.
Set in the shadow of the glorious Cothi Valley, Dolaucothi Gold Mines provide a unique insight into Roman gold and copper 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.
The Winding House, Caerphilly
Currently closed for 2020 - please check the Winding House website for more details.
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.
Llanfair Slate Caverns, Harlech
Currently closed for 2020. Find out more on the Llanfair Slate Caverns website.
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.
King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris
Currently closed for 2020.
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.