Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies an extraordinary story: a rock revolution that shaped the look and feel of the world as we know it. A way of life which built communities and defined generations of families in North Wales.
The story of slate began 500 million years ago, with deposits of mud and clay on an ancient seabed. Slate was used by Romans in the first century AD and by medieval kings to shore up their defence. But it wasn’t until the advent of the Industrial Revolution that demand for the mighty grey rock really exploded. At its peak, the slate industry in Wales employed an army of 17,000 men.
By the end of the 19th century they were extracting half a million tonnes of slate per year and their hand-split wares were being exported to all four corners of the earth.
Choose between three unique tours; the famous Deep Mine tour takes you on a journey 500 feet below the ground on Europe’s steepest cable railway into the colossal man-made chambers. Along the way, your guide will walk you through an immersive experience as you follow in the footsteps of the miners who worked the chambers twelve hours a day - some as young as ten years old.
The Quarry Explorer is an exhilarating off road, ex-military truck ride to the highest points of the man-made slate mountains which tower over the Llechwedd site. On your journey, you’ll visit areas of the quarry over 200 years old and find out how the impressive relics and buildings are part of the wider bid to make the North West Wales slate heritage a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Why not combine the two? Slate Mountain Adventure is a half day tour of the site both above and below ground (with some added areas exclusive to this experience) - the ultimate way to take in everything Llechwedd has to offer.
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