Going Underground!

Going Underground!

July 22 2020      Adam Lemalle

One of North Wales’s best loved visitor attractions will complete its reopening with the green light to open the Llechwedd Deep Mine, after nearly four months of lockdown.

Llechwedd, which evolved from one of the largest slate mining operations in the country, opened its doors as a tourist attraction way back in the Spring of 1972. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, opening new areas to tours and welcoming Zip World and Antur ‘Stiniog downhill mountain biking onto the 2,000-acre site.

From Saturday 25th July, Llechwedd’s award winning Deep Mine tour will reopen to the public, alongside their Quarry Explorer and Quarry Walking tours, which opened earlier in July. For the safety of visitors and employees of Llechwedd, the mine tours will run at a reduced capacity and will include sanitiser points throughout. Visitors will also be given face masks before their descent on the railway – the steepest of its kind in the country.

Alongside the Llechwedd Deep Mine, the Slate Mountain Adventure tour will reopen soon. The tour, which was awarded Go North Wales’ 2019 Attraction of the Year in November comprises of a tour of the upper sections of the historic site on an ex-military truck, as well as a tour of the underground areas.

Michael Bewick, Manager Director of Llechwedd said: “we have been in close touch with our team over the months of lockdown and more recently have been speaking to our community. We are keen to ensure that this important part of Wales’ cultural heritage is once again open and are making every effort to ensure that it is a safe experience for our team, our visitors and our community.”

Tours will be temporarily limited to eight people, ensuring adequate distancing between social groups.

Visitors are strongly urged to book online in advance of visiting. Due to the restrictions in place we cannot guarantee space on any tour if you arrive on the day.

Mixed News for Llechwedd’s Accommodation Offer After COVID-19 Lockdown Delays Hotel Progress

Alongside the attraction, Llechwedd’s popular Slate Mountain Glamping safari tents have reopened for the remainder of the 2020 season. While unprecedented demand means they have sold out for the entirety of July and August, the glamping tents are now available to book right up to October 31 and over December and New Year.

Plas Weunydd, Llechwedd’s planned four-star quality boutique hotel & restaurant, will now open to guests in the Easter of 2021. German engineering company Voith, who are working on upgrades to the hydroelectric power plant at Tan y Grisiau and have stayed at the hotel for the last 12 months, will return to the hotel for the remainder of 2020.


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