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Visiting Llanfair Slate Caverns

On our trip to Wales one of the last days out we had was to Llanfair Slate Caverns, near Harlech, mainly picked to avoid the rain! Mainly indoors – or actually underground – it’s a great place to hide from rain showers.

What are Llanfair Slate Caverns?

Llanfair Slate Caverns are home to a now disused slate mine. The slate in the mine is among the oldest in the world and many industrial towns in Britain and Ireland have their original roofs made from Llanfair slate.

Llanfair Slate Caverns

The nine connected caverns were all made over 100 years ago – with only a candle for lighting! There so many different tunnels and chambers to explore on a self guided tour.

Llanfair Slate Caverns

When you arrive at Llanfair Slate Caverns you pop into the shop where you pay your entrance fee and are given hard hats. There are different sizes available and they are mandatory – you really wouldn’t want to venture into the caverns without one!

Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns

The self guided tour at Llanfair Slate Caverns

To enter the mine you descend Jacobs Ladder and work your way through a main tunnel, under twin arches of the crypt and into a vast and lofty cathedral cavern. Through the maze of tunnels and chambers you can see the old drilling holes and scratch marks from miners of years long gone by.

Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns

During your visit you learn about the slate in the mine, how it was mined, how the mine was constructed and the work that went on every day in the mine. There are lights to help you see your way – although some parts are very dark – and even the sound of miners at work is played as you explore, bringing the caverns to life.

Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns

You are able to spend as long as you like in the caverns. When you’re done, you can appreciate the view of Cardigan Bay, buy refreshments or wander around the shop – maybe even buying some Cave Aged Cheddar to take home with you.

Llanfair Slate Caverns

We loved our visit to Llanfair Slate Caverns. It felt like we were really immersed in mining life and truly appreciated for the first time where slate actually comes from. It was fun but educational too and we all really enjoyed it.

Llanfair Slate Caverns

You can find out more about Llanfair Slate Caverns over on their website and for reference the address is: Cae Gethin Farm, Harlech LL46 2SA. It’s also right next door to the Children’s Farm Park if you want to extend your visit. 

Llanfair Slate Caverns
Llanfair Slate Caverns

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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