Buried deep under the mountains of Snowdonia lies an extraordinary story: it’s 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 NEW deep mine tour at Llechwedd tells the story of the men who built this incredible industry which roofed the world. Experienced from the point of view of the mine workers, the tour uses cutting-edge enhanced reality technology to tell the story of their blood and guts, their determination and resilience, their risk and endeavour.
It also tells us a great deal about how our mining forefathers lived, the importance to them of family, friendship and community, and how their lives have shaped our own – and still do.
Llechwedd and the story of slate
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 defences. 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.
The Welsh slate industry made a few men very rich and paid a decent wage to many more. But, like so many industries that relied upon the physical labour of human beings, its colossal success did not come without great sacrifice … We think it’s a story which is truly immersive and one that will captivate, surprise and thrill you. And we can’t wait to show you around.
THE QUARRY EXPLORER
Join us for an unforgettable off road adventure
How do you fancy exploring our formidable slate mountains with a thrilling guided adventure in a 4 x 4 military truck?
Grab hold and join us on a 1.5 hour journey to the top of our man-made summits: an extreme landscape 1400ft above sea level. Our quarry explorer is an off road adventure that will take you right into the heart of Llechwedd’s man-made mountains. Travelling in a military 4 x 4 truck you’ll drive up high to the top of the quarry and into some of the massive craters we made by blasting the tops off our hundred-year-old caverns.
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