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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.

You’ll learn more about how this amazing landscape was formed, and why it is now the subject of a UNESCO World Heritage Status bid. You’ll take in views of North Wales like no other and have the opportunity to snap some great photographs.Quarry Explorer Collage

What you’ll be exploring

Llechwedd’s mountains are completely unique: our towering summits were built by hand and hard graft – by the incredible men and boys who worked in our mines.

Colossal amounts of slate have been dug out of the earth since mining began here in the mid-19th century. Our mine extends down 16 floors – almost 1400ft down to sea level – and houses over 20 miles of hand-cut tunnels and caverns.

What is truly extraordinary is that an incredible 90% of the rock blasted out of the mines was unusable! The men heaved it to the surface using pulleys and carts, and now vast heaps of those discarded slate spoils tower above us.

We’re not sure there was ever a molehill, but Llechwedd really is a place where man made a mountain out of not very much at all. Your knowledgeable guide will share some more of the mine’s fascinating history and we’re pretty sure that the ride over our slate peaks will thrill and amaze you.                                                                                                              

Book Now – Don’t forget special price if you buy the Deep Mine and Quarry Explorer together!



£15 per person

£10 per person if you’ve done the Deep Mine Tour on the same day. Please keep hold of your ticket for inspection.

Additional Information

We run trucks up into our slate mountains at least three times a day – to avoid disappointment please book in advance.

We don’t run trucks whilst heavy rain occurs – this is both for your safety and enjoyment!

Extra quarry explorer trips by arrangement.

Each tour is approx one hour. 

Minimum age of 5 years. Please note that this will be at times a bumpy trip over some challenging terrain.

Each truck seats 16 people.  Please enquire for information on group bookings and accessibility.