From November 6th this year we are offering a truly authentic experience – walk into the Mine through the tunnel that was built way back in the 1840s.
Our train has been in operation since the late 1970s and the time has come to refurbish it so this November we’re taking it off the tracks and sending it to Coventry to be rebuilt. We don’t want anyone to miss out on an opportunity to visit our Llechwedd Deep Mine so we’ve created a new tour where you can walk in to the Mine – literally. One of our inspirational guides will lead down the tunnel and then down an old incline and then on to the tour where you get the opportunity to experience the life of a Miner. It’s a bit rough and ready but completely safe and does involve a fair bit of walking so is only suitable for 11+ and for people who are reasonably fit.
This is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the miners who worked here over 180 years ago …
Further Q&A’s for Winter Walking Tour - Llechwedd Deep Mine
Maximum of 12 persons per tour
How far underground do you travel?
You actually travel 500ft underground.
What is it like being underground?
Temperature is approx 7C There are lots of tunnels and 10 chambers you will visit. It is dark in areas, but you will be wearing head torches and are assisted at all times with a guide who has contact with staff above ground.
Are there steps?
Yes you walk down 183 steps to access the mine, within the mine there are a further 61 steps to walk down and then 61 steps to walk back up as part of the tour, and then finally 183 steps to walk back out of the mine.
What should I wear?
Comfortable footwear for walking is required as surfaces can be a bit uneven in areas.
Please wear jackets in the summer and coats in the colder months.
It is sometimes damp underground depending on our weather.
How long is the tour?
Llechwedd Deep Mine takes up to one hour and a quarter underground. We do advise for visitors to arrive half hour before the trip is due to commence. There is also a slate splitting demonstration after the tour which takes up to 15 minutes.
How far do you walk on the tour?
In all, about 2 miles. However we walk at a calm steady pace and will stop at regular intervals as you enter the different chambers and hear the fascinating stories we have to share with you.
Do I have to wear the overalls and helmets?
Due to health and safety you do have to wear the helmets at all times from the point of receiving the helmet to the point of handing them in after the tour.
The overalls/boiler suits are optional, although lots of visitors enjoy wearing them to embrace the overall experience! Also they do keep you warm underground in the winter months!
Can I take photographs underground?
Yes of course, just mention to the guide that you need a bit of extra time if there is something in a chamber that catches your eye. Our tour guides are lovely patient people so will be happy to accommodate you. Please do share your photos on our social channels.
Is it Walking tour suitable for babies and young children?
The new Walking Tour is suitable for children over the ages of 11+
Pushchairs are not permitted underground although you are able to use pushchairs and prams above ground in our shop and café.
Will my child have to wear a helmet?
Yes your child will need to wear a helmet, we do provide helmets for children.
Note, the new Walking Tour is suitable for children over the ages of 11+
Do you have baby changing facilities and toilets?
Please use our toilets in our reception area where there is a baby changing facility.
There are no toilets or baby change facilities underground.
Are you allowed to take dogs and assistance dogs on the Llechwedd Deep Mine tour?
No, not any dog is permitted on the Llechwedd Deep Mine tour, however dogs are allowed onsite as long as they remain on a lead.