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This attraction, found in the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, is a great place for an educational and interesting few hours that the whole family can enjoy.

The Llechwedd Slate Caverns offer a unique underground tour. The Victorian Mine Tour takes you deep into the old slate caverns, starting off with a trip of the steepest cable railway in the British Isles, which will take you hundreds of feet below the ground.

The caverns are the size of cathedrals, offering impressive tableaux all around you. You can see the working conditions of the average Victorian miner, while the ghost of one of these miners will tell you all about their day to day lives.

Once you’re back above ground again, you can have a go at splitting the slate at the Mill, then wander through the Victorian Village, where the pubs and shops only take reminted Victorian coins. Then, why not take a ride on the historic narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway, which will take you all the way to Porthmadog.

Alternatively, the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is also where Antur Stiniog, Bounce Below, Zip World Titan and Zip World Caverns are located; combine some of these attractions together, and you’re sure to have a jam-packed fun day out.

 

Image source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by mjtmail (tiggy)

Image source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by James Petts 

Location

The slate caverns are found in the middle of the Snowdonia National Park in Blaenau Ffestiniog. There is free parking at the site and the centre is well signposted in the area. 

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