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Family-Friendly The National Slate Museum, Caernarfon
10:00-17:00
Free!

Although it might not strike you as a “thrill a minute” attraction from its name, the National Slate Museum in Llanberis actually makes for a pretty fascinating day out. Demonstrations are the highlight here – you can see trained craftsmen at work – but the walks and talks are equally interesting and illuminating, shedding some real light on the importance and history of the slate mining industry in North Wales.

The National Slate Museum in Llanberis makes for a pretty fascinating day out. Demonstrations are the highlight here – you can see trained craftsmen at work – but the walks and talks are equally interesting and illuminating, shedding some real light on the importance and history of the slate mining industry in North Wales. 

The whole family can take a step back in time at Fron Haul, four quarrymen’s houses that offer a slice of history from different periods in the industry. The waterwheel that powers the incredible tool-making machinery is the largest on the British mainland, and is in itself a sight to behold.

See how a quarry engine actually works, try your hand at a bit of slate splitting, or attempt to make perfect patterns in the foundry sand pit… there’s a lot to see and do here.

It is worth coming during the school holidays, as there are a lot more activities on offer at these times (a full programme can be found on the museum’s website), especially around Halloween and Easter when you’ll be able to enjoy the seasonal trails.

At any time of year, however, there are children’s trail passports to complete, as well as a fantastic play area with a zip wire. What are you waiting for?         

 Image source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by Hefin Owen

 Image source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by Hefin Owen

 

Location

The National Slate Museum, found in Llanberis, is situated within the Padarn Country Park. There is parking at the centre.

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