National Slate Museum

Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TY

If you are ever in north Wales, take a stroll around the village of Llanberis in Gwynedd and admire the magnificent landscape of the southern banks of Lyn Padarn, which is a glacially formed lake. And then after you have taken in the spectacular views and rested, go and treat yourself to a visit to the National Slate Museum that nestles at the foot of the Elidir mountain in the Dinorwig Quarry, once the second largest quarry in the world and employed over 3,000 men.

Even though the quarry was officially closed in 1969, there is still lots going on here. You’ll have the chance to visit unique 19th century workshops and learn all about the fascinating lives of men and engineers who worked there and how slate has been quarried for over 1,800 years in north Wales. You will also get the chance to see slate-splitting demonstrations by skilled craftsmen who are more than willing to discuss their work with you.

You can also experience the smells and sounds of the foundry, the forge and the machinery, which is still powered by Britain’s largest working waterwheel. You can spend hours here at this wonderful museum which offers hours of enjoyment and education for the whole of the family.

Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Opening Times: Easter–October: Open 10am-5pm daily.
November–Easter: Open 10am-4pm Sunday-Friday.

Costs: Free Admission

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