Llanfair Slate Caverns, Harlech

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Cave · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • Had a lovely time here, the caverns have all the history to read about, great views from the top and the staff were very nice and helpful!  more »
  • In contrast to the massive scarring at Dinorwig, this shows slate being mined - with many of the hazards associated with other types of mining. The entrance is through a narrow shaft (fear not, you...  more »
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  • It's a fascinating excursion, especially if you're at Shell Island and even more so if it's a hot day as its very cool down there. You go to the reception, pay your money, get your helmets and torches and make your own way around reading the display boards. It doesn't take a huge amount of time to get round but there's no pressure to do so, or anyone even in the mine to speak to you or guide you which is fine but may be weird for people expecting something more structured. The history of the mine is interesting so make sure you do take it in and imagine how it was to be down there. A negative is that It's a little bit of a pain if there's anyone walking around at the same time as you have to wait for them to move so you can read the signs. So don't race round it, give yourself time at the entrance to let anyone else in front of you finish. It wasn't too busy when I went but I can see that situation being worse on a busier day. I do feel they could probably improve the experience with perhaps atmospheric audio or even live actors and better clearer signage (minus the minor spelling errors!). It's basically a tourist attraction that runs itself and must make the owners a fortune as they don't need to do anything at all currently so far as I can see other than provide some lighting around the darker areas. I wonder how long the appeal of that will last. Its not something I need to visit again once I've been though I would if there was something new. The cafe on site is worth a visit on its own, worth pointing out they can take card for everything on site (I still find thay very weird having been a regular visitor to Wales during the 90's) and the view from the car park across the coast is amazing. Also the gift shop was easy to spend money in as they have some good stuff although I'd like to see more objects made of slate such as more modern clocks perhaps. So all in all, do go and have a look, it's as a whole definitely worth a visit.
  • Great place to go for an hour if the weather isn't great! Reasonably priced and very interesting. Fantastic views from the car park and onsite cafe which is very friendly, well priced and does good coffee and cake plus snacks. Small word of warning...there is a VERY steep drive and bendy up to the entrance so go carefully!

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