The Slate Caverns
The Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB
Snowdonia's lofty peaks may steal all the travel spreads and screensavers, but at this North Wales tourist attraction it's the mountain range's subterranean scenery that draws you in, quite literally. Situated in the very heart of Snowdonia National Park on the fringes of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llechwedd Slate Caverns is a fascinating interactive experience that tells the story of the region's slate mining heritage. At its height, the Welsh slate industry employed more than 17,000 men, with over half a million tonnes extracted annually and imported across the globe. Little wonder then that Blaenau Ffestiniog has long been known as "the town that roofed the world".
Now, visitors to this multi-award-winning attraction can really immerse themselves in North Wales' industrial past – albeit in the utmost of comfort. Launching Whitsun weekend of 2018, six seriously high-end safari tents are the latest additions to the thriving Slate Caverns site. Situated on a car-free (luggage is delivered to your tent) hillside overlooking the vast mine and quarry complex, these half dozen glamping units promise a stylish stay with fantastic views across Snowdonia. The tents accommodate up to five a piece, with a couple of smaller ones for families of four. Proper king-sized beds and cannily-crafted bunks ensure a proper night's sleep, while the en-suite bathroom (complete with electric shower and proper flush loo) and fully-equipped kitchenette mean there's no shortage of mod cons. Wood-burning stoves are provided along with barbecues, firepits and a spacious veranda, meaning guests can still enjoy the hallmarks of a holiday in the Great Outdoors (be sure to stock up on marshmallows in the onsite shop!). It's all a stark contrast to the humble workers' lodgings on show in the reconstructed mining village below.
You won't need to venture far for things to do at The Slate Caverns. The complex comprises a host of fun-filled and illuminating attractions. The Llechwedd Deep Mine tour takes guests on a guided trip below the surface via a narrow gauge cable railway, the steepest in Britain. The caverns are brought vividly to life courtesy of the knowledgable guides, with a little help from some state-of-the-art audio visuals. Hold on tight for The Quarry Explorer off-road adventure as you traverse the manmade mountains and cavernous craters in a military 4x4 truck, taking in views across Snowdonia and even Harlech Castle. Cranking up the adrenaline another notch, the onsite Zip World boasts Titan, Europe's largest 4-person zip line. From 1800ft up, it's the closest you can get to sky diving without jumping from a plane. There's even a zip line adventure course in the caverns themselves, not to mention an enormous subterranean playground featuring industrial slides the height of two double decker buses and six levels of trampoline bouncing fun.
Location-wise, The Slate Caverns scores pretty high on the 'singular settings' scale and it's a testament to the draw of the place that we'd be clamouring to glamp here even without the added bonus of the impressive array of attractions on the doorstep. Poised in the heart of this iconic national park, with red kites circling overhead and some of the clearest night skies around, a stay here offers the essential Snowdonia experience, and then some.
The Owner Says
The Llechwedd Deep Mine tour
This is where it all began, an award winning underground tour which combines history and adventure. Travel deep underground on our new train, the steepest cable railway in Britain. Meet our friendly guides who will tell you personal stories of life underground and marvel at the spectacular Caverns brought to life by the latest technology.
Hold on tight and take an off road adventure into the heart of Llechwedd’s man – made mountains. Travel deep into the historic quarries on an ex-military 4x4 truck and take in views like no other where you can see Snowdonia and Harlech Castle.
Zip World Slate Caverns
Home to 3 extraordinary Zip World Experiences. Titan is the largest zip zone in Europe, zipping in a seated position, you are afforded stunning views over Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Caverns is a remarkable, uniquely exhilarating and atmospheric underground zip line adventure. Bounce Below is an underground subterranean playground. Visitors enter a network of enormous caverns, offering four industrial slides, the height of two double decker buses and six levels of bouncing fun.
Antur Stiniog offers seven fantastic downhill mountain bike trails, graded blue to black and the best mountain bike uplift service in the UK, some say the world! Offering fantastic views and exhilarating rides.
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