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Family-sized, hillside safari tents situated in one of Wales most historic tourist attractions in the spectacular heart of Snowdonia

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.

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New for 2018 in the heart of Snowdonia you will find a fantastic destination ‘Glamping at the Slate Caverns’ - luxury for the adventurous!

A beautiful location in a rugged landscape filled with amazing views and extraordinary industrial heritage The tents sleep four or five people and are suitable for families or small groups of friends.

A destination for visitors looking for somewhere luxurious to stay but want an adventure. Our luxury safari tents are situated on a spectacular, steep hillside overlooking the moorland, valleys and historic quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog. These tents are right at the heart of North Wales’ most exciting tourist attraction – handy for the Llechwedd Deep Mine, Zip World and Antur Stiniog.

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.

Quarry Explorer

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

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.

All the tents have great views and dark skies which make them an ideal destination for people who love the outdoors! We are also very close to the loveliest beaches in Britain with Black Rock and Harlech beaches only 30 minutes away. We are close to the Italianate village of Portmeirion and to many Castles including Caernarfon, Criccieth, Beaumaris and Harlech.

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★★★★★

Peaceful retreat

Our boys loved the bunk beds, rainbow colour umbrellas and being up high (for a short time, in the clouds). Plus the slate cavern experience and bouncing underground. We loved the peace and quiet, views and well thought out facilities. I had forgotten to pack playing cards, so we were pleased that there were some for us to use in the room. My husband particularly enjoyed the downhill biking - the reason for our visit.
Aug 12, 2018 by Emma Hall
★★★★★

I wish I had more time…

I loved Glamping at The Slate Caverns. A very unusual but stunning setting. A great base to enjoy all that there is on offer both at The Caverns and nearby, such as Snowdonia, Portmierion, lovely beaches, Harlech and Caernarfon Castle. The Deep Mine Tour and The Quarry Explorer were both very informative. I learnt so much about slate mining and now have an enormous respect for those who did it. We saw stunning views, beautifully lit underground caverns, people flying on zip wires above us, mountain bikers charging around steep twisty path. Later we watched children bouncing on huge underground trampolines and climbing around the edge on a Via Ferrata with zip wires (you have to do some training first). The Safari Tents were well equipped, beautifully finished and so comfortable you forgot you were camping. Hot showers, wood burning stove, sturdy cosy beds, dining area, kitchen with microwave and fridge, BBQ. The staff were friendly and helpful. You could choose from a selection of places to eat (not in the evening), friendly staff and a shop offering local produce including the nice touches found in the tents – biscuits, tea, rugs, cushions. I would bring warm clothes, waterproof coat and sturdy shoes/boots, it is damp and cold in the mines plus exposed at the camp site even in hot weather. Sadly I only had one wonderful night. I will just have to come back again with my sons who will love it.
Jun 28, 2018 by Camilla B
★★★★★

Had to keep reminding ourselves we were actually in a tent!

Cannot recommend glamping at The Slate Caverns more. A truly remarkable experience. Perched on the hillside- in a commanding position above the site, the "tents" are tastefully decorated with deliciously comfortable beds and well equipped. Having coverted many of the homely interior touches, was thrilled to find many on sale in the shop. Only problem was constantly reminding ourselves we were actually camping! The glorious weather didn't stop us going underground for the deep mine tour, where we were both educated and brilliantly entertained by our enthusiastic guide about Llechwydd's fascinating history and the slate miners working conditions. The far reaching views were much admired from the back of the Quarry explorer as we were taken to the furthest reaches of the working mine - although the dogs weren't quite as animated! They were much more fascinated by the constant appearance of red overalled bodies whizzing over head. When the heavens conspired and bathed Snowdonia in all its blue skied magnificence - I had to relent and accept that I had finally run out of excuses to attempt the Zip Wire. This exhilarating experience was nicely rounded off with a glass or two of rose in the evening sunshine outside The Emporium, whilst enjoying the delights from the new pizza oven. Thank you Llechwydd for a memorable few days, to all the staff who took so much care of us, always accompanied by a wonderful sense of humour. My ONLY complaint - that there wasn't nearly enough time to do everything on offer and try all the cakes in the cafeteria!
Jun 24, 2018 by Happy from Hampshire
★★★★★

Glamping weekend 👍🏻🎉

Safari tents were fab. Brilliant experience. Weather on my side for once. Really comfy beds. Hot shower. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Walked Snowdon, went on Titan, did The Quarry Experience, and went surfing at Surf Snowdonia - all activities good fun. Location of safari tents perfect for where we needed to be. Also had a run into Criccieth and Abersoch.
Jun 12, 2018 by Sarah Andrews
★★★★★

The setting, the activities, the accommodation and most of all, the people!

Wow! What a truly enjoyable experience. Set up on the hills behind the Slate Caverns, the glamping set-up is rather remarkable. It looks out over the old slate quarry; a unique perspective where one can imagine the many years of history and industry that has taken place in years before. Beyond the quarry lies miles of blue hills and mountains stretching away into the distance. The rooms/tents themselves are both luxurious and cosy – with a little wood-burner to keep you snug at night, and all the kitchen/cooking equipment one might need for a glamping experience. We chose to eat down at the Emporium where they serve exceptional pizzas, amongst other things, and had a well-earned pint at the pub next door. The beds (1 king and 3 large bunk singles) are like fluffy white clouds – and rather hard to leave in the morning! We had great fun clambering around in the underground cavern, whizzing across the caves on zip wires and various other toe-curling thrills. The glamping is also a perfect base from which to climb Snowdon, visit the many delightful beaches nearby as well as the bizarre and beautiful Portmeirion. Beyond the beauty of the Welsh countryside, the attention to detail in our accommodation and the many superb activities on offer, what really made our stay so special was the tremendous care we received from the Slate Caverns team. Everyone we met made us feel so welcome and happy to be there. We would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of an adventure in a different kind of setting, with every comfort provided.
Jun 12, 2018 by Richard Van Aardt

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