27 Oct The 7 Most Enchanting Caves in North Wales
Thanks to its varied geography and exciting history, this part of the country offers a never-ending array of things to do. Were you looking for something different from the usual tourist attractions? Perhaps something a bit more… underground? Then we recommend visiting one of the best caves in North Wales!
And the coolest thing? Your day out (or… below) won’t be ruined if it starts to rain!
With such an inspiring variety of landscapes and proud industrial past, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are so many different types of mines and caves in North Wales.
Not sure where to start? Here are our favourite Welsh caves, caverns and mines for a day below the ground but above expectations.
1. Llechwedd Slate Caverns – Blaenau Ffestiniog
Buried deep in the heart of Snowdonia, the North Wales Tourist Attraction of 2019 will show you the wonders of slate and what it represented for this country during the industrial revolution.
If you’re brave and most definitely not claustrophobic, you can opt for their Deep Mine tour, taking you 500 feet below the surface, or the Quarry Explorer tour, which stays above the ground.
Or, if you want to make a full day out of it… both!
2. Go Below – Betws-Y-Coed
Do you live for adrenaline? Then we dare you to challenge yourself by going down the deepest slate mine in the entire world… on a zipline! There are nine different underground ones to choose from.
From steep climbs to unpredictable walks and the most extreme picnic bench (bolted on a 120’ high chamber wall!), there are all kinds of adventures for you to try.
It all depends on how brave you feel that day!
3. Sygun Copper Mine – Beddgelert
While the Romans had already started making the most of its copper, it’s during the Victorian Age that these Welsh caves and caverns really came to life.
This copper mine closed down at the start of the twentieth century but reopened in the 80s as a tourist attraction… with an unexpected but welcome surprise! During those decades, many more stalactites and stalagmites were formed.
Spot them in the most colourful chambers, admire the traces of gold and silver in the veins of all that copper, and make the most of this unique experience by taking this self-guided audio-visual tour at your own pace.
4. Llanfair Slate Caverns – Llanfair
How about a dog-friendly self-guided tour through nine different underground caverns?
Start your descent through Cavern No1, where you’ll still be greeted by the sunlight before plunging into the depths of this old mine, immersed in a fantasy-like world.
No wonder the Llanfair Slate Caverns were chosen as a filming location for the Netflix series Cursed!
You’ll be able to see some of the oldest Pre-Cambrian rocks in the world, drilling holes made over a hundred years ago, and even a spooky human face in the sixth cavern.
Your brave descent down below will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Cardigan Bay when you come back to the surface.
5. King Arthur’s Labyrinth – Corris
These caves in North Wales have been turned into a magical underground storytelling adventure, perfect for a family day out with your bravest little knights and princesses.
After all, isn’t Wales the best place to meet dragons?
Beginning your unforgettable journey by boarding an underground boat, you’ll sail deep beneath the Snowdonian mountains after going through a whimsical waterfall, learning all about local legends and folklore.
6. Corris Mine Explorers – Machynlleth
This award-winning attraction in North Wales will take you all the way back to the Victorian times.
The best thing? Groups of six can get a very special tailor-made trip! How does an underground sleepover in an old mine sound? Definitely something to brag about for years, if you ask us.
As for day tours, the Corris Mine offers three separate ones for aspiring miners of different ages, lasting anywhere between an hour to half a day, and including more or less challenging sections.
7. Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines – Llandudno
This self-guided tour is a popular attraction for both the bravest children and adults alike.
Right next to one of the best coastal walks in North Wales, the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines allow you to travel back in time 3,500 years! Yep, that’s when their tunnels were first mined.
Follow the traces of our prehistoric ancestors to get a feel of what their quest for bronze entailed. There are now over five miles worth of tunnels for you to discover.
No matter what type of thrill you’re after and whether you’re planning this day out with your family or friends, there are so many incredibly caves in North Wales that you’re guaranteed to find the right type of adventure for you.