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Museum - Industrial, free entry

National Slate Museum

National Slate Museum

Details

Shadowed by towering slate mountains, the National Slate Museum Llanberis is housed in the Industrial Victorian Workshops that once serviced and maintained the enormous Dinorwig slate quarry above it. The workshops catered for all the repair and maintenance work demanded by a quarry, which once employed well over 3,000 men. From strikes and suffering to craftsmanship and community, this is an unique opportunity to glimpse the lives of the slate workers and their families.

Attractions include our stunning introductory film – To Steel A Mountain; daily slate splitting demonstrations by our Quarry Craftsmen and giant waterwheel – the largest of its kind in mainland Britain. Other favourites at the Museum are our homes including the Chief Engineer’s House and the Quarrymen’s Houses – re-erected stone by stone at the Museum and refurbished to show key dates in the slate industry’s history.

Visit the workshops themselves including foundry, smithy, saw sheds and Caban (Mess Room) and see UNA – our Hunslett Locomotive once used to haul rubble in the quarries but now – at over 100 years old – the Museum’s pride and joy. New developments on site include a new ‘pattern’ store area to safely house the museum’s fantastic collection of over 2,000 wooden patterns – originally used in the casting process.

Annual events programme. Café. Shop. Open all year (closed Saturdays November to Easter). FREE ADMISSION.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Opening Hours:
November - Easter 10:00 - 16:00 Sunday - Friday; closed Saturdays.
Easter - October 10:00 - 17:00 daily.

Prices

Free entry

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 31 Jan - Sun 23 Jun Once the Quarrymen Left
Mon 11 Mar - Sun 30 Jun Quarrymen
Mon 22 Jul - Sun 1 Sep Summer of Slate

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Padarn Country Park,
Llanberis,
Gwynedd,
LL55 4TY

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 585602  Lat: 53.12015 Long: -4.11585

The Museum is located in Padarn Country Park off the A4086 in Llanberis. From the A55 take J11 onto the A5 and then onto the A4244 and Llanberis. From the Midlands take the A5 from the M54 and from South Wales take the A470. When in Llanberis follow the signs for Padarn Country Park.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Bangor station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed