National Slate Museum, National Museums Wales
Museums and Art Galleries North WalesStep back in time and uncover the secrets of slate and the people who quarried it here at the National Slate Museum Llanberis.
Shadowed by towering slate mountains, the Museum is housed in the Industrial Victorian Workshops that once serviced and maintained the enormous Dinorwig slate quarry
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 Steal A Mountain, daily slate splitting demonstrations by quarry craftsmen and our giant waterwheel - the largest of its kind on mainland Britain. Wander through the Quarrymen’s Houses - re-erected stone by stone at the museum and furnished to show key dates in the slate industry’s history. Step back in time in the foundry or workers’ mess room or why not get all steamed up with UNA - our quarry locomotive - once used to haul rubble in the quarries but now - at over 100 years old – the Museum’s pride and joy.
Additional attractions: Gift shGift s Other attraction features include: Shop, Café, Family trails, Annual events programme.
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Open all year.Easter to Oct:
daily 10.00 - 17.00Nov - March:
Sun - Fri 10.00 - 16.00
Last admission 1 hour before closingClosed over Christmas. Check website for details.
National Slate Museum
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