North Wales is a truly magical place and there is so much to discover. Why not visit one of these two attractions and spend a few hours immersing yourself in the history. culture and heritage that lies at the heart of this beautiful region. 

Sygun Copper Mine – Beddgelert

Snowdonia has a fascinating and diverse geological past. Over 500 million years of geological processes have shaped the incredible landscape you see today.

Heading underground is a particularly good way to appreciate the underlying geology that has produced not only the glorious scenery, but also the history, heritage and economic development of the region. There are a range of visitor attractions that showcase the industrial past of Snowdonia, and Sygun Copper Mine, located just outside Beddgelert is an award winning attraction which makes an ideal place to visit on a rainy day.

Veins of copper rich rock which formed millions of years ago are found throughout the mountains of North Wales. The mines at Sygun, as well as Parys Mountain near Amlwch and The Great Orme in Llandudno were all important sources of copper up until the mid-1800’s, when the global demand for copper increased faster than these smaller mines could cope with.

Today, as you explore the underground caverns you’ll see spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, which formed after the mine was abandoned. The colourful rocks, stained with copper ore, are lit up to create an eerie and impressive exhibition; the tour takes you up through 3 different levels of the mine, and takes about 50 min-1 hour.

There are plenty of things to do, both above and below ground at Sygun. Try out activities such as panning for gold, or metal detecting, or visit the museum of antiquities.

Admission is £8.95 for adults and £6.95 for children (free for under 3’s).

Porth Y Swnt – Aberdaron

In 2014, The National Trust opened Porth y Swnt, which translates as ‘Gateway to the Sound’ in  the small coastal village of Aberdaron, situated on the very tip of the Llyn Pensinsula. This area of Wales has such an incredible history and culture to explore, though with such a rural and rugged landscape it can be tricky to know where to start. Porth y Swnt provides a place to learn and be inspired. With exhibitions and activities all year round, there is always something new to see.

The National Trust now owns much of the land on the Lleyn and work hard to protect this beautiful area. Porth y Swnt aims to encourage visitors to engage with all that the Llyn has to offer whilst promoting understanding of its unique cultural, geographical and societal history. Take your time to explore, absorb and learn during your visit. Though this is a fairly small exhibition space it will surprise and delight you with its refreshing originality. Enjoy a range of artsy and unexpected interpretations of the mysterious history of the Lleyn.

Admission is £2 for adults and £1 for children. The staff at the centre are incredibly helpful and have excellent knowledge of the area, you can pick up some fantastic tips on finding the best spots on the Llyn for scenic walks or quiet picnics.

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