National Slate Museum, Llanberis

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Inside the disused 19th-century workshops where miners once toiled is National Slate Museum. The museum is part of the National Museum of Wales and sits along the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Inside the workshops, refurbished rooms set up to evoke the quarryman's daily life. Learn the history of slate and the process by which it's mined. The heavy slate was transported between buildings by the water-powered tram still functioning in the courtyard. A visit to National Slate Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Llanberis trip tool to plot your vacation.
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  • My partner and myself visited this museum while on a short break, it's free to enter, there is alot to see. We went inside the 3 little houses dating 1861, 1901 and 1969 each house was decorated to... 
    My partner and myself visited this museum while on a short break, it's free to enter, there is alot to see. We went inside the 3 little houses dating 1861, 1901 and 1969 each house was decorated to...  more »
  • Wonderful exhibits with lots of info on how hard life was for the miners, Wonderful staff who where chatty and had real intrest in the slate Nice little park and cafe for kids too 
    Wonderful exhibits with lots of info on how hard life was for the miners, Wonderful staff who where chatty and had real intrest in the slate Nice little park and cafe for kids too  more »
  • Nice place to walk around. Takes about an hour depending on how fast you read the descriptions, etc. The information was very informative and there was a live demonstration of slate splitting. Free... 
    Nice place to walk around. Takes about an hour depending on how fast you read the descriptions, etc. The information was very informative and there was a live demonstration of slate splitting. Free...  more »
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  • Fantastic museum. A nice mix of boards, pictures, interactive history and even an in person demonstration of cutting slate! Staff were very friendly and helpful too. It was free entry, you do have to pay for parking which was £5 at the time of writing. But it was a great day out for dirt cheap price. Highly recommended a visit!
  • Thought provoking museum with lots of static exhibits and live displays, giving an insight into the Welsh slate industry and the lives of those it employed. The three miners' cottages, large water wheel and workshops were fascinating to see. While there wasn't the same level of signage and information boards as in some other museums, the extent to which the workshops and equipment had been preserved gave a real sense of the working conditions people would have faced. Parking is paid but entry to the museum is free.
  • Great place to find out about the heritage of the slate mining industry. Free admission and dog friendly. Nice cafe for coffee and cake. Large wheelchair accessible car park and entrance. Then you can go for a walk round the lake with stunning views of the mountains.
  • First of all it's free entry so you can't go wrong. Interesting exhibits, we didn't have time to watch a demonstration but it's there if you want to learn more. Best bit for us was the impressively large water wheel and the houses set up in different eras. Only annoying bit is having to pay for a days parking (not the museum's fault) so I'd recommend walking to the nearby castle and a walk up the quarry itself to make good use of your ticket.
  • Great few hours learning about the history of the slate mining industry in Wales today. Wasn't entirely enthusiastic at first however, it turned out to be an amazing few hours witnessing the talents of the slate splitter and the blacksmith. Would recommend to all ages.

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