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Set in a stunning landscape amidst the towering slate tips of Dinorwig Quarry the Welsh Slate Museum at Llanberis offers a wonderful insight into the history of Slate-quarrying in north Wales. Start by visiting our cinema where you will see our stunning 3D multi-media show, "To Steal A Mountain" Which interprets the history of slate and its people and visit the Chief Engineer's home to see how he and his family lived at the turn of the century.

Then visit the original quarry workshop to see the foundry, forge, a steam locomotive and the largest working waterwheel on mainland Britain. Speak to our craftsmen as they demonstrate the difficult task of splitting slate and visit the amazing working slate incline, the only one of its kind in the world!

See our terrace of houses, "Fron Haul" Tanygrisiau, painstakingly dismantled then carefully transported and re-erected in the rear courtyard of these Victorian workshops. Each house has been re-furbished to represent an important era in the slate industry's history, the years are 1861, "The Golden Age" of the slate industry; 1901, the Penrhyn Strike; 1969, the closure of Dinorwig Quarry. The fourth house is designated for educational purposes. Don't miss this chance to learn more about the most Welsh of Welsh industries.

Shopping and Eating

Browse in our attractive gift shop, with its selection of local crafts and a range of slate gifts. The Ffowntan Café (borrowing its name from the slateworkers' tea urn) is licensed and serves delicious dishes, children's favourites, drinks and snacks, using the best Welsh ingredients. A perfect spot to relax and refresh yourself mid-visit. (Excellent toilet facilities include facilities for the disabled).


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