A Blast from the Past
Travel through the village of Betws y Coed in the Conwy Valley and head to Capel Curig which lies in the heart of Snowdonia on the river Lugwy taking in the stunning views along the picturesque pass to Llanberis. Visit the Welsh Slate Museum situated under towering slate mountains. The Victorian engineering workshops of Dinorwig Slate Quarry is a living, working museum that tells the story of the North Wales’ slate Industry. Enjoy a stunning introductory film show, slate-splitting demonstrations, explore the furnished quarryman’s houses and marvel at the giant waterwheel on-site.
Just beyond the Museum is a variety of independent shops/workshops selling hand-made Padarn pottery as well as slate gifts and souvenirs. Take a short coach journey to the Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis for lunch, set in 30 acres of garden and woodland that include Dolbadarn Castle.
A visit to Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog is a must it’s here that your group can experience the story of the men who built this incredible industry which literally helped to ’roof the world’. This new tour uses cutting-edge enhanced reality technology to tell the story of the miner’s determination and resilience as they worked. It’s a real insight as to how our mining forefathers lived, the importance to them of family, friendship and community, and how their lives have shaped our own – and still do.
Evening meal at the hotel will be a real ‘Taste of Wales’ as the main ingredients are locally sourced followed by an evening with a local choir rehearsal - a unique and moving experience.