Visitors invited to write their own legend into heart of slate mountain
The Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour is said to make an unforgettable impression on all those who experience it. Now, for the first time, visitors will be able to return the favour – by ‘making their mark’ in the enormous underground caverns at the heart of the slate mountain.
The Slate Caverns, operators of the Llechwedd Deep Mine tour, say they have launched the feature to echo a long-standing tradition of the mine’s Victorian slate workers, who used to carve their names and initials into the rock as a testament to their subterranean endeavours.
Rather than take a chisel to the rock face, visitors are being invited to sign their names in chalk along with a short message or sentiment they would like to express about the mine and the men and boys who built it.
“This is our own unique underground take on a visitor book”, said Michael Bewick, managing director at Llechwedd.
“Our new Deep Mine Tour packs quite an emotional punch, and this is an opportunity for our visitors to express their connection with the hundreds of men and boys who spent up to 12 hours a day, six days a week - the vast majority of their lives - working underground in the semi darkness of the caverns.”
The Slate Caverns at Llechwedd is also home to a high-quality café and gift shop, both specialising in local Welsh produce and slate products made in the mine’s own mill. The recently relaunched tour was shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious National Museums and Heritage Awards category for innovation.
Llechwedd’s Deep Mine Tour takes around 90 minutes to complete and is available in English and Welsh language. Tickets from £10 per person. Llechwedd is also home to a 4 x4 off road Quarry Explorer adventure which takes visitors on a tour of the towering man-made slate piles that sit high on the mountains above the mine.