National Slate Museum
Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, Gwynedd,
Tel: 01286 870630
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Enjoy the story of Slate ... at the National Slate Museum LLANBERIS
Read northwales.co.uk review of the slate museum here.
Shadowed by towering slate mountains, the National Slate Museum Llanberis is housed in the Industrial Victorian Workshops that once serviced and maintained the enormous Dinorwig slate quarry above it.
The workshops catered for all the repair and maintenance work demanded by a quarry, which once employed well over 3,000 men.
Today the site is a thriving and lively museum and there's so much to do.
Here are some of the highlights:
• Introductory film - To Steal A Mountain - which shows what working in the
quarry really meant.
• Daily live demonstrations by our Quarry Craftsmen who reveal the traditional
skills used to split and dress the slate by hand in daily demonstrations. The
Blacksmith and the Carpenter also regularly show their craft in the museum's
• Engineering workshops including foundry, smithy, saw sheds and caban (mess
room) and Giant Waterwheel - the largest of its kind on mainland Britain.
• UNA - our Hunslet Locomotive, once use to haul slate from the Quarries.
• Quarrymen's Houses re-erected stone by stone at the museum.
• Slate transporting incline - Vivian V2 - located in the country park.
SITE WALKS, TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
- Slate splitting demonstrations
- What's wood got to do with it? A walk around the site with the museum's Carpenter
- Perfect Patterns - behind the scenes talk in the pattern loft 28.5.09 / 25.6.09 / 30 .7.09 / 27 .8.09 24.9.09 / 29.10.09
Occassional tours and demonstrations
- Vivian Incline demonstrations
- UNA the engine in steam
- Vivian Quarry Walking tour
- Dragon Making ( Blacksmith demonstrations)
Demonstrations and tours vary daily. Please pick up a daily events leaflet from the shop on arrival for full details of what's available or contact the museum before visiting.
SPECIAL EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS:
19 - 22 February 2009 10am - 4pm - Model Railways Show
March 2009 1pm - 3pm - St David's Day
1 March - 31 May 2009 10am - 4pm - Exhibition : The Legacy of Slate
July 2009 - Jan 2010 10am - 4pm - Exhibition The End of the Line - Dinorwig ‘69
3 - 28 August 2009 12pm - 4pm - Summer of Slate - family activities
24 - 31 October 2009 10am - 3pm - Hallowe'en Trails
29 November 2009 11am - 4pm - Winter Fair
29 November - 23 December 2009 10am - 4pm Quarryman's Christmas 21 December 2009 12pm - 4pm Festive Fun Day
Why not join our mailing list and keep upto date with what's going on? Contact the museum on 01286 870630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Food & drink
Why not take the weight off your feet and enjoy a ‘panad' (our word for a cuppa) in
the Ffowntan Café. Enjoy our freshly made soup, sandwiches and delicious cakes - all made from local produce or sourced from local suppliers.
You can buy all sorts of slate crafts at the museum from jewellery to clocks and even
hand crafted slate fans made by the museum's own craftsmen.
Or pick up one of our unique wrought iron dragons brought to life by the museum blacksmith? There's also an exciting range of Welsh products, including books and CD's and lots of special stuff for children too!
April - October: Daily 9.30am-5pm
November - March : Sunday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Admission : FREE
Allow two to three hours for your visit
Coffee shop and Gift Shop
Groups welcome (booking essential)
Events and Education programme
Cycle rack available
Children under sixteen years old should be accompanied by an adult at all times
Baby changing facilities available | Children's Play Area
Disabled facilities | Wheelchair available on request | Induction Loops available in the
film, shop and cafe
The museum is a living industrial museum - please take care as you visit!
"A fascinating visit - a superb history of the slate industry"
"Our son ( 3 1/2 ) loved the train and the tracks and the waterwheel"
"Fantastic, friendly and informative...can't see anything like it anywhere else"
How to find us:
The Museum is located in Padarn Country Park off the A4086 in Llanberis.
From the A55 take J11 onto the A5 and then onto the A4244and Llanberis.
From the Midlands take the A5 from the M54 and from South Wales take the A470. When in Llanberis follow the signs for Padarn Country Park.
Sat Nav: enter Llanberis or postcode LL55 4TY and follow the brown Tourism signs
for the museum once in the village.