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Llechwedd Slate Caverns are set for a £53,000 investment from the Welsh Government, as part of a three year reinvention of visitor facilities. This is to help bring the extraordinary history of slate mining into the 21st century.

The first change will come as visitors descend on the railway, transporting into the times over 170 years ago – in just a few minutes. They will then reach the first underground level to meet thier ghostly tour guide.

Michael Bewick, Llechwedd Slate Caverns general manager, said: “Our Deep Mine Tour is an extraordinary visitor experience. It combines descending nearly 500ft in Europe’s steepest mining cable railway, walking through winding tunnels to view the grandeur of 10 underground chambers hewn by human hand, and a historical commentary that introduces visitors to the extraordinary achievements of Victorian slate miners.”

“We have re-written the script for the ghostly guide – young Sion Dolgarregddu who started working in the mine at the age of 12. Visitors will learn more about Sion and his family and how they lived their lives,” said Mr Bewick.



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