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Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales has launched a new experience called the Deep Mine Tour that takes visitors under the mountain of Snowdonia into the disused slate mines.

The Deep Mine Tour uses enhanced reality technology to tell the story of the men who worked in the slate mines in the Victorian era; portraying the terrible working conditions that they faced under the ground.

In particular, groups taking the tour will learn about the hard work and survival of three mine workers called Hywel, Gwion and Gethin.

Experience working in a slate mine

Visitors will have the chance to experience for themselves the underground environment. They’ll get to don overalls and hard hats with torches on before descending into the underground caverns. 

Groups will also get to have a go at using some of the mining tools themselves, such as a primitive drill or a fuse that will set off a powerful blast 300-feet underground.

Visitors can also try their hand at splitting a slate. 

GTOS booking for parties of ten ore more will receive a discount on Deep Mine Tour prices. The maximum number of spaces available on a tour is 20.

Organisers should call 01766-830306 to make a booking or visit the Llechwedd Slate Caverns website.

Art in Snowdonia

Groups visiting the mine this summer will also be able to view a brand new piece of installation art at the site.

The work is one of two pieces that have been created by landscape artist Anthony Garratt as part of a project called High and Low.

The installation is a giant canvases that reflects the history, geography and industrial heritage of North Wales.

The second piece, another canvas,  can be seen floating on a specially constructed vessel on a lake next to an abandoned copper mine on the flanks of Snowdon.

Extend a stay

Groups that are interested in extending a stay in the Snowdonia region can book at Menai Holiday Cottages for group accommodation.

The company boasts a number of large properties, including some which are split in to multiple cottages or apartments.

For further information visit www.menaiholidays.co.uk/snowdonia-cottages.

Pictured: Anthony Garrratt's High and Low, on Llyn Llydaw at Snowdon. (Photo credit: Richard Broomhall and Fractured Ether).