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Great Orme Ancient Mines

Great Orme Ancient MinesLlandudno
North Wales
LL30 2XG
Telephone: 01492 870447


The Great Orme Ancient Mines were uncovered in 1987 during a local government scheme to landscape this area of the Great Orme.

The secret copper mines discovered below the ground are one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent times! Dating back from 4,000 years to the Bronze Age they legitimately change academics' views of the ancient people of Britain and their unique society some 2,000 years before even the Romans invaded!

Over the past 3 decades dedicated mining engineers, cavers and archaeologists have been slowly and surely uncovering more and more tunnels plus restoring large areas of the surface landscape to reveal what is now believed to be the largest Prehistoric mine discovered in the whole world!

As well as the tour kids can also observe traditional methods of working the copper at the smelting shelter. It takes about 50 minutes to do the tour and there are 35 steps which must be negotiated down and back up again, so give little legs and mobility issues due consideration while planning. Even if you have some folks stop above ground they can enjoy gazing 145m down into Vivian’s shaft and get some perspective on things nonetheless!

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It may be worth checking out Great Orme Ancient Mines's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Great Orme Ancient Mines before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:

Open from 17th March to the 31st October

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:

Adult £6.75

Child £4.75

Family (2 & 2) £19
+ Additional children £3

Under 5s go FREE!


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Great Orme Ancient MinesLlandudno
North Wales
LL30 2XG
Telephone: 01492 870447