National Slate Museum
Telephone: 029 2057 3700
The National Slate Museum is not so much a museum as a pocket of history.
Slate-splitting demonstrations by craftsmen reveal the skills and artistry of generations of quarry workers. One of our friendly craftsmen slice the slate in front of your eyes, and he might let you have a go!
Every day there are an array of walks, talks and demonstrations on offer giving you a real insight into quarry life.
With imaginative interpretation, children and adults alike can enjoy the remarkable relics of the slate industry.
Travel through time in Fron Haul: a row of four quarrymen's houses that recapture significant periods from the slate industry. See the water powered machinery in motion that made the tools for quarrying slate, and the magnificent Waterwheel that gives them life - the largest on the British mainland.
Year round demonstrations and talks particularly suited to families include slate splitting and talks about UNA the quarry engine where you can see how an engine actually works.
Other activities include a specially constructed sand pit in the foundry where you can try to make perfect patterns in the sand like the moulders would have done.
There is an increased programme of family activities during each school holiday including slate decorating, dressing up in the quarrymen's houses and seasonal trails for Easter and Hallowe'en.
Families can also have fun completing a children's passport, the Quarrymen's Houses booklet or the Art Cart booklet. There is a play area for young children including a zip wire!
Wibbly Wobbly Weblink
It may be worth checking out National Slate Museum'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 National Slate Museum 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.
Easter - End of October:
10.00am - 5.00pm
Beginning of November - Easter:
Sunday - Friday
10.00am - 4.00pm
The Ffowntan Cafe serves a variety of refreshments from sandwiches and home-made soup to cakes, treats and hot meals. Everything is made on site or locally and all using the finest ingredients and Welsh produce where possible. There is a dedicated children's menu and lunch boxes are available. Baby chairs and colouring activities are also available. Picnic tables are available outside the cafe.
"Can I have one of those?"
There is a dedicated selection of children's toys and a wide range of books, prints and postcards available.
"i need a wee"
Baby changing facilities are provided in both the ladies and gents toilets, located in the cafe building. Please ask if assistance is required with the doors. Dedicated disabled access toilet available.
"are we there yet?"
Located with the Padarn Country Park. By car: For satellite navigation purposes use the post code LL55 4TY.
...got any top tips?
Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Kids' Parties: If you're visiting Padarn Country Park or the museum with a birthday party we could provide the catering with a selection of either hot or cold meals, puddings and drinks. Wheelchair access to most parts of the Museum. For details on a range of provisions including physical mobility, visual and hearing impaired, see: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/slate/access
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