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Corris Mine Explorers

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This is an optional part of the exploration, otherwise you will be able to walk upright.


A rare opportunity to explore an abandoned Welsh slate mine with one of Wales' most experienced Mine Explorers. The mine was first worked in 1836 and abandoned by the miners around 40 years ago. More than 130 years of mining history is captured inside waiting to be discovered. It is as if the mine has just closed. Machinery, tools, even the candles and a packet of cigarettes are still in place as the miners left them. Corris Mine Explorers gives you the opportunity to visit these abandoned slate mine workings, to step into the tough working lives of the miners and of past generations.

There are three trips to choose from:

Taster Trip (1 hour) - suitable for families (minimum age 9) and those wanting a shorter exploration. THIS NEW TRIP WILL BE LAUNCHED ON FEBRUARY 20TH IN TIME FOR HALF TERM. Kit provided: Hand torch and helmet. Explore the dark, abandoned slate workings and find immense chambers and discarded machinery and tools. Get a taste of what the main exploration trips involve.

Mine Explorer Trip (2 hours) - explore deeper in the mine and learn more of the mine's social history (minimum age 11). Kit provided: Helmet, cap lamp, lamp belt and safety clips. Get Kitted up in special safety equipment before exploring the huge abandoned slate chambers. Find discarded tools, machinery and other mining relics. See how the machinery would have worked. Be shocked as stories of life in the mine are brought alive by your guide.

Half Day Mine Expedition (4 hours) - A journey of exploration, discovery and exhilarating enjoyment (minimum age 13). Kit provided: Helmet, cap lamp, lamp belt and safety clips. Get kitted up in special safety equipment before exploring different areas of the mine; chambers dug by hand and those which were mechanically excavated. Discover old equipment, see how it would have been used and have a go at working it yourself. Find old tools, candles and other mining relics left behind. Feel the mine come alive as stories if its bustling, and often tragic, history spill out in the most fascinating way. You will experience over 10 chambers which are very rarely visited. Explorations start from the Corris Craft Centre in Mid Wales. Open all year. Booking essential for the 2 hour and half day trips. 

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Corris Mine Explorers
Corris Craft Centre
SY20 9RF

Tel: 01654 761244

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  • Welcome Host
  • Toilets
  • School Parties
  • Play Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking
  • Giftshop
  • Catering
  • Baby Changing Facility
  • All Weather
  • Access Statement


  • NWT
  • Attractions of Snowdonia


Note: Taster Trip (1 hour): Adults 10 - Children (9-15 years) 7 // Mine Explorer Trip (2 hours): 16 // Half Day Mine Expedition: 32

Opening Times

Corris Mine Explorers
1st Jan - 31st Dec
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Note: Minimum age for the 1 hour Taster Trip is 9, the minimum age for the 2 hour Mine Exploration is 11, and the minimum age for the Half Day Mine Expedition is 13. All children up to the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Part of: Historical, Family categories

How do I find Corris Mine Explorers?

Corris Craft Centre is situated on the main A487 road between Machynlleth and Dolgellau.

Public Transport

Bus stop on A487 outside Corris Craft Centre. Train station at Machynlleth - 5 miles.

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