Llanberis Things to Do

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    Take a little train ride

    by leics Written Aug 2, 2007

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    Huff and puff

    If you like steam trains, then the little train which runs alongside Llyn Peris is a pleasant way to spend some time.

    It is only tiny, originally built to transport slate from the quarry to the port, but they are proper little engines with steam and huffing and puffing. You'll get some excellent views, and the chance to get off and on during the trip.

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    Visit the National Slate Museum

    by leics Written Aug 2, 2007

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    Water wheel

    When Dinorwig quarry finally closed in 1969 it was like the Mary Celeste. I remember exploring the buildings, seeing books and papers and mugs and coats left as if the men were about to return......

    Amazingly (given that this is the UK) its value was quickly recognised as part of the Welsh heritage, and a museum was set up in the main quarry buildings. Over the years it has grown and improved, and makes a fascinating visit. There are rooms of machinery, photos, displays, demonstrations of slate-splitting.....even 3 quarrymen's cottages which have been furnished accurately. There's a massive water-wheel, which still turns, and steam engines to pull the finished slate to the port of Y Felinheli.

    Well worth spending a morning or afternoon exploring. And it's free to go in; your car parking fee of 2 GBP allows you to park there all day (there are walks, and children's activities, and the railway too).

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    Llyn Padarn Boat Trips

    by kit_mc Written Aug 1, 2007

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    For a slightly different view of the lake and the Padarn Country Park, or a novel way of getting from Llanberis to the Slate Museum, you can take a pleasure cruise around the lake on a little steam boat.

    The boat leaves from near the Slate Museum car park every hour or so during the summer months. Tickets cost 5.00 GBP adults and children's tickets 3.50 GBP.

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    National Slate Museum - Ancient Machines

    by kit_mc Written Jul 30, 2007

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    Inside the Slate Museum you'll find a variety of machine rooms, with various contraptions whirring away above you.

    What I liked about this was that you did get a sense of the smells and sounds, although no doubt more santised than the difficult circumstances that mine workers would have experienced. In each room you'll hear sounds from the days when this was a working quarry.

    Particularly interesting is the huge water wheel that drove many of the machines. I went up to it not expecting much but I was really impressed by its size. When you think that these machines have been going for perhaps over a hundred years you can't help but be impressed by it all.

    Fascinating for children and adults alike. And all for free!!

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    Dolbadarn Castle

    by kit_mc Written Jul 29, 2007

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    This medieval cicrcular tower Keep, perched above Llanberis, is thought to have been built by Llewellyn the Great in the 1200s. The castle was of great strategic importance, this area acting as a gateway to Snowdonia. However, eventually the castle did fall to the English and within a few years the castle is thought to have been abandoned.

    There also are the remains of outhouses in the castle grounds, but mainly visitors come here to a get a close up of the main castle building that stands above the Lake Padarn/Llyn Padarn. You can still walk up the interior staircase, although this isn't necessarily for the feinthearted, if like me you have a fear of heights, maybe just best to have a peak inside from ground level.

    You'll also get some great views of the surrounding countryside from up here. The site is free.

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    Quarry Hospital, LLanberis

    by kit_mc Written Jul 29, 2007

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    The Quarry Hospital
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    On the wooded hillsaide of the reserve in which the National Museum is siited, you'll find the Quarry Hospital. This is where workers would be brought after the all too frequent accidents on site.

    The museum contains recreations of a ward and an operating theatre and the obligatory museum coffee shop. Overall I'm not entirely sure that this is worth the £2.00 entry fee, unless you have a very strong interest in medical history.

    A restored mortuary is in the grounds of the hospital. This consists of a small outbuilding with two slabs for bodies. This is a bit macabre, but while in here, an older fellow started chatting and telling me that this would have been where his uncle was taken when he was killed in the mine. A reminder that this whole site may now be sanitised in museum terms but that this was a place of community, life and death during an important part of Wales' history.

    The hospital is a few minutes walk from the museum, up a steep set of wooden steps. Although it can be accessed by road there didn't appear to be any parking up here.

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    National Slate Museum

    by kit_mc Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    The Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis may not sound like a fascinating visit, but it's a real gem of a regional museum. Housed in workshops on the site of the old Dinorwig quarry on the shores of Llyn Padarn, the museum tells the story of slate mining and its impact on the face of Wales and its people.

    Contained inside a variety of workshops built in 1870, you'll find working examples of the machinery that helped roof many a building both in the UK and as far afield as Australia and Latin America. The quarry closed in 1969, but the toughness and vibrancy of the industry lives on in this museum.

    Overall this is a fairly unique experience and I was really rather impressed. There's plenty to keep both adults and children alike for a good few hours. There's a pleasant caffi on site, a nice gift shop and some further craft shops in the car park. The majority of the site is easily accessible for those with disabilities.

    While the place is free to enter, parking costs £2.00.

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    Fron Haul

    by kit_mc Written Jul 29, 2007

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    1 - 4 Fron Haul
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    In the grounds of the National Slate Museum are 'Numbers 1 to 4 Fron Haul', 4 homes that were transported stone by stone from near Bleannau Ffestiniog, a town further south. The buildings were taken down in 1998, the stones numbers and moved piece by piece to their new site in Llanberis.

    One of the buildings is used as an education room for school groups and has a video playing giving an outline of the project. The other three tiny houses are each done up in a particular era of workers cottage. So No. 2 is in the style of 1861, No.3 has furniture and layout typical of a home in Bethesda during the strike of 1901, and No. 4 is closer to the present, a home in Llanberis in 1969.

    You can go right inside the houses and investigate the various rooms and get a good feel of the layout. Interestingly, each house actually seems to smell different too, perhaps part of the attention to detail contained in this ambitious exhibit. Outside you'll notice how the front and back gardens change from the more utilitarian uses of vegetables to more ornamental patches of flower and grass and how the external decorations progressed over the years.

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    Slate Museum

    by Kettleman Updated Sep 13, 2006

    Exciting stuff slate.... you can do loads with it like er.... roof a house..... or.. use it to stop anyone seeing the earth on your garden by laying bags of small shards of it.

    The museum's curators can think of many more....

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    A lot to do for a little town.

    by seabreezer Written Jun 28, 2006

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    Here are a few things to do whilst in Llanberis. All are within walking distance of one another.

    1. Book a tour of Electric Mountain, a hydro powerplant inside of a mountain. It has been memorably described as "a villain's lair in a Bond movie." It is very impressive. The visitor's centre and gift shop is free to all, and at the moment is host to Techniquest, an inmteractive children's exhibition.

    2. Hire a rowing boat and head out onto Llyn Padarn.

    3. Walk around the edge of the lake, stopping for a look at the ruins of Dolbadarn castle. Visit the slate museum (well signposted). Admission is free, and whilst not the most enthralling of museums, is worth a look. Make sure you see the giant waterwheel - it will make you dizzy!Follow the signposted footpath from the slate museum up onto the edge of the mountain for a gentle walk. At the end of the walk is the Llanberis hospital, which cared for men injured working in the slate quarries. The small entrance fee is worth it for half an hour's diversion. Look at the carvings on the slate walls outside the hospital - some of the grafitti is hundreds of years old!

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    Dolbadarn Castle

    by stevezero Written Nov 30, 2005

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    Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis
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    Dolbadarn Castle satnds majestically on a bluff, overlooking Llanberis and Llyn Padarn. It was built in the 13th C by the Welsh Princes.It is still in good condition and it predates the might castles of Edward I in North Wales.

    In the care of CADW

    Amission Free

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway

    by stevezero Written Nov 30, 2005

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    Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Surely one of the mian reasons to visit Llanberis is the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The railway is rack and pinion and takes you to the summit of Wales' highest mountian, Snowdon. It is the highest railway in the UK.

    Return Fare to the Summit
    Adults - £20.00

    Operates March to November

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    Electric Mountain

    by stevezero Written Nov 30, 2005

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    Electric Mountain, Llanberis

    Electric Mountain is a visitor centre for one of the countrys bniggest hydro electric pwer plants. It is set against a stunning mountain backdrop near the shores of Llyn Padarn,
    From Electric Mountain, visitors can book the amazing Dinorwig Underground Tour. Descending deep inside Elidir mountain's labyrinth of tunnels, the guided tour will take you around one of world's great engineering landmarks.

    Adults: £6.50

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    Llanberis Lake Railway

    by stevezero Written Nov 30, 2005

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    Llanberis Lake Railway
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    The Llanberis Lake Railway, has some of the great little trains of Wales. It runs small narrow gauge steam powered trains alng the scenic Llyn Peris, setting off from a station at the Padard Country Park. All of its trains were once in the service if the nearby slate mine, used for hauling the slate.

    Return fare - Adults £6.00

    Runs March to October

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    Welsh Slate Museum - Waterwheel

    by stevezero Written Nov 30, 2005

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    Welsh Slate Museum - Waterwheel
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    The Welsh Slate Museum has one of the largest water wheels built by Victorian industrialists. The De Winton company of Caernarfon built the 15.4 metre diameter wheel, in 1870. Water to power the wheel was piped down from the slopes of Snowdon in cast iron pipes and its power drove the machinery to produce slates for roofs all over the world. It remained in operation until 1925, being replaced by a smaller more efficient one.

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