Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales: Fascinating Slate Mine Experience

published 9 years ago by Rick Steves

Slate mining played a blockbuster role in Welsh heritage and visitors are welcome at the Llechwedd mine, nestled in the rugged terrain of North Wales. After a train ride deep into the mountain, a guide tells of the harsh working conditions and traditional mining techniques and demonstrates the art of slate splitting. While the mining culture is virtually gone, the tradition of singing survives. Welsh men's choirs are world-famous for their beautiful music. Town choirs welcome tourists at both their weekly practices and their many concerts. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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