Visiting Sygun Copper Mine Wales
Driving along the roads of Beddgelert, Gwynedd you will find the Sygun Copper Mines.
So we get our tickets, and choose our hard hats. We decided blue was a good match, and off we went.
First we notice the slushy orange waters along the railway lines.
We head to the first floatation area and we see where people have thrown coins for luck.
There we see the wooden bucket that would have been lowered to the mine area below. This mine is about 100 years old.
Old railway lines and carts show how they would have transported the rocks.
We are given a fact sheet and it is a self guided tour. At each main point you hit the button to have a guided talk of the history of the copper mine. At parts this actually scared my son and he wasn’t that keen to listen. It was so realistic with the sound effects he thought they were about to blast at any moment.
There is an area where we had to climb a series of metal steps, and this was quite a workout.
You can see areas where the women and children would have worked. There were dummies and we talked a how tough life would have been for these women and children. Working in the cold damp conditions. As we talked the date would drip down on us. It was an eery thing to imagine life back then.
We came out to the cold misty air and the lovely hills. IT would have been a different story for a miner back then to emerge at the top of the hill. Cold damp clothes would cling to their aching bones as they picked their walk home down the rocky path.
To the right we pass the remains of a castle.
It was believe the ground was unable to hold the castle and Merlin the magician was called in. He told the king to dig under the castle, thus finding the copper.
The tour took a total for about 1 hour. We saw explosive hand chiselled grooves, and learnt a lot about the vein of copper that ran through this area.
So glad we visited – thank you!
Phone: 01766 890595
Address: Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4NE UK.