About 73 minutes from park
Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4TYVisit Website
Flanked by the soaring peaks in the Snowdonia National Park - not least Mount Snowdon itself - the National Slate Museum is found within one of the most spectacular regions in the UK. The museum lies in the shadow of the Elidir Fawr mountain between the twin lakes of Llanberis, Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, and is close to a number of other great attractions. If you’re looking for the best slate museum Wales has to offer, this one is tough to beat. It takes you right into the heart of one of the country’s key industries through its setting within the Dinorwig Quarry, which closed in 1969. Nowadays, the site’s Victorian workshops take you on a journey through the history of Welsh slate, relying on an array of interesting exhibits, imaginative interpretations and passionate storytellers to uncover the tales of the mountains. What’s more, the National Slate Museum is just steps from the scenic Llanberis Lake Railway, Padarn Country Park and Dolbadarn Castle, as well as Ceunant Mawr Waterfall and the Snowdon Mountain Railway. This means that after a couple of hours at the slate museum, you can easily spend the rest of the day or more exploring this beautiful little part of North Wales.
The National Slate Museum is just off the A4086 which runs between Caernarfon and Capel Curig. It’s only 15 minutes in the car from the A55, which you can leave at junction 9, 10 or 11, depending on which direction you’re travelling from. There’s plenty of pay and display parking close to the museum. If you prefer to use public transport, you can get to within 10 miles of the museum by catching the train to Bangor. From there, jump on the number 85 bus to Llanberis, which takes approximately 45 minutes.
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