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Industrial Heritage, £8-£52

The "Orange Waterfall" in Corris Mine Explorers

The "Orange Waterfall" in Corris Mine Explorers

Admiring the "orange waterfall" with Corris Mine Explorers


It's as if the mine has just closed. Machinery, tools, even the candles and discarded cigarette packets 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 of past generations.

During the trip explorers are taken into the dark, damp tunnels and underground workings, in small exclusive groups, by the experienced guide. There are 2 trips to choose from; the 2 hour Explorer Trip or a Half Day Mine Expedition. In addition we offer a Taster Trip for those who want to try it out first and for younger explorers.

More details about the 3 trips:

Taster Trip (1 hour)

Suitable for Families (minimum age 8) and anyone wanting a shorter exploration.

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.
Walking distance: 1/4 mile.

Mine Explorer Trip (2 hours)

Explore deeper in the mine and learn more of the mine's social history (minimum age 10).

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.
Walking distance: 1/2 mile.

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 parts 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 of its bustling, and often tragic, history spill out in the most fascinating way. You will experience over 10 chambers which are very rarely visited.
Walking distance: 2 mile plus.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Children welcomeSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Open all year, pre-booking essential. However if you're passing it's worth calling by to see if a trip is running.


1 hour Taster Trip: Adult £12.50, Child (8-15incl.) £8.50
2 hour Mine Explorer Trip: £27 per person
Half Day Mine Expedition: £52 per person

Note: Minimum age for Taster Trip is 8 years, for the Mine Explorer Trip 10 years & for the Half Day Exploration 13 years. Up to the age of 18, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Corris Craft Centre,
SY20 9RF

Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SH 752077  Lat: 52.65303 Long: -3.84547

Located at the Corris Craft Centre on the main A487 road between Machynlleth and Dolgellau.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Machynlleth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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