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Exploring with Corris Mine Explorers

Exploring with Corris Mine Explorers

Clipped on and looking up to daylight from the underground slate mine in Corris.
Exploring with Corris Mine Explorers

Experience, £8-£45

Corris,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 9RF

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Details

Located in the foothills of Southern Snowdonia in Mid Wales, our underground trips take you into parts of the old Braich Goch slate mine, hand-dug and worked by Victorian miners in 1836 and areas worked up until the 1970s when the mine was abandoned. As the door creaked shut for the very last time a virtual time capsule was left behind which you can now explore.

After years of research, our top Mine Guides will share stories of mining life as you explore the underground with some climbing and scrambling if you wish (these parts of the trip are optional). All of our trips run with a small group of explorers which means that we can largely tailor make them to suit your wishes, interests and abilities and those of the other members of your group.

You'll discover old mining tools, machinery, drinking vessels, candles and cigarette packets discarded by the miners whilst stories of life in the mine spill out in such a way you can almost feel it creaking back to life. 100% authentic, adventurous and fun.

During the trips you're taken into the dark, damp tunnels and underground workings, in small exclusive groups by the experienced guides. There are 2 trips to choose from; the 1 hour Mini Mine Explorer which is great for families (minimum age 8) and anyone wishing to try it out first and the 2 hour Maxi Mine Explorer Trip where you get to explore deeper into the old mine with optional use of ropes and ladders. You'll be thrilled as stories from the historic mine spill out.

For pre-booked groups of 6 people or more we also offer a 4 hour Exclusive Mine Expedition where you'll take on an exhilarating new route and venture into fresh territory. We also offer Underground Sleepovers (yes really!) for pre-booked groups of 6 explorers or more.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsElectric car charging point

Children welcomeSmoking not allowed

There are no toilet facilities underground but toilets are available at the Corris Craft Centre before and after your trip. Disabled toilets are also available at the Corris Craft Centre but due to the nature of the Corris Mine Explorers trip, explorers need to be fit and able to walk 1/4 mile (Mini trip), 1/2 mile (Maxi trip) and 2 miles for the Exclusive Mine Expedition.

Opening details

Open daily, ADVANCE BOOKING ONLINE IS ESSENTIAL. For groups (of 6 or more) and school trips, underground explorations run all year round.

Group trips, minimum of 6+ up to 40 explorers on Saturdays & Sundays from 8th January to end of March 2022.
Saturdays - 2 hour Maxi Mine Explorer trip at 10.00am & a Half Day Mine Expedition at 1.00pm.
Sundays - Half Day Mine Expedition at 10.00am & a 2 hour Maxi Mine Explorer at 3.00pm.


Prices

Mini Mine Explorer: Adult £15, Child £8.90 (8-15incl.)
Maxi Mine Explorer Trip: £32
Please phone us about the Exclusive Mine Expedition and Underground Sleepovers as these are especially tailored for each group.
Note: Children must be aged at least 8 for the Mini Mine Explorer trip and at least 10 for the Maxi Mine Explorer Trip.

Address

Corris,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 9RF

Location and nearby places

Directions

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Map reference: SH 749078  Lat: 52.65422 Long: -3.84966

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By car: Located at the Corris Craft Centre in Mid Wales on the main A487 road between Machynlleth and Dolgellau. Please DO NOT use our postcode in your sat nav (it will misdirect you up a narrow one-way track) instead use "Corris Craft Centre".

By public transport: There are regular buses from Aberystwyth, Dolgellau and Machynlleth: X27 and T2 stop right outside and 34 stops in the village of Corris (a 10 minute walk away). Sustrans Cycle Route 8 passes nearby. There are regular direct trains from Birmingham to Machynlleth.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Machynlleth station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • 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
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

There are no toilet facilities underground but toilets are available at the Corris Craft Centre before and after your trip. Disabled toilets are also available at the Corris Craft Centre but due to the nature of the Corris Mine Explorers trip, explorers need to be fit and able to walk 1/4 mile (Mini trip), 1/2 mile (Maxi trip) and 2 miles for the Exclusive Mine Expedition.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
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