The Great Orme Copper Mine is the largest Bronze Age mine in the world. It was uncovered in 1987 during a scheme to landscape an area of the the Great Orme. Marvel at the Bronze Age Cavern, dug out over 3,500 years ago by miners using nothing more than stone and bone tools. The copper mines represent one of the most astounding archaeological discovers of recent times. Over the past 28 years mining engineers, cavers and archaeologists have been slowly discovering more and more tunnels which reveals what is now to be the largest prehistoric mine so far discovered in the world!
When arriving you will get a fascinating educational experience which can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. You will be able to walk through breath taking tunnels that have been mined out over 3,500 years ago which gives you a feel for how harsh the conditions were for these workers who had to face it. If you finished exploring the draw dropping mines, you can then head back up to the surface to witness a Victorian mine shaft that is 145 metres deep. Here you can learn all about and view the opencast mine where our ancestors turned rock into metal at the smelting shelter.
You will also get the chance to tour the incredible opencast part of the mine which is the oldest part of the site! which was mined over 4000 years ago.
If you have any questions during your tour, there will be an excavation team on site to answer them or assist you.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday – 9:30 -16:30
Adult – £10.00
Child – £6.50
Family – £27.50 (2a and 2c)
Under 5’s go free admission