We are the only Bronze age mine in Europe that can be visited by the public. Visitors
can penetrate deep into the hillside along specially heightened galleries which cross
the terrifyingly small Bronze Age working areas.
You can also view the surface trench mines and the opencast workings, and visitors
are encouraged to talk to our resident archaeologist.
Your tour starts in the Visitor Centre where there are excellent explanatory boards,
and souvenirs are available. You are then encouraged to see the Video and listen
to the introductory talk in the Audio Visual Presentation Room.
During the underground tour which follows you will see untouched Bronze Age galleries
and be able to appreciate the appalling difficulties of working in them. You will
pass an enormous 3500 year old underground chamber entirely excavated in the Bronze
Age. Vertical and horizontal veins of green malachite and blue azurite are still
visible in the Great Orme Mines.
At the Great Orme Mines which are situated on the beautiful Limestone headland of
the Great Orme you will find ample free parking, a Tea room serving delicious Welsh
Cream teas, and a Gift shop with a wide variety of minerals and fossils.