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“A gimmick experience for children - NOT scary”

Silver Mountain Experience
Ranked #8 of 33 things to do in Aberystwyth
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Owner description: A choice of Actor-led Experiences: The Black Chasm Orcs, Goblins, Wraiths & other Myths. Wales' scariest underground adventure. This experience is not for the faint hearted! Not recommended for under 10's. A Dragon's Tale Why risk the nightmare of Black Chasm when you can join the search for Grotty, Silver Mountain's mystical, secretive and shy dragon. Our new for 2014 actor-led adventure for families. Suitable for children from the age of 4yrs. A Miner's Life This guided tour immerses you in the original and rare setting of the mine, both above and below ground and helps you to discover the fascinating facts of mining life in by-gone times as it would have been seen through the eyes of a miner. Family-active 4 new hands-on features including Shroomy Challenge, Shroomy Circle, Giant's Button Puzzle, Giant's Pan Pipes. Woo Hoo Wood Younger members of the family will delight in the magic of Woo Hoo Wood where they can find their way through the Tangle-Foot Maze, search for the answers to the Woo Hoo Quest, glimpse the Kindlings' Tree Village or try a spot of Den-building - with some help from the grown-ups too! Gem / Gold Panning* Next to the Silver River Water Play area you can try your hand at panning for gems or for 'gold'. One of our most popular activities this is totally absorbing for young and old! * Modest charges apply Silver River Play Area Even more for the kids and the young at heart to enjoy with the chance to safely dam and divert the water in the wooden channels or paddle in the stream and carry on with the dam-building theme! (Crocs/footwear advised for paddling). Mining Exhibition This indoor museum holds one of the finest collections of hard rock mining machinery, tools and ephemera in Wales, reflecting the story of silver-lead ore extraction in the Cambrian Mountains over many centuries. Coffee Shop Our cosy coffee shop offers fresh from-the-bean coffees, teas, delicious hot chocolate, cold drinks and ices, hot soup, paninis, toasties, sandwiches, cold snacks and tempting cakes & muffins. Gift Shop Provides the chance to browse a fascinating and colourful display of gemstone & mineral gifts plus plenty of fun items for the kids to choose from too.
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A gimmick experience for children - NOT scary”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I visited here last month with my mother being quite an 'underground experience' fan, and I have to say I was very disappointed.

The leaflet made this attraction sound like it was going to be great for cave fans, and in fact rather terrifying, so at the reception I made a point to question the intensity of the Black Chasm. They said it was fine and put us down for the 12 version (The oldest). Now having experienced this tour I now feel stupid for asking!

Waiting for the Black Chasm tour to start, I overheard a few people say that their partners were not taking park because they were too frightened... they shouldn't have been! The group we went in with consisted of children clearly under 12.

We were then greeted by a male dressed up in a ripped costume with blood on his face with a very strong SCOTTISH accent. To cut a long story short, he lead us up to the cave stopping us every 2 minutes to make comments about either Justin Beiber or 'the cave gremlins having poos everywhere'... the children seemed to enjoy it but not what we went for!

The cave it self was the least referred to within the tour, if anything we rushed through it so quickly it was like it wasn't even supposed to be a cave tour! The only part I enjoyed about the tour was walking through the pitch black maze at the end, but even still, this wasn't made scary by the queue of people infront clearly identifying the way.

If you have children who like fantasy stories crossed with a little bit of immatureness they will love this, otherwise STAY AWAY and visit some where else. I went to King Arthur's Labrinth last year which was easily 10 times better!

Visited August 2013
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Mid Wales
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great Fun!!”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Took friends here over the weekend.
4 oldies out for an enjoyable afternoon.
Went on the "Black Chasm" tour with a brilliant actor/guide, who very quickly worked out how everyone worked and set the tour to that level. He was great in involving all ages, from 8 to 63! Still gave some details of the background and history of the mine, but you will get more of that on the "Heritage" tour (which I will go back for).
We also walked the Mine Trail to get more information and found that very interesting. The info boards around the site are very good.
An excellent afternoons diversion.

Visited September 2013
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Rayne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An enjoyable time for all”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

We visited here on the 15th August and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Myself, my Husband and our 9 year old son did the 12A version of the black chasm and felt it was brilliantly done; Our tour guide, Lazarus was fantastic, he really made the tour!
Although it didn't cover much about the mine itself, it was easy enough to access the heritage side via the museum etc, which was very informative.
My son also really enjoyed Woo hoo woods and the quiz.
On leaving we realised there had been a little mix up with the change and I can not praise the staff there enough for their immediate response in rectifying the matter.
Overall a great half-day out with awesome staff. I would have given it 5 but to be honest it is just a little over-priced.

Visited August 2013
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Preston
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“We fell for it!”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

I had read the reviews and studied the plans and come to the conclusion it was over priced and trying to be something it wasn't with clever advertising. However my daughter loves rocks and i figured that she was only 7 it should interest her. The only real event is the black chasm with an elf guide and her banter with very little fact. After the black chasm we did a self tour down a short tunnel, a few minutes gold panning and a bit of water play but the canal system needed repairing. In all we spent little over an hour at silver mountain. There may have been more to do had it been a nicer day but we weren't even offered a guide! We saw some children had quiz sheets but...... We had had enough. I agree with other reviews dolaucothi gold mines run by the national trust are far more informative and much better value for money!

Visited August 2013
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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A real disappointment”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We (3 adults, 3 children of ages 9, 7 and 5) visited on a Saturday in August 2013. We didn't book online but were given the 10% online discount when we enquired about it at the till but this still resulted in a hefty entrance fee of over £53.

We'd visited (and had a thoroughly enjoyable day) the Dolaucothi Gold Mines http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dolaucothi-gold-mines/ the day before and thought another visit to mines would further our childrens keen interest in rocks and geology. It was a mistake.

We joined a PG tour, the guide was in costume - instead of winning the interest of the group by engaging us the guide made cheap jokes at the expense of various group members - it was cringe worthy.

The tour does take you underground and you do get a little bit of information about the mine but it's soon over and you're bundled out of a side door.

The rest of the 'attraction' is of a very poor standard, we left without purchasing anything from the cafe or shop.

Please save your valuable time and money and go explore elsewhere.

Visited August 2013
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