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“Didn't even know it existed”
Review of Electric Mountain

Electric Mountain
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Llanberis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 25 May 2014

It will cost you £8.50; lasts an hour and a quarter; is conducted and undertaken largely on a local coach and one of our party was in a wheelchair. You go inside the extensive man made mountain passages and caverns housing the generators and although machinery to most people is machinery, it was fascinating to see how important this facility is to the National Grid.

Thank oaklyn
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

The sheer scale of this facility is incredible! The tour consists of a short film, bus trip to the mountain and then some time in the main hall levels to see the valves, turbines and then the generator, followed by another short film. The guides were enthusiastic and happy to answer questions. The entrance into the underground tunnels and chambers is like a trip into the lair of a Bond villain! The security restrictions mean all phones/cameras/bags must be left in lockers in the visitor centre. Hard hats must be worn at all times underground. The tour takes just over an hour.
We very much enjoyed the tour and definitely recommend it but I'd have liked to have seen more about the construction/operation of the plant and more photos/film of the top and lower lakes.

Thank Bettyboo1805
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

It's hard to believe that this place exists - and is as huge as it is - when you look across at the hillside from the visitor's centre.
The underground section of the tour only lasts about 40 minutes, but in that time you see the true ingenuity of the design and get to appreciate the scale of something most people will never see. It's not the most visually interesting tour, but as others have said this is all about the vision and the size, things that can only be appreciated from inside the mountain itself.

It's worth noting that the security restrictions on mobiles/ipods/cameras etc are very strict, and all such devices have to be left in lockers at the visitor centre - so make sure you have a (refundable) pound coin to hand!
Also of note is that very young children (under 4) are not permitted on the tour and there are no public amenities underground - they are all at the visitors center where the tour begins and ends.

The guide and bus driver were friendly and knew their subject well, and were able to easily answer any questions and describe the operation of the plant, including explaining it's purpose in a clear, plain-english way.

Highly recommended!

1  Thank Andy_and_Debs2014
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Good convenient food for visiting all attractions, parking reasonable too. You can walk across to the slate museum and ropes and ladders course. There is also a soft play here and the tour for Dinorwig Power Station is here too.

Thank Debbie O
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

At the end of the day, the tour takes you to look at some valves and turbines, most of the working parts of which are out of sight, but that's not really the point of the tour.

It's the scale of the thing that's impressive - it's hard to believe that such an underground complex exists outside the set of a Bond movie. The guides are very good at explaining how it all works - and indeed what the point of it is, since it's not obvious. I wasn't convinced myself that the second video told us anything we hadn't heard already - it had the feel of filling time - but I certainly didn't begrudge the fee, even though it was quite a lot for what's a PR exercise in many ways.

Definitely worth doing, though, as yet another attraction in Llanberis.

1  Thank Carpentr
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