Do you think that the National Trust is all about country houses and gift shops? This is one place to explode the myth.
The mines were worked by the Romans and in medieval times, until the 20th century when the mines were abandoned. The Trust has collected Welsh mining equipment in the open-air part of the site, along with a small exhibition. But the real treat is to go underground, with safety precautions in a group, to see where the miners went. Not for the unadventurous, as the miners didn't set it out for guided tours! Our guide was excellent.
You may have to climb ladders, the mine is damp, so don't come in your Sunday best. And the mine is not suited for wheelchairs or pushchairs. But a great place to see; allow three hours for your visit, and more to get to and from the place, as it is not on a major road.
This site is one of Eric Newby's "Wonders of Britain".
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