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Slate, Steel, Sea and Stone: The Industrial Archaeology of North Wales

Pick-up/Drop-off: Llandudno Junction railway station (direct trains to London, Holyhead, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester).

Accommodation: single hotel in the Conwy area.

The overwhelmingly picturesque, rural atmosphere of today's North Wales disguises the fact that this was once one of Britain's most heavily industrialised areas. Indeed, North Wales is home to one of the oldest industrial sites known to man. Equally, the title of this tour does not do justice to the enormous variety of industrial activity here. Of course, the slate quarries and mines leave the most obvious mark on the landscape, but coal, lead, zinc, copper and gold have also been mined here, whilst limestone quarrying is also a feature of the coastal areas and Clwydian Hills. Meanwhile, transporting industrial produce from upland areas to the Welsh ports has led to the development of some of the most impressive civil and mechanical engineering achievements.

This tour will introduce you to the fascinating industrial heritage of North Wales. As well as visiting the Llechwedd slate caverns, you will also go underground in the Sygun copper mine. The Amlwch area of Anglesey will allow a focus on the chemical and ship-building industries, whilst the lunar environment of Parys Mountain provides a unique experience of an intensely-worked, post-industrial lanscape. Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Menai Straits and Conwy host great examples of exceptional civil and mechanical engineering and there are also plenty of opportunities to relax and wonder in Conwy and on Anglesey.

This tour provides a superb opportunity for an introduction to a hugely important part of British history in a wonderful landscape and serves as a grounding for the more specialised industry-specific tours to follow.
Lime kilns, Anglesey
Underground at Sygun copper mine, Beddgelert
Turnpike bridge over the River Conwy, viewed from the castle walls