The guide knows everything you could wish to know about mining and is genuinely happy if you seem interested enough to ask him questions. He even looks how I imagined a miner should look: short and stocky with facial hair. I could easily imagine him wielding an axe.
When we visited the owner spoke to us at length before the guide took us on the tour. From what he said the whole site is in a transitional phase after some tumultuous goings-on following a recent change of ownership. This was clear when we arrived as a lot of the side-activities and shops on the site seemed to be closed. He assured us that plans are afoot to get everything up and running again and, him being obviously passionate about mining, I have no doubt that he has the desire to achieve this goal.
We paid £15 each for the tour which on the face of it seemed pricey, but we were happy to pay knowing that it's a good cause and an attraction that we'd like to see properly maintained.
The tour of the mine was really interesting, you really get given a sense of how brutal the working conditions were back when it was in use - makes me feel thoroughly ashamed when I get home from my desk job at 5.30pm and have a nap because I feel so tired!
Was glad to visit this attraction, and I'm sure once they get everything up and running again then it'll be even better.
Top tip: mind your head! (they give you a helmet though so that helps!)
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