Great Orme Copper Mine
Great Orme Copper Mine
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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  • JHPSurrey
    West Molesey, United Kingdom111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time had by us all.
    We were a mixed party of 15 people, aged 7-60 and we all enjoyed our visit. The history, the squeeze through the tunnels (loved it so much we did it twice), walking over the bridge, making us think about the feet of engineering achieved when they first not had stone, bones and hands to work with. A great way to spend a couple of hours - and then we drove to the top of the Orme for an amazing view!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 10, 2023
  • cablecar6
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit
    We visited with our 2 children, aged 5 and 8. It was a fantastic gem - really understated and we would definitely recommend it! The price includes a short introductory video in a screening room which was lovely for setting the scene, and the info boards were so helpful. The displays and info boards were all in excellent condition and the owners have clearly put a lot of care and attention into helping you learn about the mine. This is such a brilliant attraction. Highly recommended a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Hev H
    72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit and very dog friendly !!
    Great place to visit and very dog friendly. We were a family of 3 generations and all ages enjoyed it. The information is very informative and the bones and artifacts are fascinating. The dog could go in every part including down the mines. It is worth a visit and it is an attraction for all ages.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Philip E
    Leeds, United Kingdom167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bronze Age Copper Mine
    If you are into archeology pre-history then this is a great place to visit. There is a visitor centre and small shop but no cafe. It was quiet when we went and the mine was great to walk through. It only takes about 20 mins, but there is an outside bit to look at and a working forge that was making axe heads. If you are not steady on your feet, or claustrophobic I would not recomend the mine, but otherwise its a great experience. We caught the Tram up, and it stops half way where the Mine is and its only a 5 mi walk to it. Quite steep coming back to the Tram but not too difficult.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • MissTraveller
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insightful Activity
    Visited with family and was so impressed! Such an interesting and educational activity, you have access into some of the old mines which are equipped with information boards and a videos allowing you to understand their previous usage and how people used to live. We got the tram to the halfway station, disembarked here and crossed the roast to arrive at the copper mines! There is also a gift shop where we purchased some lovely souvenirs after!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • KmanWent
    Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History revealed
    Never realised until I sat down for the 10-minute video that this was Bronze Age history. Loved it. Got off the Great Orme Tram at Halfway Station, and walked over to the mine. Paid my £10.50, wandered through the interesting exhibits, then watched the video next door. Brilliant stuff. History of the re-discovery of the mine, and of how the mine was created, was amazing. Money well spent, and I would go again in a heartbeat. Makes the tramride worth the journey too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri6,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard Hats Provided (and required)
    If you have a sense of adventure, and can manage stairs (outside & inside the mining tunnels) & some sloping surfaces underground & several narrow and low overhead passages through the mine spaces, then my wife & I encourage you to visit the Great Orme Copper Mines for a Bronze Age experience you won’t soon forget. We are a couple of seniors of average height & in average physical shape (for Americans), but we both felt like kids again as we walked & ducked our way through the approx. 200 metres of mining tunnels in the top two levels of the excavated historic site. Our hard hats spared each of us from trauma on a few head knock occasions, but the narrow bits were probably the most challenging parts of our self-guided tour. You just have to take your time as you progress through the tunnels & whilst on the stairs, being sure to pause & read the descriptive signs scattered round the publicly accessible spaces (underground & above ground). The stories told by the Visitor Centre museum displays & the introductory movie & the signage around the mining site are fascinating; and the exploration experience is well worth the admission fee & the approx. 1 hour the average visitor will spend there. You can drive up the Great Orme & use the site’s car park, or you can ride the Great Orme Tramway like we did & walk to the Visitor Centre from the Halfway Station. You can also hike up the Orme, for those who can spare the energy. By any of those methods of access, you’ll be transported to a much earlier time and gain a sense of appreciation for the ingenuity & endurance of the Bronze Age people who did all of the work required to turn the copper ore into products worth their weight in gold.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • centralscrutiniser
    Solihull, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Minecraft obsessed kids rejoice!
    My young kids are obsessed with Minecraft and were really excited to go into a real mine, find ore and see smelting. Although the smelting part was just a video they really enjoyed the whole process. A great walk through the tunnels (obviously not for the mobility-challenged) and a really nice extra bonus on the Orme. If you're on the tram you may be best off doing this museum on the way down as you get off at half way, where you switch trams. Trying to do it on the way up might see you struggle to get on the second tram at busy times. Excellent video at the beginning sets the scene, but it's a really good hands on experience physically getting into the mine for all ages. Great gift shop too - ask the owner for the story about the cat.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Ellaphillips
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic step back in time, very informative.
    Very informative short video at the beginning which sets the scene of what you are about to see in the mines. As you walk around the mines the little pieces of information give the story of what it was like to mine the copper many years ago, which gives a sense of how awful it must have been, especially for the children. Some areas do need a little more lighting though, to fully see down some of the longer tunnels. The small gift and book shop are also interesting to look around. Only suitable for people with good mobility as some of the slopes are quite steep as you explore the tunnels. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It was educational and the caves were fascinating but the whole experience took us only about 30mins (and that was with going round the caves twice). I thought the price was very expensive for what you got. We paid £26.50 for a family ticket, this was with a £2 discount due to arriving on a city sightseeing bus.
I would have been happy paying half this amount but I felt it wasn’t worth the amount we were charged and I was slightly disappointed with the experience due to this.
Written July 29, 2023
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Just Your Average Mum
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
I’m slightly claustrophobic so this was challenging but there are wide parts and it’s reasonably short, about 15 mins to walk through. Bit steep and wet in parts, wouldn’t recommend flip flops! There are other exhibits to look at. Dogs welcome, the underground section has some metal grates, our Lab was ok as they were mesh like. Fascinating that it’s 4,000 yrs old.
Written September 2, 2020
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drewedmin999
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
In the absence of anything else worthwhile doing on Orme we hesitantly walked in here, and were really pleased we did.

We’d taken the bus up so instead of £9 adults and £6 kids we paid £8 adults and £5 for our child to get in

Pricing is spot on, and the attraction is very well planned

You watch a short and informative 5 minute video before setting off with your hard hat and it’s a nice wander through some narrow walls and caves

We spent about 25 minutes inside and really enjoyed the whole experience

When you emerge from the cave you get to walk over a lovely bridge and see where you’ve just been underground which is nice.

The gift shop is ridiculously well priced too and the toilets spotless.
Written July 16, 2021
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trudge72
Sheffield, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This place was amazing the mine tells the history of how it was found (no spoilers) as it was quite strange how it came about, Half way up the great Orme next to the middle Tram stop, not a tour, you walk yourself round, in the part of the mine that was open it was very interesting seeing the raw cooper, it has tight and lower corridors in places, some people were taking their dogs in to the mine which isn't practical under ground as there are metal grates with big drops under and the dogs were terrified. the information about the processes and history of the mine were good and the gift shop was reasonable, has a small picnic area inside, usual a cafe but with covid it was not open. Loved it loved it
Written September 5, 2021
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EllieWilkin
Norwich, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Wow! This was absolutely fascinating! We went as a family of three with a two and a half year old and it was perfect for him and us. It isn’t too much walking but the passageways are quite narrow and low at times. We went through quite easily although some bits might be considered a bit claustrophobic to some. There are easy to read and helpful signs all the way around telling you a little bit about what you’re seeing. The large cavern in the centre is phenomenal! As well as that the information about the excavation is very interesting - can’t wait to see what else they excavate!

There is lots is hand sanitizer around and the helmets are returned and cleaned before being reused. You do have to wear a mask while you’re in the mines but they are limiting the amount of people going in at a time.
Written August 15, 2020
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EJC
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited with two children (aged 3 and 6) and our also took our 8 month old English bulldog.
Very interesting and fun for any age. Staff were all extremely friendly and welcoming. They ensured all visitors followed their social distancing rules and the use of hand sanitisers (the hard hats were also sanitised after each use). We were asked to wear masks whilst in the mine but were ok to remove them when back above ground.
Perfect visit especially if the sun isn't shining.
We highly recommend - a must see if in the area!
Written August 21, 2020
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Thumbpick C
United Kingdom13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Was looking forward to a great visit here. We paid like £37 the train up the mountain and decided to take in the copper mine halfway up. We were greeted by a quiet area that kinda looked closed as there was no one around. I didn't see an entrance sign so we tried a door and entered a small gift shop area that had some stone gifts etc reasonably priced compared to other mines we have visited. We asked about a tour of the mines and we're quickly assisted while being informed of the tour price. Tat will be £42 please, OK we thought that's fair however once we had paid we were promptly informed it was a self guided tour. What £42 and you don't even get a guided tour. To be honest I was well peaved off. We then got the old it's only 200yrds long of tunnel, what? Doubly peaved off. I would have asked for an instant refund right there but my wife didn't want to make a scene. 200yrds I doubt it. We were presented with a rubbish flippen video intro telling us not a lot about anything really. I think I saw 3 staff members who looked like they needed something to do, I just wish they had of offered a guided tour. We were in and out in around 15mins tops and we read most of the information points. Walking up to the far end we were greatest by a second video of well not much. Really, really disappointing to say the least. Felt totally ripped of, because we were. Don't waste your money on this one.
Written July 9, 2023
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Martin K
Chelmsford, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
My wife, kids (9 amd 11) and I spent a couple of hours here on a rainy day. Had a great time. Really interesting to learn about the history of the site and the walk through the tunnels was really impressive. Kids had great fun and they even enjoyed the gift shop. Would certainly recommend.
Written August 17, 2020
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centralscrutiniser
Solihull, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
My young kids are obsessed with Minecraft and were really excited to go into a real mine, find ore and see smelting. Although the smelting part was just a video they really enjoyed the whole process. A great walk through the tunnels (obviously not for the mobility-challenged) and a really nice extra bonus on the Orme.
If you're on the tram you may be best off doing this museum on the way down as you get off at half way, where you switch trams. Trying to do it on the way up might see you struggle to get on the second tram at busy times.
Excellent video at the beginning sets the scene, but it's a really good hands on experience physically getting into the mine for all ages.
Great gift shop too - ask the owner for the story about the cat.
Written August 13, 2023
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Tours of the mine are self guided. You collect a hard hat at the start and simply follow a route through the mine. There are quite a lot of steps so you need to be mobile but it is not too strenuous. The large underground caverns are impressive. This is definitely worth a visit - probably the best attraction in the area. There is plenty of parking nearby although it can get busy. I would recommend sensible footwear as it can get slippery and a light jacket as it can be cold underground.
Written May 14, 2022
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