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“Very hard to find!!”

Amlwch Copper Kingdom
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Amlwch
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We were staying in Bull Bay and saw the Copper Kingdom advertised so we thought we would visit. However, from the road it is not signposted Copper Kingdom but Heritage Centre so we were not sure we were in the right place. Once we found it the exhibits were moderately interesting and we had a nice wander around. I think, after our visit, that the tourist industry for Anglesey should look at their signposting and make these unusual places much easier to find.

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Reviewed April 29, 2012

The 'Copper Kingdom' refers to the area of Amlwch on the Island of Anglesey, which was once the site of the world's largest copper mine. Vast seams of copper ore were discovered at Mynydd Parys in 1768, and the next half-century saw intensive mining here, resulting in slag heaps of beautiful colours. The area has some great walking trails where you can get some good views of the area - I'd recommend bringing a camera as when the sun is shining you get some fantastic photos with all the reds, oranges, purples in the old mine workings The area is so unique that apparently some sci-fi movies were filmed here?

The walking area has a natural (i.e. not paved) parking area. There are signs stating that thefts have been reported and recommend you don't leave anything of value in sight and lock your car.

Within view of the mine workings is the Vistor's Centre, which has a number of the old buildings still standing that you can explore. Although I didn't go in it, the Sail Loft Visitor Centre (free entry as of March 2012) has a cafe and gift shop, plus an exhibition of Amlwch’s ship-building heritage. In fact, the Port is a wonderful place in which to simply relax and watch the activity in the harbour!

It only takes approximately 30 minutes to drive straight across Anglesey, so if you are in the area I'd recommend stopping by to have a look.

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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We stopped at the old Mining area first which is located above Amlwch on the B5111. Here you can park in a free car park and take a signed walk around the impressive landscape.

There are mounds of various mining deposits in an array of colours which look spectacular. The walk also takes you past some of the old mining buildings before returning to the car park. The whole walk is about 2 miles and at some points it is unclear which direction to take due to a number of tracks crossing the landscape.

If you prefer a shorter walk or have young children it may be better to take a stroll from the car park to the main viewpoint (about 10mins) from which you get a great view of the main mining area and colourful rock deposits.

There is a small visitor centre located away from the mining area itself, near the harbour in Amlwch. The centre has a number of information boards and a small café but did not seem to have much to entertain children and was a little dated, however it is free of charge so worth a quick stop.

We felt the visitor centre was ok, but the mine itself was excellent and well worth a visit on its own.

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Reviewed March 19, 2012

I believe others have commented on how run down the centre is, I had no intention of going since it was a Sunday and headed to the copper mountain itself. There is little information online for it that I came across, but boy was the short 1-2hr walk around beautiful its a baren landscape, which makes it all the better.

Park in the main car park the opposite side of the mountain to Penysarn and take note of the route marked out, it allows for a wander of route, but do take care and take time to read the heritage information. The views are stunning and the atmosphere of the working conditions even more.

One interesting comment was that Anglesey Mining Plc were waiting on prices of Zinc, Lead and Copper to increase to begin mining of a deeper seam. I had to chuckle as we're definitely at that point now.

Enjoy.

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