Specialist-led guided tours through the landscape and into the underground caverns of mid-Wales’ ancient metal mines.
Adventure into the untouched passages and unspoilt landscape of silver, lead, copper and zinc mines, some of which date back over 4,000 years.
We offer a variety of surface and underground tours which delve into the working conditions, lives and structure of the former mining communities. See the scale of the huge underground workings which lie hidden under the Cambrian Mountains, and learn about the hundreds of people who once worked in this vast industry.
Your tour will immerse you in the history of mid-Wales' mining heritage, as well as offering an unforgettable experience to see and capture the atmosphere of the landscape and underground workings, taking in surviving artefacts and equipment.
All tours are available in Welsh or English, surface or underground, and will be suited to your interests, whether it be history, geology, archaeology, mine exploration and simply those wanting an adventurous day out in mid-Wales!
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Wales' lost metal mines explored
An adventurous and fascinating Day Out in mid-Wales!
Whether you are looking for something to do in mid-Wales, on holiday or have an interest in the area's rich industrial past, try one of our range of tours and discover how an industry which employed hundreds of people for over four thousand years shaped and formed the landscape we see today.
You do not need any prior experience to come on any of our tours. If you are an experienced mine explorer or caver, historian, archaeologist or geologist, we will do our best to tailor our tours to fit your interests.
"Frozen in Time"
Visit untouched areas underground where surviving equipment and artefacts bring to life the conditions of work under the Cambrian Mountains
Ioan Lord, the founder of Mid Wales Mine Adventures, has spent his life exploring and documenting mid-Wales’ metal mining heritage.
He published his first book in 2018, Rich Mountains of Lead: the Metal Mining Industry of Cwm Rheidol and Ystumtuen, which enhanced the field of research as well as local and national interest in this often-neglected aspect of Welsh history and culture.
As well as preparing future books, articles and public lectures, Ioan created Mid Wales Mine Adventures in 2019 to make this integral part of Wales’ heritage accessible to the public, by offering specialist guided tours into the mines themselves and promoting public interest.
His first book, Rich Mountains of Lead, can be purchased here: