You are here:  >   >   >   > 

Guidebook

Welcome to Gilfach Ddu, home of the National Slate Museum. These buildings once housed the workshops for the former Dinorwig Quarry.

Welsh Slate Museum

These workshops catered for all the repair and maintenance work demanded by a quarry which, at its height, employed over 3,000 men. The quarry galleries high above Gilfach Ddu echoed to the sound of the great explosions that freed the slate from the rock.. Below, the workshops would ring with the music of hammer and anvil, mallet and chisel. Between them they supported an industry which exported thousands of tons of slates from Wales to the four corners of the world.

Dinorwig Quarry closed in 1969. Today – rather than fashioning wagons and forging rails – the workshops tell a very special story: the story of the Welsh slate industry. Here you can travel into the past of an industry and a way of life which have chiselled themselves into the very being of this country. You'll hear a gripping story, encompassing such great events as industrial unrest on the one hand, and the small details of everyday life on the other. Strikes and suffering, craftsmanship and community: all the drama of real people's lives.

Group
Gilfach Ddu was the heart of Dinorwig. We needed a pretty big heart for the whole quarry, as 3,700 men worked there when I went to the quarry. So we needed a pretty big heart to supply it with everything.

Information

Map

Llanberis, Gwynedd
Open 10am-5pm daily (Easter-October), 10am-4pm Sunday-Friday (November-Easter)

Phone:
(029) 2057 3700

Switchboard (standard rate): 0300 111 2 333

» Directions and visitor information

  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.