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Corris Mine Explorers

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Address: A487 | Corris Craft Centre, Machynlleth, Corris SY20 9RF, Wales
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+44 1654 761244
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Delve around the secret underground world of a Welsh slate mine, with one...

Delve around the secret underground world of a Welsh slate mine, with one of Wales' top Mine Explorers; abandoned and forgotten yet full of relics, stories & adventure.

Our trips take you into parts of the mine, hand-dug and worked by Victorian miners in 1836 and areas worked up until the 1970s when the mine was abandoned. As the door shut for the very last time a virtual time capsule was left behind which you can now explore. After years of research, our top Mine Guide will share stories of mining life as you explore the underground with some climbing and scrambling if you wish (these parts of the trip are optional). All of our trips run with a small group of explorers which means that we can largely tailor make them to suit your wishes, interests and abilities and those of the other members of your group. You'll discover old mining tools, machinery, drinking vessels, candles and cigarette packs discarded by the miners whilst stories of life in the mine spill out in such a way you can almost feel it creaking back to life. 100% authentic, adventurous and fun.

During the trips you're taken into the dark, damp tunnels and underground workings, in small exclusive groups by the experienced guide. There are 2 trips to choose from; the 2 hour Explorer Trip or a Half Day Mine Expedition. In addition we offer a Taster Trip for younger explorers and for those who'd like to try it out first.

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Amazing 2hr tour, definitely coming back when we are next here

Mark the mole, was a brilliant guide there were 2 adults and 2 children in our party and another 2 adults from Norway. We cannot recommend this tour enough Mark was so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mark the mole, was a brilliant guide there were 2 adults and 2 children in our party and another 2 adults from Norway. We cannot recommend this tour enough Mark was so knowledgeable, even our kids loved learning the history of the mine, so much so that when we went mine exploring ourselves in the area we understood how the... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing 5 star review and account of your 2 hour exploration with Mark and Corris Mine Explorers. More 

Biggar, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The four of us (two adults; two teenagers) did the 1 hour taster. It was wonderful. Could not fault a thing. Mark made it. He gauged our interests and tailored the walk through the mine accordingly. In just an hour, we saw lots and learned lots. From history to geology, it was brilliant. A longer trip would have been nice... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, it sounds like you and your teenage children had an amazing time. More 

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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

During a short break in Wales my boyfriend and I had booked a 2 hour trip here. First of all 2 hours was not long enough, we came away wishing we had booked the 4 hour trip! The guide Mark is absolutely fantastic, such a nice guy and so knowledgeable. He takes real pride in what he does and is... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Huge thanks for your amazing review, we are so pleased to read that you really enjoyed your trip and thank you for sharing your experience with other Trip Advisor users. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We revisited here and had a second longer (4hr) tour with mark the mole as we did the 2hr tour with mark last year and enjoyed it so much. The 4hr tour allowed us to go further into the mine and see and learn more about it than before. We saw submerged inclines, and a complete incline within a chamber... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Thank you for your fantastic recommendation and review of your Half Day Mine Expedition. It was so good to see you come back again this year and to be able to show you more of our old Braich Goch mine. More 

Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Loved it - full of information and things to see. Learned loads and saw things I hadn't thought possible. Will certainly return as we saw <10% of it!

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Thank you for your outstanding review and see you again soon! More 

York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We have just returned from a one hour tour of Corris slate mine with Mark and Alfie the dog. We had an amazing time learning about the families who worked in the mine and seeing their abandoned candles, ladders and tools. Mark is an excellent guide with detailed knowledge of the mine's history and its many tunnels and chambers. The... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Wow, it's an honour to be the highlight of your Christmas break in Wales - thank you so very much for your brilliant review. More 

Bloxwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Terrific! What else can we say that hasn't been said already by others! A genuine and authentic experience with an excellent and very knowledgable guide giving a real view of working in the mine. Bring or borrow wellies and dress warm as this is real and is worth the money and experience. Well done 'Moley' for the tour and thank... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

A massive thank you to you for your terrific review. Brilliant to read about your family adventure with Moley. More 

Winsford, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had an amazing two hours with Moley! Thanks for leading us around, making us feel safe and welcome. We will be back for the half day experience soon!

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Thank you for your "Fantastic" review. We look forward to seeing you again on our Half Day Mine Expedition! More 

Norfolk UK
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

It was a real privilege being able to find out more about the workings and history of the Slate mines and miners. Mark had a wealth of information which he tailored to our interests and questions. It was a fascinating glimpse into social history which moulded the local area. Wellies are provided along with torches and safety ropes, wear warm... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, it's great to read about your exciting time underground with Mark in Corris Mine Explorers. I will pass on your thanks to Mark. More 

Dorothy, New Jersey
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We spent a week in Wales and took the Corris mine tour. this is not your ordinary tourist outing. we were outfitted with miners helmets with heavy battery packs, wellington boots and a safety belt . all of this soon became necessary. once we entered the mine the only light was what our lights provided. Mark, the guide was excellent.... More 

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Shirley O, Manager at Corris Mine Explorers, responded to this review

An amazing review - thank you so very much. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your mine exploration. More 

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