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great Orme mine near Llandudno

It sounds pretty cool, one of the biggest bronze-age copper mines in Europe. Any tips on visiting? Was it worth it? I'm hoping there is sufficient background provided by the museum, tour guide, signs, etc., for us to sufficiently understand what we're viewing. It seems like the views from the area are also pretty spectacular.

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If we go I'll add a description of our visit. We have a limited amount of time in north Wales.

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I have visited this and thought it was very interesting. I was on a Road Scholar tour and our guide for the mine was one of the original discoverers of the bronze age digs. They did not know there was bronze age stuff there as they were trying to find the Victorian age digs their Granddads worked in. Really a fascinating story about that and the process for dating the Bronze age items. The actual walking thru the mine is self guided. As I remember it there were plenty of signs with easy explanations as there are lots of school groups that visit.

The views are terrific, not from the mine per se, but from the tram. I did not have time to walk around more outside the mine- wish I had!

Yes, worth it!

(Sorry I missed this when you first posted!)

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Thank you for the replies! I think we can fit this into our itinerary.

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Ah, unfortunately we didn't have the time to visit. We tend to linger and spent a lot of time at Bodnant. Even the non-gardener in our group truly enjoyed the beauty of the place.

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Bodnant is well worth the visit. I don’t think you missed much at the mines - though the views from the Great Orme are great.