Silver Mountain Experience

Llywernog an authentic 18th century silver mine in the beautiful Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales

Just 15 minutes from Aberystwyth. Enjoy an informative and adventurous day for all the family whatever the weather.

!!! Black Chasm PG !!!

For young apprentices or those looking for something a little less scary why not try our PG rated Black Chasm tour? Fun for all the family.

Silver Mountain is now OPEN 7 days a week.

Steeped in myths and legends, high in the ancient Cambrian Mountains, the Silver Mountain Experience has tumbling streams, mysterious forests and long abandoned mine workings that will take you on a journey through the mists of time.

Dare you enter the Black Chasm?

Rated 12A, this is Wales’s scariest underground experience where your worst nightmares will become reality. Beware of the Coblynau, Morgens, Orcs and others that dwell in the darkness. Tread lightly foolish traveller or your blood curdling screams will echo through the abandoned mine for all eternity! Not for those of a nervous disposition.

For younger members of the family they can be let loose  to experience the Magic of Woo Hoo Wood and explore the tunnels where the Grovels dwell. Whether creating dens in the trees, building dams in the stream or playing with waterwheels in our Silver River play area there is plenty to do for all the family, whatever the weather.
Dragon Trail

A Dragon’s Tale

Deep in a cave, lies a shy Dragon by the name of Grotty. Silver Mountain is her home, and she had been spotted by several visitors recently, just down by the Tell Tale bridge, having a sip at the stream under the sunshine.

This new and exciting actor led experience is suitable for over 4’s and those who are not year brave enough to take on Black Chasm!

Go deep underground on the 45-minute caplamp tour beyond the earthquake zone and into the great chasm to discover the secrets of a forgotten world. Access is easy underground. With only 8 steps in the whole tour its suitable for all ages.

  • Featured on the BBC programme ‘Countryfile’
  • Prince of Wales award-winning Museum
  • ‘One of the best commercial museums in Britain’ (Good Museums Guide)

Explore the Miners Trail a self-guide footpath around the old workings, linking the natural and man made features of the 7-acre site.

Try your hand at Panning. It’s easy and what ever you find you keep!.

Friendly and knowledgeable guides are always on hand to answer your questions and identify your geological finds

Miners with their candle lights in their hats

History of the Cardiganshire Silver Mines

Mining of silver rich lead was a major industry in Mid Wales for nearly 2000 years. During the boom of the 1860s the whole of north Cardiganshire resembled the Klondike attracting speculators and adventurers from across the globe. The inevitable slump followed and the mines were abandoned. Llywernog refused to die and was reopened briefly in the early 1900s.
It was saved from dereliction in 1973 by Peter Lloyd Harvey and continues as a family concern committed to restoration of the mine.

Browse the gift shop and enjoy refreshments in the cosy tearoom. On fine days there is a great picnic site

Llywernog Silver Mine is a great adventure and learning experience for all the family.

From Devil’s Bridge: take the A4120 to Ponterwyd. Turn Left at the T-Junction onto the A44, and after a mile the Mine is on the Right-Hand side of road (opposite the Red Kite Cafe).

From Aberystwyth: take the A44 for approximately 11 miles (passing the Nantyrarian Forest Centre). The mine is on the Left-Hand side of the A.44 (opposite the Red Kite Cafe).


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