Sygun Copper Mines
OS Grid Ref:- SH 6048
Lying a mile east of Beddgelert village, the Sygun Copper Mines, a relic of Snowdonia's once booming copper mine industry, abandoned in 1903, have been turned into a major tourist attraction offering a spectacular underground audio-visual experience.
The visitor is taken through twisting tunnels with stalactite and stalagmite formations, up to 140 feet below Nant Gwynant, there are audio visual tours available to explore the old mine workings in complete safety, available in a number of languages, including Welsh, French, Dutch, German and spanish. Each stage of the mining process is clearly explained. The mines consist of winding tunnels and large colourful caverns with stalactite and stalagmite formations, along with copper and ore veins.
The Museum of Antiquities contains coins and fossils dating from as far back as the Stone Age. There are also some recently unearthed dinosaur eggs, estimated to be over 70 million years old. Sygun has a visitor centre offering refreshments and souvenirs. Other activities include Pottery painting, archery, panning for gold, metal detecting, nature trails and an adventure playground for children.