Bronze Age Mine Self Guided Tour

A visit to Great Orme Mines is both a thought provoking and educational experience which can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.

Walking through tunnels mined out over 3,500 years ago gives visitors a feel for the harsh conditions our prehistoric ancestors faced in their search for copper.

Returning to the surface, follow the pathways around the surface excavations. View the opencast mine, see how our ancestors turned rock into metal at the smelting shelter and peer down the 145 metre deep Victorian mine shaft

You also will tour the opencast part of the mine which is the oldest part of the site, mined over 4,000 years ago. Any Questions? One of the original excavation team will be on site to answer them.

The Great Orme Bronze Age Mines

Click here to watch a preview of our introductory film.

Visitor Centre

Browse in the visitor centre with a model of a village depicting life in Bronze Age times. Take a look at original 4,000 year old Bronze Age artifacts and a selection of Bronze Age mining tools.

Picture Gallery

View images from around this incredible bronze age mine and find provoking and inspiring imagery of the tunnels mined on the Great Orme over 3500 years ago. A great day to be had for all the family.

Smelting at Great Orme Mines

Visitor centre, film, smelting shelter and surface paths funded through the Our Heritage project.

the site from above

Take a look at the site from above with some aerial footage of the Mine by LIS aerial photography.

Visitors Information

The tour of the mines is self – guided with most visitors taking approximately 45 minutes. We recommend that you wear sensible flat shoes. The route through the mine is approximately 200 metres. There are 35 steps going down into the mine and the same number coming back up. In addition, there are a number of sloping tunnels.


The tour is self-guided and takes approximately 45 minutes. It includes the visitor centre, a 5 minute introductory film, the 200 metre underground section and a surface walk around the smelting shelter and opencast mine. We also have a gift shop.

The 200m underground visitor route takes you down two levels of the mine which are accessed via a series of slopes and staircases (35 steps down and the same amount back up again). The temperature in the mine varies between 5°C and 8°C so it is advised you bring warm clothing regardless of the weather above ground. Sensible footwear is also recommended as the floor is uneven and wet in places. The lighting underground is dim, and certain sections of the mine have low ceilings so you may need to duck to walk through. We issue each visitor with a hard hat to protect your head from any bumps or scrapes.

Unfortunately, wheelchairs and pushchairs aren’t suitable for the tour. If you wish to carry a young child underground we recommend a front carrier as this keeps them lower than your own head height.

Dogs are welcome on all areas of the site including the underground, however, there are a series of metal grates and staircases which not all dogs are happy to walk over.

There is a visitor car park at the site. The car park gates are locked at 5.00 pm.