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Gold mines in use from Roman times to the 20th century

These unique gold mines are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley.

2,000 years ago, the powerful Romans left behind a glimpse of gold-mining methods. The harsh mining environment continued in the 19th and 20th centuries, ending in 1938.

Guided tours take you back to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings.

See and hear the 1930s mine and mine machinery. Have a go at gold panning and take the opportunity to experience the frustrations of searching for real gold.

Please note, underground tours involve steep slopes, stout footwear is essential.

Welcome to Dolaucothi

Ready to go underground © National Trust

Ready to go underground

We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful, unique site in the heart of Carmarthenshire's countryside. There's always something new to explore and learn here, so why not pay us a visit this year? We've guided tours suitable for people of all abilities. More access information here.

What's new for 2014?

Joining in the gold exhibition © Keith Harris

Joining in the gold exhibition

Last year, we completed some big projects at Dolaucothi. We created a multi-user path network on our magnificent 2,500-acre estate so more people can enjoy the beauty of the Cothi valley by foot, by bike or on horseback. We also completed our interpretation of the Romans at Dolaucothi as part of Cadw's heritage tourism project, Romans in Carmarthenshire.

This year we will focus on telling the story of the 1930s mining industry on the Dolaucothi mine yard. We have restored our vintage 1930s machinery and will be giving visitors the chance to listen to actual Dolaucothi miners by calling them on an old 1930s telephone. Why don't you come and have a look for yourself?

Not just a gold mine

View from a walk on the estate © Keith Morris

View from a walk on the estate

We are famous for being the only known Roman gold mine in the UK. There are many treasures to be found on our wider estate too. Download a trail map or follow the waymarkers from our car park and explore the beauty of Dolaucothi on our 2,500-acre countryside estate.

Dolaucothi Arms reopens in Pumsaint

David and Esther at the Dolaucothi Arms © National Trust

David and Esther at the Dolaucothi Arms

Say hello to the new tenants of the Dolaucothi Arms. David and Esther have moved from the west country to reopen the village pub in Pumsaint and bring the community back together.

Customers can enjoy good, locally sourced food and drink and can even stay the night at the upstairs B&B.

Stay with us

Caravan site at Dolaucothi © Keith Morris

Caravan site at Dolaucothi

Why not extend your visit and stay with us at our beautiful tranquil caravan site close to the goldmines? Run by our friendly volunteers, they will be able to help you decide what to do and where to go.

From family fun at the goldmines to estate walks and fishing in the Cothi river, it's an ideal holiday destination.

Follow the Roman trail

Explore the fascinating story of the Romans at Dolaucothi on our brand new Roman audio trail.

Group booking

Ideal for groups of all ages

We're a popular choice for schools and large groups looking for a unique experience.

Book your trip and call or email us today

Tel: 01558 650809

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