FAQ's: Everything you need to know

Visitors at Dolaucothi mine, Wales

You're sure to have a great day out when you join us at Dolaucothi Gold Mines this season. Here are some handy tips that may be good to know when planning your visit.

Can we go underground at Dolaucothi Gold Mines?
Yes!  Our Underground Guided Tours take visitors right into our Drift Mines, perched on the hills above the Mine Yard.

Are children allowed underground?
Yes, provided they are over 1 M tall, i.e. around 5 years of age, accompanied by an adult, able to walk unaided, without needing to be picked up, and willing to keep a hard hat on underground.

How long do the Tours take?
The main Tours take one hour plus up to 15 minutes for health and safety briefings and kitting up (with hard hats, belts, battery packs and lights).

What do the Tours involve?
Tours involve quite challenging steps and some upland walking.  The underground experience includes some low and confined spaces and there is a completely dark period on one of the Tours. 

What if I have mobility issues?
We can provide a shorter Tour into a level mine, by arrangement.  This Tour is suitable for people of limited mobility and users of walking aids and wheel chairs.  Please enquire on arrival.

When do the Underground Guided Tours run? *
Outside school summer holidays, they run up to 5 times a day, on the half hour, from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm.  During school summer holidays  (up to and inc 31 Aug 2018) they run up to 12 times a day; every half hour from 11.00 am to 4.30 pm. 
*Please note, due to the outdoor and underground nature of the site, Tour times may be subject to change at short notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Can we be sure of a place on an Underground Tour?
We will always do our very best to accommodate all visitors.  However, booking is on arrival and Tour numbers are strictly limited so there may be a wait at busy times for places.

Do we need to arrive in advance of the tour times?
Yes please!  For safety reasons, you will need to be on site at least 15 minutes ahead of the Tour time.  Anyone arriving within 15 minutes of a Tour may be asked to join the following Tour.

How do we book onto an Underground Guided Tour?
Talk to our Tour Guides or Volunteers at the Booking Window, where you will receive information on all our Tours; advice on choosing the best one for you and a token to show you are booked on.

What should we wear to visit the mines?
Sturdy footwear is a must, along with appropriate outer clothing for a mine environment.  Open toed shoes, including walking sandals, are not permitted underground for safety reasons.

We know they can’t go underground, but are babies and toddlers allowed on the site?
Yes – all are welcome onto the Mine Yard and into the site buildings including machinery sheds, children’s play areas, café, shop, picnic areas and our Gold Panning facilities. 

Can we take our dog on the site, and on an underground Tour?
Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome on the Mine Yard and on our Estate Walks. Outside of school holidays, we do allow dogs on one of the Tours, subject to agreement with Tour Guide, other participants etc.  Please enquire on arrival.

Is the Dolaucothi Estate Caravan Park close by?
Yes. It is just a few minutes’ walk from the Mine Yard.  The site is suitable for caravans, campervans and motorhomes and is a tranquil retreat for nature-lovers.   Please search online for more info.

Is there anything else to do at Dolaucothi?
Yes, lots!  You can:

Pan for gold in our panning troughs;
Explore our 1930’s sheds and machinery;
Treat yourself in our Miners Canteen or picnic in the mine yard;
Shop for Welsh Gold jewellery, gifts and souvenirs;
Walk The Miners Way Trail to the remains of the 1930’s processing mill;
Take a self-guided audio tour of our Roman Goldmines;
Walk some of the 25 KM of footpaths on the Dolaucothi Estate;
Visit the Dolaucothi Arms, a NT pub, just 10 minutes’ walk away in Pumsaint ;

 … or just relax and enjoy the moment, surrounded by woodland and birdlife …