Frequently Asked Questions

Kitting up shed at Dolaucothi Gold Mines

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.

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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.

What time do the Tours go?
We run up to 10 Underground Mine Tours a day to our Victorian Mines at this time of the year, starting at 11 am, through to 4.30 pm. 

Please Note : For conservation reasons, our Roman Mine Tour does not run during the school summer holidays.  However, there is a very good alternative in our Self-guided Roman Audio Tour.  Please enquire at our Visitor Information Centre for more details. 

Are children allowed underground?
Yes, provided they are over 1 M tall, and 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.  You will need to arrive at least 20 mins before the start time of any tour to allow time for health and safety briefings and kitting up (hard hats, belts, battery packs and lights).

What do the Tours involve?
The Tours involve quite challenging steps and slopes.  The underground experience includes some low and confined spaces and there will be one brief, completely dark period within the mine. 

What if I have mobility issues?
The Edward Jones Tour is is suitable for people of limited mobility and users of walking aids and wheel chairs.  Please enquire at the booking window for more information on this Tour.

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 20 minutes ahead of the Tour time.  Anyone arriving within 20 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. 

Are dogs on leads welcome at Dolaucothi?
Very much so.  Your dog can go everywhere on the Mine Yard (including shop and cafe) and on our Estate Walks, including our Roman Self-guided Audio Tour.

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 Mine Yard Cafe 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 …