Learning at Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Panning for gold at Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Dolaucothi Gold Mines is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The only known Roman Gold Mine in Britain, Dolaucothi is significant for showing advanced Roman technology. It was later mined in the Victorian era until its closure in the 1930’s. The National Trust has taken care of the entire 2,500 acre estate since 1941 and provides award winning underground tours.

What we can offer you?
Roman or Victorian Experience
Four  activities (designed for Key Stage 2 students, but also enjoyable for Foundation pupils) .  We aim to provide opportunities to experience, investigate, explore and question aspects of the Roman/Victorian history at Dolaucothi. 

  • Underground Roman/Victorian Tour – Led by one of our experienced tour guides. Experience and investigate the underground workings. Develop learners’ interpretation of history and historical enquiry as well as understanding. 
  • Interview with Roman Legionary – Meet with a Dolaucothi legionary dressed in full costume. This provides an opportunity for historical enquiry with informal communication.       
  • Meet with a Victorian miner’s wife – Help Mrs Morgans out on wash day, make soap and hand wash garments.  This offers an opportunity for hands on experience with historical enquiry and informal communication.    
  • Handling Replica Objects & Artefacts – Handle interesting objects for enquiry and provides an opportunity to identify differences in way of life.
  • Gold Panning – Interactive exploration of the site riches. 

Additional Information
Clothing & Footwear: Students need to be prepared with relevant clothing; comfortable shoes for walking (NO sandals or flip flops) and waterproofs if the weather requires it.
Access: Due to the steps and general terrain, the Roman & Victorian Tour is only accessible to able-bodied children; however, we can provide underground access into a later working to wheelchair users or those with difficulty walking.
We limit each tour group to 25 people; split groups take it in turns to participate in each activity. A teacher or assistant is required in each group.  

Parking: There is ample turning and parking space for buses in our car park.

Hazards and Risk Assessment: Risk assessments available on request 

Facilities:The Mine Yard features 1930’s themed machinery sheds which, these days, also house the Welcome Centre, Tea room, Shop and Toilets (including a disabled toilet). There are also several picnic tables for visitors to relax and enjoy packed lunches. 

Cost: Educational groups must hold a current Education Group Membership which can be bought on-site for immediate use.

There is an additional fee of £2pp for the Roman and Victorian experience.

For more information and to book please contact our Learning Officer today. Kimberley.walker@nationaltrust.org.uk