On your visit you’ll be guided on a tour that uncovers the secrets of this picturesque industrial landscape, discovering what life was like for Roman miners who tunnelled through the landscape with only the most basic of hand tools.
Things that will help you prepare for your visit:
Do I need to book?
Yes, you’ll need to pre-book to visit. The visit includes a tour of the only known Roman goldmine in the UK. At the end of the tour, you can try the gold panning experience and explore the 1930s mine yard. Do bring refreshments with you, we’ve plenty of picnic tables.
More detailed information
Timing of your visit and tour
Please arrive at your allocated booked time to ensure time to complete the safety briefing in readiness for starting the tour.
If you find that you might be a little late on the day, please phone 01558 650177 and leave a message for the team.
What does the visit involve?
By booking a visit to Dolaucothi you are booking to go on a tour of the Roman gold mine, as part of the tour you’ll go underground into the Roman gold mine. Tours last an hour and a quarter with time for you to try the gold panning experience and explore the mine yard afterwards.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring a face mask with you to wear in any indoor spaces, such as the Field Centre (Reception) toilets and when you go underground into the mine.
What to wear?
Our tour and visit involves an active outdoor offer, please come prepared for over an hour of walking outdoors up steps, steep slopes and uneven ground, you’ll also be going underground into the Roman mine, sturdy enclosed footwear is a must.
We have hard hats that we ask everyone to wear whilst underground.
Visiting with children
Before booking your visit, please note that everyone going in to the mines need to be over 1 metre in height and able to walk unaided on the underground tour, this is usually around 5 years old. For safety reasons we’re unable to have carried children or babies underground.
Are babies and toddlers allowed on site even though we know they can’t go underground?
Yes everyone is welcome on the mine yard where you can visit some of the buildings onsite including the machinery sheds, and try the gold panning experience. You’re welcome to bring picnics to enjoy as we don’t have any refreshments facilities on site. Toilets are available on the mine yard.
Are there any refreshments available?
You're welcome to bring refreshments with you, we've plenty of picnic tables on the mine yard.
What do I do if I can't use the online booking process?
If there's a problem or your unable to access the online booking process, please phone 0344 249 1895.
Our opening times can be found here.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes dogs on short leads are welcome at Dolaucothi, you can even take well behaved dogs on the tour with you.