Monday, 20 November 2017

Visiting the National Slate Museum

We were on a bit of a budget over half term with our holiday to Florida to save for.  Usually I don’t think twice about how much we spend on a day out, but lately I am being much more careful.  We picked this attraction because it had free entry!  With the entertainment covered without any charge I didn’t mind us having lunch in the café.  When we went to Sygun Copper Mine we made a point of taking packed lunches to keep the cost down as entrance set us back £29.  It’s got to the point we either eat out OR spend on an attraction we really can’t justify doing both.

The slate splitting demonstration was a highlight, the craftsman was very informative, it’s quite a talent splitting slate successfully and not cracking it in the process.  Although some of it is skill the quality of the slate plays a part too.  Slate sizes are identified by highborn female names, queen, duchess, lady etc, this is something we hadn’t realised, so the attraction is very educational.

The boys enjoyed seeing all the machinery and equipment, there is quite a lot to get around.  

We spent a couple of hours here quite happily, I think it’s better to come here than Inigo Jones as much as we enjoyed that attraction at the time I can’t get over the National Slate Museum costing nothing to visit and still be very enlightening. 

We all liked having a nose inside the miners cottages, they have cleverly used the space to show how houses have changed over time.  There were outfits to try on so you could feel like you had been transported back in time.  In the last house they had much more to do to keep themselves amused, reading, making phone calls and listening to music on the gramophone and they had the luxury of a kettle and an electric stove (no more cooking on the fire!).

The moulding in the sand lots of children made a beeline for.  Mine had lots of fun here and didn’t want to leave.  It was tricky getting the pattern to come out as expected but a good way to teach children how moulds are made and how difficult it could be.  The moulder would have to deal with molten iron, so it was vitally important their mould kept its shape!!!

The National Slate Museum had a park too, so your kids could let off a bit of steam.  You really can't fault the place, if you happen to be in the area (Llanberis) do pop in!

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