Industrial Heritage Experiences

The 1700s, 1800s and 1900s brought great wealth to Wales.

The mining of slate, coal, granite and even gold changed the landscape of Wales as roads, railways and canals were built to ship these natural resources to all corners of the world. At one time, more slate was shipped out of Wales than the rest of the world combined, and Wales was said to ‘roof the world’. Some historians proclaim Wales as one of the world’s first industrial super nations.

This industry has left us with the road, rail and canal infrastructure that tourists enjoy today.

The aqueduct built to take limestone out of northeast wales is the largest of its type in the world and is a UNESCO World heritage site whilst the slate mining landscape of Gwynedd, which once ‘roofed the world’, is on the shortlist to become Britain’s next World Heritage Site.