Yellow helmets

Whilst on holiday in Gwynedd we visited several dog friendly attractions in the area, one of our favourites being Llanfair Slate Caverns.

Visiting these caverns has been a family tradition for over 30 years. Every time we have stayed in the area we always make the effort to visit, making great memories each time. I visited as a child with my parents whilst camping at Shell Island, visited with my husband and friends whilst having a drunken weekend camping at Nantcol and taking our daughter for the first time whilst away last week.

There are 9 caverns to explore on the self guided tour, allowing you to take your time and explore at your own pace. We love putting on our yellow hard hats and having our own torches to explore the caverns. This is great for kids, as it all adds to the adventure. Mia loves caves and caverns, and always insists on leading our little family, making sure it is safe up ahead.

The caverns are very dog friendly, with steps and smooth tunnels leading you down into the hillside. We pretty much had the caverns to ourselves, exploring deeper and deeper, feeling the temperature drop as you passed further into the site.

There is lots of information in the caverns giving you a real sense of what it must have been like to work in there with only a candle and a rope. We spent a lovely hour exploring the caverns before returning to the surface to clear blue skies and warm sunshine. The views from the shop and café out towards Shell Island and beyond are stunning and well worth the visit alone. There is a lovely gift shop which was also dog friendly, a café and picnic benches from which to sit and enjoy the view.

These caverns never disappoint us. It was lovely to introduce our daughter to them for the first time. She loved creating echoes from the lower levels and realising that she would have been old enough to be sent to work in them had she been alive when they were working slate mines!

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