Sygun Copper Mine

'Little Explorer', Victoria LEvel

‘Little Explorer’, Victoria Level. Sygun Copper Mine was opened as a tourist attraction in 1986.

Date

17 May 2014
Location

Mynydd Sygyn, Beddgelert

SH 60476 48822; 53.01844°N, 4.08142°W

Information

Further Reading

Sygun Copper Mine

 

Deep Adit

The Deep Adit. Five months’ work to clear by hand this drainage adit, which had been blocked and completely flooded, began in 1983. The underground tour starts here and ends 43 m higher up at the Victoria Level.

Stalactites and stalagmites

Stalactites and stalagmites. These speleothems have grown since the mine was abandoned in 1903. This section of the mine was excavated in the 1840s by miners working with hand tools by the light of candles.

Stalactites and stalagmites

Stalactites and stalagmites

Looking down from the Victoria Level

Looking down from the Victoria Level

Victoria Level

The Victoria Level. This was one of the mine’s main tramways.

Wagon detail

Wagon detail

Wagons

Wagons

Mine buildings converted into museum, shop and café

Mine building converted into museum, shop and café. The foundations of one of the first ever Flotation Plants are at the rear of this building. This late 19th-century innovation developed commercially by the Elmore brothers involved mixing crushed ore with oil and water. The copper minerals adhere to the oil, which floats on the water, allowing it to be separated from unwanted rock, which sinks.

Half-scale water wheel

Half-scale water wheel, Upper Dressing Floor

Half-scale water wheel and stamp battery for crushing ore

Half-scale water wheel and stamp battery for crushing ore

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11 thoughts on “Sygun Copper Mine

  1. Fantastic photos, Graham. It’s good that you had space and time to do the place justice, the wee chambers with the stalactites look especially appealing. For a stuffed and mounted mine this looks particularly interesting…I have avoided it until now, but I think will have to go and have a look!

    • Thanks, Iain. There were a couple of other parties there when we went, but although fairly small, the open section of the mine was big enough for us to peruse at our leisure. My daughter really enjoyed the visit – hey, there was a bonus play park outside, so what’s not to like? And don’t get me wrong – I too enjoyed it – but I can’t help feeling that attractions here are somewhat overpriced. It was actually cheaper to visit Nerja Caves in Spain, which are truly immense, spectacular and awe inspiring. Oh and by the way, if you do visit, make sure you insist on your Gwynedd-residents’ discount as advertised on their website as the chap on the till seemed to be unaware of it.

  2. Great work! I missed this underground site on my Wales trips. Thanks for sharing these lovely orangey photographs.

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