The Dolaucothi Gold Mines are the only mines for Welsh gold outside those of the Dolgellau gold-belt, and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. They are also the only known Roman gold mines in Britain.
Excellent guided tours take you back to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings, but please wear sturdy footwear for uneven wet surfaces, and be prepared to
get a bit muddy as you will be passing through actual mining passages! If you allow around 90 minutes to 2 hours for the visit, you will hopefully experience a good part of the site, but there are lovely walking trails around the site and the Dolaucothi Arms to visit if you wish to stay longer.
After experiencing this gem of industrial heritage, head further West to the National Trust’s other local property, Dinefwr with its historic house, stately deer park, National Nature Reserve and CADW ruined castle!
The splendid Newton House offers a ‘hand-on’ visit with its rooms laid out for an experience circa 1912, and the Hidden House tours take you to many areas of the house with fascinating stories and details. Exhibitions on the first floor tell Dinefwr’s story and inspire visitors to explore the castle and park.
Aside from the house, you can also visit the beautiful Deer Park with Capability Brown’s carefully landscaped grounds. If you are lucky, you will see the managed deer herd, and also the rare breed White Park Cattle that have been in the park for at least 1000 years!
Naturally, the visit would not be complete without a visit to the Billiard Room Tea Rooms or the newly opened dog-friendly Castle Walk cafe where muddy boots are welcome!
For opening times, tours and prices, please visit the National Trust website.