Learn about the history of Welsh slate with self guided tours of the Slate-Works. These include a video presentations and a number of exhibitions. You can see the tools, machines and craftsmen in action making beautifully made slate products.
The cafe is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Address: Inigo Jones, Tudor Slate Works, Y Groeslon, Caernarfon. LL54 7UE
Telephone: 01286 830242
Indigo Jones Slate Works was founded in 1861 primarily to prefabricate school writing slates, when school writing slates were replaced by paper, the company had to find new products. The owner at the time, Hugh Jones, started producing electrical panels in slate. These proved to be very popular and the company rapidly expanded, sourcing its slate from the whole of North Wales. As cheaper man-made products replaced slate for electrical panels, the company diversified into slate fireplaces, the majority of these fireplaces were enamelled and many of them also included hand painted local scenes. An original fireplace supplied in the late 19th century is currently on display as part the company's self guided tour.
This is a self guided tour and it aims to be both educational and fun. There is an introductory video presentation, after which you can wander through the work shops at your own pace and view the machines and craftsmen in action, accompanied by your own personal taped commentary. There are also geological, historical, calligraphy and letter cutting exhibitions. You can Try your hand at calligraphy and engrave on a piece of slate that you get to keep. Children can also compete in a quiz to win various prizes.
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £19.00