Slate has been worked and shaped into a variety of products at Inigo Jones Slate Works since 1861. The site established initially to answer the need for School Writing Slates. Later during the 1980’s a public demand was growing by visitors for a behind the scenes view of the slate Works to learn more about the slate industry and how the Slate crafts were made at Inigo Jones. A Self Guided Tour of the works has been offered ever since.
The Great Slate Tour offers both an educational and fun insight into the slate industry of North Wales.
Commencing with an informative film delving into the Welsh Slate story, experience blasting of the raw material at the mountain to the end use of Slate all around us.
Following the film and guided by a personal audio device, wander through exhibitions of geology and history whilst also partaking in Calligraphy and Letter Cutting activities, shaping your very own Slate Memento.
The tour continues at a leisurely pace through the original workshops, where guests can view the machines and craftsmen in action.
Audio Commentary is available in French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese for overseas visitors as well as English and Welsh.
Younger visitors can attempt our Quiz during the tour to win their very own Slate Prize!
Slate Craft Products made on site are available to purchase at the showroom along with other Welsh and Celtic Craft products.
Our café which is franchised to a local farmer who also has a butchery and farm shop adjacent to the café, is open year round to serve our visitors.
Our four legged friends are also welcome at no extra cost.
Tour will last approximately 1hr – 1.5hrs.
Tours will commence every quarter of an hour from 9am to 3.30pm (last tour of the day) Monday to Saturday.
To Secure your place on The Great Slate Tour, Pre-booking is recommended – Payment will be required when booking.
We ask that you please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your tour.
Admission to shop is Free. We are closed Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.