Copper Kingdom - Visitor Centre and Sail LoftAmlwch, Anglesey
The Copper Kingdom, Visitor Centre and Sail Loft, Anglesey
The Copper Kingdom Visitor Centre and Sail Loft museum are based at Amlwch port. They might be small but they are incredibly enlightening about how instrumental Amlwch was within the global copper industry. Why not drop by and discover for yourself all about this tiny town's big history.
In the 18th Century, copper was mined nearby at Parys Mountain, before being taken to Amlwch Port to be processed and shipped all around the world. Amlwch was the busiest exporter of copper ore and Copper Kingdom celebrates the rich industrial history associated with the area. Well worth a visit and an ideal wet weather option to keep in mind!
The Copper Kingdom Visitor Centre and Sail Loft museum separately tell the stories of mining through the ages and the maritime history of the port. In 1997 the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust was established, with the aim of safeguarding the ancestral history of Amlwch, along with all the stories of the past, for future generations.
In the visitor's centre, there are interactive displays to keep those little fingers busy and you can learn all about what life would have been like back in the 18th Century for a miner, or other people associated with the mine. For example, no women were allowed to work underground on Parys Mountain so they were put to work at the port breaking up the ore into small pieces. These women became known as the 'Copper Ladies'. It was an essential job, and their story has been retold for us to read. An impressive feature of the visitor's centre is that it is built around the listed remains of the copper bins, where the copper ladies would have worked hammering the ore into smaller pieces.The back wall of bins is exposed meaning a natural rock face, complete with running water and plant life sits within the building. It is the perfect blend of old and new and pretty spectacular if you ask us!
The Sail Loft museum houses a range of displays, exhibitions and artifacts all about the port and the area. You even have the chance to touch relics from shipwrecks around the island. The Sail Loft Cafe also means you can stock up on cake before heading off to explore Copper Kingdom’s Parys mountain!
Copper Kingdom: Easter to end of October
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:30am - 5pm
Mondays: Closed, except Bank Holidays
Sail Loft: Easter to October
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Mondays: Closed, except Bank Holidays
Phone number: 01407 830298
Seating, benches around the harbour.
Large free car park on Quay Street. Blue badge holders can park on the quay opposite the attraction.
Lifts to the first floor and fairly easy access to all areas. Staff are on hand to advise and give support where needed. Level/ramped access to cafe/tearoom and shop. The first floor where the Sail Loft is has a slope.
Assistance dogs welcome.
Other useful info
Sat Nav: Copper Kingdom LL68 9DE.
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