Electric MountainLlanberis, Snowdonia
Electric Mountain is based in the bustling village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon. This is the first Hydro Company’s Visitor Centre, and it is now recognized as one of the most popular attractions in North Wales. Family-friendly with educational and leisure facilities as well as interactive tours on offer, it is a fantastic day of entertainment!
The visitor centre is sat just outside of Llanberis high street, on the shore of Padarn Lake. It is central to a range of amenities and other local attractions, but Electric Mountain is best-known and hugely popular for its guided tours to Dinorwig Power Station as well as its cafe, gift shop, children’s facilities and room hire. Surrounded by incredible views of the Snowdonia range and in an ideal location, this centre is the perfect outing with plenty to do and see.
In the centre itself, you can learn all about the inner workings of Electric Mountain and take the 1-hour long tour to Dinorwig Power Station to get a first hand peek into Europe’s largest man-made cavern! The tour begins on the first floor of the centre and then travels 0.75 miles by bus to Elidir Mountain. Dinorwig Power Station is 750 metres deep inside the mountain, surrounded by 16km of underground tunnels. It has, and still is regarded as one of the most creative engineering and environmental projects - complete with 1 million tonnes of concrete, 200,000 tonnes of cement and 4,500 tonnes of steel! It really is remarkable!
On the first floor, you will be shown an audiovisual film giving an introduction to the tour and the power station. Then you will be escorted to the bus taking you to the power station. Here you will get to explore the underground tunnels and caverns, with a couple of stops along the way. The first stop is at the machinery where you will get to view them within close range, and you will also have the opportunity to climb to the higher viewing level up three flights of stairs!
The second stop is at the ‘Viewing Gallery’. There are exhibition panels along the walls, and in this room, you will also get to watch a short film before returning to the cafe and shop area on the ground floor. The cafe provides delicious breakfasts, lunches, snacks and food to eat in or to take away. You are able to have your food served in the tea garden attached to the cafe too if you prefer. Buffets can be prepared with prior arrangement for functions along with room hire for meetings, parties, and other group gatherings.
In the gift shop, you are able to browse a number of books, jewellery, glassware, pottery, children’s toys, outdoor clothing and more! A great way to spend your time before or after your tour. And for the children, entertainment is provided in ‘The Den’, the ‘Genius corner’ or on the traverse wall. With a wide scope of facilities, both children and parents will be plenty occupied - just one of the many reasons why Electric Mountain brings a whopping 225,000 visitors to Llanberis a year! Got nothing to do on a rainy day? You know where to go!
January - May
Daily: 10am - 4:30pm
June - August (including school holidays and Bank Holidays)
Daily: 9:30am - 5:30pm
September - December
Daily: 10am - 4:30pm
Tours are available daily from Easter until the end of October. Any other time, tours are select daily only. (Advanced booking is essential)
Food from the cafe can be served in the garden area if the weather allows it!
Free parking to the side of the centre.
The car park has four designated parking bays for blue badge holders. Accessibility in the shops and tills is good, and the cafe is on the ground floor with easy access too. Two manual wheelchairs are available for use within the centre.
The tour begins on the first floor which can be accessed by a lift if required. Benches are provided during the audiovisual show, and there is a ramp with grab rails to be used for the next part of the tour. An escort is at hand if and when needed. A designated wheelchair friendly bus is available when travelling from the visitor centre to the power station. All pathways between sites and all floor surfaces between facilities are firm and suitable for wheelchairs users.
No dogs are allowed in the centre or on the tour (working dogs only).
Other useful info
- Flip flops, open toe shoes, sandals and other similar shoes are not permitted as they are unsuitable footwear for the tour
- Lockers are provided for use during the tour as personal belongings are not to be taken underground
- The centre also has it’s own Barclays Bank cashpoint
- 10% discount for pre-booked tours with the Snowdonia Pass
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