Here at Quingo Scooters we’ve been sharing places with you that would be perfect for a day out, especially places you’d never think to visit or you didn’t know existed! It’s great finding brand new accessible places to visit on your mobility scooter.
This week we’re heading to Wales, specifically to the valley of the River Cothi, near Pumsaint, for something a little bit different but incredibly fun.
The Dolaucothi Gold Mines, also known as the Ogofau Gold Mine, are underground mines dating back to Roman times. Now a National Trust property, the mines are the only known Roman gold mines in Britain. Winner of the Best Quirky Visit, there’s a great day out to be had at the Dolaucothi Gold Mines and plenty to do.
The guided tours at the Dolaucothi Gold Mines are designed to take you back in time, to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930’s underground workings. You can see and hear the 1930’s mine machinery, and even have a go at gold panning yourself to see just how frustrating it could be! There are three different types of tour – you can do them all or pick and choose!
Long adit tour – The shortest underground tour, and 100% accessible for mobility scooters and wheelchairs. This lasts approximately half an hour.
Roman tour – if there are other members of your group that aren’t looking for an accessible tour, the Roman and Victorian tour also run daily. Explore the mine and see the marks left by Roman tools. This lasts approximately an hour.
Victorian tour – Get your hard hat on and grab your lamp to delve into the landscape. This lasts approximately an hour.
Tours run throughout the day, but at different times and at different times of the year. All the information you need can be found on the Dolaucothi Gold Mines website.
Back in 2002, the Gold Mines went through extensive renovations in an effort to make the attraction more accessible for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and prams. This is when the third mine was built, Long Adit, which is the fully accessible mine. The floor level was lowered to create a brand new entrance to the Gold Mines, meaning there are no steps to climb and everyone can now experience the mines.
The surface of the site is course gravel, however a hard surfaced path has been laid around the perimeter to the kitting shed (where the helmets and lamps are provided) and the tunnel entrance. There are accessible toilets in the Gold Mines, and there is also a fully accessible café and shop.
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