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Published June 28th 2019
You won't get slated when you visit here
All over the UK, there are many disused and abandoned mines, several of which have been turned into tourist attractions. We've been to a few different ones and this is one of the most interesting and unusual places we've visited.
Located in the hills just outside of the village of St Neot and close to the town of Bodmin on the A38, you'll find this old slate mine.
What makes this one particularly unusual is the fact that it has a bar and stage for a band inside it, where they regularly hold wedding receptions and music events with the cavern being so big that it can host 400 people.
As you enter the top section of the caverns, there is a large rock display that contains samples of different rocks found all around Cornwall and the south-west and has details about them as well as information boards along a route that forms part of the self-guided tour.
Following the route of the tour, it takes you down a flight of stairs and deep underground where there are displays that depict the life of the miners and more information signs, all of which are lit in low light, you eventually end up at an underground lake that has lights under the water, this is all 150 meters underground.
Outside the mine, there are walking tracks that take you through the 6.5 acres of ancient woodland, along with seating areas and vending machines for drinks and snacks and a shop that sells gifts, crafts and jewellery.
As an incentive for visitors to go green and travel to the caverns by bike, foot or public transport they offer a 10% discount off the standard ticket price, though it excludes the family tickets.