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dolaucothi gold mines

The Dolaucothi Gold Mines can be found in Pembrokeshire and are the only known Roman gold mines in the UK, although evidence shows that mining was also happening during the Bronze Age here.

Guided tours are available through the mine so that visitors can see and learn about the Roman and also more modern mining practices. There is also a self-guided trail around the major features and visitors can also give gold panning a go in the source of the River Cothi.

If you are looking for historic places to discover, the Dolaucothi Gold Mines are well worth a visit. Here is a quick guide to exploring the mines…

Exploring the Dolaucothi Gold Mines

dolaucothi gold mines

A brief history of the Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Also known as the Ogofau Gold Mine, the Dolaucothi Gold Mines can be found in the valley of the River Cothi close to the village of Pumsaint. The only known Roman gold mines in Britain, they offer a unique insight into the history of the area.

As we mentioned earlier, it seems that its roots go much further than this though – with evidence of Bronze Age mining being discovered. A hoard of gold ornaments was found at the site during the 18th century and included snake bracelets and brooches which are now on display at the British Museum in London.

How can I visit the mines?

The mines are open to the public and owned and run by the National Trust. Visitors can book their tours online via the National Trust website, each tour is bespoke and can accommodate up to 10 people.

During the tour, you’ll spend around an hour exploring the mines and trying your hand at gold panning in the river.

Where can I eat and drink?

Nearby Dolaucothi is the small village of Pumsaint which houses the Dolaucothi Arms. Here, you can enjoy simple yet hearty pub grub made from scratch.

Where can I stay?

Dan Castell Cottage (Ref. 1035704) Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

Distance: 13 miles from the mines

Dan Castell Cottage

A cosy one-bedroom cottage for two, Dan Castell Cottage offers all you need for a relaxed and romantic weekend away. Set at the foot of Carreg Cennen Castle, guests can enjoy idyllic views of the surrounding countryside.

Gwennol Cottage (Ref. 1066785) Golden Grove near Llandeilo, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Distance: 17 miles from the mines

Gwennol Cottage

Gwennol Cottage is a beautifully converted two-bedroom barn just outside the village of Llandeilo. Set within the peaceful Welsh countryside, you’ll find an abundance of scenic walks right from your doorstep.

Sewin Cottage (Ref. 1066786) Golden Grove near Llandeilo, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Distance: 17 miles from the mines

Sewin Cottage

Tucked away in the Carmarthenshire countryside, you’ll find very few distractions at Sewin Cottage. This one-bedroom cottage is ideal for couples, offering all the home comforts you need for a relaxed stay.

Discover the rich history of southwest Wales from one of our charming Carmarmthenshire cottages. Whether you’re looking for a simple base for a hiking holiday or a luxury retreat with all your home comforts, there’s a cottage to suit everyone!