Electric Mountain Temporary Building Access Statement

The temporary Visitor Centre can be accessed via the main car park.

Car Park: This is situated to the side of the original Visitor Centre and has a firm surface. A pay and display machine is in use and is centrally located. There is a firm level path to the main access area then a slight ramp to access the main front doors.

Temporary Visitor Centre: The temporary Visitor Centre is comprised of three separate units each leading to one another. Assistance dogs only permitted into the centre.

Access via the main entrance leads into a small reception area housing information panels about the power station tour.

Access to the second unit, joined by a walkway, is into the holding area for our underground power station tours. From here an introductory film is shown as part of the underground tour. Lockers are provided for personal belongings which are restricted from the tours. Please note that personal medication is allowed (please advise your tour guide).

The third unit comprises of toilets and baby changing facilities. The disabled toilet is fitted with a grab rail.

Tour: The tour involves underground tunnels and caverns. The tour starts from the temporary Visitor Centre. From reception you will view a film before being guided by our tour staff down a slight ramp onto the carpark area where the tour bus will be waiting. Paths are level and firm.

There are no toilet facilities available once you embark on the tour.

A designated wheelchair friendly bus is available. Safety straps are in place to safeguard wheelchairs. Please note that we only accept standard sized wheelchairs and can only accommodate one wheelchair per tour. Contact us should you wish to enquire more.

The short drive takes you ¾ of a mile into Elidir Mountain where the power station is situated. An audio headset will be issued which plays a pre-recorded story as you are transported into the power station with your personal guide. It can be noisy in some areas. The individual audio headsets will act as hearing protectors.

The first stop is at the Main Inlet Valves where everyone must be able to step off the minibus towards the machinery. The route is over slightly uneven concrete floor that can sometimes be wet. It is also on a downward gradient without handrails.

The second stop involves getting back onto the tour bus for the short distance whilst the guide reverses the short distance up to the Turbine Hall. Visitors will step off the us to have a closer look at the spinning shafts. It can be noisy at times. Headsets will act as hearing protectors. The floor is concrete and flat.

The final stop involves returning to the tour bus and driving ¼ of a mile to the underground Viewing Gallery. There is a ramp with a slight upwards gradient with a handrail. The floor is level flooring. The tour bus is re-entered at the same point.

The tour bus then returns to the temporary Visitor Centre through a different exit tunnel, then uses the original route off the bus to the locker room and back to the reception area.

Local information

Other attractions within close proximity are Snowdon Mountain Railway, ZipWorld, Llanberis Slate Museum and Llanberis Lake Railway.

There is a local bus service and local taxi phone numbers are available from the reception desk. The nearest mainline railway station is 15 minutes away by car or 30 minutes bus ride, located in Bangor.

The nearest Doctors' surgery is opposite the main doors across the road.

Mobile telephone coverage is good in this area but please note that mobile phones are not permitted on the tours.

The centre can be accessed via either the main car park or a lay-by on the main road at the front of the building.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL VISITORS MUST BE ABLE TO GET ON AND OFF THE BUS DURING THE UNDERGROUND TOUR

Jan, Feb, March : Closed for refurbishment

April, May: Open 10am to 4.30pm - Tours daily

June, July, Aug: Open 9.30am to 5.30pm - Tours daily

Sep: Open 10am to 4.30pm - Tours daily

Oct, Nov, Dec: Closed for refurbishment

All School Holidays: Open 9.30am to 5.30pm