Mines

GeoWorld Travel geology tours that visit mines. Mines visited include the Herrenberg Slate Mine in Germany, mineral and salt mines in Morocco, the Gold Reef and Cullinan Diamond mines in South Africa, and the Big Pit, Parys Mountain and Great Orme mines in Wales.

The following trips feature mines:

Engalnd & Wales

Jurassic Coast & the Complete Geological Timescale - In Wales we can descend the Big Pit coal mine in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, visit Parys Mountain in the GeoMon Geopark which was once the world's largest copper mine, the Great Orme prehistoric copper mine, and the Brynteg mine where we can find our own specimens of chaclopyrite and galena.

Germany

Volcanoes & Famous Fossil Sites We take an underground tour of the world famous Herrenberg Slate mine, the discovery site of many of the Hunsrück Slate fossils. We also take an underground tour in the ‘lava dome’ to see how columnar basalt was extracted to make caverns, which are ideal for brewing beer.

Morocco

The Trilobite's  Sahara Kingdom - We visit a salt mine in the High Atlas and a the Filon 12 mineral specimen mine near Taouz.

South Africa

(Future tour still under development) Gold, Diamonds and Mammal-like Reptiles - We can descend 220 m underground at the Gold Reef Mining Museum, we also visit the Cullinan Diamond mine, the source of the world's biggest diamond.

Wales

Day Trips - We can visit the Big Pit coal mine.


A photograph of a man showing a mineral at the entrance to a mineral mine, taken on a GeoWorld Travel mining trip on a Morocco geology tour and holiday
Moroccan mineralogist Moha, about to lead a tour into the Filon 12 mineral specimen mine on our Morocco geology trip
A photograph of James Cresswell and other people in hard hats with lights about to descend the Big Pit National Coal Museum of Wales, taken on a GeoWorld Travel mining trip, tour and holiday
James Cresswell and two customers getting ready to descend the Big Pit mine in the National Mining Museum of Wales, Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Visited on both our England & Wales tour and our Wales day trips.