Anglesey has always been known as an island rich in varied and beautiful sites and secrets, right in the heart of the isle you will find the historical and nationally renowned Parys Mountain.
Parys Mountain has been excavated for nearly 4,000 years as it was revealed by debris below the surface uncovered in 2002, and so is the site of a Bronze Age copper mine.
The quarry is on the isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mons) which is Just across the Menai strait; about 45 minutes’ drive from the Black Boy Inn in Caernarfon.
There has been further evidence of later mining, including copper ingots bearing Roman inscriptions.
These were found in the 18th century, miners working the area knew that they were taking over work of a much older generation.
The reach of Parys’s copper was more influential than you’d think, the mountain pretty much dominated the world’s copper industry over the 1780’s, in fact this mine was the largest in Europe. It held this dominance until the copper industry in Cornwall started to take off. Parys Mountain began to mint its own coinage ‘The Parys Penny’ and was used by the mine to pay their workers. Around 10 million pennies and half pennies were produced in total (estimate).
Parys Mountain is a beautiful location, and a popular walking spot. The red hue of iron creates a particularly striking image, and with the quarry’s vast depth it really is worth a visit.
There is a tourist information centre and museum ‘Amlwch Copper Kingdom’ where you can take a detailed look into the rusty past of the quarry.
Those who enjoy scenic walks are unlikely to find such an otherworldly landscape anywhere else in this world. It has been described as appearing rather alien. As such it has been the site of numerous productions such as ‘Human’, and ‘Mortal Kombat: Annihilation’.
The quarry has good road access to it which is perfect for transportation there and there is a heritage trail in which you can take a scenic stroll, enjoy the sights, and learn a little bit about Anglesey, and indeed the copper mining industry’s heritage.