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Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - View of Hillside
There has been a mine at Parys mountain for at least 3500 years. It's heyday was the 18th and 19th Centuries when there where thousands of workers at the site providing most of the worlds copper. The centre of the mountain has been gouged out, and at one point was one of the biggest man made holes. All with a little bit of dynamite, pick, shovel and horse power !

 Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - View of Mine
A Martian like landscape, red and brown is everywhere.  Apparently it was used as a location for "Dr.Who" the cult English Sci-Fi series  and featured in the BBC Restoration programme. It has also claim to fame for  providing the copper hulls of the British Navy, in particular  HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, commanded by  Admiral Lord Nelson in  1805. This mine was one of the essential ingredients for the start of industrial  revolution.
Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - Take Care Sign
It is a great place to go for a walk, though one should be wary of big holes suddenly appearing, keeping to the sign posted ways is really essential. In late August there is masses of purple heather because of the acidic soil and lots of birds with the occasional butterfly thrown in !
Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - Settling Ponds
The mine is a couple of miles from the port of Amlwch whose  harbour was used to transport the copper by sea. It has a really nice museum  explaining the history of Amlwch. the copper mines, the sea and even the tobacco  industry which thrived at one point.
Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - Landscape of Iron Salts
Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - Old Mill Tower
Parys Mountain is one of the few sites in the UK where there is evidence for the a prehistoric metal mining industry. It was discovered in 2002 by archeological diggings that this went back to the Bronze age nearly 4000 years ago.
Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - Pearl Engine Pump House
Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - Landscape
Parys Mountain Copper Mine Anglesey - Painted Lady Butterfly


We have just returned from a holiday in a caravan in Amlwch 26/06/2010 and the mine is a truly fantastic place, well worth walking around. As someone previously said, the silence is deafening and a must for all who visit the area to see, although someone told us it is truly stunning when it rains and all the rocks show their true colours. Alan and Andrea.

We've moved into a bungalow at the foot of Parys Mountain and have the splendour of it framed in our dining room and kitchen window. We are about to leave the house for our first walk on the mountain - the first of many all being well.

Went there yesterday on a beautiful, sunny day. Totally unreal and fascinating landscape - hard to believe you're still in the lush isle of Anglesey whilst trudging around the deathly quiet, Martian rockscape. Highly recommended - and free!

Is there a book on the subject?

Yes there are from

"This is the classic study, first published in 1966, of Anglesey's copper industry during the eighteenth century"
"During the Industrial Revolution, Parys Mountain became the world's most important source of copper and Northern Anglesey..."


Walked around this site in February with my Daughter and her boyfriend, both students at Bangor. What a fantastic place. I am fifty but I am really a little boy and just had to go everywhere and look at everything. It is amazing, what an adventure. I will be back before the year is out to do it all again. Steve R

Love the photographs here; I remember visiting the area when I was a lad in the early 1970's - I wonder if anyone can help with something though - I would like to use genuine Welsh mined copper for making craft work - does anyone know where I could buy it?


We live on Parys Mountain and feel very privileged to do so after reading the comments on here. What a lovely web site, thanks for sharing it with us.

Is a beautiful site. My family emigrated from Wales to America a very long time ago, they were always proud of their Welsh Heritage. They even passed down the stories of the oysters there in Wales. Here in America now, only non-white heritage is taught and any other is looked upon negatively. I hope one day to return to the Country my family came from, Wales, the Country I grew up hearing so much about. Would be wonderful to stand on the soil of Wales, where I belong.

Great walk, don't forget boots and water bottle

Just stayed at Penysarn and went for a walk on the mountain used the self guide you can buy in the car park. Found it very interesting you can really get a feel for the history. My son Jamie loved it telling him the stories as we walked around. All the family loved it. Lisa, Angie, Gerry, Marg and Jamie.

We shall have to visit this now we have seen your stunning pictures, we'll visit in May with geologist friends.

My Great Grandmother was born in Amlwych (1848). How lovely to be able to see these photos. Hopefully I will see this place in May 2008. I am from Canada. Thank you so much.

who is the owner of parys mountain?

Darn. Now, another great place I'd love to visit - and the list is 32 pages long, as is! Very lovely photos, thank you! Don Reed

Had a great day on the mountain while camping in nearby Moelfre.

Strangely Beautiful and Dreamlike, yet bursting with the memories of History and Hardship, wrought for the benefit of others.
We were there together, Steve, Jan, Joel, Elika, Clint and Jordan, Daz, Nia, Heidi, Annie, Conor and Elvis. August 2006

Looks like a movie set!!

Visited the mountain earlier today, and these pictures are just brilliant. Scott

Truly spectacular pictures pete from holyhead

Alibongo- brilliant pictures, the person who used to own Parys Mountain had about 6000 acres between Meni Bridge and Beaumaris, our house used to be the stables! you can't imagine it now though because it is massive, he must have had a lot of horses! anyway thank you for these amazing pictures

Trippy - Nice page. I'm glad you shared. It's nice to see other parts of the world (one way or another.)  Columbus, Ohio, USA.


Excellent images. Hoping to take some of my own this week

Love it, my parents live in Rhosybol. My dad loves the mountain. Thank You. x

Fantastic, what a super website
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