The Llechwedd Slate Caverns of Wales were first opened to public tours in 1972 — and soon began attracting tourism attractions and awards for its mountain biking tracks, zip lines, and large underground trampolines.
However, the caverns’ long and winding paths weren’t fully viewable until 360 Picture UK entered the picture. Using Matterport cameras and technology, their team was able to create an immersive, dimensionally accurate digital twin for explorers to access from anywhere in the world. Beyond providing newfound accessibility, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns 3D virtual tour improved experts’ understanding of the paths that extend beneath the earth.
Excited to learn about the process? We spoke with James Hilton, owner of 360 Picture UK, to discover more about these one-of-a-kind caverns in Wales.
Q: What inspired the 3D capture of this space?
Llechwedd Slate Caverns contacted our team at 360 Picture UK. They were looking for a spectacular way to showcase their underground caverns.
Q: What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why?
As you walk through the 3D virtual tour, you will experience how the workers used to struggle through the tunnels to extract the Welsh slate within. You will also be able to discover the huge caverns, a hidden lake, and even a special Welsh Dragon Cheese aging store.
Q: What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after exploring your 3D tour?
I want the visitors to be able to discover the actual route of these caverns. The creation of this tour actually allowed the curators of this attraction to uncover the actual route these long tunnels take as they meander through the earth. They told us they were surprised to find that the Llechwedd Slate Caverns’ route wasn't exactly how they had originally pictured it before we captured the digital twin.
Q: What are the benefits of Matterport digital twins?
A Matterport digital twin allows more people to view amazing attractions, such as these caverns, even if they wouldn’t be able to in real life whether due to disabilities, phobias, or location.
Q: Do you have any plans to capture more 3D experiences?
360 Picture UK captures all types of properties every day with Matterport products. We take pride in creating the best possible digital twins for our clients and enjoy the challenge of capturing the more unusual or large spaces.