La Mine Bleue, Noyant-la-Gravoyere

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Go underground--way under--in search of miners' stories from France’s industrial age at La Mine Bleue. Once a functioning slate quarry that shipped most of what was mined to the United Kingdom, it’s now an underground gallery immortalizing the lives of the men, women, and children who worked there. Discover what life was like for these workers at 126 m (413 ft) with a sound and light show projected on the walls of the pit and accompanied by a guide’s detailed explanations. After, explore the grounds, where exhibitions further commemorating the lives of the workers are on display alongside pleasant, low-impact hiking trails. Planning Noyant-la-Gravoyere trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • I'm a local to the area and take visitors to La Mine Bleu one or twice a year - it never fails to be interesting. The guides provide a thorough explanation of the history of the mine and the living...  more »
  • Really interesting and informative. Fascinating insight into a past life working in a slate mine. Not for the claustrophobic! Our French guide was excellent explaining everything e could in English....  more »
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  • 126 mètres sous terre ! Une première pour moi et sans doute pour beaucoup. On apprend plein de choses sur cette roche bleue, son origine, son exploitation, etc, etc, grâce à des guides qui connaissent leur sujet et nous font participer. Instructif, dépaysant et je ne parle même pas du petit train de la mine !!! A voir.
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