Welsh Slate has been supplying the world with high-quality slate for hundreds of years from its various quarries in North Wales. Welsh slate has been crafted by many generations from all walks of life, from the Iron Age to the present day. The dependable nature of this highly sought-after slate has made Wales a leader in natural slate production and export for centuries.
pictured: Heather Blue slate
From its source near Bethesda in North Wales, Penrhyn Quarry has been producing Welsh roofing slate for hundreds of years. Penrhyn Quarry has been at the centre and the focal point for UK natural stone and has a heritage as a highly sought-after natural stone for 700 years.
Over the centuries, Welsh slate was shipped to all the major UK ports and many western European destinations. In July 2021, the slate landscape in North Wales was awarded world heritage status and became the 4th site in Wales and the 32nd in the UK to achieve heritage status
Shown on the right is an example of the Welsh Heather Blue slate from Penrhyn Quarry, available online. UK Slate also stocks slate from Penrhyn Quarry and Dark Blue Grey slate from Cwt-y-Bugail quarry, located high above Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The worldwide use of slate from the eighteenth century onwards followed the trade routes of the major British shipping lines complementing the import of cotton from America and wool from Australia as two prime examples.
We maintain a varied stock of natural Welsh slate available in various sizes and thicknesses to suit any desired specifications. Additionally, At UK Slate, we can further customise your chosen slate to provide the perfect slate for either roofing, flooring or landscaping.
Contact us with any questions about our Welsh slate, and one of our friendly team members will happily assist you.