Anthony's Main Road

Idrija's tourist mercury mine

An amazing experience in Idrija is a visit to the second largest mercury mine in the world! Discover the mysterious underground world of Anthony's Main Road – you just might catch a glimpse of the pit elf – Perkmandlc.

Useful information

The temperature in the MINE is around 13°C. The deepest point is 96 m below the surface or 22 m below the level of Anthony's Main Road.
Children under three years of age are not allowed in the tourist mine.

Tours

Tracing the Steps of Idrija Miners
The tour comprises an introductory video presentation of the 500-year history of the town and mine, followed by a descent into the oldest part of the mine, which is today one of the oldest preserved mine entrances in Europe. Idrija miners preserved and restored the mine entrance to pay tribute to five hundred years of mining and a generation of their »comrades – miners« who earned their daily bread in the dark underground beneath the town. Our guide will take you on a tour of the subterranean world of the mercury mine, show you the hidden corners containing precious cinnabar ore and native mercury drops, and take you to the unique underground chapel. As you descend along the shaft, you will learn about the toilsome work of miners, mining tools, the excavation methods used through the centuries, and the geological phenomenon of the composition of one of the most complicated ore deposits in the world, which is also the home of the mine elf, Perkmandlc.

Information
  • Suitable for: individuals, families, groups, school groups.
  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Length of route: 1200 m. The deepest point is 96 m below the surface or 22 m below the level of Anthony's Main Road.
  • Video presentation: in Slovenian, English, Italian, German, French, Croatian, Spanish, Dutch, Poland, Checz, Russian and Hebrew.
  • Guided tour: in Slovenian, English, Italian, German.
  • Good to know: Visitors receive protective overcoats and helmets. Suitable footwear is recommended. The temperature in the mine is approx. 13°C. Children under three years of age are not allowed in the tourist mine.
  • From the Darkness of the Pit to the Brightness of Life
    If you do not wish to descend into Idrija's underground world, you can choose only to watch the 20-minute video presentation. You will be captivated by the amazing story about the history of the town and the mine, which have always been inseparably linked, and the narrative about the lives of Idrija miners and bobbin lacemakers.

    Information
  • Duration: 20 minutes.
  • Recommended for: all visitors to Idrija.
  • Video presentation: in Slovenian, English, Italian, German, French, Croatian, Spanish, Dutch, Poland, Checz, Russian and Hebrew.
  • Tour Schedule

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    - Saturday, Sunday and holidays
    - Every day
    - Tours for children (Sat, Sun, holidays)

    Pricelist

    Anthony's Main Road

    Adults: EUR 10.00
    Seniors, students up to 26 years: EUR 8.00
    Children, secondary students: EUR 5.00
    Children 3-5 years: EUR 2.00
    Video presentation: EUR 2.00

    Hg Smelting Plant

    Adults: EUR 8.00
    Seniors, students up to 26 years: EUR 6.00
    Children, secondary students: EUR 3.00
    Children to 5 years: EUR 1.50

    Special 11% discount

    on purchase of a combined ticket (Anthony's Main Road + Hg Smelting Plant)

    Adults: before EUR 18.00 now only16.02 EUR
    Seniors, students up to 26 years: before EUR 14.00 now only 12.46 EUR
    Children, secondary students: before EUR 8.00 now only 7.12 EUR

    Center za upravljanje z dediščino živega srebra Idrija
    Bazoviška ulica 2, Idrija
    +386 5 37 71 142
    infohg@cudhg-idrija.si