The Souterroscope is an old slate mine which has not been exploited for 128 years (closed in 1891). It was born surprisingly since the extraction started completely illegally at the foot of the church of Caumont l'Éventé. The Ardoisières de Caumont were the only ones in Normandy to achieve a real industrial dimension.
The causes of its closure are many and varied, but on the whole, come together. At first, they were victims of the economic crisis of the time and were not sufficiently established to overcome the fall of the building industry (1882-1883).
Secondly, they were unable to compete with Angevine and the lack of railway lines inevitably caused its loss, since they did not have an effective and reliable means of transport that would enable them to transport their goods safely around.
Today, the Ardoisières are experiencing a second wind since they have had the right to retraining. In fact, since May 1, 1994, they have been open to visitors. Now a unique and unusual visit is offered ...
From the creation of the world to the discovery of this quarry, preserved in its 19th century condition, the visitor becomes a miner discovering underground rooms as large as cathedrals.
The visit lasts 1 hour. It is in French or in English.
Adult - 10.50€
up to 12 years - 5.50€
up to 3 years - free
SOUS LES ÈTOILES NORMANDIE is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.