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Glengowla Mines

Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
+353 87 252 9850
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Excellent and informative

Thank you to Jonny for being the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. Excellent half... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sarah C
Manchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting, entertaining.

We were the only two on the tour of the mine one very wet afternoon. John could easily have said... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore! Let the team at Glengowla Mines lead you on a journey of discovery of how lead and silver were mined from the roots of the Connemara Mountains in the 1800’s. The constant dripping of water, the ‘miners breath’ and if you are brave enough - a moment of darkness will set the scene! Delve into the depths of Glengowla mines where you can explore the caverns of marble studded with lead and silver. Follow the veins of copper pyrite which will lead you to the ‘miners gold’ - Galena. Marvel at the rare and beautiful crystals of quartz and fluorite. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865. A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find! Not only will you enjoy guided tours of the mines, Glengowla is also home to a seismograph which is part of Ireland’s National Seismic Network. See how the seismograph works and how the impact of earthquakes can shake the earth world wide! Glengowla is also working farm where you can visit the Connemara Ponies, meet the Bob the sheep dog, pet the lambs and for advanced group bookings sheep dog herding demonstrations and turf cutting demonstrations are available. Also take the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the farm along the old Connemara railway line and discover some of the local flora and fauna. Make a day of it and bring your own picnic! Also available on site: Gift Shop, Refreshments and Outdoor Seating Area, Museum & Free Car Parking.Please Note the mine is now closed for the Winter but if you like to pre book we can run a tour for your group. Mine reopens daily next March.
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Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
+353 87 252 9850

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you to Jonny for being the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. Excellent half day trip. Enjoyed by adults (particularly the mine trip- microgarnets, dolerite intrusions and dog tooth calcite to name a few the social history was very interesting too), the children the...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were the only two on the tour of the mine one very wet afternoon. John could easily have said he could not take us as he was there alone....but no...he closed up the shop and away we went. The tour was fabulous. John knew...More

Thank Junima1951
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour, really informative and everyone really friendly. They even let us take our dog on the tour. Highly recommended.

Thank Katejacinta
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I have wanted to take this tour for sometime. Hearing the stories from old and descending into the mine are a very fascinating experience, as is the restoration of the mine not that many years ago. Very smart guides, a wonderful exhibition and a fun...More

Thank Keith C
Reviewed 4 October 2017

A very enjoyable experience. Guide very knowledgeable. A place to put on your “todo” list. Bring the camera.

Thank threeofusclancy
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Hugely enjoyable history lesson and understanding of creating a mine in the 19th century and how it can be utilised in 2017 with a recent TV series set in the underground gaol! Decend some 100 ft underground, in a basic mine, and the guide will...More

1  Thank aitutaki1
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This is an experience you must not miss. We enjoyed this tour thoroughly. I would recommend to anyone who's passing the Oughterard area to visit. We were here with friends from Brittany. Before entering the mine our guide Jon, who spoke French fluently, showed an...More

1  Thank geartrud
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Fascinating discovery of this family business, first mined in the nineteenth century then closed and flooded only to be re excavated from 1992...and further discoveries still being made. Our very pleasant and informative guide Jessica really brought the scene to life...so much attention to detail...More

Thank Sheila D
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Weather awful thought being underground would be out rain thoroughly injoyed the underground experience and tour guide made it feel like you were really there.

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

A fantastic place, a real gem no pun intended My wife found it as a place we should visit on a trip to Galway. We were not disappointed. The tour was informative and the guide very knowledgable. He made the mine come to life with...More

Thank C D
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Theresa R
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Response from lynette h | Reviewed this property |
yes there is a coach service
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28 June 2017|
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Response from andreeg842 | Reviewed this property |
really sorry I don't know. as it's quite steep a child would have to be good on their feet. I wouldn't take a young child down If you had to carry it. Too awkward. Sorry can't be more help.