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Glengowla Mines

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Address: Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 91 552 360
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and...

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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Excellent guides add to the experience of getting 130 ft underground in a former working mine. Consider this as a mine and not a cave the achievement of getting to this depth... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
Western Ireland, Ireland

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Western Ireland, Ireland
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Excellent guides add to the experience of getting 130 ft underground in a former working mine. Consider this as a mine and not a cave the achievement of getting to this depth and deeper by hand is remarkable. Below ground you descend and ascend via a concrete stairway rather than the Pitch Pine ladders used by the originators of this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We took 2 kids to Glengowla Mines not really knowing what to expect and arrived in the car park with only a handful of car around. We bought our tickets and we were straight off on the tour with our knowledgeable guide. We were talked through the history and geology of the site and you couldn't helped but be drawn... More 

Thank No1Joker
Heusden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Impressive experience, very knowledgeable staff and guides: they really know what they are talking about and they LOVE IT. Fun to do for kids.

Thank cjoziasse
Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Was very interesting seeing the mines. Johnny was so passionate about the mines. Kids enjoyed the trip aswell. There is small shop and they have machine for tea and coffee. Great for short visit.

Thank Focal-11
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Visited with my partner and four year old daughter. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Great introduction by the guy with glasses in the gift shop. Digging for gold is a great touch for kids, my daughter loved it, as did my partner and I. Our guide, Róisín, was very informative, friendly and also great with kids, without her I... More 

Thank finchmm91
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We visited here on the way out to Connemara, as it seemed like a decent rainy weather activity. Glad that we did. The guide Johnny was really excellent. He was friendly, very informative about the history of the mine and geology and genuinely seemed to love the mine and what he was doing. Plus he conducted the tour in English... More 

1 Thank Jonathan M
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

It was an absolutely fabulous day out will definitely visit again, everyone is extremely friendly and Keith the owner has lots of knowledge on the mines. If you have the opportunity to visit, it is something you should do if in the area. It's really interesting and such beautiful surroundings.

1 Thank ciaramcnulty96
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Great venue, kids loved panning for gems after the underground tour. Coffee/tea available and picnic benches available outside

1 Thank IrelandK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Our tour guide was interesting and very friendly. he has in depth knowledge of the mines and its back ground. The tour lasted less than an hour and was interesting. for €10 it really was great value for money. It was raining but this tour is not weather permitting, so it did not effect us. The gift shop had some... More 

1 Thank Leeanne D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Visited here on a rainy day to escape the wet. Very professional family run tourist attraction in Connemara. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable with interesting facts about the history of the mine. The tour involves a talk on the history of the mines, a visit underground into the mines and a chance to pan for 'gold' at the end.... More 

Thank Sara M

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