Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre
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Discover the magic of the UNESCO Copper Coast Geopark which stretches along Waterford's rugged coastline from Tramore to Dungarvan. Internationally recognised for its' unique geological heritage and the naturally stunning geological formations of the coastline with its undisturbed and raw beauty. Explore the hidden coves and soft, golden beaches which tell the story of the transformation from deep ocean floor to deserts over 460 million years ago. Begin your discovery at the Copper Coast Global Geopark Visitor Centre where our friendly staff are ready to welcome you. Our Geological and Mining Heritage Exhibition is suitable for all ages and abilities. There are a range of trails and activities suitable for families, sight seekers, culture enthusiasts and adventurers. Join us on a journey of discovery as you lose yourself in the sense of place of Waterford's Copper Coast Geopark. Groups are catered for by appointment, please book in advance. The Copper Coast Gift Shop has a range of exclusive Irish local crafts and souvenirs. And if you love food like we do our Cafe is the perfect setting to treat yourself to sumptuous and decadent cakes or wholesome lunches using fresh local ingredients. Or simply while away the hours over a glass of wine and a good book.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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SpottedEagleRay
Ireland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Business
We got a brilliant geology and history tour of the geopark from Robbie and Bruce. They are extremely knowledgeable and engaging guides and our group thoroughly enjoyed our tour of to the geopark garden, Tankardstown mine, Trá na mBó and the geopark visitors centre. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the Copper Coast.
Written 8 September 2021
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faireview2011
Dublin, Ireland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous homemade sandwiches/panini, cakes and coffee. Dog friendly inside and outside. We prefer sitting outside as the setting is so beautiful and tranquil in the grounds of an old converted Anglican Church. The seating inside is a little too functional/canteen like for us. They serve alcohol if you fancied a glass of wine with your meal but we always opt for the San Pelligrino soft drinks or coffee. Really tasty food and great service, always friendly and accommodating.
Written 26 July 2023
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Dianne B
Chilliwack, Canada97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We did not actually visit the center as it was closed the day we were there. Having said that the Copper Coast drive was well worth the trip. As well there were many places to stop along the way that gave information on the history of old. The scenic views were stunning for all of us to enjoy.
Written 9 July 2022
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Michael L
Bolingbrook7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Family
I recently visited Bunmahon in County Waterford Ireland in the hopes of learning more about my great grandparents who emigrated from there in 1863. Thanks to the graciousness and passion of two of the volunteers, Samantha and Billy, I came away with a deeply moving appreciation the lifestyle and struggles of the Copper Mining community in the mid 1800's and what my ancestors dealt with.
I strongly encourage visits to the Copper Coast and this Centre. I know that the volunteers will make you feel as welcome as I did.
I wish all involved great success in the future.
When you visit, take care not to fall in the mine shaft!!
Written 30 September 2015
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Dear Mike, It was such a pleasure to meet you recently when you called in to our Visitor Centre in Bunmahon. Your journey of discovery of your family heritage and history is fascinating and it was an honour for Billy and myself to assist you. We hope you have made progress and learned more about their life's journey in Ireland before emigrating to the States. I do hope you get an opportunity to future to come back to explore and enjoy the places your ancestors lived and worked. Wishing you every success with your research and journey. Kind regards, Samantha Richardson Business Development Executive
Written 9 October 2015
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bpam
Limerick, Ireland134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Came across this area after deciding to take the coastal route from Tramore to Dungarvan and what a delight it was.
The weather was perfect and really added to the experience .Had never heard of this attraction, it should be better promoted .The views ,the many little inlets and the cliffs are worth taking time for .To cap it off we visited the visitors centre at Bunmahon.A lovely setting in an old restored church run by really delightful volunteers.So good to see this in such a commercial world.
The food is home made and you can have a snack or a meal . The coffee was really good and the selection of cakes excellent .Seats inside or outside in a quiet setting.
You can pay to go into the museum or just eat and read the leaflets and information about the copper coast inside the church.
Written 14 August 2015
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Thankyou so much for taking the time to give us such a fantastic review! We are delighted you enjoyed the stunning coastal drive from Dungarvan to Tramore and had the time to call in to our Visitor Centre in Bunmahon. We are very lucky to have had the opportunity to restore and renovate the beautiful former Church of Ireland whose last service was reputed to have taken place in 1937. We are also delighted you enjoyed your lunch and cakes, which are sourced from local artisan food producers. Being a voluntary organisation, our social mission is to help facilitate employment through sustainable tourism and by supporting local arts, crafts and food producers. What sets the Copper Coast Geopark apart from other Global Geoparks is that it is a social enterprise managed by volunteers, many of whom are local and whose vision is for a thriving and sustainable community in the Copper Coast. We do hope to see you again! Many thanks, Samantha Richardson Business Development Executive
Written 8 October 2015
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happygolucky33
Naas, Ireland46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Family
A lovely building in a stunning area. Really worth the drive from Waterford along the coast. Take time to stop and discover small coves etc...Samantha who works in the Centre is fantastic and very knowledgable and helpful. Great history.
Written 28 October 2014
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Charles O
County Wexford, Ireland75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Done a cycle on the copper coast in July this year arrived into Bunmahon could not believe our luck when we came upon the Geopark & Restaurant,the food was very tasty and the staff most friendly.
Written 14 September 2015
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Dear Charles, Thankyou so much for your review of your visit to the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre in Bunmahon. We are very pleased you enjoyed your lunch and cakes, which are sourced from local artisan food producers. I shall make sure to pass on your kind comments about our friendly staff, they will be delighted! We do hope you get another opportunity to cycle the beautiful Copper Coast Road again and if you do, please do call in to us again. Kind regards, Samantha Richardson Business Development Executive
Written 9 October 2015
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R G
Dublin, Ireland1,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015
The Copper Coast is a stretch of the coast in County Waterford, this area has fantastic walking trails all of which can be picked up at the centre.
Written 2 September 2015
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Dear Rory, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit to Waterford's Copper Coast Global Geopark. We are delighted you called in to our Visitor Centre in Bunmahon to pick up some our self-guided walking trails. The Geopark is a remarkable place where geology, ecology, archaeology, agriculture, and mining heritage from the bustling copper mining industry during the 19th century are deeply rooted in the landscape and culture of the region. We do hope you can visit again to continue exploring this beautiful and historical area. Many thanks, Samantha Richardson Business Development Executive
Written 9 October 2015
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kfowl
Basildon, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
I can not get enough of the Copper coast. It is beautiful. Colours of the cliffs are incredible and the shapes. caves and arches unbelievable. The water in the area is crystal clear. The GeoPark Centre is a must if you want to learn more about this incredible coast line
Written 27 July 2015
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Thankyou so much for your lovely review on your recent visit to Waterford's Copper Coast Global Geopark. The drive along the coastline is so beautiful, such a breath-taking natural landscape with hidden caves and coves and we are delighted you had the opportunity to enjoy and explore it. And thank-you for calling in to our Visitor Centre in Bunmahon which showcases this geologically diverse area with award winning films on the copper mining industry. We do hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Samantha Richardson Business Development Executive
Written 8 October 2015
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Aoife L
Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
Fantastic centre, lovely building great refurbishment! Very interestign and informative about the geology and industrial history of the area. Lots of information I had not known about the area. Very welcoming with lovely coffee!
Written 3 June 2013
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