Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

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Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre
4.5
Visitor Centres • Coffee Shops
About
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.
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C_and_H_11
Dublin, Ireland687 contributions
Lovely Area
Sep 2021
We had been here previously to visit the museum but pleasantly surprised to find a lovely little cafe within, so we headed back there again when in the area. We were not disappointed, as the food was as good as ever & the gorgeous bakes are freshly made on site by the lady who runs the cafe. It's housed within an old church but very well renovated & adapted to purpose. There's lots of interesting information regarding the mines & the area in general there to check out. The Copper Coast drive has great panoramic views all along the coastline, so definitely worth a visit when in the area.
Written 30 October 2021
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SpottedEagleRay
Ireland15 contributions
Excellent tour of Copper Coast Geopark
Sep 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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RosineB
Dublin, Ireland191 contributions
Interesting stop with a nice cafe
Jun 2021
We visited the Visitor Centre during the week. The lady running the centre was very welcoming and full of information. We walked around the centre for about 20 minutes then had coffee and cakes and sat in the sun outside at one of the tables. It was a lovely stop for an hour or so.
Written 19 June 2021
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,700 contributions
Beautiful landscape and interesting heritage
Aug 2020
I am a mining engineer, so I have to visit all these sites, as they always fascinate me. This Geopark is the smallest in the world, but still worth to visit, if you are close by. The history is interesting and the landscape outstanding.
Written 6 August 2020
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John M
Lyon, France1,703 contributions
A stop to eat while travelling along scenic southern coast of County Waterford
Sep 2019
We dropped into the Copper Coast Geopark visitor centre for a break and something to eat while travelling along the scenic southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford. The centre is located in a former church. which is well restored and equipped with a cosy café, an exhibition on the local Copper mine, complete with equipment memorabilia, archaeological archaeological ordnance survey maps and photos on the wall. This was a significant mining area during the 19th century, which has left an appreciable cultural heritage.

We had homemade vegetable soup and freshly prepared sandwiches on the benches outside, followed by coffee with apple pie - all quite tasty.

We enjoyed the spectacular scenery and autumn foliage as we drove along by the Copper Coast Geopark, extending from Stradbally in the west to Kilfarrasy in the east, a trip of about 10 miles. A quietly memorable experience.
Written 11 April 2020
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A_Brit_and_Italian
Milan, Italy22 contributions
Nice relaxing café
Jul 2019
Had a lovely coffee and piece of cake here: very mellow & relaxing with nice sofas. A great place to break up a day on the Copper Coast.
Written 31 October 2019
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HowlnBubba
Key Largo, FL1,449 contributions
An unusual history
Sep 2019
Ireland has no history of large-scale mining or metal production, or an expansive 19th century Industrial Revolution. They simply don't have the natural resources. There are localized resources of lead, iron,copper, gold, silver; but agricultural pursuits predominate and fertile land is the greatest natural resource. We made a photo stop for ruins of the unusual copper smelter at the Geopark, and for a view of the Irish Sea. Today Ireland’s biggest exports are software and food.
Despite all this, the smelter ruins are an interesting site, and this was our first real opportunity to see sheep close up. The view of the Irish Sea from across the road was impressive.
Written 1 October 2019
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R_Choiniere
Maine199 contributions
Old world escape
Jun 2019
Beautiful beach secluded in the off season just outside the lovely village of Dungarvan. Greta for painting , picnicking or just resting and soaking in the vestiges of old world coastal life.
Written 17 September 2019
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Ren C
3 contributions
Must do
Jun 2019
The essence of the Irish seaside life is here on the Copper Coast. Close to wonderful cities like Dungarvan with its rich heritage and welcoming people. Loved my time painting on the beach.
Written 17 September 2019
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Elske
14 contributions
Coast is nice, visitor centre okay
Sep 2019
If you are in the neighbourhood, it is a fine outing for a day (if you decide to hike in the area, the centre is very small), but we found it a bit underwhelming. And we walked a route that was road, which was very busy.
Written 16 September 2019
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