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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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Fantastic place !

My boyfriend and I visited this place on our trip. What a gem ! No pun intended, Jonny our guide was a plethora of information on the mines and its history. I am glad we happened... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited this place on our trip. What a gem ! No pun intended, Jonny our guide was a plethora of information on the mines and its history. I am glad we happened to find this place. What a history and the caves are amazing to see ! If you miss this place you are missing out.... More 

Thank Neeasa
Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the visit to the mines. Jonny was so friendly and helpful. Loved meeting the two dogs as we waited and picked up some nice things in the gift shop. Was great to visit such a small locally run attraction. It felt really personal just me my boyfriend and the guide. Loved the panning for gold after! Being able... More 

Thank Gillian B
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95 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mine is situated just outside Oughterard village Guilds take you down the mine and are very good at explaining how they mined for the fluorite, crystals and quartz and other minerals. The owners of the mine have excavated down to 135 feet (so quite a few steps down and up again) and are still in the process of going... More 

Thank hopalong6845
Wallingford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a wonderful afternoon at the mine. Whilst waiting for the tour guide Johnny to finish the previous tour, Keith gave our children small lambs to cuddle and took the time to talk to us in detail about small scale sheep farming and how the farm had been turned into a film set for An Klondike. The tour of... More 

Thank lenajuergensen2017
County Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Family with 3 children under 11 had a fantastic visit. Family owned business...they are there to welcome you! Children loved visit to mine...very interesting and child friendly. Their favourite bit was being at the bottom of the mine looking up. They loved " panning for gold" too. They could have stayed there for hours! Highly recommended.

Thank raymond s
Broughshane, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

As it was a wet day we thought we would pay a visit to the mines. €10.50 to get in so not a bad price. No trouble getting into a tour of the museum and lovely wee guide gave great explanation of all the different rock and history. Down into the mine hair net and hard hat on. Do wear... More 

Thank andreeg842
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We visited with 4 adults and 2 young children aged 4 & 5. We all really enjoyed the visit. Our guide was very knowledgable and made the tour great for all ages. The kids especially enjoyed panning for jewels afterwards. We spent a couple of hours here which meant we saw everything there was to see at that time.

Thank sharlagreenway
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a great time that day Keith. And Robert. Made us feel so welcome this tour is rich in history and facts if your in the Galway. Area this is a must see place on your travels

Thank george edward A
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We had a fantastic tour of these silver mines by the owner. This is a small family owned mine. His knowledge of the working of the mines and the guided tour gave a true insight into what the life of a miner was like. You descend about 40 metres by various sets of stairs, wearing you hard hat. It was... More 

Thank fainleog2014
County Galway, Ireland
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Our visit was guided by a very enthusiastic and informed young man. He had great knowledge about the history and geology of the mine. Well worth the visit. The only drawback is it would not be suitable for anyone with limited mobility.

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