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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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Glengowla mine

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting an often passed venue- interesting and educational for kids and adults alike -nice to support a family enterprise too- kids loved 'panning for gold'

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 July 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting an often passed venue- interesting and educational for kids and adults alike -nice to support a family enterprise too- kids loved 'panning for gold'

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Really interesting guided tour of the mine and the tour guides were really knowledgeable and interesting. There are lots of steps to go up and down so this might be difficult for some people. There was a sheepdog demonstration which was brilliant and very good for all ages to watch and enjoy. Would recommend people to visit this attraction.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Take your time to drive out of Galway to this lovely family run mine. The drive through the lovely countryside is a great way to start the day. The shop has some lovely items from marble and stones to a cup of coffee. Some items are made by the owner from the mine. The family are as warm and helpful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

What a great idea to open up the disused mines for visitors to learn about the past in such an interesting and entertainng way. The kids were really excited to be putting on the miners' helmets and using the torches. Full marks to owner Keith for persevering with this project despite the lack of any state or EU support. Do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

We had a great trip here on Sunday the 3rd, a very interesting and educational visit. Our group had a wide range of ages 7 to 51 and we all enjoyed it and it was one of the highlights of our holiday. The trip through the mainly Lead mine has quite a lot of steps so is not suitable for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

The host, Keith, is very welcoming. The mine is really interesting and deep. Kids loved it. If you call ahead, Keith will arrange a demonstration of sheep herding with his amazing dog, Bill. Definitely worth a stop!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

I have been a few times and each time the mines have got deeper going down to 130 feet at present. Our tour guide Jhonny was brilliant he loved what he did and his passion showed in his work. You can pan for gold outside little gem stones or explore the old buildings that once were the mine. coffee on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Visited on a really bad weather day, that improved once we arrived! Started off by catching the mine tour led by Johnnay who gave a fascinating insight into the geological features of the mine, the artifacts rediscovered (i.e. original wooden ladders, imported from USA timber that have been down the mine for nigh on 160 years!) -herit, the minerals, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

It was very funny and interesting. The owner and the personal are polite and well-prepared. The landscape is fully immersed in the nature and shows the typical Irish rurality. My experience included a demostration of dog training in farm, the visit to a small mineral museum,the mines(followed by an expert guide),a reconstruction of western set and combustible vein. Moreover there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. Very charming cafe and the waitress was very accommodating to all our requests. The food was amazing!

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