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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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A step back in time

The mines are open again to the public and renovated. Well lit and safe for all to visit. Brought our daughter and loved panning for minerals. Great insight into how life in the... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Sean C
County Galway, Ireland

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County Galway, Ireland
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5 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The mines are open again to the public and renovated. Well lit and safe for all to visit. Brought our daughter and loved panning for minerals. Great insight into how life in the mines was.

Thank Sean C
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

We were here the first year it opened and often talk of it and went back again and this is a well worth visit the owner was there and his daughter and just knew this was somewhere that would be a must to return to...

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Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I'm expect I would have scored the site as excellent if we had visited during the summer as there would have been more going on. The visit was my two grandsons aged 10 and 7, and myself we all enjoyed the tour of the mine, apparently it fits well with their obsession with Minecraft and my reminiscences of days gone... More 

Thank MaidMarian17
Carrigaholt, Ireland
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4 reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016

I stumbled on Glengowla Mines on a recent visit to Oughterard. My children may have been a bit young to be overly interested in the mine itself (ages 5 and 4); however, they loved all the rocks and fossils in the gift shop, exploring the grounds (and ultimately going underground into the mine), and our guide Kevin was knowledgable, patient,... More 

Thank CortneyWO
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were staying near by and decided to visit on a Sunday afternoon. My husband didn't have very high expectations and thought the tour would be quite dull but how wrong we were! Our tour guide was great and had a clear passion for his job. The tour was really informative and we learnt a lot about... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

The Glengowla mines were a great find on our road trip. They weren't mentioned in our guidebooks but should have been. Keith and Paddy along with John have done some great things here. The tour of the mine was was awesome. John was very passionate about the whole process and it showed. Definitely worth a stop. Canadian girls

Thank ldavey58
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Our guide was really excellent the staff were all friendly and welcoming. The tour of the mine was just excellent. It is all set in a beautiful location, really excellent family attraction.

Thank Jlipwhat
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Warm, welcoming and informative family shows you the mine, how to peat is harvested in the traditional eay as well as sheep and sheepdog!

Thank Karin L
Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide, Johnny, was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. He was very knowledgable, informative & had a great sense of humor. You can tell he loves what he does. The actual mine was incredible to see & it gave an appreciation to miners. Definitely recommend everyone to go here!

Thank Joellie C
Western Ireland, Ireland
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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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