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Glengowla Mines

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Address: Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
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+353 91 552 360
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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interesting, informative tour

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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
lenajuergensen2017
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Wallingford, United Kingdom

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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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County Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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Thank raymond s
Broughshane, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

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Thank andreeg842
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank sharlagreenway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Thank george edward A
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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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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Thank Breathnachn
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.

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Thank Sean C
Donegal
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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
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Reviewed 22 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 

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