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Glengowla Mines

Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
+353 87 252 9850
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One of the best parts of a month-long trip

Got to go 140 feet underground in the mine with a knowledgeable guide, tour the Wild West-style set... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Riley C
Glengowla gem

Enjoyed a very informative visit to glengowla mines. Keith the owner is very welcoming and is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Conrad K
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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, Oughterard, Ireland
+353 87 252 9850

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Got to go 140 feet underground in the mine with a knowledgeable guide, tour the Wild West-style set for the TV series An Klondike, and see a herding demonstration. Very much worth a visit.

Thank Riley C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a very informative visit to glengowla mines. Keith the owner is very welcoming and is passionate about his family business. It's amazing to think there is so much history under our feet. Our tour guide Jessica was so pleasant and full of knowledge about...More

Thank Conrad K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is about 90 minutes from me, so travelled prepared with a picnic! We had 2 children and 3 adults and booked the sheep trial in advance. They provide covered areas for picnics, so the very changeable weather wasnt an issue! Overall the tour...More

Thank Fionamwalsh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on spec with children aged 6-16. Very interesting tour, guide very friendly and knowledgeable. Suitable for all ages. Kids (big and small!) enjoyed panning for gold at the end

Thank Aileen G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kevin the guide was full of information about the details of the . mine; it's re-opening by two local guys & the techniques used thrrein. The additional buildings & gift shop all add authenticity to the experience. Well done to the owners & the ever...More

Thank BDixonGrimsbyUK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here on a whim. . Initially felt it was a little bit expensive at €10.50 pp. But we found our tour with Kevin very engaging and informative. Make sure to bring a warm jacket as it's only 9 Deg C 45m below ground

Thank Comfortjunkie
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

I'm a regular visitor to connemara w Due yo family living here . But I visited glengowla mines for a wedding gift that wasn't the typical tourist item . They guys in the gift shop were amazing at helping me as they stock unique pieces...More

1  Thank Elaine G
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This was a really excellent trip. The lads were very sound behind the counter and on the walk in the mine. A very informative trip regarding geology, history, the famine, Ireland, Oughterard and Galway. We wnet 40 metres underground and Johnny the guide was excellent...More

Thank Tomas C
Reviewed 30 May 2017

a fantastic visit for Adults and Children alike, the guide was very knowledgably and the information was very easy to follow, the walk itself was easy going for both Adults and children even for myself who is slightly bad at walking found it easy enough.

Thank lynette h
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

It is a very nice place to visit, but you need to go down into the mine with the guide. You go about 30 m down and the tour takes about 30 minutes. You get a very good explanation of how the mine developed over...More

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Matthew G
28 June 2017|
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Response from andreeg842 | Reviewed this property |
really sorry I don't know. as it's quite steep a child would have to be good on their feet. I wouldn't take a young child down If you had to carry it. Too awkward. Sorry can't be more help.