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Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

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Address: Osborne Terrace | Knockmahon, Bunmahon, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 51 292 828
11:00 - 19:30
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Fri - Sun 11:00 - 19:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Discover the magic of the UNESCO Copper Coast Geopark which stretches along...

Discover the magic of the UNESCO Copper Coast Geopark which stretches along Waterford's rugged coastline from Tramore to Dungarvan. Internationally recognised for its' unique geological heritage and the naturally stunning geological formations of the coastline with its undisturbed and raw beauty. Explore the hidden coves and soft, golden beaches which tell the story of the transformation from deep ocean floor to deserts over 460 million years ago.


Begin your discovery at the Copper Coast Global Geopark Visitor Centre where our friendly staff are ready to welcome you. Our Geological and Mining Heritage Exhibition is suitable for all ages and abilities.

There are a range of trails and activities suitable for families, sight seekers, culture enthusiasts and adventurers. Join us on a journey of discovery as you lose yourself in the sense of place of Waterford's Copper Coast Geopark.


Groups are catered for by appointment, please book in advance.

The Copper Coast Gift Shop has a range of exclusive Irish local crafts and souvenirs. And if you love food like we do our Cafe is the perfect setting to treat yourself to sumptuous and decadent cakes or wholesome lunches using fresh local ingredients. Or simply while away the hours over a glass of wine and a good book.

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lovely old building

fantastic cakes at a recent event there. Lovely setting and interesting building with some interesting exhibits and artefacts.

Reviewed 15 April 2017
Waterford, Ireland
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Waterford, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

fantastic cakes at a recent event there. Lovely setting and interesting building with some interesting exhibits and artefacts.

Thank wavedavey
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Spend a day exploring the coast and discovering lots of beautiful coves and beaches. Would certainly visit this area again

Thank Denise T
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

I really enjoyed my trip to copper coast! The visitor center was one of the nicest experiences I had in Ireland. We went to use the facility when it happened to be closed, but a woman kindly opened it for us and I will never forget her generosity.

Thank stew9899
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

I'm sure at one stage in the history of the Earth that the Coast of Waterford and the Coast of Cornwall were attached. Both extremely similar and dramatic but Waterford has the added benefit of the Comeragh mountains, nice to be able to do a loop of a coastal drive west followed by a mountain drive back east. When going... More 

1 Thank Trevor R
New England
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

We read a lot about the Copper Coast Drive before arriving in Ireland--we had high hopes....but now having done it we feel it was not worth a major detour from the West. The scenery was okay, but much of it was a bit distant from the road...and overall if you are a first time visitor to Ireland, it is not... More 

Thank Soglio
Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We drove the copper coast route and ended up in the visitors centre. Our teenage girls wanted WiFi to contact loved ones and download etc etc... The scones were just perfect and the cake with beer was scrumptious too. We had to drag the girls out at 5 when it closed. There seems to be lots of information about the... More 

Thank Katie T
dorset uk
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Spent a couple of enjoyable hours at this centre set in a wonderful converted chapel, displays and videos explaining the social history and archaeology of the area, with a nice cafe serving fresh food, friendly staff.

Thank mwdorset2
Waterford, Ireland
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Driving down the Waterford coastline today and stopped in Bonmahon to visit the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre. Enjoyed a lovely cup of Tea with homemade scones, yummy. Didn't have time this time to check out the GeoPark exhibition, but it's all housed in an old restored Church. Beautiful stonework.You can learn about the Copper Coast and its history, heritage... More 

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Reviewed 7 July 2016

My family lived in the Bunmahon area for generations and I have a passion for the history oft the area. I visited the visitor centre and had lovely coffee and scones with my cousin. We found that some of the displayed information was rather sanitized and not accurate. The staff were very pleasant, however it was unprofessional of one lady... More 

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

We'd heard about this for a while, but only got around to visiting recently. The visitor centre is in a former church and has been very tastefully converted. It's worth paying the small fee to see the displays and audio-visual presentation about the history of the area, which bring the whole place to life. You really get a feel for... More 

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