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“great tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Glengowla Mines

Glengowla Mines
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Lake Elsinore, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Sarah was the BEST guide! She was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Well presented history of the mine. Great place! Thanks Sarah!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank linda s
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Tralee, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“very helpful owner and guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

a real must see , kids loved the mine ,the guid luke was very good at answering all their questions ,they got to pan for gold and small gems wich they got to keep all very happy even the boys.
the owner spent nearly an hour after we had finishes talking to us about sizemoligy , and also about other things to do in the area , very helpful .
reasonable pricing too

Visited April 2014
1 Thank catherina m
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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very interesting and informative.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

We stopped by the mine and had the best experience. We did the guided tour of the mine, with the owner of the mine. Afterward, we were able to look through his museum of artifacts (tools and such) found in the mine. Then shopped in the gift shop for a few souvenirs. Very friendly folks and priced just right!!!

Visited April 2014
3 Thank William M
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“very educational!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

The trip to the mines was very educational - we learned a lot about the geology and history. The mine itself was very impressive! And the gift shop was great, loads of crystals and stones to feast your eyes on. Highly recommended!

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Inese20
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Dublin, Ireland
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great Tour, very recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

We took a tour to the mine and were overwhelmed how enthusiastic Jonny, the guide, was. Not only did he know everything about the mine and its history but he was as well so friendly that we promised to come back again. Very much recommended.

3 Thank dublinherbert
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