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“Very friendly staff, worth visiting”
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.
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“Very friendly staff, worth visiting”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

Went there based on the already good rating. Were not disappointed. The guide (John) was very, very friendly, really motivated and well informed. Thank you very much. The whole visit including the guided tour was around 1 hour.

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Watertown, New York
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“Great stop on way to Clifden”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We thought this was a great site to visit. This is a mine that was frozen in time, closed overnight with the miner's tools left inside and subsequently flooded. it was pumped out in the last few years and turned into an attraction. The tour was very informative and interesting, and lasts about 40 minutes. There are many artifacts to see that have been left in the mine. Well worth an hour or so stop. We went on a quiet day, and the owner spent a half an hour talking to us about that area of Ireland.

Visited May 2014
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Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Great, very interesting and friendly guide”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stumbled across this attraction on the way to the connemarra park. It was great experience and very informative. we would reccommend this as a stop off on the way to the national park. guide very friendly.

Visited April 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
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“Unique and Informative Experience”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

My family and I enjoyed our tour of the mines. My grandson, age 7, would have panned for gems all day had time permitted. The history of the mine was facinating and the guide very well informed on the methods used to extract the minerals.

Visited April 2014
Thank Kay H
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Galway, Ireland
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“Be sure to visit when you're passing”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Glengowla Mines were last worked in 1865 and the area is steeped in history. The mine, museum and locale are really interesting. The tour guides are friendly and really well informed.

I have long meant to visit the site and recently brought my teenagers to see the mine. They really took to the place and found it interesting and enjoyable. We even panned for gold/gems and brought a bag of gems away as a momento of our visit.

A fascinating place that's well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
Thank js-Galway-Ireland
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