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“A treasure at the Gateway to Connemara”
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.
Western Ireland, Ireland
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A treasure at the Gateway to Connemara”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My 1st visit there with my family. Very enjoyable for all ages.
Keith was hands on and very helpful as were all the other friendly staff.
We all enjoyed the trip down the mine which was about 40 metres deep. Guide was very good and informative.
Kids loved panning for small colourful stones and minerals etc. There are also benches to have a family picnic. The shop is a little gem in itself.
A bonus afterwards was Keith doing a "One man and his dog" show. That drew a huge crowd.
The walks on the land nearby are breath taking especially as one can walk along the old Galway to Clifden Railway track which closed down in 1935.
As an extra treat at the moment a film set is being built for a drama connected to The Klondike Gold rush.
In short do yourselves and family a big favour, stop here if passing by, you will not be disappointed. We weren't.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank HMD1234
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English first
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great value family outing”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

This mine is a wonderful great value outing. Our children 7,9,11 just love going back there when we holiday nearby. The panning is included in the entrance charge as is forest walks, at trip down a mine and sometimes a sheep dog demonstration. The staff are friendly and helpful, the shop is good value for rocks and gifts. It is not at all commercial and is very relaxing. At the moment they are making a movie there and you can take a peep at the set.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank simplybeWicklow
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Cologne, Germany
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64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stopped here on a whirlwind day trip round Connemara and were really pleased we did. The tour was interesting and seeing as half the group were native French speakers, the guide made the most of the opportunity to practise his French. The guide is committed to extending the actual mine itself when he's not giving tours so you can count on him to show his true passion and knowledge for all things mining. 10euros entry for an adult seemed a little expensive but I guess they need to make their money as they are a little off the beaten track. It did get a bit cold so a light jacket and something water proof to wear would be a good idea.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Jen M
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Sherborne, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A fascinating place to visit.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

This family friendly attraction was a real find, we didn`t expect our visit to be so enjoyable. My husband found it particularly fascinating as he is very interested in both history and geology. The staff were excellent and the guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and very happy to impart his knowledge, It really had something for everyone, old and young alike but perhaps not appropriate for folk with severe mobility problems .

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Hilary M
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Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A fascinating thing to do”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

WE really enjoyed our visit to the mine but avoid if you don't like dark places and the odd drip of water. The social history of the mine was also fascinating and they are opening up more areas over time so it will be an even better experience. Definitely worth the visit and we just stopped on the off chance. Our first chance ever to experience a turf fire as it was cold the morning we were there. Loved it.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Gayle G
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