Grotto & Slate Quarry
Grotto & Slate Quarry
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kmdub
Kilkenny, Ireland168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
As a child I had stood outside the entrance to the slate quarry and on occasion since had wondered at the workings going on inside. So it was a real treat to be able to hear, see and enter the quarry with our knowledgeable guide, Stephen. To think that slate from this place was taken to roof places like Paris Opera house and elsewhere is quite mind boggling. A real highlight of a wonderful holiday in the area and such value at 5 euro a head!
Written July 13, 2021
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Alan S
Dublin, Ireland133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
West Kerry's best kept secret on a wet day, or even a dry one. The tour is at 10, 11, 12, 2 and 3 and lasts just under an hour and is well worth it, who knew there would be so much to see in a quarry ... you're issued with hard hats with a light, safety vests, but wear boots because it is mucky in places.
Written July 6, 2021
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Four Points Travel
League City, TX130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The drive up is beautiful and well marked with plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the view. Once at the top, there are plenty of plaques to explain, easy parking.
Written May 30, 2020
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Jim G
Saint Louis, MO717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
I had read of the Slate Quarry and its grotto but I did not know what to expect. We were taken to the entrance of the quarry and gained an appreciation for the diggings that provided so much slate for so many locations, including the British Houses of Parliament.

The most impressive feature is the Marian Grotto in a crevice high in the cliff above the quarry. The obvious difficulty in placing the statue of the Blessed Virgin and the praying child is an obvious manifestation of the faith that drove its development. The Grotto is off the beaten path but if you get there it is an inspiring and marvelous sight.
Written August 11, 2019
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Chris Rebelred
Dublin, Ireland23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
When visiting Valentia, this quarry and grotto were on the tourist trail so we decided to pop by, with very low expectations (I've seen a lot of grottos, and a quarry doesn't sound very impressive!). However we were really surprised at how impressive this place was!

The drive up was spectacular, the views from the workers houses near the quarry just breathtaking and would have been worth the drive on their own.

But the quarry had opened up an enormous gouge out of the hillside into which a grotto had been placed at the very top, about 100 feet above where we stood. Water dripped from this great height giving it a very dynamic feel and the floor of slate pieces under foot really brought the history of the place home (there are some really good information boards explaining its history and importance to the local economy and how Valentia slate covers some iconic building in London!).

Though there is no tour of the quarry, presumably for health and safety reasons (and there still seems to be some work going on there), the scenery, history and highly impressive grotto are one of the most worthwhile things to do on this beautiful island. A hidden gem!
Written July 23, 2019
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