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Review of Glengowla Mines

Glengowla Mines
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Oughterard
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed August 2, 2012

if you cannot wait 10 minutes you should have stayed in exeter,if you had waited you would have found the place interesting,before and after the tour the staff took time out to chat with all of our group,well worth the 10 euro entry fee to learn a little bit of history we knew nothing about,you should take your review off as you dnt know anything about the mine or the excellent work of father and son to bring the mine to the publics attention.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

LOCATION: Glengowla Mines are located in Oughterard,14km outside Galway City. 30 minute drive.

SIGNAGE:There is a large sign on entrance to the Mines, turn at the sign and go down an avenue till you reach the carpark. The road is in grat condition and the carpark is large.

COST:It costs around €9.00 per person, however they have a discount for children. It is well worth the money.

TIME:2-3 hours to see the mine,craft shop,cottage full of history and the history walk.

MINES: You go down 40 meters below ground level down well lit steps, holding a mental banaster. The whole history of the mines is discussed as well as all the different types of rocks found. When you reach the surface you are brought into a cottage and shown all the differnet types of rocks found in the mines. There was a wide age range in my family, and everybody really enjoyed the experience.

STAFF: Our tour guide Sarah was very informative, friendly and willing to answer any questions we had (which were many). She was very aware of the importance of saftey and we had helmets on, and were asked to take our time walking and hold on to the banasters when going down the steps. The Owner worked in the gift shop, he was very friendly and appraochable, he was happy to share the history of the mines and meet and greet visitors.


1) There is a lot of steps into the mine, so persons with limited mobility,claustrophobia (small places), may not be suitable.

2) Bring a picnic as there is no restaurants in the area.

3)Bring Comforable footwear and rain jacket

I would highly recommened visiting the Glengowla mines, If you are visiting Galway or the surrounding area. Young and old alike would really enjoy it.

5  Thank clara2020
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We seen the sign for the mines along the road and we decided to stop and go in.There were 6 of us in total-5 adults and 1 student.It was 5pm when we went in.The man who owns the business was so friendly to us.There is a lovely gift shop to purchase marble and souvieners.We were then given a tour in the mines by Sarah who is a great tour guide and answered all questions about the mines.For the 6 of us it was €56 which we thought was a little expensive but because we only were going to get some of the tour he gave it to us for €50.I would encourage people to go and see the mines if they are out this way.

1  Thank hearts170
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We visited in June 2012. Lovely staff. Nice gift shop. Jonny is a terrific guide. Great fun and ideal for anyone interested in geology, geography, chemistry or history. Wonderful opportunity to see those things from the textbooks and help the kids with their schoolwork while enjoying yourselves. Metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks and lots of ores. About 120 steps down (and up again) with handrails but you can take your time!

1  Thank collingwood39
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

my daughter thoroughly enjoyed panning for gold after our trip down into the mines

1  Thank mgiIreland
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