Glengowla Mines & Working family farm. Featuring guided underground Mine tours, museum, gold panning, shop, farm walk, turf cutting and sheep herding.
Discover beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore!
Please note the mines are closed from the 1st of Nov - 1st March. For visits during the winter months please call in advance.
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 part of the the old abandoned 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.