Glengowla Mines

Glengowla Mines & Working Farm Experience offers a fun day out for all the family!

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. 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.

Gold Panning at Glengowla
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!

Seismology at Glengowla
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!

Working Farm Experiences at Glengowla
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.

Click here for visitor information, opening hours and directions.

Visitor Testimonials
'We took a trip here and spent a few hours. We had a great time and the kids adored it. The museum and mine tour were so interesting and then we had a picnic outside and the kids were able to pan for gold and other jewels (at least that's what they thought). They loved it and ran around in a very safe area. I would highly recommend this if you're in the area.' Galway Visitor more testimonials

Glengowla Silver & Lead Mines

County Galway

Tel: +353 (0)91 552360 OR +353 (0)91 552021

Mobile: +353 (0)87 252 9850