Learn About 19th Century Ore Digging Techniques and Farming
Glengowla Farm is Connemara’s only show mine and has much to offer - there is a museum, a shop, farm walks along the old Galway to Clifden railway, a seismology exhibit, gold panning, and of course guided tours of the mine. Glengowla silver and lead mines were abandoned in 1865, and are located on the land of an Irish family-run working farm.
The mines are a unique reminder of the 19th century methods of ore traction and processing - they are a remarkable and impressive example of how part of our valuable industrial heritage has been reclaimed, restored and transformed into an outstanding visitor attraction.
Glengowla is more than a historical mine visit – it is also a working farm and your group will be welcomed by the local farmer and guided around the farm which includes:
- A sheep dog herding demonstration and feeding of the sheep and lambs
- A guided visit of the mines and the museum with artefacts collected during the mine's excavation and history on the area
- Gold panning (you'll get to keep the gems you find!)
Just a 15 minutes drive away, you will find Brigit’s Garden, where you can take in some sunshine after being underground for some time and admire the beautiful nature while you’re there!
Mid-March to End of October
10.00 – 18.00 hrs daily. Last tour at 17.00 hrs
Duration of Tour
1.45 hrs approximately
Glengowla East, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland. Approximately 50 minutes drive from the Connemara Hostel (Sleepzone); approximately 40 minutes drive from Galway City