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Connemara Nature Surrounding Glengowla Farm and Mines

Visit to Glengowla Farm and Mines in Co. Galway

Geography & Nature
History & Politics

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!


Photo Gallery
Children Gold Panning at Glengowla Farm and Mines
Gold Panning Station at Glengowla Farm and Mines
19th Century Mining Techniques at Gold Panning Station at Glengowla Farm and Mines
Bulb illuminated Underground Mine Tunnel
Group of kids on a Tour at Glengowla Farm and Mines
Picnic Tables Glengowla Farm and Mines
Trails Through Connemaras Nature Surrounding Glengowla Farm and Mines
Sheep Herding Demonstration With a Dog at Glengowla Farm and Mines
Group of Kids at Glengowla Mines - Galway Ireland
Farm Animals on Tour - Glengowla Farm and Mines
Authentic Tools display at Glengowla Farm and Mines Museum
Useful Information
Opening Hours

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

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