Things to do in Connemara, Western Ireland: The Best Museums

July 24, 2021 Misti Hsu

Discover the best top things to do in Connemara, Ireland including Lavelle Art Gallery, Glengowla Mines, Whitethorn Gallery, Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, Connemara Heritage and History Centre, The Sheep and Wool Centre, Geraldine O'Rourke, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Roundstone Ceramics, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery.

Main Street, Clifden Ireland http://lavelleartgallery.ie/
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5.0 based on 16 reviews

Lavelle Art Gallery

2. Glengowla Mines

Oughterard Ireland +353 87 252 9850 [email protected] http://www.glengowlamines.ie/
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Glengowla Mines

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,

Reviewed By sarahoR5721WQ

One of the best afternoons spent in Connemara. Great for kids and adults. The staff were all friendly and very patient with my son (and his millions of questions). The Sheepdog display is a must, we loved meeting Jess the sheepdog and watching her herding the sheep to us so we could pet and feed them. The mine tour was great, limited group numbers so not rushed and really interesting with a very knowledgeable and funny guide. We were taught how to pan for gold and even given a little bag to bring our treasure home. A relaxed afternoon in beautiful surroundings to wander around. Great attention to Covid measures, everything we touched was cleaned. I Highly Recommend a visit here!

Main Street The Station House, Clifden Ireland +353 87 227 5171 http://www.thewhitethorngallery.ie
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Whitethorn Gallery

Tooreen, Moyard Ireland +353 87 690 8137 http://www.connemaracreativeworkshops.com
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Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio

5. Connemara Heritage and History Centre

Lettershea, Clifden Ireland +353 95 21246 http://www.connemaraheritage.com
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Connemara Heritage and History Centre

6. The Sheep and Wool Centre

Main Street, Leenane Ireland +353 95 42323 [email protected] http://www.sheepandwoolcentre.com/
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

The Sheep and Wool Centre

Reviewed By 2skisunfun

We enjoyed a couple of lovely lunches here. Food was delicious and especially the pancakes - a must!

7. Geraldine O'Rourke

Spiddal Craft Village & Cafe, Ceardlann an Spidéil, Spiddal H91F6Ek Ireland +353 91 504 840 [email protected] http://geraldineorourke.com
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Geraldine O'Rourke

8. Spiddal Craft & Design Studios

Ceardlann An Spideal, Spiddal Ireland +353 86 806 7352 [email protected] http://www.ceardlann.com
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Spiddal Craft & Design Studios

Ceardlann/Spiddal Craft & Design Studios is a small complex of craft workshops situated right on the coast of Galway Bay, with beautiful views of the Burren and the Aran Islands.Visitors get a chance to see some of Ireland's finest craft items being made right in front of their eyes. The crafts include Handweaving, Jewellery and Stained Glass making, Screenprinting, and various forms of art, Traditional Basket Weaving and a Photographic Studio. An Spailpin Fanach, the Irish Cultural shop, produces it's own unique designs in quality T-Shirts and Hoodies, as well as a wide range of books and music, representative of this Gaelic speaking area. The craft village also boasts one of the finest cafes in Ireland, An Builin Blasta. IIt certainly is well worth a visit.

Reviewed By HAEMS - Chewton Mendip, United Kingdom

This was a fantastic experience and I have two beautiful baskets to show for it too. Ciaran is a great teacher, he provides everything you need to do the weaving, and it's both relaxing and great fun - that being said I was wrecked from concentrating by Sunday evening! We had lunch at the little cafe (not included in the course) which was extremely good and is well worth a stop in itself if you're in the area. Ciaran also sells his lovely baskets from the shop, and there are some other crafts people there too. I was particularly impressed by the weaver, but there was also a potter and some other artists as well.

9. Roundstone Ceramics

Michael Killeen Park, Roundstone Ireland +353 95 35874 [email protected] http://roundstone-connemara.com/Arts...Roundstonetone-Connemara.html
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Roundstone Ceramics

We have been making unique porcelain and stoneware in Roundstone since 1981. Rosemarie O'Toole decorates porcelain thrown by her husband Seamus Laffan. She also makes an extensive range of porcelain jewellery. Her artwork on paper is available framed and unframed. A wide range of durable handmade tiles decorated by Rosemarie is on offer & we can design plaques for house names or business use. We also make a wide range of distinctive domestic stoneware and are happy to take on orders for same. Our work is available exclusively from our studio, opening daily 10-6. Off season please ring to confirm but we are there most days. It should not be confused with the imported industrial ware sold as ' Roundstone Pottery ' throughout the country since 2011, which has no connection with us or this village.

Reviewed By Steve7yyyyyyy

We recently phoned Seamus the Potter and asked him to send us 2 teacups. They were beautifully decorated by Rose and made excellent gifts. Much appreciated by the recepients.

Recess Connemara, Co. Galway, Recess H91 Y8PN Ireland +353 95 34604 [email protected] http://joycescraftshop.com
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Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery

Joyce's Craft Shop has been owned and managed by the Joyce family for over three generations. We specialise in the best of Irish craft, both traditional and contemporary. The Joyce family also own and mange the famous 'Connemara Green Marble' quarries. We always stock our own marble jewellery, as well as an extensive range of Irish blankets and throws. We have an eclectic bookshop and a great selection of Irish woollen sweaters. Joyce's Craft Shop regularly commissions unique pieces of craft that are sold only here.

Reviewed By 37PR - Limerick, Ireland

What a beautiful store. Great selection of different gifts. I saw lots I hadn’t seen before. Visiting Connemara stop and browse. A new book for you holiday, Stylish knitwear, Connemara marble, (I so wanted the frog????) and rugs (Make such great gifts). I saw lots In Joyce’s store that I haven’t seen elsewhere. The owner is on hand. The artisans are featured beside their crafts This a great store

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