Arigna Mining Experience, Roscommon

(4.8/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
At Arigna Mining Experience, you can learn about the valley's coal mining legacy from the 1700s through 1990. This museum is meant to preserve this land and its people's connection to energy sources, and show how this connection has shaped the region and its culture. View artifacts from 400 years of local mining before taking a guided tour of the underground site from an actual miner. Using our online itinerary creator, Roscommon attractions like Arigna Mining Experience can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We have been here before, over 10 years ago but this will be the first time with our children. We weren't sure whether it would be good with our 2.5 year old, but a phone call to them reassured us it ...  more »
  • Gerald, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, having actually worked down this mine himself. Lots of interesting facts and stories of life down the mine and in the local area. Videos, fact boards and...  more »
  • Jerry the tour guide knew his stuff and was some laugh.The tour is very good and interesting, also the view from the top of was breath taking well worth a visit  more »
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  • This museum is a special place. Before you go in to the museum take a few minutes to take in the wonderful view which extends to many counties on a clear day. We (Shannon Archaeological & Historical Society) had a lovely tour of the mine with a retired miner. Only five miners left now apparently. These miners (who maintain the mine and make it safe for visitors) with the help of the local community got this museum up and running so we wouldn't forget and to pay tribute to the coal-miner's way of life that was. Our tour of the mines was done with passion tinged with sorrow because of the working conditions these miners worked in and from about 12 years of age too. A testament to the great people who worked here. They will not be forgotten. There is a lovely cafe and shop here also. Maybe to listen/read a few coal mining songs/poems before your visit would be beneficial.
  • Great tour very interesting.
  • Very interesting. Worth seeing.
  • This was one of the best Irish experience I had so far, and I have been living in Ireland for 2,5 years. The tour is given by real ex miners and our tour guide was Michael. When you listen to him you are listening to a quintessential Irish spirit. His descriptions of the mines and their lives were so honest and so heartbreakingly beautiful he has almost brought me to tears... My advice is definitely go there, you will be able to revisit a part of Irish life and tradition that is fascinating to say the least. To move around the dark and cold labyrinth of tunnels with brilliant Michael by your side is an experience to remember and I recommend it deeply!
  • Great to see what a terrifying job this must have been back at the time when the mine was still open. Very good explained by an old miner who knows what he is talking about.