Arigna Mining Experience

Discover and experience the fascinating life of a miner, through a unique underground tour in what was Ireland's last working coal mine.

Open Year Round.

No Booking or Payment Card Fees. Tickets Valid for 365 days - use at leisure.

Arigna, Co. Roscommon (See Map Below)


The Arigna Mining Experience will certainly appeal to those with an interest in history or anyone looking for a day out with a difference. The Arigna area was associated with coal mining for around 400 years and is located in a beautiful scenic area of north Roscommon overlooking lough Allen.


A Way of Life You Could Not Imagine!

The tour is an education in terms of History, Geography, Geology, Sociology and human endurance and gives visitors an insight into a working way of life you could not even imagine. A popular tourist spot, the centre allows visitor to discover what coal mining life was like in the Arigna valley from the 1700s until the closure of the mines in 1990.


Underground Tour with Ex-Miner Guide

A typical visit includes a 45 minute underground tour with an ex-miner as your tour guide. Visitors will be brought to the coalface where the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. The authentic lighting and sound effects throughout the mine add to the reality of the experience. Prior to going underground, visitors can enjoy a DVD presentation and browse through an exhibition space relating to local history and geology.



From Carrick-on-Shannon take the R280 to Arigna (19km/12 miles). From Sligo take the R284 to Arigna (40km/25 miles). From Belfast take the M1 and A4 to Belcoo, Blacklion, Dowra, Drumshanbo and then the L1001 to Arigna. 

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A Jouney through a Miner's Life

Mining in the Arigna Mines was tough. One of the main problems was the narrowness of the coal seams. The seams in Arigna were about 20 inches high.  

The miner at the coal face had to lie on his side in pool of water in a “gob” (Gaelic for coal mouth). Once they had passed the main tunnel and entered the  “branches” the miners had to crouch down as those tunnels were very low. They remained like this for the day until they had finished their shift.

Visit the Arigna Mining Experience and accompany an ex-miner on a tour -which is really a fascinating journey through a miner's life.

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Arigna Mining Experience
Derreenavoggy, Arigna,
Co. Roscommon

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Open Year Round

Daily 10:00 - 18:00

Closed: December 22 to 29.

Last admission one hour before closing time (last tour 17:00).

Approx Visit Duration: 60 to 90 minutes


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Free information available in French and German; tours available with French or German translator (pre-booking advisable).


Café, open 10:00 - 17:00 daily, serving breakfast, tea, coffee, soups, sandwiches and desserts. 


Gift Shop on-site with souvenirs and memorabilia. 


Free car and coach parking on-site.


Wheelchair accessible and accessible toilet.  

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Wheelchair Access Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Baby Changing Car Parking at Attraction Coach Parking at Attraction Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop Free WIFI
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