Copper Coast Geopark Centre

County Waterford

The old church uphill from the Geological Garden in Bunmahon houses an exhibition about the history and geology of copper mining on the Copper Coast, including a selection of copper minerals and a library of geology books. It also has information on the self-guided Copper Coast Trail, as well as trail cards describing walks in the area. Rock cakes are among the treats at its cafe (you can also get soups, sandwiches and more).

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