Ireland's first show mine is a historic 19th century silver and lead mine, situated approximately 17 miles from Park Lodge Hotel in Oughterard. They have guided tours every 20 minutes which explores the large marble chambers and caverns stubbed with lead and silver pyrite. At the end of the tour you can also try your hand at panning.
Brigit's Garden is situated in Roscahill approximately 13 miles from the Park Lodge Hotel. It is an unique magical family friendly Celtic garden. Explore the nature trail to discover a stone chamber, a crannog and the calendar sundial. The garden's are very family friendly with many special features for children including willow play tunnels and a kid's discovery trial.
Located at Lettershea, approximately an hour's drive from Park Lodge Hotel is Connemara Heritage and History Centre. It tells the story of Dan O Hara who was evicted from his home and forced to emigrate to New York in the 1840's. Dan's cottage and farm has been restored to show life in the 19th century. The centre also has a crannog ring and a clocháin.
The most picturesque place in Ireland and on e of the top visitor's attractions in the west of Ireland is Kylemlore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens lies between Clifen and Leenane approximately an hour and quarter drives from Park Lodge Hotel. The building date back to the 1860's when the Henry family built their dream home. The Benedictine Nuns took it over and make it into an Abbey in the 1920's. Beside the Abbey is an Gothic Church resembling a miniature Cathedral. The Abbey boasts a beautiful Victorian mature garden and recently restored glass houses.