One of the oldest industries in Ireland is the quarrying of marble in the Connemara. Connemara marble is over 600 million years old, and has been traded by Irish merchants for centuries. The Connemara Marble Visitor Centre is a celebration of the history of marble quarrying in Ireland and the fine crafts developed around it.
At the quarry where the Connemara Marble Visitor Centre is located, marble is quarried for, cut, shaped and polished into the finished product. This quarry in Clifden has been operating since 1822 and marble from here can be found as close as the walls of Galway Cathedral floor and as far away as the walls of the Senate Chamber in the State Capital Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The visitor centre has educational exhibits explaining how the marble is quarried and polished, as well as Ireland’s largest display of Connemara marble jewellery. There’s a gift shop where a large array of marble products are for sale, from clocks to ashtrays, marble eggs, cheese boards, paperweights and chessboards.
Hotels Near Connemara Marble Visitor Centre for Family Holidays
Connemara Marble Visitor Centre makes a great day out for all the family. There are exhibits to inspire and educated children of all ages, and enough to keep the adults entertained too. Situated in the coastal town of Clifden, there’s plenty of fantastic accommodation options to keep all the family happy.
There are hotels with swimming pools in-house, a great way for letting the kids have some fun and make a splash while the adults relax. Use Expedia’s range of suggested hotels in the area to find a deal on a hotel with swimming facilities.
Hotels with Wi-Fi and television keep everyone happy when you’re done exploring and learning for the day. Beyond this, there are plenty of places to stay which offer kids’ clubs, childcare and babysitting services. The adults can have a little time out in Clifden exploring the nightlife, safe in the knowledge that the kids are happy, safe and still having fun.
Hotels Near Connemara Marble Visitor Centre for Relaxing
After a great day out learning about the history of marble in Connemara, you might feel that it’s time to treat yourself to some relaxation and pampering. Why not have a look at the resort hotels with in-house spas in the area. Let trained professionals ease the aches and pains of everyday life with a soothing massage and skin treatment. Sweat it all out in a sauna and relax in a whirlpool hot tub. There are some great deals to be found.
Hotels Near Connemara Marble Visitor Centre for Budgets
A visit to Connemara Marble Visitor Centre needn’t empty the piggy bank. Cut back on your spending by finding a cheap hotel that doesn’t compromise on comfort. There are plenty of cosy bed and breakfasts and hostels offering cheap accommodation and a warm Irish welcome. Search Expedia.co.uk’s listings for the area and find a place to stay that’s suited to your budget.