Allihies, the last village at the end of the beautiful Beara peninsula, sits between an impressive rocky mountain range and the rugged Atlantic coast. The saying ‘a view around every corner’ certainly applies here with stunning scenery to be seen wherever you look.
Located in the old Methodist church built for immigrant Cornish miners, the museum offers a fascinating insight into mining in Allihies from the Bronze Age through to the 1960s, with particular emphasis on copper mining in the 1800s.
The panorama from Barnes gap is unforgettable and, as you descend towards the village through the small fields, the Man Engine house at the Mountain Mine stands out in the grey mountain ahead.
ALLIHIES COPPER MINE MUSEUM (ACMM), at the foot of the village, bears witness to the phenomenal copper mining industry at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution that changed the land and people of Allihies forever.
Follow your museum visit with a tasty, fresh lunch at the COPPER CAFÉ. Find a curio at our gift counter, or a book of local stories and history…Stroll around the pretty village of Allihies with its colourful houses or follow the COPPER MINE TRAIL across fields and up mountains! Take on the adventure and find your own route to the most ‘inaccessible museum’ in the country!