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The Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
Bunmahon, Co. Waterford
The Waterford Copper Coast is now a UNESCO Global Geopark. It extends along the County Waterford coastline for 25km and is named after the 19th century copper mines that lie at the heart of this spectacular stretch of cliffs.

The Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark and Visitor Centre is located on the South East coast of Ireland, between Tramore and Dungarvan in County Waterford. It extends between Fenor in the east to Stradbally in the west and up to Dunhill in the north. The area was declared a European Geopark in 2001. In 2015 Waterford's The Copper Coast Geopark, became a UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Copper Coast gets its name from the 19th Century copper mines that lie at its heart. It comprises some 25 kilometres of spectacular coastline consisting of scalloped beaches and coves buttressed and enclosed by rocky headlands. Oceans, volcanoes, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks, which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the Copper Coast.

Walking Trails: Along with an audio tour around Annestown, there are walking trail cards for the villages of Annestown, Boatstrand, Bunmahon, Dunhill, Fenor, Stradbally Trails, and Audio Trails along the Copper Coast. The trail cards can be printed or stored for viewing on your phone. Check the website for details and cards.

The Geological and Mining Heritage Exhibition at the Visitor Centre is suitable for all ages. Refer to the website for opening times and details. Guide service available to groups all year round. Or follow the self guided trail map which may be followed by motorists, cyclists or for the more energetic, on foot.

Tips from locals

Be sure to stop by the Cursing Stone while exploring the Geological Gardens, all will be revealed when you go there.

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Contact details
Knockmahon, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, X41 T923, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 hour to 1.5 hours here.

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