During a 45-minute underground tour, visitors to Arigna Mining Experience learn what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. The tour brings visitors to the mine’s coalface where the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. Lighting and sound effects throughout the mine add to the reality to the experience. This Energy Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since it’s beginning in the 1700’s until closure in 1990. Local geology and the formation of coal deposits are explained in the exhibition area, as is the history of energy production. The exhibition also explains the concepts and operation of different renewable energy systems. Some of these systems can then be viewed in operation in the Energy Centre Building, in the energy playground, and on the nearby wind farms. It’s the perfect place to visit in Roscommon, be it a school tour, a family day our or simply if you’re looking for something to do on a summer day off. Contact Arigna Mining Experience on (071) 96 46466.