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Valentia Slate Quarry

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A short distance from Knightstown, on Valentia Island, you will come upon the wonder that is the Valentia Slate Quarry and Grotto, this supplied slate to places such as The Houses of Parliament in London and the San Salvador railway station in South America, this opened in 1816 and operated until 1911 and employed up to 400 men at it’s height. It reopened again in 1995.

The slate quarry is also famous for another reason, it is home to a beautiful grotto that was built into the mined quarry and is a wonderful spot for quiet reflection. You can reach the Slate Quarry and Grotto by car but if weather permits it’s much more enjoyable to leave the car at the crossroads leading to the Lighthouse or in the village of Knightstown for the more ardent walker along the winding road through Glanleam woods and enjoy at your own pace the sheer panoramic views and amazing landscapes and seascapes that will leave you awestruck.