Stretching from Tramore to Dungarvan in County Waterford, this relatively small area was designated a UNESCO Global Geopark mainly due to its 19th-century copper mining heritage. The six local communities who live within the boundaries of the Copper Coast have all contributed to the establishment of the geopark, encouraging sustainable, environmental, and cultural tourism. The coastline’s geology dates back more than 400-million years, with its highlights being the volcanic rock that hosts the copper, and glacial sculpted landscapes. Those interested in exploring the cultural heritage of the landscape can also find church ruins, Neolithic tombs and Iron age forts, as well as the refurbished Tankardstown Engine House. The Geopark Visitor Centre can be found within a renovated church, and offers interesting educational exhibits.