Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan

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Navigate the prehistoric passages of Aillwee Cave, which features an underground river, waterfall, stalactites, and stalagmites. The cave was discovered in 1944 and opened to the public in 1992. Passageways stretch for more than 1 km (984 ft), with about 300 m (984 ft) available to visitors. See the remains of bears in what is considered the last bear den in Ireland. During your tour, you will pass 8,000-year-old formations. As one of the oldest caves in the country, the site even has some areas dating back more than 350,000 years. A visit to Aillwee Cave represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ballyvaughan trip site to plot your vacation.
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  • I had mixed feelings before I went but it was very educational and interesting. Guide wonderful. I am a little claustrophobic but this cave was fine and the guide kept a good eye on everyone.  more »
  • What a spectacular cave system - fantastic examples of stalactites, stalagmites and underground waterfalls. Guided tour was excellent in terms of information and delivered with great humour. When the ...  more »
  • Great tour from start to finish. Very interesting and informative and all guides are well knowledged on the subject.  more »
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  • This area has some great views and the caves were a lot of fun. Tour guide was very helpful and informative. The entrance included a bird exhibit and another area where they made cheese. We did not have time for the bird exhibit tour and did buy cheese, which was very good. Overall great experience and recommend stopping by here.
  • Amazing view of The Burrens here and the caves are really cool! They have a cheese shop at the entrance where they make their own cheeses. The drive was through narrow roads but definitely worth the trip. We went at the end of September and there were no crowds.
  • Have visited a few times now and really enjoyed it. Definitely a great place to bring older kids for a trip. The guides are really enthusiastic and engaging and the staff in the visitors center were very friendly.
  • I would highly recommend visiting here! The staff were all very informative and friendly. I found the Birds of Prey showing very informative and I appreciated how they allowed audience members the chance to hold and feed the birds. My wife and I also went on the hawk walk which was a very incredible experience as well! We were able to fly hawks, while enjoying the beautiful Ireland forests. The cave tour was very informative, as the guide explained how the cave was originally formed and how certain phenomena such as the last ice age, shaped its history. The drive up was also very beautiful, full of abandoned stone castles and vibrant vegetation. If you're looking for an opportunity to enjoy the Ireland countryside, while also learning of unique bird species, I'd highly recommend this trip!
  • The entire place is great to visit. The caves are very fun and a cool experience to have (literally). The shop by the bird of prey has the most amazing fudge I have ever tried. The birds of prey itself is very informative and it allows you the chance to get a rare, up close look at these magnificent birds. I would definitely recommend this to anyone

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Where to stay in Ballyvaughan

Discover the charms of the Burren area by staying at an affordable bed and breakfast or traditional cottage in Ballyvaughan. While there are a handful of hotels to choose from here, this village is known for its self-catering accommodations, most of which come in the form of cottage-style guesthouses and basic bed and breakfasts. The center of the village offers lodging for a range of visitors traveling with different budgets.
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