Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan

Cave · Nature / Park
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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  • We took a trip to the Aillwee Caves during our Staycation, It was an amazing tour of the Caves. Groups are small and clearly marked staggered areas due inline with COVID guidelines. I didn't get a...  more »
  • Lovely visit to the caves, guides are full.of information and very friendly. Social.distancing is in place. Can be quiet cool in the cave  more »
  • Spent the afternoon here with family. We did both the birds of prey and the caves. The tour guide was very good and knowledgable. Even with the covid restrictions it was enjoyable. You must wear a...  more »
  • Absolutely great day out. Very reasonably priced. Brought an 8 and 6 year old, they loved it. Bird sanctuary a complete bonus as we didn't even know it was there. Highly recommended.
  • The caves are great and all the staff is quite sharp, but the Hawk walk is the experience you must go do. You and your group will get to walk through he woods with two hawks. You'll have the leather falcon gloves and the hawks will come to you and fly around you. They will land on your hand for snacks and are an absolute joy. The woman who guided us was very pleasant, knowledgeable, and fun. I must do if your are in the area.
  • A great stop on the way back from the Cliffs. Caves, history and Birds of Prey. We had a great visit. I would recommend smaller groups if possible as although in a cave and things echo when the front of the group is at a key location the back has to play catch up. and the front can miss key pictures spots. But over all great visit. The Bird of Prey show is fabulous . You are able to interact with the birds and get a feel for how they survive.
  • Interesting place to visit. The guide was very informative and made the visit very enjoyable. It is a visit for all ages and really makes you appreciate how ancient the caves are and how much the world has changed.
  • The cave was interesting if a little tame. The guide was very good. It is a safe experience with children. A good starter cave.

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