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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  • Aidan Mc namara was a wonderful tour guide and was very helpful and was very good at speaking and was good at answering our questions 
    Aidan Mc namara was a wonderful tour guide and was very helpful and was very good at speaking and was good at answering our questions  more »
  • We had the joy of having Aidan McNamara as our tour guide. He made the experience of visiting the caves very enjoyable and answered all of our questions and spoke very well to make sure everyone... 
    We had the joy of having Aidan McNamara as our tour guide. He made the experience of visiting the caves very enjoyable and answered all of our questions and spoke very well to make sure everyone...  more »
  • A fascinating place to visit. The guide was really knowledgeable & all the staff helpful & friendly. The Cave was well maintained & easy to navigate. The Falconry centre & display was also amazing... 
    A fascinating place to visit. The guide was really knowledgeable & all the staff helpful & friendly. The Cave was well maintained & easy to navigate. The Falconry centre & display was also amazing...  more »
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  • It was an awesome cave. Probably because I love caves! Tickets we got were for the cave and the birds of prey show, which was also very cool. Regarding the cave, there was plenty of parking, just follow the signs. At the entrance, as usual there is a gift shop. Then the guide takes you through one of the doors that leads into the cave. Inside the cave was a little cold. There is also a flat concrete path all the way through. The guide stops at different stages to explain certain features or history of the cave.. (he was great too. At the end of the tour, you walk the last few metres out of the cave and there is a tip box for the guide. I didn't have any money on me, but I personally would have left some) Anyone can do this cave, unless you are claustrophobic, then you may want to re-think going in. (Although my wife is a little claustrophobic, but she made it) Overall, a very nice experience! I loved it!
  • We visited yesterday and really enjoyed the amazing caves. Our tour guide was excellent, interesting and very knowledgeable. They we went to the falconry. The birds are fantastic. They look so happy and well cared for. The staff were so friendly and full of information. The demonstration was great fun with lots of Audience Participation which was fantastic. The birds were amazing in the speed and skills. Wonderful to see them work. Well worth a visit.
  • Excellent tour with Cian, very informative. Love the new lighting, foot paths etc.in the cave and the beautiful oak information boards in the woods are a great addition. And of course you can't but be impressed with the Bird of Prey centre...A great day out!
  • Very good, ticket also includes bird of preys mini zoo and show. The caves are very dark, it's almost like being blind! Joking, they are superbly lit up!
  • Lovely staff. Bird show well worth the money. Guide for cave was hard to understand due to face mask. Couldn't be helped but unfortunate.

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