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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  • If you like caves you will like this. If you are not a cave enthusist this might be okay to skip. We enjoy all forms of caves and this was no exception.  more »
  • We were first time inside a cave and for us it seems pretty good. Our tour guide made the tour very interesting.  more »
  • Never knew how cool caves were until this tour! Our tour guide was very informative and made the tour very interesting. Well worth a visit but book online in advance because it was a few euro cheaper....  more »
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  • Amazing place to go. We went to the birds of prey show beforehand and found it very impressive with fantastic selection of birds and experienced and knowledgeable trainers. We then went to the cave which was a quick drive up a hill and parked right next to it. Waited 10 minutes for a tour we had booked online and then had a very funny tour guide who took us through. Very interesting but if you're claustrophobic the roof can get a bit low in certain parts and if you're afraid of heights there is a bridge that can make your stomach dive. One highlight was when they switched off the lights for a minute or so and we could experience true and complete darkness. Very interesting and fascinating. There is a small food bar but only a place for a quick snack and there is also toilets as well. Great experience here would recommend for all.
  • Great tour. Well worth a visit. We were day on a wet & cold day. But this had added benefits..1) the cave constantly & naturally stays at 10° so it wasn't cold & 2) because it was raining it feed through to the waterfall in the cave. Well worth a visit. Brown Bear bones not there at present as being Carbon dated in Dublin. Also visit Farm shop, amazing fudge & cheese. There is free samples but well worth buying.
  • Pretty pricey entrance fee of 12 euro for an adult. Tour takes 35 minutes and starts every 20 minutes. Tour guide was very nice and good to understand, she also told some pretty interesting stories about the cave. However, if it's not the first cave you see, the chance that you're disappointed is quite high, since it's not the most fascinating cave. My highlight was that the guide switched off all the lights one time, the result was 100% darkness - that was impressive!
  • Excellent guided tour. The guide was very informative and a funny guy to back up the knowledge. Bird of prey show was really something , great to see these birds up close. The handlers encouraged the audience to get involved. All in all a great experience.
  • This cave was great. An amazing story behind it and a good tour. The food in the cafe at the cave was great. The ginger carrot soup warmed me right up and was fine dinning quality. Also if u visit the cave make sure to see the birds of the burren we did the hawk walk and had a blast.

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