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. Use our Ballyvaughan travel itinerary maker to visit Aillwee Cave on your trip to Ballyvaughan, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • When you come through the entrance & pay the fee, you'll have the option for just the cave walk or the cave walk + birds of prey. My group only did the cave walk but I suspect I might have been more i...  more »
  • Worth a visit, this cave is well advertised & signposted (compared to the other Irish caves) and it's definitely worth the day out. Cool cave and interesting information. Recommended.  more »
  • Nice stop in a lovely part of Ireland. Tour of caves is fun and nice farm shop and tea room. Good facilities. Came back and was reminded they filmed a cracking episode of father ted there which made u...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Such good value for money! The famous Cave scene from Father Ted was shot right in the cave you'll take a tour of, the birds are both facinating and interesting. The shops are full of delicious foods, tasty drinks, and interesting merchandise. Highly recommended.
  • The overall facilities at the caves are brilliant, including the food store and the birds of prey centre. The cave itself was a little underwhelming but beautiful all the same. The tour guide was very good, telling us about the history of the cave. The food at the cafe was excellent, and the seating area upstairs was really lovely.
  • Awesome views plus you can do rock climbing here. Hill walking as well. When you're hungry there's amazing food.
  • Interesting tourist attraction. Combines a bird of prey sanctuary (and show) with a visit to the limestone caves under Ailwee mountain. Informative guides at both locations. Recommended.