Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan

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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  • Great visit but far too busy during covid. There seemed to be an awful lot of people visiting, i thought you bought tickets online so numbers could be a set amount, saw loads in queue asking to buy...  more »
  • The tour was brilliant and the Covid measures were explained clearly both visually and verbally. The staff are very professional, friendly and helpful. The adjoining toilets were very...  more »
  • Are family was on a #daycation from Dublin and decided to come see the caves. Amazing experience. We all really enjoyed the tour. Special mention to Conor the guide who was great. Highly recommended.....  more »
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  • 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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