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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  • Not much to see in the cave. Some stalactites, stalagmites, two columns behind the fence... and that's it. If you have already visited caves rich draperies and other training, you will be very disappointed. Ask the explanatory leaflet in french at the Credit Union.
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  • We visited the 'Ailwee Cave' in May 2017. It was most enjoyable!.. Look out for the bear hibernating!... I hope that you aren't scared of the dark as, in the heart of the cave, your guide will switch ...  more »
  • Reasonably priced at twelve euro per adult definetly worth it for the experience was very impressed with how interesting it was as we had an enthusiastic tour guide who cracked a few jokes during the ...  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.
  • Great day out and with tesco vouchers it is agreat deal, the cave and birds are really great, food is also quite nice. Big thank you to the 2 ladies working there who rescued my son's Minnie Mouse after he threw it over the rail and down into a deep pit, you made a small boy very happy, thank you so much

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Where to stay in Ballyvaughan

Discover the charms of the Burren area by staying at an affordable bed and breakfast or traditional cottage in Ballyvaughan. While there are a handful of hotels to choose from here, this village is known for its self-catering accommodations, most of which come in the form of cottage-style guesthouses and basic bed and breakfasts. The center of the village offers lodging for a range of visitors traveling with different budgets.
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