Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan

(3.5/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We took a trip here from Galway on a mild spring day. The trip took about an hour travelling through the Burren where we passed through little villages and saw picturesque harbours and rolling green f...  more »
  • These caves are quite interesting. Not the most spectacular I've seen in my travels but the guide and the information make this a worthwhile 30 minutes.  more »
  • It was a terrible day in Galway so we went on a road trip to the caves instead! Three of us, one eight years old. She loved it, the caves were reasonably priced and very interesting. It takes about 30...  more »
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  • If you are lucky enough to go in a sunny day, the bird show is beautiful. You will spend around 2 hours to visit the cave and enjoy the bird show. It is a mandatory stop if you are traveling along the cost road, on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • The birds of prey presentation is well worth it. Informative and entertaining. Drop something in the donation box to support a wider network of efforts for birds of prey. Cave experience interesting and a lovely on site cheese making operation adds to the overall experience.
  • Never had been inside such a huge cave. Very interesting story and also got to see a bat from very close while he was sleeping.
  • We stopped here for a break while driving to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway. It is a little out of the way (2km i think) but it is worth it. The cave is very cool, with some fossils and lots of geology. The gift shop has some cool things, and the views from the visitor center is very nice.
  • The tour guide was clear and concise.. Very pleasant! The added touch of humour makes learning about the history of the caves that bit more interesting and fun! The bird show is spectacular and the 'demonstrators' are well prepared in the event that the birds don't feel like participating! It's a great touch that anyone, especially kids, get to hold the birds! Highly recommend a visit..