Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny

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Put on your hard hat and go deep into Dunmore Cave, a limestone cavity filled with history and beautiful formations. While the site is one of the smaller of its kind in Ireland, it compensates with unique calcite formations--the most famous of which is the Market Cross, a distinctly cross-shaped column. This cave is not a recent discovery: Humans have been visiting it for centuries, as noted in several literary pieces. One recording tells of a Viking massacre at the cave in 928 CE, which has been supported by evidence found on site. Be prepared for climbing stairs when you go, and don't miss the exhibitions in the visitor center for the full story. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Dunmore Cave by using our Kilkenny attractions planner .
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  • Very interesting the beatings are a monument nazionale....ma if there are too many small children or babies as happened to us doesn't feel the guide who speaks and who is frustrated, poor thing, a lot of sidelines so you do not understand anything ... If you are in the area or it's raining and you're lucky with the group worth 5 euros admission.
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  • I have visited several caves in my travels, but in this occasion has been really disappointing. The visit begins seeing a documentary coming to do heavy if you are not a geologist. Then lowers itself to the cave which is very badly illuminated, understanding that it is a cave. The visit is guided and in those places that surely'd long guide explains comic whose direct relationship with the cave is could call into question. The visit leaves you the taste to be somewhat incomplete, of not having taken advantage of time, and is also paid. Really boring.
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  • We went here as a family of 4 with 2 small kids. It was very enjoyable which I think was made even better by our tour guide who was very knowledgeable but also pleasant and entertaining. I had to take...  more »
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  • Wow, amazing thanks to our guide today HELEN, was very friendly and so much information, Great for all ages, advise to bring a jacket and appropriate footwear as cold and wet in cave but it all worth it. Would advise anyone to visit. It was only €10 for our family of 4 too as children go free. Fantastic
  • Very friendly staff, Excellent tour given by our guide Helen! Amazing trip well worth a visit.
  • Visited @ 14:45 next tour was @ 15:00 short video then around the caves. Lots of steps but fairly open plan. Totally dark when lights off. Took about 1 hour. Great guide.
  • The best guide ever. Of course I recomend it It was amazing!
  • Great place to visit with interesting and knowledgeable tour guides. You need to be reasonably fit and mobile - there are lots of steps. Wear strong, waterproof shoes or boots.

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For a historical Irish experience, stay in Kilkenny County's namesake city, a medieval destination with no shortage of lodging options. If you are interested in exploring the central sights of this city, stay at one of the many hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts near its center. For something more affordable, head to the outskirts and look into guesthouse options. You can also choose a nearby spa if you want to splurge on a relaxing getaway.
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