Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny

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#2 of 12 in Parks in County Kilkenny
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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  • You start your experience at Dunmore Cave by watching an interesting video explaining how the cave came to be, and what was found in it. You need an average fitness level and sturdy shoes, but the wal...  more »
  • Dunmore Cave is an absolute must-see if you're in the area. It was easy to find and very close to Kilkenny. There's plenty of parking, entrance fee is very reasonable and it's a very professional oper...  more »
  • Visit rather unusual and impressive surtt, this immense cave in the middle of a meadow with a vicking history in cold blood. See
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  • This place was really cool. It's amazing that there's just a big hole in the ground in the middle of a field. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We did the tour first thing in the morning so it was just us and the guide. She was very informative and fun.
  • The video at the beginning was very interesting and informative. The different ricks and formations were lovely to look at, particularly the stalagtites. There are a lot of steps going down into the cave, however there are only 2 sections accessible for the public to look at. The video at the beginning explains many different parts of the cave so I thought there would be more to see. It was still a really nice trip and I would recommend it.
  • Really neat place with a lot of history. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The sheer size of the cave and what has happened in it are unbelievable.
  • The place’s incredible and the guide was lovely. Ps. The temperature inside the cave is 9° so have a jacket and appropriate shoes, it's just a good advice (:
  • Great experience, our guide and his helper Mini were lovely. I suffer from Arthritis and while I found the climb back a little taxing it was nothing I could not handle. The steps are quite small though so if you take your time it's quite easy. It's wet and cold do you will need decent shoes, ideally boots of some description, and wear something warm but it's a constant temperature down there and no wind to worry about so it's not a problem. The caves are beautiful and they are attempting to preserve them as best as possible, the light they use to allow us to see is having an effect, but they are clearly making efforts to reduce our impact. The information they have gathered is brilliant, it's not just a cave but an archaeological & anthropology site with information on ancient Irish and Viking societies and our history. The fee is cheap and it's an hour or so long tour, well worth a visit. Probably not for young children, the video could be seen as boring and there is no exploring for them, plus lots of stairs.
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