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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. Plan to visit Dunmore Cave and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Jenkinstown attractions using our Jenkinstown trip itinerary planner.
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  • A good attraction to visit if you want to see natural limestone features up close. Our guide was very informative and took us through in about 45 minutes. The video to begin also gives plenty of infor...  more »
  • First learned about the Dunmore cave through a tv program, histories mysteries. Seems the cave has been formed by an ungrounded aquifer long before humans occupied the area. The access to the cave was...  more »
  • We went to dunmore last year for a random stop trip that we do! We went into the lovely centre seen a short clip about the caves and proceeded down. When we Entered the cave it was mesmerising! The ca...  more »
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  • The place is incredible and guide was lovely. Ps. The temperature inside the cave is 9° but have a jacket and appropriate shoes it's just a good advice (:
  • Really interesting learnt alot great guide
  • An absolute gem for anyone who likes a bit of exploration. Excellent value for money, in fact a little under priced. Guide was very informative and witty. Be prepared for a good workout on your legs though lots of steps.
  • Fantastic spot, great tour priced at €10 for a family ticket. Not suitable for young kids or those who have trouble with too many steps. Well worth a visit.
  • Really good guide. Very informative. Lots of steps.