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Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were travelling to Nenagh when we came upon Dunmore Cave and decided to stop and visit. There is a long car/coach park leading to the Visitor Centre where there was an exhibition and display area a...  read more »
  • While not very extensive, this is an excellent example of a cave and its constituent parts. The guide could certainly talk for Ireland and knows his cave and its history quite well. Indeed he is a wor...  read more »
  • We flew into Dublin and had a rental car and we decided to go to Kilkenny and it was well worth the trip coming to this place and having a tour with Michael. We had so much fun and the sites were amaz...  read more »
  • Very cool cave tour that takes about an hour including the video beforehand. The geologic history of Dunmore Cave as well as the human events that took place there are equally fascinating. Definitely worth adding to your itinerary if you're passing near Kilkenny.
  • I had a really great tour here. The staff were excellent... My tour guide was brilliant (Unfortunitley his name won't come to me, but he grew up locally and told us the story of how himself and his mates would visit the caves long before they were a public attraction, using candle light ) He really went above and beyond to make the tour truly enjoyable. HIs stories were exciting and knowledgeable and his tin whistle skills were very entertaining. He made the tour!
  • Ireland is full of amazing surprises. This is one of them. Take a break from the castles and check out what is underground. Bring a jacket. It gets cool.
  • Great place to visit, have fond memories of trip there with college. Having said that was absolutely knackered walking up them steps on the way out so steep, not because I am totally unfit
  • A lovely cave visit if your fit as 700 stairs to tackle..great for a family outing.
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