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Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny
(4.6/5 based on 220+ 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 came across this on a random drive to kilkenny said for the price we'd pop in and have a look and WOW! It's so hidden you don't realise it till your at the mouth of the cave the size of it, The sta...  more »
  • We got there late and missed the tours but they let us in anyways and gave us great information for a self guided tour. It was very inexpensive, I think $2.00 a piece). But we really enjoyed ourselves...  more »
  • History, geology, physical activity, and great stories – a visit to Dunmore Cave is like the best day in school you ever had! Because all of the subjects are fascinating. Dunmore requires some exercis...  more »
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  • A bargin at €4 for an adult. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide. Must be my fourth or more visit to the caves. A fascinating place. Good facilities: informative displays and an unexpected bonus was the quality coffee at the cafe - better than most places in Kilkenny.
  • Located about 7 miles from Kilkenny to the north. Absolutely fantastic cave to visit. Ticket price 4 EUR. I would highly recommend.
  • 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.
  • This is a great place, the kids loved it, good value for money, a guided tour of about 1hr for 10 euros for a family ticket. There's a nice coffee shop there too.
  • 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.