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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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  • The story of 300 steps in the dark makes this sound daunting but the pace is easy and the steps are well constructed. The formations in the cave are interesting although not as "good" as those seen in...  more »
  • Purely by chance my wife found this hidden gem here near Kilkenny. Now the wife did not want to go into the cave but the cave is huge. There is only one place where the roof dips to just above my head...  more »
  • My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of visiting the Dunmore Cave - what and incredible experience! Not only does the cave inspire awe with its beauty, it plays with your imagination as you stand in t...  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.