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Doolin Cave, Doolin

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See one of the largest free-hanging stalactites in the world at Doolin Cave. J.M. Dickenson and Brian Varley, members of an English caving club, discovered the limestone cave in 1952. After negotiations with the Speleological Union of Ireland, the site opened to the public in 2006. Today you can step into the cave and marvel at the 7.3 m (24 ft) Great Stalactite. Walk the long passageways of the cave, officially named Pol an Ionain, and experience one of Ireland's natural wonders. Plan to visit Doolin Cave during your Doolin vacation using our convenient Doolin itinerary maker.
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  • Very interesting trip to Doolin cave and a welcoming tour guide Jim. He explained the history to finding it and the engineering process of making it available to the public. It's way better then Ailwe...  more »
  • The surroundings of the cave outside are very beautiful. There is nature trial around with a lot of diffrent kind of plants and flowers. We can meet there cows, sheep, hens, goats and donkeys. The ani...  more »
  • Visited Doolin cave and couldn't recommend it any more. It was truly amazing and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Doolin  more »
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  • A very enjoyable visit whenever nearby Cliffs of Moher or the Burren. Only guided tours (so you might have to wait till the next group visit) with passionate and careful guides. 45 minute tour inside the cave where is generally wet and slippery but you can wear only sport/walking shoes, not that difficult walk. They provide all visitors with helmets and the interior is bright enough to walk safely. You will be amazed by the beauty of the stalactites and all the history hidden under the ground.
  • A must see tourist attraction, the cafe attached has amazing food ready to order. This cave houses one of the largest stalactites in the world.
  • *Spoiler alert* I went in the cave without knowing what to expect and was blown away by the incredible natural beauty in front of me. Surrounding us with pitch black darkness before revealing the beautiful stalactite was a good touch by the awesome tour guide. I probably should shut up and let the pictures speak for itself. Overall, highly recommended.
  • Highly recommend! Good tour, I think we had Joey. So cool to see the cave and stalactite.
  • Did not go in cave but thoroughly enjoyed walk around outside loop with beautiful scenery and animals...great for kids and free! Tea room is lovely and setting is beautiful

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Where to stay in Doolin

Get the chance to see all that County Clare has to offer by staying in the charming town of Doolin. The village is so small, in fact, that the location of your accommodations hardly matters--everything is close. Some of the town's bed and breakfast locations are luxurious and overlook the rustic coast, while others feature mid-range prices. For travelers on a serious budget, seek out one of the few hostels. This small town can serve as a good base for exploring the nearby Cliffs of Moher and other significant sites.
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