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. Add Doolin Cave to your Doolin travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Doolin trip planner .
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  • August 13, 2017
    Great guides and a fantastic view of Europes largest stalactite. It's a good climb down and back again but the guides don't hurry you. Lovely external walks around the centre also. With a visit if you...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Who wants to treat himself and his family a look into the past of the Earth, have here just to go.
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  • August 12, 2017
    After you come down 120 steps the world's third-largest stalactite appears. A thrilling spectacle! The whole cave is completely worth the visit!
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  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • March 21, 2017
    *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.
  • July 7, 2017
    Highly recommend! Good tour, I think we had Joey. So cool to see the cave and stalactite.
  • June 10, 2017
    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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