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Doolin Cave, Doolin
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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I recently visited Doolin Cave with my other half. We first did the lovely wildlife walk around the grounds of the the visitor centre and took the cave tour after. I have to say it was a fun trip down... read more »
Doolin Cave can be visited as a rain or shine activity. There is a nice cafe/small gift shop with WiFi at the front. The caves however are NOT disabled friendly though, do note that there are are 100+... read more »
Very informative, also had an amusing tour guide,who made the whole event entertaining as well as Epic!.Beautiful grounds above the cave to self tour when cave tour ended- which was unexpected and del... read more »
Our tour guide was Mason who did a great job. Although I am sure he has given the tour many times, there was no indication he was bored doing it. Very informative and the whole experience was great. The Stalacite is amazing. Well worth the visit to see one of nature's great creations. While you are there, say hi to Bert and Ernie the donkeys on the farm nature walk.
Doolin Cave is a must if you're in the area. The whole experience was professional, from the attractive café/shop to the guides, who tell the story of the cave being found. There are a lot of steps to get down to the cave but it's well worth the effort. The Great Stalactite is spectacular, a unique sight, awe inspiring in both age and beauty.
A must see, I thought this was more impressive that the neighbouring Cliffs of Moher, great tour guide too, a palmerstown man if i remember!
Caving Cave 10 Daredevil Things to do in Ireland. Ireland’s like a block of Swiss cheese, riddled as it is with great big caves. Two of the best to explore are Doolin Cave (Co. Clare), home to the largest free-hanging stalactite in the world and Dunmore Cave (Kilkenny), which is still scattered with artefacts from a 10th-century Viking massacre. Doolin Cave The cave tour takes approx. 50 minutes. There are 120 steps down to the cave, every 10 steps, there is a landing with seating. Please take your time going up and down. With farm animals and a farmland nature trail it is the ideal day out for all. The guides are local banner folk, nice friendly and full of info. The set up is excellent, they leave you in pure darkness the switch on strategically placed lighting to illuminate the beautiful stalactite. You are given a briefing by the guide prior to entering the caves explaining how the tour works, once inside you go down an 80 foot shaft by a very well maintained and safe staircase. You are then issued with a hardhat and the tour continues. You hear about how the caves were discovered and very interesting facts. You then see the massive curtain stalactite which is amazing. I can't recommend enough that people go to see it.
Unbelievable tour, great guide and stunning experience to visit a 'real' cave with a world class stalactite.
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