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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  • We took a wrong turn and found ourselves on the Wild Atlantic Way. Then we found the cave. From the outside it does not look like much. We did not even know about the Stalactite. Haha, wait until you ...  more »
  • Had a fantastic tour with Eoin. Such an incredible sight to see this 3rd largest in the world Stallactite. Eoin was so knowledgeable friendly and lucky for us we were the only two. The whole place is ...  more »
  • I was running from Ballyvaughan to Doolin and it was freezing cold and there was no where to stop ! My friend called to Doolin Cave and they sent a lovely hot coffee my way and some chocolate ! I didn...  more »
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  • A very nice experience... Wonderful view of the great stalactite. Loved the way the guide recreated the experience of the first explorers by turning off the lights and making us hear the echo of the running stream in the large chamber of the cave in complete darkness... and then he turns on the light and you see the majestic stalactite in front of you...
  • Great experience very enjoyable. This is something natural and wouldent expect any more from it. Lot of stairs so you would have to be able for that. Visitor centre is lovely and staff very friendly.
  • Well worth a visit! Make sure to have good boots on, can be slippy! Our guide was fantastic, very well informed and more than capable to answer all our questions. He was also very conscious to inform us of the current work they are doing to progress the site! Will have to visit again to see in the future. The stalactite is amazing, largest in Europe! The photos really don't do it justice! Hopefully it will get more funding to develop the visitor centre, a must see attraction if you are in the clare area!
  • Pearl, our tour guide was very helpful, the tour was impressive, and the visitor centre was nestled in what looked like an old local quarry. Plenty of roomy car parking. Food & drink was a bit pricey; however it's not unusually pricey for the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Beautiful. .amazing to see...a beauty under the ground.sight .out tour guide was great..lots of info on the history of this find and photos of the first expedition. .well worth a visit...nice centre and a nature loop walk and close to the lovely village of Doolin
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