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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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  • Our experience was great. The tour guide was awesome and fun. Be ready for a lot of steps, going down isn't bad, but coming back up can be quiet the workout. They had small chairs for people to stop and take a break. It is most certainly worth the stop.
  • The Doolin Cave was a good tour and a pretty fun adventure. It was a little out of the way and we questioned if we were heading the right way on occasion as we rented a car. It was a relatively short tour at 45 minutes but was worth the trip. The stalactite was an impressive sight and it is amazing that it was ever even found.
  • Lovely staff and a very nice experience. The caves are fascinating and well worth visiting. Be aware there are lots of steps. You can also do a nature walk around the area and there are goats, sheep, chickens and cows. There is also a cosy tea rooms.
  • Just the best hour. Particularly on a hot day (yes that one day a year). Jack was knowledgeable and kept it interesting. The cave was stunning and I'd say kids above 8 should find it fascinating. Even if you just get the pottery (made from glacial mud!!!), you should definitely visit. (photos omitted intentionally, don't want to spoil!)
  • Tours run hourly. Fascinating stuff! There's a little gift shop with cafe if you're waiting for the next tour. There's a lot of stairs so be ready for that. Totally worth it!

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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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