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Doolin Cave

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Address: Roadford, Doolin, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 65 707 5761
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Description: A Stunning Underworld Experience, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave is...
A Stunning Underworld Experience, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly unique and breathtaking experience:- the largest stalactite in the Norhern Hemisphere. Doolin Cave has opened a new Farmland Nature Trail, which is FREE for its visitors.We have unusual breeds of chickens, sheep, cattle and alovely pygmy goat called Minnie, with her little kid called Vincent Van Goat or Vinnie for short.We have also planted lots of native trees and shrubs and wildflower meadows. Our cafe serves lovely fresh salads, soups, breads and homemade cakes We are very proud to announce that we have recently been awarded a Gold Award from Ecotourism Ireland. Hurray!
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Nice afternoon and very informational

We called ahead to make sure our 3 year old toddler would be able to do the tour. We were told that wouldn't be a problem at all and that kids are always welcome. We arrived to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We called ahead to make sure our 3 year old toddler would be able to do the tour. We were told that wouldn't be a problem at all and that kids are always welcome. We arrived to the cave, they greeted us and showed us where to go. We went down several flight of steps. We took it slowly as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a pleasant hour or so on the guided tour which was really made more interested by our terrific guide( the potter there). Well worth a visit!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

GO EARLY. We had a group of 5 and I can't imagine going in a bigger group and getting the same experience. We were led by the charming Tristan who knew his stuff about the history of the cave, the young english cavers who discovered and the geology surrounding the cave. We loved it. The tour doesn't take too long... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We were here 8 April. We stayed in Doolin for the night prior. The price to enter was a little steep. But the view at the bottom was worth it. The guide was amazing and very humorous. He made it good for the kids.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were not warned in advance of the steep descent which considering we had a senior with us might have been helpful. Luckily she is fairly fit and was able to navigate the number of steps and the uneven surfaces. The whole experience is built around the stalactite which is apparently the second longest in the world. The guide was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The tour guide was very good, lots of information and it's definitely worth it to go and see it. It's amazing!!!! The café place inside makes a delicious apple pie. You can buy lovely pottery as well, the artist uses clay from inside the cave to make them.

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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the tour and found the guide informative. He certainly seems to have improved since the last reviewer visited More 

Toronto
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The cave itself is quite good, but the tour needs some work. We were told about the discovery of the cave and told information about the main stalagmite, but that was about it. My husband was a cave our guide when he was in university and even though the cave was way less cool, he never ran out of things... More 

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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review

So sorry that you thought the guide was not informative. We usually have the opposite problem in that the guide tells the visitors too much and delays the next tour. The only explanation I can think of is that we have a new guide who just started recently and was not familiar with all the topics on the tour. Thank... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Nice "reveal" of the main attraction. Tour is well presented. The cave walkway is more natural than its more famous neighbour. Prepare yourself for lots of steps descending.

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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review

Lots of steps indeed! Nature has a way of making us work hard to see her great wonders! More 

Glen Rose, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Doolin Cave has the largest Stalactite in Ireland and one of the largest in the world. Well worth seeing. However, if you 6 ft 3 like me, it is a little bit of a challenge. There are 130 some steps down to the cave. There is a 250 ft tunnel that I had to stoop through to get to the... More 

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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review

Well done on making the effort to visit the cave and glad you found it worth the effort. We tried to keep the natural outline of the cave passage as much as possible during excavation and that is why we provide hard hats for visitors. More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I came to this locally run place last year and was amazed. This may be a small attraction but we'll worth the effort to find. I heard there is now an irish American guide who is supposed to be very good. However, I went there yesterday to visit a second time and take a few good photo shots and it... More 

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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review

So sorry that you missed the cave tour. We have shorter hours in March as it is still quiet. We are open daily from 10am to 5pm now, so hopefully you will make it back to see us again More 

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