Aillwee Cave
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A warm welcome awaits everyone at this Multi Award Winning destination attraction. Aillwee is simply unmissable when visiting The Burren and County Clare! Unlock many secrets of The Burren through unique underground and overground experiences. Be educated, engaged and entertained on your day out at Aillwee Burren Experience! Accompany the guides to the surprising Burren underworld @ Aillwee, unlocking an intriguing, timeless story. Closely appreciate the silent and majestic Birds of Prey @ Aillwee. Daily interactive Flying Displays reveal varied Raptor species that delight and excite. The Farm Shop @ Aillwee is a ‘Hidden Gem’. Watch traditional, sustainable farmhouse methods used in creating the unique Award-Winning Burren Gold Cheese. Taste several varieties and creamy, buttery Fudge too! Sampling, of course, is encouraged! Enjoy an accessible, easy-going hike through the mature, eight-acre, native Holly, Ash and Hazel Woodland @ Aillwee.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • hsg52
    Nashua, New Hampshire174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting!
    This was an unplanned addition to our tour of Ireland, but very much worth it. If you’re fascinated by geology, you’ll like this. Our tour guide is a caver and has been much farther into the cave than we were allowed to go. So he was very knowledgeable and informative. For anyone with mobility issues, this is a mostly flat walking tour so accessible for most people I think. I loved it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • notsofussy186605
    Dublin, Ireland30 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasent but overpriced for quick tour
    Visited with family. The guide was enthusiastic but really gave little information about formation etc. Short visit gor the price. The coffee shop is limited and the gift shop is a typical tourist gift shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Rob O
    Athy, Ireland24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip, bring a picnic.
    We've visited the caves quite a few times now, have to say the guide this time was exceptionally good, I cant remember his name but a guy with black beard. Welcoming staff, go to birds of prey first, always an education on some amazing feathered friends and fun to have them fly close. Overall the full experience is well worth the trip. There used to be a coffee shop serving sandwiches and soup in the cave visiting ctr but unfortunately its not there anymore, there is a little coffee area outside but not serving anything other than cakes and tea/coffee. Bring a packed lunch if you need to have a bite while out. However it's a highly recommended trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • P H
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    An absolute must, from 4yr old to 70+ grandparents! Very well presented and organized. Fascinating trip through the cave guided by knowledgeable friendly youngsters. We've been going for 45 yrs, 3rd generation enthralled as we're all the others. An easy walk through (obviously avoiding low rock formations at times) The birds of Prey experience is great fun and informative and we didn't feel ripped off, good value for money especially when you learn that money goes towards research and maintenance of these endangered species. My only suggestion would be more comprehensive catering as they did years ago. It's quite remote in the Burren and by the time we had walked down to the Birds of Prey and up through the woodland we were hungry! A bowl of soup for example would have gone down a treat while we were waiting our turn to be guided through the cave. Overall a great experience which we return to every year.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Cassandra F
    Port Coquitlam, Canada92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Tour
    Stopped here during a Lally bus tour and decided to go on the tour of the caves. A fun experience! Our tour guide Dylan (sorry not sure of the spelling) was funny and kept us engaged for the whole tour and had us all laughing.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Sarah B
    London, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun few hours.
    We really enjoyed our tour through the cave. My 4 y/o coped fine, the walk isn’t too strenuous although low in places. Guide was knowledgeable. We also enjoyed the birds of prey demonstration.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 26, 2023
  • LyndalJ
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out on The Burren
    This was a fantastic experience on a blustery day in The Burren. I happened to arrive ten minutes before the raptor demonstration, where a very skilled and funny handler called Garry treated us to insights and great flying from a Batleur Eagle and a Falcon. The birds fly free and he was skilled at filling in with commentary while waiting for them to come back to him for feeding. We learned a lot about their behaviours, their skills and their hunting capabilities. When that finished I drove up the hill to the cave tour, only had to wait ten minutes til it started. The Cave is delightful, with four waterfalls internally, easy access by foot and lots of history from our guide. Unfortunately I couldn't stay to explore the cheese room, but it was all great value for money. I'd love to go back again just to hear Garry expound on different bird species.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Rose L
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Visit
    Wow! What an experience. From start to finish it was flawless. Firstly I booked the wrong date and contacted Aliwee Caves who immediately transferred my tickets to the date I meant to book. I have 2 kids. A teen who is obviously gone from Santa and an 11 year old who we suspect is playing the game so this was our last Santa trip and wanted it to be special. We were not disappointed. Every one of the staff were friendly and made sure to draw my teen in to the fun also. The presents they got were amazing. Really catered to their ages. My son said it was the best ever which is exactly what we were aiming for. Birds of prey were beautiful and the farm shop is well worth a visit. Highly recommend and only disappointed we didn't do it when they were smaller. It would have bowled them over. So magical. Thank you Aliwee Caves.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Valerie L
    Limerick, Ireland2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Family Experience
    Paid a family visit to Aillwee Cave + Bird of Prey Centre with my children yesterday and we had a very enjoyable few hours there. The birds of prey area is very clean and well laid out with information on each bird as you view them. You would need to check when the Birds of Prey Displays are on as they are not to be missed and the staff are so funny and entertaining, if you answer a question about the particular bird correctly the children get to put on the glove and have the bird fly onto their arm. Staff are always happy and on hand to answer any questions, very educational for kids. Afterwards we went up the hill to take a guided tour of the cave which lasts about 40 minutes and a lovely staff member took us through a 1km walk of the cave explaining the background to it's discovery. There are 3 shops in total including a farm shop between the 2 centers. One tip though, eat before you into the Bird of Prey Centre as staff are very clear about not eating food around the birds. Paid €70 for 2 adults and 2 kids (which helps with conservation) and honestly it was well worth it as we spent circa 3 hours here. Great family day out and the views are nothing short of spectacular when you get to the car park of Aillwee Caves.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 15, 2024
  • MacyandDan
    San Diego, California342 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place to Visit if You Are In The Area
    This review is only for the cave tour itself. Would have loved to have seen the Birds of Prey show, but scheduling did not permit it. (We visited the cave as part of a small third party tour based out of Galway that was headed to the Cliffs of Moher.) The cave is located in a lovely area on the way to Cliffs, with nice scenery along the way. I am glad it was part of our tour, because it would be a long drive just to see the cave itself. I recall that the tour itself is less than 30 minutes. It is clean, mildly lit and starts in a nice little gift shop with clean restrooms. The tour itself is well designed, with a nice, even paved concrete path for those who are ambulatory inside the cave which was very well done, and it's generally well lit. There are some low cielings and large rocks sticking out, but the guide was careful to point these out. At one point, the guide will ask permission for all lights to go dark to show the true natural darkness of the cave, and only for a few seconds. Good picture opportunities of the water, stalagtites and stalagmites in the cave itself. The history of the cave is very interesting, as is the work that has been done to open it up to the public. There is a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats that reside in the cave, but sadly we were not able to see them. Highly recommend it if you happen to be in the area. Guides and staff were very nice and helpful.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 29, 2024
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Eimear O
Dublin, Ireland44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Went to visit during Covid, so our tour was just us with no other visitors. We arrived within the advised two hour period, and were allowed to wander around outside while we waited a few minutes for the tour guide. The outside of the cave is beautiful, with a gorgeous view of the Burren and the sea, so this was no hardship. There were also plenty of benches/rocks to sit and wait on. There was plenty of parking too (although this was the evening and during Covid so that many have influenced things). Our guide (Kate) was very friendly and nice, as well as incredibly knowledgeable about the cave, pointing out the fossils and the rock formations, knowing the names for all the rocks and the fossil types. The trip in and out of the cave took a little over an hour and a half and is well worth the price, even just to see the inside of the cave and to see the Burren.
Written June 23, 2021
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40jen
County Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
SO COOL......if your in ballyvaughan and want to do something then it's the Aillwee Caves . These caves are thousands of years old and so cool. It's about 40mins to walk the caves but well worth it. It's about €15 to do tour but much better to do caves and Birds Of Prey together as a double package which is €22 each ....birds of pretty is well worth it , most amazing birds and the show they put on is worth it. Great day out for all.
Written September 1, 2020
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TessO2014
Cork, Ireland41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I did the cave and the birds of prey show. Both were very good. Our guide in the cave was very good although he spoke a bit too fast! The birds of prey show was amazing! It was pouring with rain and the girl who was giving the talk was brilliant, she didn’t rush at all and the birds were obviously very comfortable with her. After the show we walked around the yard and saw lots of birds (a bonus as we weren’t expecting that). A very enjoyable morning.
Written August 2, 2020
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Clare S
Basingstoke, UK69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited on a cold Jan day with my husband and thought it was great. The cave tour was really interesting and informative - the guide was excellent! The cafe had very nice food and then we visited the birds of prey area which was also excellent. Really enjoyed the audio guide tour of the aviaries and the actual flying show was first rate - very in depth, the presenter was very knowledgeable and very engaging. Would def recommend :)
Written January 25, 2020
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Kate S
Maynooth, Ireland43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited here today and the bird of prey centre. Very pleasant half day out. Children really enjoyed the bird of prey viewing and the show which was very informative without being boring. The birds were in fabulous condition and it was lovely to see them up close. The caves felt very safe and we were taken in small groups which felt great during this Covid time. Our tour guide was an Australian young man who was very friendly and kind and very well informed. He kept the mood interesting and it was a very enjoyable day. Definitely recommend it if in the area. Also the cheese and food produce in the farm shop is super too so we stocked up. I’d imagine the cafe when open is lovely. Staff I. Shop super friendly and kind. Thanks guys
Written July 13, 2020
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Jason E
204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
First the pricing needs to be looked at. You SHOULD NOT have to book the cave and bird centre as one ticket, it can make it very expensive. There should be a ticket for the cave and then an add on extra if you want to go to the birds of prey.
On the whole the cave is enjoyable and our guide was very nice and very knowledgeable, the trip lasts about 45 minutes and that’s because of all the stops. The bird of prey demonstration is by far the highlight. The show and it’s birds and handlers are fantastic and shouldn’t be missed.
Written August 26, 2022
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Caitríona K
Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The tour was brilliant and the Covid measures were explained clearly both visually and verbally. The staff are very professional, friendly and helpful.
The adjoining toilets were very shabby....floors wet, toilet roll on the floor, the tap water was absolutely boiling hot (no warning signs) and neither the hand dryers or paper towel dispensers worked.
The coffee shop and gift shop were both closed (understandably) but I don't think the admission price was reduced to reflect this.
Written July 23, 2020
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doire m
Derry, County Londonderry95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
I arrived so excited to see the caves I visited as a child with my family about 27 years ago..I had great memories of this visit back in the 90s where we learned about the caves and when they gave us torches and they turned the lights off it was an exciting fabulous experience back then...

Now.....
Today it has none of the same qualities. I feel the tour was over too fast and didn't present the same kind of excitement as it used to. Although the guide was lovely and knowledgeable I could hardly hear him. It also cost an absolute fortune and then to have the audacity to put up signs asking for donations when we shelved out a clean fortune to see it!!!! How can you expect big donations when it is so expensive??

You have to pay for both the bird show and the caves. There is no other option if you want to see the caves. Should be an option to pay separately as many just wanted to see the caves. Also no way is a ticket even worth €25 per adult for both things! Honestly just a money making racket now. Won't be returning sadly. Very disappointed.
Written April 17, 2023
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RealMagpie
Cork, Ireland112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We had a lovely afternoon here recently on our holidays in County Clare. What a fabulous place. The tour into the caves is brilliant and very interesting and educational and very safe in these Covid times.

Then on the way out we visited the Birds of Prey Centre and this was a real bonus of an experience. We stayed for two shows and they were excellent as we got to see some beautiful birds up close and in full flight.

Loved it!
Written August 11, 2021
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Kathy W
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited last Friday with family (kids & grandkids). Tour guide while friendly was not very experienced. Social distancing meant that we were towards the back of the group & found it very hard to hear her. It became even harder when the group following us commenced their tour as we were able to hear their guide while trying to concentrate on our own. There was no attempt made to engage with the young children on the tour something that has been very successful on other tours we were on.
The tour description also mentioned a cheese & fudge tasting both neither were on offer. We paid a visit to the farm shop & the only cheese we could try were a couple of tiny pieces on sticks. Very disappointing as the demonstration we expected was missing.
Written August 4, 2020
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