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A striking collection of prehistoric underground caves.
Ballyvaughan, Ireland
+353 65 707 7036
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is an excellent Santa experience, right from the outset. Free punch/tea/coffee and mince pies on arrival, some fairground rides outside, lovely gifts when we signed in (mug and candle holder for the parents and Christmas activity pack for the kids), a puppet show, storytelling,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Take a trip to this wonderful cave while you are co Clare you will be amazed. Your guide know everything about the history of the cave

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LisburnChris
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a detour to see the Aileen Caverns. It’s was an interesting short tour of the underground caverns.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lollygal
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to Santa at Ailwee caves with our 7-year-old boy. We have done five other venues throughout the years and this was by far the best experience. The staff were lovely and for the first time felt we got value for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank Patrick W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the caves for their Santa experience, it was brilliant, very well organised and professional, friendly staff! The first time I’ve been to something like this in Ireland where everything was included in the price, gift bags for parents, present plus activity bag for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank SecretbeautyCo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love caves! These are the caves that appear in Father Ted when they go to The Very Dark Caves! Great guided tour, really interesting and just the right length. We did this and the bird of prey centre afterwards and both together made for...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Willmotta1987
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is truly a spectacular outing. Plan to wear some comfortable shoes and clothing and plan to be overwhelmed by the knowledge received by the incredible staff

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michaelinnewport
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Follow the signs which are plentiful and guide you directly to the entrance of the property. At the entrance of the property is the Bird of Prey Exhibit. Continue past this and up the road to the top parking area where the cave building is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank johnsinead
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

You can't be afraid of enclosed spaces and go there. I enjoyed the history of how it was discovered and how it became an attraction. It's narrow and slippery in places, but certainly manageable.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank peterpBlarney2018
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Combined this with the birds of prey centre well worth a visit. Very informative guided tours every half hour or so.

Date of experience: November 2018
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October 8, 2018|
Response from DrVC | Reviewed this property |
It is a popular tourist attraction on the Wild Atlantic way. It is therefore of real value to the local economy and Irish tourism in general. If you are looking for statistic Tripadvisor is not the forum where you should... More
August 14, 2018|
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Response from Fionn246 | Property representative |
Hi Lightning 7. There's no need to book. We are open every day at 10am daily with regular guided tours every 15 minutes throughout the day.
July 12, 2018|
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Response from Fionn246 | Property representative |
Hi. Cave tours are every 15/20mins from 10am every day right through till 6.30pm for the months of July and August.
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Urbana, IL
First time to Ireland, any tips? (13 Replies)
My husband and I are going to Ireland for the first time. We're flying into Shannon September 19 and leaving September 26. We're staying in Ennis. We're going to rent a car but I am having trouble deciding on a company. I don't have a world mastercard so I will have to buy the CDW and we have to get an automatic cause we can't drive manual. Needless to say it's going to be expensive but I feel that for us, this would be best. We enjoy the freedom of being able to come and go as we...More
August 08, 2009|
Response fromBertieBaron|
Can you please elaborate on your question regarding car parking in Ireland? I will go on historical opinions of driving in Ireland to perceive what your question might be. Driving and parking in Ireland is as easy and driving and parking in most developed countries. The parking spaces and cars are designed for our roads and there is ample parking in most towns and cities. You might opt to park on the street paying at meters and displaying your ticket. You might opt to park in...More
Questions, questions, questions (4 Replies)
I will be in Galway at the end of my trip to Ireland and I am thinking about the following excursion: Start the day in Galway, drive down to Aillwee Cave drive on to the Cliffs of Moher drive on to Bunratty Castle and Folk park eat dinner drink a lot sleep somewhere catch a flight out of Shannon the next morning Is this to much for one day? Is so, what would you cut out? The Castle Banquet sounds like fun but is it worth 45.50 EUR? If not, where would you eat (and...More
January 08, 2007|
Response fromMimiCharlesTown|
You might try Bunratty Lodge, which is only about 10 min. from the airport. Highly recommended and very reasonable.
Minnetonka, MN
Doolin instead of Ennis? (4 Replies)
We're a family of 5, including a 4 year old. On our second day in Ireland, we will drive up to the Cliffs of Moher from Bunratty, and probably visit Aillwee Cave if we're feeling up to it. We're driving to Dingle the following morning, and had planned on staying in Ennis that night, but now I think it may be more enjoyable and relaxing to have a night in Doolin. Several members here have suggested this and it makes sense. I'd like some advice on where to stay, preferably where we could park...More
September 19, 2007|
Response fromIrishFan|
It really depends on what you're looking for. I like both places. But Ennis is a town, complete with numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, etc. Doolin is rural, with a few places to eat (and drink) but not much else. It makes a good base for seeing the surrounding areas, though. One other thing, Doolin is spread out, a procession of B&Bs and guesthouses and private homes spread out along a fairly narrow road from the harbor to the church it's probably well over a mile. So the "stroll...More