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Address: Ballyvaughan, Ireland

A striking collection of prehistoric underground caves.

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Rich in history

Science and history lovers this is for you! The cave is from BC and filled with thousands of years of Ireland's geographical history (i had no idea Ireland used to rest below the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kimberly G
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you're in Clare you really should go to see the cave. It's very interesting and in a beautiful place. The bird of prey show was brilliant. Very impressive. Great for kids.

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful story and a great discovery this is a must visit as it is like another world so enjoy the trip and take care inside it is fantastic.

Thank Anna N
County Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we found this place very interesting,when the tour was finished we had a lovely cup of coffee and scones, then visited the farm shop it is a lovely experience.

Thank kayegan
Tromso, Norway
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to a few caves around the world and this was one of the oldest. Although it was ok for the discounted price i paid i was expecting a lot more. The waterfall is nice inside there and the guide is well informed. They do not however warn you that the lights are timed and will go off... More 

Thank Sealb0y
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the caves. It was good. Felt most of the things were like created and artificial and had been created. I have been to many places which are actual and resemble real - like old forts and palaces and wonders of the world. So one cannot compare to that. But nothing great i would say - i would... More 

Thank Sidbajaj_foodcritic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Ailwee cave is a terrific experience. Not too physical with wide secure footpaths and stairs that are manageable. Have to duck the head in a couple of spots but no real stooping or crawling around. The guides do a great job and when they turn the lights out it puts a new meaning on dark.

Thank James W
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tour Guide really made this a must visit location. There is so much of the story that must be told. The history and story is amazing and is great to learn and see first hand.

Thank Eileen G
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Science and history lovers this is for you! The cave is from BC and filled with thousands of years of Ireland's geographical history (i had no idea Ireland used to rest below the equator). I really enjoyed our tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable. Our group didn't have many questions because she did such a good job delivering information. There... More 

Thank Kimberly G
Higher Bebington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best bit by far was when we were in total darkness. A very surreal experience. The cave is natural and therefore requires care when walking through it with the guide.

Thank Ann H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out. We were brought in to the cave where Santa bright my 5 year old up and read details from his naughty/nice book about his friends and hobbies etc. Tip - ask for a photo with the family at that point because there is little time at the end. After the visit, the kids went on the merry-go-round... More 

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