Doolin Cave
Doolin Cave
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EXPLORE THE POWER OF ONE ONE drop of water that kept falling over hundreds of thousands of years to form ONE mighty, breath-taking wonder: the largest, most awe-inspiring stalactite in Europe. ONE dramatic underground experience like no other in Ireland – offering up a limestone wonderland 70 feet below ground. And ONE multi-faceted destination that combines the thrill of a descent into the depths of the earth with a wealth of above-ground attractions. – from the wild beauty of an indigenous walking trail, to fascinating glacial clay pottery to take home and treasure. This is Doolin Cave, a deep dive into a world in ONE. Once experienced – never forgotten.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jan B
    Peachland, Canada307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cave
    It's a 45 minute tour and the guide was very informative. Gave us time for photos, pointed out details. You have to be able to do the stairs, 9 steps in a section and 14 sections (120 steps). No worries if you need to rest, they encourage you to do so when required.
    Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience at Doolin Cave. Warm regards, Helen & the team.
    Written October 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Jennifer S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and inspiring
    Fascinating- must be able to handle narrow darker areas plus walking up and down 125 metal steps with good hand rails. Guide very knowledgeable and patient with the young children in the tour group. Maximum number in each group is 18 so peak season definitely make a reservation online.
    Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience at Doolin Cave. Warm regards, Helen & the team.
    Written January 30, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 21, 2023
  • BigTool
    458 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good place to get out of the rain, sort of.
    We had a shortened rainy day at the Cliffs of Moher so we visited Doolin Cave. We took a short (<1 hr.) tour. My review title is a bit of facetiousness-- there's a lot of moisture dripping from the cave walls. The cave is remarkable in one respect, one huge stalactite in a large chamber. Our guide was well versed in cave's geology and history and the small on site snack stand had some rather tasty baked treats.
    Hello BigTool, Thank you for sharing your experience at Doolin Cave! It sounds like you made the most of a rainy day by exploring this fascinating underground wonder. I appreciate your humorous title—caves do tend to have their own "indoor" weather with all that moisture! The Great Stalactite is indeed a remarkable feature and definitely a highlight of the tour. It’s great to hear that your guide was knowledgeable and added depth to your visit with insights into the cave's geology and history. And who can resist tasty baked treats after a tour? It’s those little extras that can make an outing even more enjoyable. I’m glad you had a positive experience at Doolin Cave, despite the Irish weather. Thank you for your review! Best regards, Doolin Cave Management Team
    Written July 4, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2024
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Sonia K
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We booked a tour of Doolin Cave at 5pm on Saturday 2nd of Oct. We arrived on time and waited for our tour guide. There were other people booked in too but were a few minutes late as your supposed to arrive on time. We overhead the cashier moaning to the tour guide about these people. She said you don't have to give all of the information on tour to just get on with it. Then the elderly woman came in and apologised for being late and cashier said you do know there's 125 steps to go down etc she confirmed she knew this. She went out to hurry along her family. The cashier says to the guide well it won't be a fast tour so in other words saying because someone is elderly they will be slow. Appalling behaviour/attitude. I nearly left. Thankfully Aidan was a fantastic guide and we had a lovely tour. Also the older woman flew round. I would give more stars only for the cashier's behaviour was disgusting.
Written October 5, 2021
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annb
Carlow, Ireland13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Paid a visit to the Cave as it was a new one since I last visited the area some years ago. Not as expansive as others I have visited but it is relatively newly opened. You do need to dress for the cold and correct footwear is essential. The climb back up is not easy for an asthmatic but the guide ensured we took our time and stayed safe.
Written August 30, 2021
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Thank you for your review and your feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed the experience. Much appreciated.
Written September 1, 2021
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Robynlou8
County Kildare, Ireland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
We had a fantastic tour, led by Richie! His enthusiasm for the cave and little bits of info were what really made it. The best part, (aside from the inhabitants, I'll let Richie introduce you to them) was when you walk into the main cavern with minimal light like the first people who discovered it, and then the lights come on for the big reveal! Absolutely amazing and dramatic entrance to a fascinating piece of geological mastery. I'm slightly claustrophobic, but loved it so much would definitely do it again if in the area.
Written November 27, 2021
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Thank you for your 5* review and your feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed the experience and are very grateful for the lovely feedback - we'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Richie. Much appreciated.
Written January 7, 2022
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sarah d
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Doolin cave was a great find we just came across it and had a wonderful tour. The tour guide was really interesting, it has a huge stalactite, one of the largest in europe. A lot of steps up and down.
Written August 4, 2020
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Thank you for finding us, we call the great Stalactite at Doolin Cave our hidden gem. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience :)
Written August 7, 2020
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Tarasterlingb
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Definitely go! So interesting and a great tour, very impressive. Only thing is that amount of stairs to go down/up is slightly restricting for some people but all staff were informative and adhered to the highest safety. Tour guide was a young man and very good.
Written July 16, 2021
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Thank you for the 5* review and your feedback. We're so happy that you enjoyed the experience. Much appreciated.
Written July 21, 2021
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Moog0_4
Carrigaline, Ireland815 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We visited here as a family of four and really enjoyed our visit . Our tour guide was informative and friendly and the caves were amazing .Europes third largest stalactite is here and what a sight to behold ! You have got to wear a hard hat upon entry , I am 5”1 and banged my head a few times , so those of taller stature.. watch out .
Mobility wise there are 120 steps to walk up and down , so anybody with mobility issues should beat that in mind. There is also a coffee shop and gift shop on the premises.
Written September 14, 2020
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Thank you for visiting, we appreciate you taking time out to write such a great review. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience at Doolin Cave 😀
Written May 24, 2021
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AoifeGri
Dublin, Ireland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
A great tour with an amazing guide!

The tour was just under an hour long or so and was very informative. The information given was interesting and all questions were welcomed and answered with ease. A great time and a very fun activity!

The walk around the grounds after is lovely too. The goats were very funny to watch! Finding the original entry point was a really great thing to see.
Written October 1, 2020
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Thank you for visiting, we appreciate you taking time out to write such a great review. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience at Doolin Cave 😀 Minnie, Winnie and Vinnie were delighted to welcome you also!
Written May 24, 2021
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BigTool
Chicago vicinity458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We had a shortened rainy day at the Cliffs of Moher so we visited Doolin Cave. We took a short (<1 hr.) tour. My review title is a bit of facetiousness-- there's a lot of moisture dripping from the cave walls. The cave is remarkable in one respect, one huge stalactite in a large chamber. Our guide was well versed in cave's geology and history and the small on site snack stand had some rather tasty baked treats.
Written April 27, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello BigTool, Thank you for sharing your experience at Doolin Cave! It sounds like you made the most of a rainy day by exploring this fascinating underground wonder. I appreciate your humorous title—caves do tend to have their own "indoor" weather with all that moisture! The Great Stalactite is indeed a remarkable feature and definitely a highlight of the tour. It’s great to hear that your guide was knowledgeable and added depth to your visit with insights into the cave's geology and history. And who can resist tasty baked treats after a tour? It’s those little extras that can make an outing even more enjoyable. I’m glad you had a positive experience at Doolin Cave, despite the Irish weather. Thank you for your review! Best regards, Doolin Cave Management Team
Written July 4, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

HakunaMatataMCS
Wexford, Ireland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Today we visited the Cliffs of Moher and on the way I saw a sign for Doolin Cave so I thought we may as well have a look.

OMG. Talk about a hidden treasure... It was spectacular. Why is this place not highlighted as one of our spectacular places to visit... Largest stalactite in Europe, 3rd biggest in the world.

I would also like to compliment the staff, I phoned to enquire and the lady on the phone was really helpful and accommodating. The guide was fabulous, very knowledgeable and entertaining and the best bit was that we were not rushed. I have been on tours like this before where I hardly had time to draw a breath. There was time to take photos, ask questions and it was very relaxed, as holiday activities should be.

Thank you all for a wonderful experience. I'm certainly going to encourage lots of people to visit.
Written June 28, 2021
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Thank you for the 5* review and your feedback. We're so happy that you enjoyed the experience and thanks a lot for recommending us to your friends. Much appreciated.
Written July 7, 2021
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PaulaGalvin
Kildare, Ireland1,127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Whilst not as big nor as spectacular as Ailwee caves, Doolin cave is worth a visit. Walk from Doolin visit in the morning, visit the cave and then go back to one of the great pubs in Doolin for a pint and spot of lunch.
Interesting stalagmites and stalactites to view.
Written August 20, 2021
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Thank you for your review and your feedback. Both Doolin Cave and Aillwee Cave are unique in their own ways, and we would encourage anyone visiting North Clare to experience both of these geological wonders. We're delighted you enjoyed the experience. Much appreciated.
Written September 1, 2021
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