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“Expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Doolin Cave

Doolin Cave
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Doolin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 a 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!
Wexford
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“Expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

The cave is a long way down the steps and so a long way back up .The guide was informative although there is not much to tell.
The nature trail is not very good.
I thought they should have made more of the original entrance to the cave which is at the end of the nature trail.

Visited June 2013
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Hi
pity you did not find the cave interesting, have a look at the next review on June 20th where the reviewer found the cave and the guide very interesting. Pity poor Mother Nature after all the time and trouble to grow such an incredibly large stalactite!
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“Great fun with minor risks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

As you enter the place you will see that the place is quite small. But under-ground its very large. The stalactite is huge. As per the guide its the largest stalactite by volume in the world. The guide was excellent. The way he explained the each and every miniscule details was absorbing. The caves are of clay so there is possibility that you can get your clothes dirty. Also you have to wear helmets at all times since the tunnels are suite small. There is a small pathway to experience how to crawl into small places and explore. The temperature in the caves is always 12 deg so can be visited during anytime of the year.

In short its great place to see the natural under-ground system.

Visited June 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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“Unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

After speaking to the locals ( actually they were from Galway) , my mother and I learned this was a must-see. So we checked it out yesterday at the 5 pm tour. Though the stalactite was impressive, our guide really made the experience worthwhile. (I believe his name was Kevin.) It is great to have a guide with a passion for geology and it really helps you to appreciate just how unique this cave is. The steps were not so bad by the way. Yes, there were a bunch and a little slippery, but my mom is 68 and had no problems. There is a platform every 10 steps or so for those that need a rest. Overall, we loved it and the goats on the roof!

Visited June 2013
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
We are delighted you enjoyed your trip to Doolin Cave and pass on our regards to your Galway friend for their recommendation.
Kevin is thrilled with your kind comments. He just passed his final exams in geology at NUI Galway last week.
Thanks,
Helen
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“Eeeh, that's a big stalactite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Opened relatively recently, so it has to compete with Ailwee Caves just up the road. But the two caves offer different things, so I would recommend seeing both if you can.

The Doolin Cave visit requires a reasonable level of fitness, as the 120+ steps down to the cave have to be climbed again to get back out!. But it's worth it. The tour explains how the cave was found and then excavated for safer viewing. A little geological history accompanies the tour as well, all of which leads you to the first chamber, and the rather impressive stalactite that it contains.

The site and facilities at Doolin Cave are still fairly small, but it doesn't suffer as a result. The cafe is very good, with some delicious cakes on offer, and the shop is filled with the usual paddywhackery you might expect. The farmland trail that is free to all visitors to the cave is modest at present, but in a year or two when the plants have had a chance to grow up, it'll be utterly glorious!

And don't forget to pop down to the original cave entrance so you can ask yourself just what the lads who found the cave were thinking when they decided to crawl into that hole.

There's not many visitor attractions that personally bid you a warm farewell and thanks as you leave; just another aspect that gives this place charm.

Visited June 2013
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DoolinCave, Public Relations Manager at Doolin Cave, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you for the great review of Doolin Cave, we are delighted that you enjoyed the visit. We are working on updating the craft shop at the moment and we have some fabulous handmade pottery, made using clay from deep within the cave, for sale. If you visit the area again be sure to pop back in.
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“Definitely worth a detour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

I agree with other reviewers in that this is more suitable for older children and adults. It passes a good hour, has a satisfying wow factor when the guide hits the light switch, and boasts a rather superior cafe. What really set it apart for me though, was the quality of the guide, who was well-informed and easy-going, and communicated his enthusiasm articulately and fluently. Top marks.

Visited May 2013
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DoolinCave, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you vey much for the great review of Doolin Cave, we are delighted you enjoyed the wonder of the Great Stalactite. Our tour guides are local and very knowledgeable about the cave and its surroundings, I will be sure to pass on your lovely comments.
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