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Aillwee Cave

Aillwee CaveThe Barran
Telephone: 065 707 7036


One of the oldest caves in Ireland, Aillwee Cave was formed by the erosive power of glacial melt waters of an early ice age that created a river running deep underneath Aillwee mountain.

The river has subsided leaving behind one of Ireland's most stunning caves ready for you and yours to explore!
A guided tour will take you through the large caverns and illuminated tunnels, over bridges and passed waterfalls. Special events are held here at Christmas and Easter.
There is a craftshop, farm shop, tea room, garden shop, dairy where you can see cheese being made! So it's a great place to take the grandparents along with you with stuff for them to amble around too!
While at Aillwee Cave, walk up Aillwee Mountain to take in the spectacular views of the valley, Galway Bay and the Connemara Mountains for some fantastic photos or wander through the woodland trail in Hazel Woods maintained to preserve and encourage the natural flora and fauna of the area. You may even come across examples of prehistoric dwellings, guaranteed to get little imaginations going!

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It may be worth checking out Aillwee Cave's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Aillwee Cave before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:

March / April from 10 AM until 5.30 PM

May / June from 10 AM until 5.30 PM

July / August from 10 AM until 6.30 PM

September / October from 10 AM until 5.30 PM

1st November to 27th December from 10 AM until 5 PM

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:

Cave & Birds of Prey Ticket (can be purchased separately):

Adult €18

Child €10

Family €50


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Aillwee CaveThe Barran
Telephone: 065 707 7036