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Aillwee Cave

Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Republic of Ireland

  • Man in Aillwee Cave in Ballyvaughan
  • Seating area at Aillwee Cave in Ballyvaughan

Attraction Information

  • Caves and Mines icon Caves and Mines

Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

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 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 craft shop, 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!


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


The Barran, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, IE


Click here to visit Aillwee Cave's website
065 707 7036

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed 24th to 26th December and 1st January.


From €9.00


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