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Mitchelstown Cave

Burncourt E21 H920, Ireland
+353 52 746 7246
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Very interesting and the tour guides are really good, so glad we went. Kids absolutely loved it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Teresa B
Spectacular cave

its my second time to be there, last time I was only a kid but it has been commercialised or... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
m w
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One of europes major showcaves, discovered in 1833 by michael condon who was quarrying limestone when his crowbar slipped into a crevasse. He removed a few boulders to retrieve the bar, next minute he found himself looking down into a vast network of passages and caverns. In order to protect the caves natural state guided tours were quickly organised. Tours were conducted through the cave by candlelight untill 1972 when it was the first cave in Ireland to be electrified. Today on the guided tour you visit three massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations and one of europes finest columns the inspiring Tower of Babel which stands some 9m in height. Mitchelstown Cave is situated midway between Cahir and Mitchelstown. Take exits 11 or 12 on the M8. Sat Nav. DMS 52,18'20.7" 8, 06' 31.4"W Minimum 2 adults for a tour.
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Burncourt E21 H920, Ireland
+353 52 746 7246
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and the tour guides are really good, so glad we went. Kids absolutely loved it, and really good value.

Thank Teresa B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

its my second time to be there, last time I was only a kid but it has been commercialised or developed like the open in Clare, its up in a field at the side of someone's house just like I remembered, Its got very good...More

Thank m w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very wet, foggy and damp day outside the cave but it didn't detract from what's to see inside. Well worth a visit. Our guide was Aoife, extremely pleasant and confidently answered any questions. Very knowledgeable. It was not rushed and there was ample time...More

Thank dorothyheaphy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hidden gem! Only 20 minutes wait for our amazing tour to start. Great uncommercialised cave, beautifully preserved and well kept. We really enjoyed the experience. On site there is also picnic tables! Beautiful place!

Thank sunshineclubwexford
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I stumbled across a sign for these caves when we were driving. The tour is only 8 euro and it is well worth the money. The cave is millions of years with massive stalitikes and stalagmites.

Thank Sally R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped here on a drive from Killarney to Kilkenny to stretch our legs. It was a nice stop. Don't expect to stop and get right in as you can only get in on guided tours every 15-30 minutes. It was a...More

Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We went here with a teenager, something different to do for an afternoon. It was really interesting and not so strenuous that a "quite unfit" person couldn't manage it..!! There were lots of people on out tour; adults, teens and very young kids. It's not...More

Thank Amanda S
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

After parking the car, and paying a small admission fee, 100m walk lead us to the cave entrance. The tour guide, one of the descendants of the farmer who discovered the cave, was very informative and well spoken, the tone and speed meant that everyone...More

Thank M C
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

The tour lasts about 40 minutes and takes you 1km into the cave. Wear comfortable shoes, there are also 90 very steep steps to walk on the way in/out of the cave. Wearing a light jumper or jacket would also be a good idea. It...More

1  Thank Jason E
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Brilliant!, it cost 15 euro for 2 kids and one adult which I thought was very reasonable because it included a guided tour. The caves themselves are privately owned which makes it all that more impressive because there's absolutely nothing commercial about this geological wonder....More

Thank DadWillYou
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Jordyn B
22 July 2016|
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Response from pathfinderpat | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jordyn. It is my understanding that the Mitchelstown Caves may not be open on the days you mention. They operate on reduced hours from November to February, though it seems that they open on the weekends during this time... More
12 July 2015|
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Response from john e | Property representative |
HI There's no minimum age for a visit. A four year old should manage just fine.

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