Aillwee Cave
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A warm welcome awaits everyone at this Multi Award Winning destination attraction. Aillwee is simply unmissable when visiting The Burren and County Clare! Unlock many secrets of The Burren through unique underground and overground experiences. Be educated, engaged and entertained on your day out at Aillwee Burren Experience! Accompany the guides to the surprising Burren underworld @ Aillwee, unlocking an intriguing, timeless story. Closely appreciate the silent and majestic Birds of Prey @ Aillwee. Daily interactive Flying Displays reveal varied Raptor species that delight and excite. The Farm Shop @ Aillwee is a ‘Hidden Gem’. Watch traditional, sustainable farmhouse methods used in creating the unique Award-Winning Burren Gold Cheese. Taste several varieties and creamy, buttery Fudge too! Sampling, of course, is encouraged! Enjoy an accessible, easy-going hike through the mature, eight-acre, native Holly, Ash and Hazel Woodland @ Aillwee.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • hsg52
    Nashua, New Hampshire174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting!
    This was an unplanned addition to our tour of Ireland, but very much worth it. If you’re fascinated by geology, you’ll like this. Our tour guide is a caver and has been much farther into the cave than we were allowed to go. So he was very knowledgeable and informative. For anyone with mobility issues, this is a mostly flat walking tour so accessible for most people I think. I loved it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • notsofussy186605
    Dublin, Ireland30 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasent but overpriced for quick tour
    Visited with family. The guide was enthusiastic but really gave little information about formation etc. Short visit gor the price. The coffee shop is limited and the gift shop is a typical tourist gift shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Rob O
    Athy, Ireland24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip, bring a picnic.
    We've visited the caves quite a few times now, have to say the guide this time was exceptionally good, I cant remember his name but a guy with black beard. Welcoming staff, go to birds of prey first, always an education on some amazing feathered friends and fun to have them fly close. Overall the full experience is well worth the trip. There used to be a coffee shop serving sandwiches and soup in the cave visiting ctr but unfortunately its not there anymore, there is a little coffee area outside but not serving anything other than cakes and tea/coffee. Bring a packed lunch if you need to have a bite while out. However it's a highly recommended trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 August 2023
  • P H
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    An absolute must, from 4yr old to 70+ grandparents! Very well presented and organized. Fascinating trip through the cave guided by knowledgeable friendly youngsters. We've been going for 45 yrs, 3rd generation enthralled as we're all the others. An easy walk through (obviously avoiding low rock formations at times) The birds of Prey experience is great fun and informative and we didn't feel ripped off, good value for money especially when you learn that money goes towards research and maintenance of these endangered species. My only suggestion would be more comprehensive catering as they did years ago. It's quite remote in the Burren and by the time we had walked down to the Birds of Prey and up through the woodland we were hungry! A bowl of soup for example would have gone down a treat while we were waiting our turn to be guided through the cave. Overall a great experience which we return to every year.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Cassandra F
    Port Coquitlam, Canada92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Tour
    Stopped here during a Lally bus tour and decided to go on the tour of the caves. A fun experience! Our tour guide Dylan (sorry not sure of the spelling) was funny and kept us engaged for the whole tour and had us all laughing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Sarah B
    London, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun few hours.
    We really enjoyed our tour through the cave. My 4 y/o coped fine, the walk isn’t too strenuous although low in places. Guide was knowledgeable. We also enjoyed the birds of prey demonstration.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 October 2023
  • LyndalJ
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out on The Burren
    This was a fantastic experience on a blustery day in The Burren. I happened to arrive ten minutes before the raptor demonstration, where a very skilled and funny handler called Garry treated us to insights and great flying from a Batleur Eagle and a Falcon. The birds fly free and he was skilled at filling in with commentary while waiting for them to come back to him for feeding. We learned a lot about their behaviours, their skills and their hunting capabilities. When that finished I drove up the hill to the cave tour, only had to wait ten minutes til it started. The Cave is delightful, with four waterfalls internally, easy access by foot and lots of history from our guide. Unfortunately I couldn't stay to explore the cheese room, but it was all great value for money. I'd love to go back again just to hear Garry expound on different bird species.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Rose L
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Visit
    Wow! What an experience. From start to finish it was flawless. Firstly I booked the wrong date and contacted Aliwee Caves who immediately transferred my tickets to the date I meant to book. I have 2 kids. A teen who is obviously gone from Santa and an 11 year old who we suspect is playing the game so this was our last Santa trip and wanted it to be special. We were not disappointed. Every one of the staff were friendly and made sure to draw my teen in to the fun also. The presents they got were amazing. Really catered to their ages. My son said it was the best ever which is exactly what we were aiming for. Birds of prey were beautiful and the farm shop is well worth a visit. Highly recommend and only disappointed we didn't do it when they were smaller. It would have bowled them over. So magical. Thank you Aliwee Caves.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • Valerie L
    Limerick, Ireland2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Family Experience
    Paid a family visit to Aillwee Cave + Bird of Prey Centre with my children yesterday and we had a very enjoyable few hours there. The birds of prey area is very clean and well laid out with information on each bird as you view them. You would need to check when the Birds of Prey Displays are on as they are not to be missed and the staff are so funny and entertaining, if you answer a question about the particular bird correctly the children get to put on the glove and have the bird fly onto their arm. Staff are always happy and on hand to answer any questions, very educational for kids. Afterwards we went up the hill to take a guided tour of the cave which lasts about 40 minutes and a lovely staff member took us through a 1km walk of the cave explaining the background to it's discovery. There are 3 shops in total including a farm shop between the 2 centers. One tip though, eat before you into the Bird of Prey Centre as staff are very clear about not eating food around the birds. Paid €70 for 2 adults and 2 kids (which helps with conservation) and honestly it was well worth it as we spent circa 3 hours here. Great family day out and the views are nothing short of spectacular when you get to the car park of Aillwee Caves.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 February 2024
  • MacyandDan
    San Diego, California342 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place to Visit if You Are In The Area
    This review is only for the cave tour itself. Would have loved to have seen the Birds of Prey show, but scheduling did not permit it. (We visited the cave as part of a small third party tour based out of Galway that was headed to the Cliffs of Moher.) The cave is located in a lovely area on the way to Cliffs, with nice scenery along the way. I am glad it was part of our tour, because it would be a long drive just to see the cave itself. I recall that the tour itself is less than 30 minutes. It is clean, mildly lit and starts in a nice little gift shop with clean restrooms. The tour itself is well designed, with a nice, even paved concrete path for those who are ambulatory inside the cave which was very well done, and it's generally well lit. There are some low cielings and large rocks sticking out, but the guide was careful to point these out. At one point, the guide will ask permission for all lights to go dark to show the true natural darkness of the cave, and only for a few seconds. Good picture opportunities of the water, stalagtites and stalagmites in the cave itself. The history of the cave is very interesting, as is the work that has been done to open it up to the public. There is a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats that reside in the cave, but sadly we were not able to see them. Highly recommend it if you happen to be in the area. Guides and staff were very nice and helpful.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 February 2024
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TimotiusFinn
Amsterdam, The Netherlands135 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
We went to Aillwee caves because locals recommended to do so. From the beginning on the place felt touristic. Strangely tickets are sold at the cave entrance but firstly say you should go back down to the bird show.
The bird show is okeyish but hard to hear when they talk. But not that impressive.

The caves themselves are an absolute joke. €52 euro admission (for two persons, for a family almost €100!) for 500 meters of cave of which 250 meters is a straight tunnel made by men. We didn’t understand why one needs a guide with you because you can’t really can’t get lost or go anywhere else than following the path that goes round. The guide pushes panels of buttons here and there that turn lights on and off, which we didn’t understand why.
The caves are polluted by a touristy atmosphere in which there is a concrete pavement made on the floor, handrails, electricity cables and lamps (spots) everywhere and the worst these projectors that project a bear and bats. I guess for kids?

The entire original “cave atmosphere” is gone. The only thing that was nice was the waterfall but that was kinda it. Better would have been to have the original cave and cave floor as it was, it is a cave, not Disneyland, so it doesn’t need all this touristy things or perfect walkways. Turn off the lights (maybe only a few), give everyone a flashlight, and the experience might have been thousand times more fun!

Conclusion:
Overpriced, touristy, not impressive
Written 9 July 2024
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tshep42
Halifax, Canada4,152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We did this as part of a bus tour to the Cliffs of Moher and enjoyed it. Your takes about a half hour. I didn’t find it too claustrophobic and I’m not a big fan of tight spaces. There is a tour guide who stops about 6 times and explains a lot about the creation and discovery of the caves by turning on and off various lights.
Great little gift shop and small cafe.
Written 3 July 2024
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Fearless65475438732
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Way overpriced in my opinion. The Birds of Prey show was cancelled because of wind, but the alternative talk was too busy to hear and didn’t compare at all to the show.
The caves are impressive but the whole experience is way too commercial. The cheese and fudge tasting was a joke - samples were too tiny to taste and the lady serving laughed at my children reaching for a taste - very judgemental and rude!
Written 5 May 2024
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gary f
Cleveland, OH310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Aillwee Cave is a really nice adventure that's easy to hike. It's a lovely drive there and when you arrive the gift shop is the main entrance where you meet your tour guide. The cave itself is very user friendly and there is s paved sidewalk that you walk upon during your hike. If you're a hard core caver this place will be a letdown, but if you have a family with kids, it's a must do. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. All in all, Aillwee Cave is a very nice place that's family friendly.
Written 23 April 2024
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rachael
County Dublin, Ireland63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great day out. Very busy but the system was very quick and efficient to check in for the tour. Cian was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and friendly. Went to the bird of prey after. Overall a great day out for anybody.
Written 2 April 2024
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MacyandDan
San Diego, CA342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This review is only for the cave tour itself. Would have loved to have seen the Birds of Prey show, but scheduling did not permit it. (We visited the cave as part of a small third party tour based out of Galway that was headed to the Cliffs of Moher.) The cave is located in a lovely area on the way to Cliffs, with nice scenery along the way. I am glad it was part of our tour, because it would be a long drive just to see the cave itself. I recall that the tour itself is less than 30 minutes. It is clean, mildly lit and starts in a nice little gift shop with clean restrooms. The tour itself is well designed, with a nice, even paved concrete path for those who are ambulatory inside the cave which was very well done, and it's generally well lit. There are some low cielings and large rocks sticking out, but the guide was careful to point these out. At one point, the guide will ask permission for all lights to go dark to show the true natural darkness of the cave, and only for a few seconds. Good picture opportunities of the water, stalagtites and stalagmites in the cave itself. The history of the cave is very interesting, as is the work that has been done to open it up to the public. There is a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats that reside in the cave, but sadly we were not able to see them. Highly recommend it if you happen to be in the area. Guides and staff were very nice and helpful.
Written 29 February 2024
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Valerie L
Limerick, Ireland2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Paid a family visit to Aillwee Cave + Bird of Prey Centre with my children yesterday and we had a very enjoyable few hours there. The birds of prey area is very clean and well laid out with information on each bird as you view them. You would need to check when the Birds of Prey Displays are on as they are not to be missed and the staff are so funny and entertaining, if you answer a question about the particular bird correctly the children get to put on the glove and have the bird fly onto their arm. Staff are always happy and on hand to answer any questions, very educational for kids. Afterwards we went up the hill to take a guided tour of the cave which lasts about 40 minutes and a lovely staff member took us through a 1km walk of the cave explaining the background to it's discovery. There are 3 shops in total including a farm shop between the 2 centers. One tip though, eat before you into the Bird of Prey Centre as staff are very clear about not eating food around the birds. Paid €70 for 2 adults and 2 kids (which helps with conservation) and honestly it was well worth it as we spent circa 3 hours here. Great family day out and the views are nothing short of spectacular when you get to the car park of Aillwee Caves.
Written 16 February 2024
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Nicholas M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The best of all worlds — amazing cave, wonderful guides, beautiful views and surroundings, lovely shops and friendly, helpful staff.
Written 5 January 2024
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Rose L
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Wow! What an experience. From start to finish it was flawless. Firstly I booked the wrong date and contacted Aliwee Caves who immediately transferred my tickets to the date I meant to book. I have 2 kids. A teen who is obviously gone from Santa and an 11 year old who we suspect is playing the game so this was our last Santa trip and wanted it to be special. We were not disappointed. Every one of the staff were friendly and made sure to draw my teen in to the fun also. The presents they got were amazing. Really catered to their ages. My son said it was the best ever which is exactly what we were aiming for. Birds of prey were beautiful and the farm shop is well worth a visit. Highly recommend and only disappointed we didn't do it when they were smaller. It would have bowled them over. So magical. Thank you Aliwee Caves.
Written 23 December 2023
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Siobhan M
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Took the kids to see Santa. Paid nearly €130 for 2 adults and 2 kids under 5 years of age.
Was encouraged through email to be there 2-3 hours before Santa booking to experience all on offer. The Birds of Prey which took 15minutes, a walk with some Christmas lighting and two giftshops was all that was on offer.
When it was nearly our time to see Santa we went to the cave. There was free biscuits and tea/coffee/juice,a free carousel for the kids,free facepainting and a little post office for kids to write letters to Santa.
We were called through to go into the cave to see Santa. Much to my disappointment it was a group visit. Maybe 5 families with about 10 kids total were in our group. If I had known this I would definitely not have booked,especially as it was so pricey. The kids got presents,a jigsaw and the other a little unicorn toy. It was like a cattle mart with groups of families coming and going passing each other in the cave. We were lucky our group appeared smaller than some we passed but I personally would like my kids interaction with Santa to be a little more private than in front of a load of strangers. Weird set-up and obviously just about making as much money as possible. Would not recommend,totally disappointing.
Written 20 December 2023
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