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Mitchelstown Cave

Burncourt E21 H920, Ireland
+353 52 746 7246
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Not as touristy in a great way

I was very pleased to go to these caves. I have been to lots of caves, this one was wonderfully... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erin N
Wellington, Colorado
Quite amazing cave and knowledgeable guide

Caves are easy to find and well sign posted. Place itself looked very modest and we were only ones... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tuusula, Finland
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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 1 week ago

I was very pleased to go to these caves. I have been to lots of caves, this one was wonderfully rustic. There was no fancy inn or tourist trap attached to it. The staff were kind and helpful. It was cold rainy day and we...More

Thank Erin N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Caves are easy to find and well sign posted. Place itself looked very modest and we were only ones around so we weren't quite sure was the place open at all. We ring the bell and turned out the caves were open so we bought...More

Thank mambochick
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We had a really good time looking at these caves - our tour guide was really nice and friendly, and gave lots of interesting information. You cannot actually enter the caves without an official tour guide, and we did have a short wait when we...More

Thank GeorgiaHelen90
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

I first visited the caves when I was 6 years old, I’m 11 now and it’s my second visit and it’s even better. Wonderful natural rock formations & the guide was great and informative. Tour takes 30-45 minutes and great value for a family ticket

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Definitely one of the most under commercialized tourist attractions that I have ever been at. Arriving at the caves I was not expecting much but I was proven wrong. This is one of the best caves I have ever been in. The rock formations, stalactites...More

Thank twosean
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Good value for money. Tour guide very good and very imformative. Good way to spend an hour. Obviously the ground is uneven and damp in places so I would recommend good shoes or at the very least trainers

Thank allyg1185
Reviewed 3 September 2017

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 23 August 2017

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 22 August 2017

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 21 August 2017

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
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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.