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“Great way to spend a morning”
Review of Doolin Cave

Doolin Cave
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Doolin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Stunning Underworld Experience, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly unique and breathtaking experience:- the largest stalactite in the Norhern Hemisphere. Doolin Cave has a Farmland Nature Trail, which is FREE for its visitors.We have unusual breeds of chickens, sheep, cattle and alovely pygmy goat called Minnie, with her little kid called Vincent Van Goat or Vinnie for short.We have also planted lots of native trees and shrubs and wildflower meadows. Our cafe serves lovely fresh salads, soups, breads and homemade cakes We are very proud to announce that we have recently been awarded a Gold Award from Ecotourism Ireland. Hurray!
Reviewed 17 July 2014

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. This cave is well worth a visit. The tour itself takes about 45mins. The descent into the cave is via a staircase in a vertical shaft, with about 120 steps. There is no access for a buggy, so the toddler had to be carried down and up in our arms....quite tiring, so bear that in mind if you have little ones. The 5 year old was well able for the walk.

Thank wcgibbons
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

Thank you so much for your review of Doolin Cave Yes, it is quite tiring to carry a toddler up the long stairs, but worth it hopefully!

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

At €13.50 it's too expensive for what you get. The Cliffs of Moher cost us €6 and was much more interesting and unique. The tour guide spoke really quickly for foreigners. Really didn't enjoy it.

Thank EddiefromOz
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

So sorry that you did not enjoy your trip to Doolin Cave. We will certainly take on board your comments on the guide's delivery and have them be careful to speak clearly.
Just a little bit of background on the cave, it is a family-run business, set up on private borrowings mostly, (with huge repayments), in contrast to the Cliffs of Moher which is run by the local County Council and publicly funded.
My family, the Brownes, opened the cave to the public to show this amazing work of nature to the world and help conserve it for future generations.

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

When you get a chance to see the largest stalactite in Europe, don't pass it up. Jim was a wonderful guide.

Thank Elliot G
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

Thank you so much for your review of Doolin Cave Yes, it is quite tiring to carry a toddler up the long stairs, but worth it hopefully!

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

A true cave experience -- deep in the bowels of the Burren. Family run cave tour. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Cave itself is interesting but not for the claustrophobic. You descend 200 feet (steps), ceilings are low and cave walls close -- just what you'd expect from a cave. Stalactite is amazing. Topside visitor area has nice cafe.

Thank SouthernLife
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

It is heart-warming to get such a great review, it makes our job so worthwhile. You definitely go deep underground but Mother Nature decided to make us work to go and see one of her wonders!

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Very interesting tour. Not well known in Ireland and yet one of the most spectacular things I have seen in this country. Would recommend to all tourists. Tour takes about an hour. Wear proper shoes aka not sandals :)

Thank karenkelly500
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

Thank you for your great review of the cave and also your tip on footwear, it definitely would not do your sandals or toes any favours!

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