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Mitchelstown Cave

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Address: Burncourt, Cahir E21 H920, Ireland
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+353 52 746 7246
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

One of europes major showcaves, discovered in 1833 by michael condon who...

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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We were staying in the area and the cave came up as a thing to do in the area. When we arrived the places looked like a family home in the middle of nowhere. We went to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andrea M
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in the area and the cave came up as a thing to do in the area. When we arrived the places looked like a family home in the middle of nowhere. We went to the window, rang the bell and nice old lady asked if we want ticket and that the next tour is in 45 minutes.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

My husband and I were staying overnight at the nearby Kilcoran Lodge Hotel and we decided to take a tour of the caves as we had never done anything like it before. We were the first there on a drizzly Sunday morning in March, we purchased our tickets and waited for our guide to come. It transpired that we were... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

With my 8 years old daughter we had a good experience and good time.Lovely guide explained perfectly about the story of cave.We enjoyed ıt.Ticket is 20 euro for 2 adult and a child.Some music events was realised ın thıs cave.

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Rockaway Park, New York
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

got through a field on a boiling hot day and descend into the spooky coolness of the areas treasure caves...not many opportunities to feel the power and gifts mother nature presents us with well the mitchelstown caves are surely one of those ..with stalagmites and stalactitesfilling parts of the cave like being in a monsters mouth...a venue for all both... More 

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Definitely a must see an amazing place to visit good mobility required .not suitable for a nervous child as dark and steep and times our six year old loved the adventure of an underground cave suitable foot ware is a must

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

These caves are incredible and surprisingly spacious inside, in fact they are so large that they are occasionally used to stage concerts as well as other events. These caves have not been commercialised like most of the other caves around the country and I think the experience is all the more better for it. Our tour guide Clodagh was excellent,... More 

1 Thank Gary M
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Not very commercial but the caves themselves are amazing. They're long and have a lot to see. There are many stalactites,stalagmites and columns all formed by mineral deposits left behind by dripping water over thousands of years. The caverns or rooms inside the caves are so large that they are able to hold events like concerts. We didn't see this... More 

Thank Noel R
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Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

A true treasure. These caves are not commercialised like other caves in Ireland, making it more fascinating. Our tour guide was fantastic young girl, with excellent knowledge of the caves. She was able to answer all questions put to her. We had our 8 yr old and 5 yr old who were in awe. It helped we told them that... More 

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Western Ireland, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

1/11/16 We really enjoyed the experience . Lovely family afternoon . First time visit for 5 of us out of family of 6 . The view s from the entrance alone of the Galtee Mountains were breath taking . There s a lot of steps as you go down into cave initially , but after that it s all flat... More 

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Hillsborough, Canada
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were there during a dry spell which is a good time to see the crystal formations in the cavern. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. If your able to try to get there for a concert in the cavern.

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