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Mitchelstown Cave

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Address: Cahir, Ireland
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Thank Tyler B
Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The Caves here definitely deserve to be on every tourist map. Perhaps better signage is required to ensure they are on the tourist trail. The Tour Guide was brilliant. I wonder Why the entrance is not more developed, but once below ground, these caves are as good as any show caves on this island.

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Thank Eileen G
Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

From the beggining until the end you feel like you're living in a different time! The caves are absolutely magical and I would definitely recommend it for people who appreciates history and nature!

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Killarney, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Unexpected beauty down in the ground. People tend to pass this place by, but they sure miss something. Even if it's just the chance of a sing song underground! Cold, so prepare. Don't pass by, go in!

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Mullingar, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

It's in the middle of nowhere and would not be suitable for children under 4, was surprisingly interesting as entrance not commercialised like the Aliwee caves , thought €20 for a family of 4 was expensive , tour guide was very nice and friendly

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Portmarnock, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Didn't expect much and was astonished by the Experience. You really feel that you're going down!!!! And they kept the cave in a state that allows the site to remain relatively unspoiled by human presence. Went in with 2 and 7 years old kids, they both loved it.... Expect a bit of carrying alone the way though!

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Cahir, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Deep underground cave, excellent commentary by the guide.wonderful caverns with stalactites, and stalagmites,rivers of marble. Beautiful!

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Thank Caroline B
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We came across a sign for the cave by accident and I'm really glad that we did. The cave was discovered by an ancestor of the present owners and it has a grassroots feel. There is no gift shop or cafe and it's doesn't take away from the experience at all. There is a small picnic area beside the car... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

A very nice limestone cave which its sightseeing is a good worth. We entered with out baby who was in a carrier. The guide was nice and explained to us everything about the cave. We were surprised to hear that occasionally small concerts are organised in and even sushi is eaten.

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