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Stalagmites and stalactites in Ailwee Cave - Galway city

Aillwee Cave in County Clare

Geography & Nature

Aillwee Cave in County Clare


Aillwee Cave

Located in the heart of the Burren in County Clare. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountain side with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway bay. It is a must for all who find themselves in the area. Let the staff at Aillwee Cave welcome your groups to the dramatic underworld of this area. Expert guides will accompany and inform visitors during their leisurely tour.


The tour consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, underworld formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! Take in its unique cave features and marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the now extinct brown bears bones (ursos arctos). With its stalactites, stalagmites, relics of bears and waterfalls, the Aillwee Cave, beneath the Burren, has become one of Ireland’s leading caverns.


Birds of Prey Centre

The Birds of Prey Centre is home to one of the largest collections of eagles, owls, falcons and hawks in the country. It presents dynamic and fascinating flying displays, where the visitor can interact and get up close and personal to the birds.



Photo Gallery
The birds of prey centre is home to many eagles, hawks and falcons such as Sika
There are plenty of flying displays and opportunities to get close to the birds
The cave offers many beautiful caverns to explore
There are also deep chasms in the cave
Useful Information
Opening Hours

January & February

Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 hrs

March – June         

Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 hrs

July & August             

Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.30 hrs

September & October

Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.30 hrs

November & December       

Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 hrs


Flying displays usually at 12.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs every day and during peak months at 12.00 hrs, 14.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs.


The cave and the birds of prey centre are closed 24th – 26th December and 1st January.


Notes for Group Leaders

Visits in November & December are by appointment only.

Duration of Visit

Approximately 60 minutes for the cave. Flying displays last approximately 30 minutes.



Ballyvaghan Co. Clare

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