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1. Aillwee Cave

Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

Fax: +353 65 7077107


Aillwee Cave is one of many caves in the Burren area. This cave features an underground river, waterfall, the remains of a bear (long extinct in Ireland) as well as some very impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

The cave was discoverd by Jacko McGann, a herdsmen, in 1944. McGann kept his discovery a secret until the 1970s. It was first opened to the public in 1976.

There is a visitor center are the entrance to the cave with a shop and cafe.

Admission: Adults EUR 10; Children EUR 5; OAP/Students: EUR 8; Group EUR 7.50/per adult. Family tickets tickets are EUR 25 (2 adults + 2 children) or EUR 30 (2 adults + 4 children). The cave tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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2. Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna Mining Experience Co. Ltd., Enterprise Centre, Arigna, Co. Roscommon

Fax: +353 71 9646466


Ireland's First Coal Mining Museum - Ireland's First and Last Coal Mines. In the hill country of North Roscommon, Arigna is situated in a picturesque valley with breathtaking scenery and an unspoiled landscape. Mining was carried out in Arigna for 400 years until 1990 when the last mines closed. The work of a Minor was exhausting and often hazardous, with working conditions that were very harsh and cramped. Experience this for yourself at Arigna Mining Museum. Walk underground through what was the last working mine in Arigna and see how the coal was mined. Take a journey through a part of our national history which you have only ever been able to read about until now.

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3. Glengowla Mines

Oughterard, County Galway

Fax: +353 91 552360

This Connemara mine, abandoned in 1865, is a unique reminder of the 19th century methods of ore extraction and processing. The tour explores large marble chambers and caverns studded with lead and silver pyrite and veins of calcite and quartz.

The mine is noted for its rare and beautiful octahedral crystals of fluorite and quartz. Pitch pine timbers believed to be brought back to the west of Ireland by the emigrant coffin ships are still intact in the mine today.

Historic 19th Century silver and lead mine with guided underground tours every 20 minutes - last tour 5.30 pm. A unique heritage attraction being the only one of its kind in the country. A visit is a pleasurable experience.

Open March to November daily from 10:00 to 18:00. For visits at other times please call in advance.

Admission (2006 prices): Adult: EUR7.50; OAP: EUR6.50; Child: EUR4.00; Family (2 adults + 2 children): EUR22; Groups (16 or over) discount, by advance arrangement.

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4. Doolin Cave

Doolin, Co. Clare


Doolin Cave is home to a wondrous geological phenomenon - The Great Stalactite. Measuring almost 7 metres in length, it is one of the largest free hanging stalactites in the world and the longest stalactite in the northern hemisphere. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that it is held on by a section of calcite, less than 0.3 m square.

Visitors to Doolin Cave will experience an unforgettable adventure. You will become an explorer, donning a hardhat and flashlight as you make your way through the 100m long cave. The chamber housing the sparkling Great Stalactite is subtly lit, to highlight its delicate but awesome splendour.

Visitor numbers are limited, with no more than 20 visitors per tour. Access to the cave is via courtesy coach from Brauch Na Haille Restaurant Doolin Village.

Admission: EUR 20 (adult), EUR 50 (family).

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