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The average visit to Doolin Cave lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The guided tour of Doolin Cave lasts 50 minutes with a tour capacity of 20 people. The tour frequency is every half hour during summer season and every hour on the hour for the rest of the year.

It is worth noting there are 125 steps into and 125 steps out of the cave. Level of fitness is moderate. There is a handrail all the way down and there is a landing every ten steps. 

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Tour Info

Cave Tour

The cave tour encompasses two chambers. The Main Chamber houses the Great Stalactite and here the visitor can appreciate the grandeur of the miraculous natural formation. It’s a great place to take photographs of the astounding Great Stalactite and appreciate the chandelier sculpted by the delicate hands of Mother Nature. The Second Chamber is home to an array of fascinating straw stalactites, helicities and bell jar formations.   


After the guided tour, visitors are invited to extend their adventure over ground to a charming farmland nature Eco-Trail that takes a looped walk around the cave setting.

Gift Shop & Pottery

When you’re finished the trail, you can browse and purchase our resident Doolin Cave Pottery, amongst other innovative local arts and crafts, in the Doolin Cave gift shop and relax and indulge in our lovely onsite café.  

What to Bring

  • The temperature in the cave remains a constant 11°C (52°F) so it feels cool in summer and warm in the winter. A light jacket or warm sweater will keep you cosy for the tour.
  • A sturdy pair of walking boots or shoes is advisable. Open-toed footwear is not suitable for the cave tour as it is slightly muddy with uneven terrain underfoot.
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good to know

  • Upon arrival please collect your tickets at Reception for your guided tour.
  • There are 125 steps into and out of the cave. There is a handrail all the way down and there is a landing every ten steps.
  • All visitors must wear a hard hat, which will be supplied to you at the beginning of the tour, as the cave passage is low in places.
  • Face masks are optional and may be worn by visitors at their own discretion.
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  • “Unique Stalactite and Tour; Well Worth It! This was an unexpected highlight of our stay in Doolin. We went to the cave more out of curiosity than anything else but ended up feeling like it was one of the highlights of our stay in County Clare. The introductory panels in the visitor’s center provided us with good background information that set us up well for the tour. Our tour guide was excellent from start to finish”

    eaglelake20 – NewYork

    – June, 2022

  • “Doolin Cave, just another Cave.. No! This Cave is exceptional, It’s the first time I’ve been awe struck and really felt like an explorer. I’ve been down many caves, but this one is the only one that touched my heart and caused me to have great respect for life and our living planet. The separation between the noisy commercial rat race and the serene peaceful heartbeat of the earth is very tangible. It certainly makes me believe in the Creator of Life.. please don’t miss the opportunity, make the opportunity it’s life lasting .”

    John O’ Regan – Google Review

    – June, 2023

  • “Fabulous experience, very interesting and informative tour. The cave is terrific and well maintained. The nature walk is beautiful. The coffee shop serves lovely coffee and scrumptious cakes. All the staff in the complex were very pleasant, helpful and efficient”

    Michael Macken – Google Review

    – May, 2023

  • “A fantastic experience. The tour takes place every hour and is carried out very professionally, personably and with a lot of humor. The descent is quite easy, but you should be prepared for numerous slightly wet and slippery steps. It is also very fresh in the cave. Therefore, dress sufficiently thickly and wear sturdy shoes. But the descent and the tour itself are breathtaking and absolutely worth the effort!”

    Philip A. – Google Review

    – June, 2023

  • “Spectacular! Cian our guide did a SUPER job. This is absolutely SPECTACULAR. I hadn’t read much about the caves so when we turned the corner and saw this amazing view – the stalactite, we were awe struck. Top spot in Clare for sure. Coffee n toastie at the coffee shop was yummy and the young ladies on duty were efficient professional and very friendly GOOD JOB!”

    Rita C – Dublin

    – June, 2023

  • “Wow, what can I say.. I’ll keep it brief. This was an absolute hidden gem in the Burren, and the highlight of our stay! Seeing the stalactite in all its glory was amazing. We believe it’s the largest in Europe, and quite staggering to find it in the tiny village of Doolin. The tour guide (apologies, forgot your name) was very informative and friendly. The tour itself was brilliant, and such a unique experience that we will never forget”


    – September, 2022

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