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Dunmore Cave
Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny
Make your way to Dunmore Cave, just 10km from Kilkenny City. A blend of history and geology gives you a fascinating learning experience. The cave contains some of Ireland's finest calcite cave formations.

Head to Dunmore Cave in County Kilkenny and get an insight into this intriguing landmark. The cave was first mentioned in the 9th-century collection of Irish Triads, but other annals speak of Viking activity within this mighty cave.

Learn about the cave and region in the visitor centre with its informative audiovisual presentation on the impressive geology and evolution of the area spanning 350 million years. Admire the animated formation of Dunmore Cave, learn about its ecology and its bloody Viking massacre in 928.

Enjoy the interactive Virtual Museum to see several treasures found in the cave and sign up for a guided tour of a place where Viking history and myths spring from the shadows. Admire the series of chambers formed over millions of years with stunning calcite formations.

Take a break at Madeleine's Tea Room which is open daily during the peak season and enjoy a hot drink and delicious sweet treats.

Why we like it
  • Discover one of Ireland's finest calcite cave formations.
  • Learn about the thrilling Viking activity in the cave.
  • Take a guided tour of the underground chambers.
  • Have a sweet treat and a break at Madeleine's Tea Room.
Tips from locals

Experience what true darkness feels like, for just a moment, during the guided tour.

Tips from locals

Enjoy an easy trail walk, say 'hello 'to the deer and have a picnic at Jenkinstown Forest Park just 10 minutes away from Dunmore Cave.

Family friendly
Rainy days
Free car parking
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Contact details
Castlecomer Road,Ballyfoyle,Co Kilkenny,Republic of Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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