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Review of Doolin Cave

Doolin Cave
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US$17.35*
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Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Doolin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Stunning Underworld Experience, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly unique and breathtaking experience:- the largest stalactite in the Norhern Hemisphere. Doolin Cave has a Farmland Nature Trail, which is FREE for its visitors.We have unusual breeds of chickens, sheep, cattle and alovely pygmy goat called Minnie, with her little kid called Vincent Van Goat or Vinnie for short.We have also planted lots of native trees and shrubs and wildflower meadows. Our cafe serves lovely fresh salads, soups, breads and homemade cakes We are very proud to announce that we have recently been awarded a Gold Award from Ecotourism Ireland. Hurray!
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Had a lovely trip to the Doolin caves. I was a little early for the tour when I arrived, so got a very tasty sandwich with locally sourced ingredients. When it was time for the tour, there was only one other lady. Our guide, Tristan, was a nice young fellow, who was very knowledgeable about the history and site. The hard hats were a lifesaver, as I scraped the top a few times. I still can't wrap my head around how the two guys who found the place got through it. There were a number of interesting things pointed out to as we went through and plenty of time was allowed for photos. The highlight of course is the main stalactite, a true natural wonder. Again plenty of time was given to photos (possibly a little too much, as the tour behinds us was catching up) and Tristan guessing games were fun as we discovered the make up of the stalactite (maybe went on a little to long). We entered the final cave and then returned to the surface. The trip back up the stairs was quite a work out but seats were on every landing to allow rest if needed. We found out at the end that Tristan is only at this two weeks, he was well trained and had all the info

Definitely worth a visit, price was a little on the high side but a good way to spend an hour. .

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Shanemulc
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

Great review, thanks, and I will tell Tristan to shorten his guessing games!

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

My husband and I were driving around Ireland on vacation and just happened across Doolin's cave so we stopped in to check it out. It's mind boggling how many years it took to form the stalactite & how much work it took a few people to make this accessible to the average person. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who made sure to point out fossils of prehistoric worms on the way down & other interesting features. How any times in your life will you be able to walk deep into a cave and marvel at mother nature? It's well worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

An awesome experience that the normal person would never get the opportunity to see if it wasn't for the entrepreneurial investment by owner of the Doolin cave. I thank them for making it possible for my wife and I to see this magnificent find that has only been seen by locals willing to crawl for hours to see.

Date of experience: June 2014
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Thank you so much for your appreciation of Doolin Cave. My husband and I spent 16 years trying to open the cave against all sorts of opposition. Someday one of us may write a book on our experience.
Helen

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Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

The famous stalactite is worth a visit. You can really imagine what it was like for the cavers who first found this impressive piece of stone.

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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Great you enjoyed your trip to Doolin Cave and yes, it was very brave of Brian Varley and Mike Dickenson to explore it first in 1952
Helen

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Didn't know this existed. Great little shop, free wifi, tea shop and about a 40 minute tour. Mason was our guide and he was a student of geology and science which made it quite interesting. Lots of stairs. In fact they remind you 125 steps down and them 125 back down. Kids loved it.

Date of experience: June 2014
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JHBrowne, Owner at Doolin Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Thank you Jackie for your lovely review, Mason is thrilled that you enjoyed his tour.
Helen

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