Aillwee Cave and its Birds of Prey Centre is a very special place in the heart of the Burren

Discover the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape with a 35 minute guided tour through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears.

Visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in Ireland including Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures. Expert bird handlers, audio guides and information boards provide detailed information on all these raptors. Daily flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful birds in dramatic free flight.

Be sure to taste the award-winning farmhouse cheese from the Farmshop at Aillwee Cave too! You may even be lucky enough to see the cheese maker at work.

  • Beautiful waterfalls and incredible cave formations
  • Birds of Prey in dramatic free flight against the backdrop of the Burren landscape
  • The chance to get up-close to raptors from Ireland and all over the world
  • The opportunity to hone your archery skills and learn how to make fire
  • Taste the award winning Burren Gold Cheese

Open Daily Year Round

Please check for opening times as may change due to Covid-19.

Guided Cave Tours & Flying Displays at the Birds of Prey Centre are available, please check for times.

Prebooking, to maintain social distancing for the comfort and safety of our visitors and team is essential.
Please book online at

“Updated 28/09/2020”


Admission Prices 2020

Cave Tour & Birds of Prey Centre
Adult: €22.00
Child: €12.00
Family Tickets: €52.00/€58.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Information leaflets available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Irish.
Audio guides available in English.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Cafe serving soups, sandwiches, hot meals, home baking and a range of hot beverages along with wine and Irish Coffee.

SHOPPING: Gift Shop and Farm Shop selling crafts, gifts, clothing, accessories, books and food.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Caves are not wheelchair accessible. The Birds of Prey Centre and all other buildings are fully accessible.

GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 15 people). Pre-booking required.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available in the Aillwee Cave Access building.


  • Primary Times Award Santa’s Workshop @ Aillwee – 2015.
  • 1976 – 40 years of Cead Mile Failte – 2016.
  • Best Irish Cheese – Burren Gold @ Aillwee – 2015.
  • The Birds of Prey Centre was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
  • European Destination of Excellence Award EDEN for tourism and gastronomy – 2015, along with other members of the Burren Food Trail.
Getting There

Located just 4km from Ballyvaughan, one hour from Shannon Airport or Galway City and just 90 minutes from Limerick City.

Map Location: 53.089128, -9.143667
Contact Ailwee Cave and Birds of Prey Educational Centre

Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

Eircode: H91 AX26
T: +353 (0)65 707 7036
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