Formed by limestone over 300 million years ago.

History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave to give an interesting and unique situation. Dunmore Cave contains a quarter of a mile of passages and its deepest point is 150 feet below the surface. The Cave was known as one of the darkest places in Ireland. In 928 A.D. the cave was plundered by Godfry and the Vikings of Dublin and more than 1,000 people were slain. In 1999, a hoard of silver and bronze items was discovered in the cave. Archaelogists date the hoard to 970 A.D. The cave is just over a 10 minute drive from Kilkenny city.

Exhibitions and displays in the Visitor Centre. The caves are inaccessible for wheelchair users. The Interactive Virtual Museum includes many treasures found in the Cave including one of the most significant Viking finds in the country.

  • Exhibitions and displays in the Visitor Centre
  • Audio visual covering 4 main topics aimed at all ages and interests
  • Geology and Evolution over 350 million years; Animated Formation of Dunmore Cave; Ecology of Cave and its surrounds, Myth and History of the cave.
Open seasonally

Opening Times
Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Open Bank Holidays.
9.30am to 5.00pm.
Last admission – 3.00pm.


Admission Prices:

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Useful Information

Toilets with disabled access, car / coach park.
Please note there are no tea rooms at this site.

Getting There

The cave is just over a 10 minute drive from Kilkenny city.

Map Location: 52.733998, -7.246992
Contact Dunmore Cave

Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer Road, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Eircode: R95 A972
T: +353 (0)56 776 7726
W: heritageireland.ieplaces-to-visitdunmore-cave
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