Formed by limestone over 300 million years ago.

History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave. The unique caves consist of a series of chambers and contain some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. The cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads. Archaeological finds within the cave confirm Viking activity, there are 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.
09:30 to 17:00h
Last admission – 16:ooh

Check website for up-to-date opening dates and times


Admission Prices:

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

Useful Information
  • Exhibition
  • Guided Tours available
  • Car Park
  • Toilet facilities
  • Not accessible for wheelchair users. May not be suitable for very young children
  • Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear due to uneven terrain
Getting There

10km from Kilkenny, 1km off N78 Castlecomer Road

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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